Post # 1
Me and my guy have been together just shy of 2 years now. We’ve known and fancied each other for 10 though haha. When I was 13 and he was 16, we started seeing each other for around 6 months however because of my age, it never got serious. I was then with another guy for a while, someone from my school. We stayed together for 2 and a half years but had quite a few issues and differences (bare in mind I’m 14/15/16 having issues with a boyfriend…should have cut earlier) anyway. Not long after my relationship ended, David (my fella) decided to grab hold of me and never let me go again due to how hard he found it to see me in a relationship with someone else (he remained single the whole time and always paid an interest when he saw me).
Since August 2017, I’ve been the happiest I could possibly be. David takes care of me and does it with a smile always. He has so much time for me as I do for him. In February 2019, we made the step to move in together. We weren’t in a position to buy so are renting a flat close to our home towns.
Now I know that I am 18, he is 21 and that we have only been together a couple of years, but we know each other inside out. The good, the bad and the ugly. I’ve known him, coming on for 11 years now so have seen him as a stranger, a friend and as a partner. Now I am very eager for our future to begin. We talk about it a lot and when I say ‘we’, I do mean it; not just me talking at him telling him how I want it to be. He is very enthusiastic about our future too. Just he wants it as our future and not as our now.
I’ve spoken to him about proposing and in his eyes, he wants to do a special romantic gesture and to plan it himself as he knows the wedding will be slightly less in his control (haha only joking). I am ok with this gesture but I’m not totally ok with waiting years for it which is the rough time frame he said it’ll be in. He has not said the word ‘soon’ yet. He want us to have more money first, for him to be in a stable job and for him to be able to do it in his own time. I totally get that. We both need to be ready for marriage, not just me.
But in my eyes, I would love for him to propose during the next year. We could then have time (a year or 2) for him to stabilise his career and us to save for the wedding (not that it would be big anyway) but would still have that strong commitment to each other that shows we are both ready for this.
I was hoping for some advice to try and keep me patient until he’s ready to propose. I am happy to wait a couple of years if that what it means to be with him. But I just need some time fillers and things to keep me busy in the meantime. I have practically got all of the wedding ideas already but this is about more than just being a bride. I want to be his wife forever, and experience all the hard times in life with him, knowing that he’ll also be there when things are good.
Any words of wisdom?
Post # 2
- Wedding: August 2019 - City, State
My only advice: either help get to the place he wants to be faster, or enjoy the journey. If he wants to have more money saved, maybe pick up some more hours at work or get a part-time job, cut spending.
Alternatively, maybe start “planning” early. Not actually booking things, bc obv you’re not engaged yet, but read up on some traditions, styles, maybe find some wedding preferences to stave you off. Go Pinterest crazy. That’s what I did while I was waiting for the perfect time for me to propose to him. Then, I had a better handle on planning bc I had done some recon beforehand.
Good luck, Bee.
Post # 3
I know you’ve known each other for many years but you’re still extremely young and will hopefully grow and change quite a bit in your 20s. I’d use this time to ensure you’re becoming your very best self with further education, hobbies, etc.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2019 - City, State
My fiance and I met when we were both 18. He proposed on our 10 year anniversary last year!
The best thing I can tell you about waiting is just take every day one at a time. Always choose each other every day. Always fight for your love every day. If your intention is to truly be together forever, that time waiting is just more time with the love of your life.
One big thing I learned from being with my partner from that age to now is that you will change. You will grow. You will become new, different people. You know each other inside and out now but that will change. You will have to grow and change together. So again I say, choose your love and each other every day to make that happen. My fiance and I have fought for each other every day for the last 11 years, through the good, the bad and the horrible, but we continue to do so and that is why we have made it this far!
Post # 5
I agree with PP’s, take some time to really enjoy the relationship and to decide who you really want to be separate from your bf. At 18, I may have been head over heels for my now husband but I certainly didn’t know much else! We both went through college dating and not long after celebrating our 3 years together, he proposed. We got married after both graduating. This is all to say that while we were still a young couple when we tied the knot, we had been together over 4 years, went to separate colleges, made our own sets of friends and developed a little more as individuals. While you may think that you are ready to get married, he is not, and what’s the rush? You’re at least 3 years younger than most young brides on this site and you’re happy together now. Looking at all these ring boards and wedding planning posts may not be helping, and honestly I would recommend against looking up wedding stuff because it will just make you crazier *I know from experience* 😅 Try and enjoy just making new memories as a couple, because while you have known each other for many years, your relationship is still relatively new!
Post # 6
I think your boyfriend raises some really great points on waiting to have a stable job and be financially secure. The best thing you can do right now is live in the moment and try not to think about the future too much. Some bees on here have become resentful or angry because they are waiting for their significant other to propose and it isn’t happening. As the PP said, I would avoid ring and wedding boards or you may become one of those resentful bees!
Post # 7
Lord have mercy I’m not going to sugar coat this: you are too young to be married. You talked about his plan for a career, but what about you? What is your plan for your future? That’s where your mind should be: getting a degree, learning a trade, finding a good job and becoming an adult… not a bride.
Post # 8
You’re 18. This time could be spent more productively by getting an education and work experience and trying new fun activities. In short, finding yourself. You don’t believe this, but you change from 18 to 25. Wasting these years by pining for an engagement is just sad. Enjoy your freedom and your youth, neither will be yours forever!
Post # 9
What to do to keep you busy in the meantime? Be 18? Go to school?
You talk about spending the next two years for him to build his career but what about yours? Are you in school? Do you have goals, aspirations?
Personally I think 18 is way too young to get married and it sounds like your boyfriend has the sense to think the same way.
Post # 10
At 18, you’re not even done developing physically yet, let alone mentally. Your boyfriend also has a lot of maturing to do.
If you can make it through those changes together, and come out stronger, great! But my advice would be to wait to get married until both of you are educated, in good careers, and probably older than 25. If you’re meant to be together, there is no rush at all to get married.
Post # 11
That’s awesome that you are lucky enough to be with someone you’ve known half of your life. I’m sure you know him well. However, I would strongly suggest like PPs to take this time to just enjoy your time together. 18 is super young. I do think it’s super important for both of you to either have a career, go to trade school or get a degree. There are plenty of people who figure that out after marriage. However, why put that stress on yourself? The number one cause of divorce is finances and it makes marriage a lot more smooth to have a savings account and have stable, decent paying jobs.
I also wanted to add that a lot of women think that they love and want to marry the person they’re with at your age. Only a fraction of us are with that person though. And it’s because people grow and change so much in their early 20s.
Im not staying you shouldn’t stay with your boyfriend or that you shouldn’t get married. I’m just suggesting not to focus on marriage now. Finding a career path, saving money and experience/growing should be your priority!
Post # 12
I agree that at 18 you should be considering who and what you want to be, aside from Mrs. Him. What are your plans for education? Career? What things do you like to do outside the relationship? No one else can complete you; you have to be a complete person on your own to truly have deep and meaningful relationships. And when you’re busy with all those things you won’t have time to pine for engagement.
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2021 - Iowa
there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get married young and being excited/hopeful for that time, I’m 20 and my fiancé is 21 so I’m not much older than you. I do agree with your fiancé though, it seems smart to save money and have him work towards more stability career wise. I highly recommend focusing on yourself while your waiting for a propsal – find yourself, work towards your education/career goals! It’ll help you pass the time while waiting while also securing your future.
I may be only 20, but in the past two years I have changed a lot through college, new jobs, friends, and experiences and I think it’s important to experience that for yourself. We did a year of a somewhat long distance (1.5 hrs apart seeing each other like maybe every other weekend sometimes not that) and it honestly made us stronger and allowed us both to really figure out our own stuff separate but also together if that makes sense. We really didn’t even start seriously talking about getting engaged until about 2.5 yrs together while living together and my fiancé was about to graduate with his first degree (I graduate in 1.5 yrs and we’re planing to get married about 2 yrs from now).
Everyone does everything at their own pace, but I think at 18 waiting a couple years will be really good for you! (Go crazy with the Pinterest board though lol I did that for a loooong time before we got engaged and it really helps now looking back through it!)
Post # 14
Just something to consider – a lot changes in your 20s. Particularly around 25-26. Enjoy this time and set goals for yourself. Get your education, pursue any career aspirations. Make friends and have fun with them too. As you become who you are meant to be, things will fall into place (and be wise then to see it all when they do).
Post # 14
I met my DH when we were both young and married 10+ years later when we were both in good places i.e. stable jobs, financially stable, etc. so I applaud your boyfriend; his reasonings make sense and you should be proud of him for setting goals and thinking about the future.
I just want to share: meeting my DH and falling in love so young made me make choices that were not wise/reasonable in retrospect because nearly all of my decisions were based on our relationship. When I got older, I did slightly regret some of these choices because I wished I spent more time focusing on myself, letting myself grow, explore my interests, learn more, meet new friends, etc. (what the other bees have suggested to you). You might not like what PPs are saying, but right now, you are too young. 18 is the age to think about yourself and not others, explore what kind of person you want to be so you can grow to become a better person.
If you need ways to pull your attention away from wedding/engagement, start focusing on yourself. I know you said you want to be a wife; perhaps you could take cooking classes. Are you furthering your education? Start thinking about yourself, as a person, not just as someone’s girlfriend. Good luck!