Although this is the average age, most ladies are independent women at this point. 5% of respondents in our survey were over 40 years old.
Marriage is forever, so no need to rush into anything.
The South leads the charge on the youngest brides with 47% of women getting engaged before they're 24. It doesn’t mean a younger man’s proposal isn’t from the heart but it’s also interesting to note how men 35 and above take the lead.
So, for all you Southern Belles out there under 24, you may be about to start wedding planning soon. They’ve lived a little bit longer, are likely more established, and ready to commit in a way that would convey they’re in it for the long haul.
Over time, maybe you take some of the same classes, live near one another, etc.
One of our bedrock governing principles in biblical dating — and in how we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ generally — is not to "defraud" our single brothers and sisters by implying a greater level of commitment between us and them than actually exists (see 1 Thessalonians 4:6).
I discuss this principle more fully in "Principles for Drawing Boundaries" and "What Does a Biblical Relationship Look Like?
I also believe that this recommendation applies with equal force to single men and women in college.
I've arrived at this conclusion by thinking through a number of biblical principles.