(Closed) How long is TOOO LONG… and When to walk away….???

posted 7 years ago in Proposals
Post # 3
5269 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2016

You honestly need to stick it out if you see your future with him and love him. You cannot force a man to propose if he is not emotionally ready. Wait it out I say:)

Post # 4
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Just go with it, if he is the one, you would really not want to call it off and he already have it planned out when to ask you.  be patient and love him.  I went through this and he asked on Christmas last year.   he kept telling me the exact same thing and i eventually stopped houding him about it and was so suprised when it happened.  ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Do not walk out on him!! Love him and he will ask when he is ready.  he probably already has it planned.

Post # 5
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Think about what it is your really want.

Do you want to:

A) Spend the rest of your life with this man?

B) Get married ASAP to whoever is willing?


Have the two of you had conversations about your future together (and I don’t mean just getting engaged/married) but your life goals? Your goals for your careers? For having a family, etc?

How often do you talk to him about getting married? Could you be bugging him about it so much that he doesn’t have the time to get a ring and propose before you bring it up again?

I think you need to take a step back, he knows what you want and what you are waiting for, now you need to give him time to do what he is going to do.

Post # 6
5269 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2016

I think IF you did walk away,you might end up with whoever and be married to some guy you arent 100% in love with just to be married, not saying you would do it but it could happen.

Post # 7
11422 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Try to hold tight for another four days. It’s March 28 — let’s see what happens AFTER March 31.  He just MIGHT be trying to surprise you. ๐Ÿ™‚

If he doesn’t produce the ring and pop the question before April 1, he may just really be saving. YOU may be thinking that you want a $2-3K ring, but HE may be thinking something that costs $5K or $10K.  There ARE beautiful rings at nearly every price point. However, he may be trying to get you a larger or better stone than you may be thinking. I would not do antying or say anything further to him about this until April. At that point, just let him know that you would be really happy with a less expensive ring if it means you’re able to move forward now vs. six months or another year from now. Then, see what he says.

Post # 8
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My FH and I had talked a lot about marriage and future before getting very serious into our relationship. We were only technically together for a year before getting engaged, but he had already talked EXTENSIVELY about it. Even though I had gone with him to pick the ring, he found a way to surprise me with the proposal. You don’t NEED to know exactly what day it will happen. You DO need to make a date in your mind that you are comfortable walking away from this relationship if he does not propose. TALK TO HIM about what he is waiting for… it could be other marriages he’s seen failed or just the reality of it all can be overwhelming. HECK I feel that way and my wedding is in a little over 2 months. FH was much more sure that I was, but I couldn’t be happier. DON’T RUSH, but also don’t settle.

Post # 10
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Honestly it sounds like you’ve worked yourself up into quite a state over this.  You compared yourself to the ‘average’ several times in your post, but that is in fact, just not accurate.  Everyone’s different.  You’re not old.  You can still have kids.  You’re not losing time.  Your dude said one more month and you’re losing your shit!  Give him his month and see what happens. 


You can do what you want with your life, but to think that you’re getting too old for anything at 27 years old is ridiculous.  I’m 31 and will be getting married in May.  And this is exactly how my life was supposed to turn out.  Don’t force yours – just let it happen.

Post # 11
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

What’s more important to you:

1. Spending the rest of your life with this man, or

2. Getting married to “someone” and having kids.

If it’s #1, it’s worth waiting for him. If it’s #2, then maybe you cut him lose.

I was feeling the same way about my Fiance at the same point in our relationship- my Maid/Matron of Honor said- “If you know you’re going to spend the rest of your life with him, could you wait another two years for him?” And the answer was yes. I’m going to be 40 when we’re married, and kids might not happen for us, unless we adopt. But it was more important for me to be with him than without. 

Post # 12
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I hope this comes out the way I want it to, but I seriously think you need to take a step back. I think a lot of us have “been there” once we’ve been bitten by the engagement bug and we feel like it’s taking forever. But just for some perspective, a lot of people are “waiting” much longer than 1.5 – 2 years for an engagement ring. Some bees waited close to a decade! Why? Because they loved the man they were/are with and consider that more important than a ring or an arbitrary “be engaged by” date. I am not trying to sound harsh, just trying to lend some perspective.

Maybe he just has a preconceived timeframe in his head regarding proposing. I know my Darling Husband did. He wanted us to have been together for a minimum of 2.5 years and we got engaged just before our 3 year anniversary. You can’t rush him or it will become an uglier situation than it needs to be! If you love him, stick it out. Give him some room and think about a date where you can bring it up and ask why he hasn’t proposed yet (calmly and rationally, not out of anger or emotion) and go from there. Use that to make sure you’re on the same page. If you aren’t, then by all means, leave. But by that I don’t mean you want to be engaged by May X and he was thinking July X. That, to me, seems like it would lead to a lot of heartbreak that is unnecessary.

Think about this – what’s more important? Being engaged by a certain TIME or WHO you are engaged to? Keep in mind that if you leave, you aren’t suddenly going to find a guy to marry and you’ll actually end up older when THAT guy proposes than if you just work on getting past expectations regarding an age you want to be engaged by now. Make sense?

I wish you all the best and hope it works out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
764 posts
Busy bee

Honey come in off the ledge! Start living and not focusing on this so much it will happen. You’re not old. Things may not always happen in your little box, but they will happen. In the meantime live life and enjoy the things you love. Except looking at wedding stuff. Good luck! 

Post # 15
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Is it really the end of the world if you’re not married? Just look at Kim Kardashian…do you really want to marry the first man who proposes for a whopping 72 days?

Post # 16
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@CHO:  I was with my fiance for almost 5 years before he proposed.  There were times I thought about it but I didn’t let it take over how I felt about our relationship.  I knew that I loved him and I knew that we would get married one day.  I knew he was on the same page, so I didn’t feel the need to push the issue.  We talked about it but I never gave him a deadline.  I wanted him to propose b/c he wanted to not because I made him.  Yeah, I waited a long time (and some girls might have left before them) but it made the proposal that much sweeter.  My fiance asked me about 2 years before we got engaged what sort of ring I wanted and told me to start looking….and then nothing happened.  So I can sort of relate to your situation.  I was upset but after talking to him I realized that it had to do more with his finances than his feelings for me.  He didn’t want to go massively in debt for the ring and wanted to save.  He wanted to wait until he could buy me a beautiful ring and pay for most of it.  And he did.  Everytime I look at the ring, it makes the waiting so worthwhile.  He had a timeline in his mind and I didn’t rush him.  I let it happen when he was ready.  I’m just saying there might be a reason why hes waiting.  Doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you.  I would just focus on the relationship, not the end result.  Also, and please don’t take this the wrong way, you should stop reading forums where engaged women talk about their weddings.  Its probably only going to make you feel worse.

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