The Average Relationship Timeline: How Long Should It Take to Get from First Kiss to Wedded Bliss?

Knowing the right time to approach relationship milestones is tricky business. Move too slow and you could end up wondering “what might have been.” Move too fast and you could end up making some big mistakes. Everyone knows only the fools rush in, right?

To help you make better decisions, we’ve created the easy-to-use interactive graph below. If you’re wondering if now is the right time to say “I love you” or meet the parents, use the dropdowns to see when other people decided to take the next steps in their relationship.

Over three thousand survey participants provided their ‘Ideal’ milestone timeline—the amount of time people should wait before taking the next step in their relationship. However, when we compared their ‘Ideal’ timeline to their ‘Actual’ timeline, the results showed that people are moving much faster than they recommend.

At Zoosk, we want to help you build a successful relationship from the first date to every milestone that follows.

Relationship Timeline of US Couples

How long should couples wait to hit the next milestone in their relationship? How long did they actually wait?

We surveyed over 3,300 people across the US about their dating and relationship experiences. The ‘Ideal’ timeline shows how long survey respondents think others should wait before hitting each milestone, whereas the ‘Actual’ timeline shows how long they waited in their own relationships.


Use the Gender and Age Group buttons to find out when others reach relationship milestones. Zoom in on a particular milsetone by clicking the icon at the bottom of the screen.




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