Do you think there's a set amount of time that a couple should date before getting engaged? Or maybe a certain milestone they should reach? (Barring pregnancy.) My friends were super surprised when I got engaged after nine months of dating. I realized it might be a little quick, especially in a time when people often live together before getting married and whatnot. My parents set a ridiculous bar for me about what's normal in this situation. They got engaged after two weeks of dating (and still happily married 37 years later). But I know they're the exception, not the rule. So what do you think? Is there a minimum amount of time/some other milestone that should be reached? What do you think the average is these days?