A Therapist's Response to "Am I Ready for Marriage?"

Once you hit your late 20s, it can feel like literally everyone you know is getting engaged. Your social calendar inevitably fills up with countless engagement celebrations, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and wedding weekends. And because so many other people are doing it, it’s only natural to feel like you should be considering marriage, too. But what if you’re not sure if you’re ready? Or what if it's just not for you?

No matter how awesome your relationship is, it’s normal (and advisable) to think carefully about whether or not you’re really prepared to take the next step and walk down the aisle with your S.O. After all, you ideally want this thing to last forever, right? Luckily, there are some pretty clear signs that you’re either primed to commit to a lifetime together or that you should hold off.

Here, find out what expert relationship therapists say you should look out for that may signal you’re ready to say “I do.”

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