(Closed) He Says He's "Not Mentally Ready for Marriage"…And That Hurts.

posted 5 years ago in Waiting
Post # 2
1468 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I feel for you, perhaps going to talk to a therapist or counselor would really help- sometimes just having someone regular to vent to and bounce ideas off us can make a world of difference. I undertand that you have been with him for 6 years, but at 24 years old, its unfortunately completely understandable for him not to be ready for marriage. It’s ok to not live together at that age, its ok to be serious about each other at that age without a proposal. Twenty-four is still very young. That being said, I know how much waiting hurts and I know how it feels to be ready before he is- it can be very painful. If you can handle it and know he’s the one, try going to a therapist and waiting it out. Also, I’d try to let him know its ok to brush off the pressure from his family and that when y’all are ready it’ll happen. If he’s feeling unneccesary pressure, it could keep him from feeling ready.

Post # 3
1992 posts
Buzzing bee

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rachelrebecca :  I think you just need to have an ongoing dialogue about it. “Hey, I want to marry you and I want to buy a house with you and have a new kind of life together. Do you want those things too?” Hash it out, be open about your insecurites and fears and worst case scenarios. Talk about what you want, when and why.

Post # 4
2 posts

I would have a talk with him and bring it up one more time and let him know how important this is for you. But definitely don’t pressure him..it will probably just push him away even more. I was with my then boyfriend for almost 5 years and I always brought up the engagement and I think the more I asked the more it took for him to propose. So I just let it be and when he was ready he popped the question. But definitely have a serious talk with him ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck! 

Post # 5
1739 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

A lot of my girlfriends who dated their bfs through the end of HS and through college ended up waiting closer to 10 years… There is a lot that happens after college and people are still developing. I’d take him at his word about not being ready and if he’s not showing you that he’s disinterested in staying with you then I’d try to scrape up patience and start saving for the wedding you want. 26-28 is when I’d expect some traction on wedding ideas. Best of luck bee ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
2979 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’d ask him what it means to be ‘mentally ready’ for marriage. It sounds like a BS excuse. He needs to actually think and look at his life, do some reflection and tell you what needs to change before he is ready.

He also needs to tell his family to fuck off with the pressuring stuff. It DOES get annoying!

Post # 7
9758 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I can see both sides of this. While I understand your wants and desires I also understand how he feels and believe that 24 really isn’t all that old despite what you have accomplished. I wouldn’t take it as a personal rejection of you, just that he isn’t ready for such a terribly drastic life change. And thats okay!

You have two options here, either stay with him and continue on with what seems to be an otherwise perfect relationship or leave him and start over with someone new/live life alone for a while. Personally, if I was in a great relationship with someone I loved more than anything who loved me and treated me with respect then I wouldn’t leave them over marriage. However, I also don’t hold any religious beliefs or up bringing that would keep me from taking other logical steps in my relationship like moving in together.

On the topic of moving in together, how does your BF feel about you wanting to wait to do that until marriage? Could it be perhaps he doesn’t want to marry anyone until he has lived with them first? I’m sure this is something you have discussed already but just thinking out loud here.

As far as purchasing a home, I think thats great! Go out and buy your house girlfriend! Put it in your name! If the time comes where marriage comes in to play he can move in to your house (if he hasn’t bought his own) or if you have both purchased homes then one can be sold or used as a rental property if you wanted to go that route.

Post # 8
6349 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

Hmm, I would ask him to clarify what he means when he says he’s “not mentally ready for marriage.” Does he mean he doesn’t even know if he ever wants to get married? Does he mean he’s just not sure he wants to marry you? He does want to marry you but he still feels immature/unready at this point in his life? These are important distinctions.

My husband and I dated for 4 years before he proposed and, even though we were both much older than you, he also wasn’t mentally ready for marriage at the same time I was. He knew I was “the one” and we’d get married someday, but he also knew he had to take some time to mature and grow up first. And he was in his 30s! But he didn’t just want to propose because it was the obvious next step. He wanted to propose because he was truly ready for marriage. 

I know you feel like you’ve been waiting forever for this, but at 24 you are still very young and have a lot of time. It sounds like you’ve had a busy few years and maybe he just wants to enjoy where he’s at right now for a little while. I’m not saying to give him until forever, but I think you two need to have a more honest conversation about where things are going. 

Post # 10
7268 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Has he explained why he’s not ready for marriage? If I’m reading this correctly it sounds like you guys are only about 24 years old, which is still pretty young. Maybe he just wants more time to enjoy being  young and carefree, going out wiht his guy friends whenever he wants, etc.? Or maybe it’s a financial thing, like he wants to save up for a ring?

I will say that I always get a bit concerned whenever someone says their partner is avoiding proposing because he can’t deal with the “pressure.” The reality is, if he really wanted to marry you, he wouldn’t feel pressure from you or his family, even if they were constantly asking him about it. We feel pressured when there is a conflict between what we want to do or feel comfortable doing, and what other people expect us to do. If he felt comfortable marrying you right now, he wouldn’t feel “pressured” by other people, because his desires and their expectations would be aligned. So whenever someone says they think their bf is delaying because of “the pressure” – I def have to side eye that. I think he’s delaying because he doesn’t want to marry you right now, and that’s why it stresses him out when other people ask him when he’s gonna finally get around to it.

Post # 11
5985 posts
Bee Keeper

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rachelrebecca :  I see both sides, yes he’s young, but seeing as you’ve been together for 6 years, either you do or don’t know if you want to be together.  Many of my friends dated their husbands for several years (9 max for one) but they knew long before 6 if they were getting married.  It was a matter of time for them.  Like for you, one of them wanted to graduate college and finish nursing school (well she’s done that, 8 years later), another one wanted the house first, so they got the hosue and then got engaged.  But all of my friends knew they were marrying their boyfriends.  The fact that your boyfriend sounds confused this late in the game sounds like he’s trying to find ways to not get married.

I would talk to him for a bit about how you feel and the realistic expectations in the relationship and go from there.

Post # 12
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - The Garrison, NY

If this were me, I would have a serious conversation with him about where YOU are.  Let him know how this makes you feel.  Perhaps pull back a little, if after 6 years, he isn’t ready, when will he ever be?  Now, I am not saying break up with him, but maybe go buy a house.  For yourself.  Do your thing.  This happened to a friend of mine actually.  She decided to pursue a house (they were not living together either), so she went out on her own to do it.  Within weeks he had realized he was being crazy and purchased a ring.  They’ve been married for years and now have a wonderful baby also.  

I think that if you show him your independence, he may come around.  


And if you’re looking for a house in NJ, let me know ๐Ÿ˜‰


But seriously, I wish you the best!  This is a tough situation

Post # 13
7440 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I am confused on how you have 4 college degrees each at 24 and 25, that is just enough time to have Bachlors and Masters, but more?

Maybe he has other goals? He needs to be ready for marriage too. It is not fair to either if you to enter into marriage if half the couple is not ready. I am sorry you are hurt, you have every right. You need to figure out if waiting is worth it. It very well could be.

Post # 14
1560 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

As someone who dated my SO for 8 years throughout highschool college and establishing careers – my advice for you is just wait hun ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ve been together since we were 17 and got engaged at 26.

Just give him time ๐Ÿ™‚

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