What Is the Best Age to Get Married?

Living 2011/06/25 22:42:29
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According to YourTango readers, the best age to get married is either "30-ish, or never." Do you agree?

Being single's normal, even advisable, when you're in your early twenties; find a job, play the field, travel the world, but once you hit a certain age, it's time to to magically stop being selfish so that you can commit your life to another person.

The question is, just when is this pivotal age?

Plenty of women who intend on raising a family name age 24 to 27 as their ideal.

Other other people point out that it depends on whether you're a man or a woman; the former should wait until they're after 30, while the latter need to hurry up before their biological clock stops ticking.

What do you think? What is the best age to get married?

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  • Shelo 2011/06/26 12:55:47
    26 to 29
    Just like with the whole "At what age should kids start dating" question, the author of the article doesn't seem to realize that this is a matter left up to individuals. Hopefully people will choose to get married once they are mature, financially independent, have a stable career that they enjoy going, and having found the perfect partner.

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  • Terry 2011/06/27 19:51:09
    22 to 25
    I was married at 24 yrs. old and we've been married for 35 years now. I think that was the perfect age for me.
  • Max 2011/06/27 19:21:06
    30 to 33
    By this age, if you don't have all the partying and stupid stuff out of you, there's no hope for you. It also gives you plenty of time to get a good education. You can also save a little money to put a decent down payment on a new house.
  • Fluttershyfan 2011/06/27 19:20:32
    26 to 29
    It depends on when they're ready
  • Dolly 2011/06/27 19:18:40
    42 to 45
    I would like to be married already, just haven't done it yet.
  • Adam 2011/06/27 19:15:08
    Not never, but it really depends on the individual. Some people shouldn't ever get married, others would be happiest at a young age. As for me? Probably my late 20's, that seems to be the trend in my family.
  • Wizard 2011/06/27 18:53:52
    22 to 25
    Once you graduate from college...it should be OK. I married at 24, the 1st time. Building a life together is much more exciting. The older you get, the more jaded you tend to get. I think whenever love comes along, and your education is done, that is when you should start.
  • Illjwamh 2011/06/27 18:35:26 (edited)
    30 to 33
    My real answer, which wasn't on the poll (oh my god, that's NEVER happened before!) is "when you feel ready to".

    For me, personally, I imagine that happening within the age range I chose. I have many friends, however, for whom it happened much earlier, and a few for whom it happened later or never at all.
  • linda ~PWCM~JLA 2011/06/27 18:35:01
    22 to 25
    linda   ~PWCM~JLA
    Young - otherwise you might have the common sense not to sign up for life. Especially the obey part. haha
  • Wildflower66 2011/06/27 18:29:28
    22 to 25
    22 to 25
  • brittneylalaa 2011/06/27 18:28:04
    18 to 21
    I think this question is dumb because there is no magic age. Everybody is ready at different times. I say it depends on the person.
  • John 2011/06/27 18:25:37
    26 to 29
    I got married at 26. At 30 to 33, you're pushing it when talking about raising a family of 4 which I have among a dozen of grandkids. On the other side of the coin, these days kids 22-25 are still too immature. That was not the case in the 50's and 60s. For women 37 is late, because of problems in trying to get pregnant. That's according to OB/GYNs. At 46+ a men will be at least 60 when kids are getting into teenage years. Way too late.
  • The Thinker 2011/06/27 18:19:57
    34 to 37
    The Thinker
    If you're going to do it at all, mid thirties I suppose. But marriage is over-rated. Not necessary in this day and age, except for those living in a fairytale.

    Whatever people do though, early marriage is just stupid and a waste of life. Same as marrying as virgins. You have to live life a little.
  • Cat 2011/06/27 18:19:35
    22 to 25
    Actually it would've been more like 24-27, but that's just my opinion. Some people marry early, other marry young. Two of the happiest married couples I know -- one married when they were 19 and the other in their 40s. There's no "best age". Do whatever feels right.
  • Tina 2011/06/27 18:19:20
    30 to 33
    I wish I knew this answer YEARS ago! lol I was only 19 :(
  • Coco Allie 2011/06/27 17:36:48
    22 to 25
    Coco Allie
    If they are mature enough and stable the age doesn't matter that much, I think. But 22- 25 seems to be a good age to me for if you wanna have kids younger (or a lot of kids). I'm planning to get married at 21, my boyfriend will be 24. We're both really mature for our ages.
  • ripley 2011/06/27 17:32:12
    18 to 21
    that way u can have plenty of children and not worry about dieing before they turn 14
  • The Thi... ripley 2011/06/27 18:22:50
    The Thinker
    Sad life though.
  • ripley The Thi... 2011/06/27 22:40:18
    i just turned 10 and my dad is already 56. my lil sis is only 7, and my big sis is 14. my dad might never get to see his grandchildren. i remember when i was about 7, i cried for a week about my daddy and mom dieing before i grow up.
  • The Thi... ripley 2011/06/28 19:52:18
    The Thinker
    You're right, and that is something that people have to take into account. Having children quite late in life is not fair on the children. So like everything in life you need balance. Not too old and not too young in this case.

    But the question on this page is 'what is the best age to get married?' Not at what age should you have children.
  • nobiggov 2011/06/27 17:26:52
    26 to 29
    26-29 is when a person is typically able to live independently and not marry because of NEED for someone to take of him/her. Also, at that age people have typically developed into full adulthood with career and education, clear indication of ambitions, live style, etc so there are fewer surprises down the road; also still young enough to have children at reasonable ages. I think it's the perfect age.
  • nee 2011/06/27 16:19:35
    34 to 37
    But that is only because my 2nd marriage is wonderful. First time I was 21. BIG mistake.
  • Gregaj7 2011/06/27 16:12:25
    There isn't one.
  • The Thi... Gregaj7 2011/06/27 18:23:38
    The Thinker
  • GrEtNa DRAGONS#62 2011/06/27 16:11:15
    22 to 25
    GrEtNa DRAGONS#62
    if im lucky this is when i would want to get married! my girlfriends sister just got married at 22 two days ago!! i think it's a good age cause most people are getting out of college if they only do four years and its a good age range if u want to raise a family so that way ur not 40+ with a 2 year old as ur first kid!!
  • PapaBC 2011/06/27 15:43:30
    26 to 29
    School is finished, career is going well, both area ready to commit. That is the age or time to get married.
  • BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2011/06/27 15:32:26
    Or afterlife
  • AlexTheFork 2011/06/27 15:09:25
    26 to 29
    That way you can be done with school, have a decent job, and live out your dreams. Then once you get married, you can have 1 or 2 kids.
  • Sparky 2011/06/27 15:03:32
    30 to 33
    I'm only answering that one for myself. Some people are ready at a younger age and some may not be ready at 33. Some probably shoud not marry at all. (It's each individual adult's choice, of course).
  • ♫Music♪My♪Life♫ 2011/06/27 14:51:04
    22 to 25
    i think 22 to 25 is the best age
  • DeanoBeany 2011/06/27 14:44:57
    there is never a "best age" to get marriage, seeing as it's technically a pointless display of "LOOK AT US!" anyway it can wait if one or both of you aren't ready to make the financial and emotional commitment that marriage brings. you have to wait until the time is right, unlike kids there is no "ticking clock" for physically getting married at the right age
  • Jenna ☮♡ッ 2011/06/27 14:30:37
    22 to 25
    Jenna ☮♡ッ
    This is the age group that I want to get married in.
  • Mystic Investigations 2011/06/27 14:25:32
    Mystic Investigations
    Marriage is an archaic religious institution. What are the odds that all these so called soul mates happen to meet? Happen to live in the same geographic area or even social circle. The odds are astronomical! People are just getting with the best person they have to choose from and many times mistaking sex for some kind of deep love. 50% end in divorce and I'm sure a good number stay together for reasons other than love. Frankly it's a joke.
  • T. Roll 2011/06/27 14:18:01
    T. Roll
    It all depends....for me it was 25-29, and we've been married 25 years +...so it worked for us....i wouldn't recommend getting married too young. For many of our friends...it's been a nightmare.

    married 25 years worked recommend married young friends nightmare
  • katchan 2011/06/27 13:42:59
    I say "never" because I don't believe there is a "best" age. The best time to get married is when you both feel it's the right time and you genuinely want to do it.
  • srini 2011/06/27 13:05:24
    26 to 29
    My own guess (despite of being married when I was 42)
  • ladypuppylove 2011/06/27 12:24:34
    30 to 33
    I said 30 -33, but if you're mature at that age then i would say yes , some people are not mature at that age , but remember marriage is not a game , also you cannot put a age on love unless you're under 18 then i'd say no
  • .Giggles. 2011/06/27 10:01:42
    26 to 29
    My mom got me when she's like, 22.. o_o I'm gonna wait till' I'm 25 till' I get married xP
  • james.owen2 2011/06/27 08:50:58
    its hard to do . i prefer to be single .
  • didi james.o... 2011/06/27 10:03:34
    a time comes,a woman feels it in her,the urge to get babies and a man,if its starts biting,anytime after that,you are ready
  • james.o... didi 2011/06/27 21:27:55
    to be honest . i change mind with woman , i do look for other type of people . hope u understand on me .
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