Getting Married at 40: The New Norm

Jan 18, 2020


Statistically, the median age for marriage in the U.S. has been increasing constantly since 1890. While the times are always changing, it's not difficult to see why many later-generation Americans choose to get married later in life.

Now more than ever, getting married at 40 is starting to look really good. Read on to learn why.

Getting Married at 40, Older and Wiser

One of the biggest benefits of getting married at 40 is this: you've had more time to experience all life has to offer.

Sure, true love and a family has its perks, but it can also rob you of those years you spend on your own "figuring things out." After all, there are endless possibilities out there, so why tie yourself down right away? When you're on your own, you're left to your own instincts and whims, which can ultimately lead you to develop into the fullest, best version of yourself.

Avoiding Possible "FOMO" and Resentment

One of the most common emotions shared by most Millenials is commonly known as FOMO or the "fear of missing out." Essentially, this emotion comprises all those "what if"s in life and can leave us resenting our life choices- or worse, our partners.

Getting married at 40 gives you time to figure out those "what ifs." For instance, if you have an itch for travel, there's no better time to do it than when you're young and single. You could also uproot completely and start a new life wherever you like.

You might also want to change careers, learn a new skill, or take an abrupt risk that could make (or break) the rest of your life. All of these things are much easier to do when you're on your own. Getting married later on in life prevents that FOMO from wreaking havoc on your partnership because you've given yourself the time to do these things.

Getting Married at 40 May Make You a Better Partner

Since you've allowed yourself ample time to grow, develop, and experience everything you're meant to experience, spending your 20's (and 30's) alone can actually help you be a better partner.

In other words, you've matured and are able to unselfishly give more of yourself to your future partner. You've honed your communication skills and have learned what you will (and will not) allow.

Getting Married Later Allows You to Save Money

It's no secret that weddings are expensive! Getting married at 40 allows you more time to save up so you don't end up compromising due to a lack of funds.

For example, consider the ring you'll be able to afford now versus 10 or 20 years down the road. Why settle for a lackluster engagement ring when you can save up for stunning round cut diamonds that will wow for years to come?

Especially now, with many Millennials bearing the massive burden of student debt as well as a collapsed economy, waiting longer to get married makes a whole lot of sense. That way, you can spend your youth paying off debts and creating a savings account for the wedding of your dreams rather than settling for what you can afford.

Final Thoughts

While your marriage age is ultimately up to you, there are many benefits to waiting for marriage later in life. Getting married at 40 might sound farfetched at first, but it's slowly becoming the norm, and for good reason. So, if you aren't ready to tie yourself down just yet, you might be doing your future self a favor.

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