This is how long you should wait before getting engaged, according to new research

Everyone has their own opinions on the ‘right’ time for a couple to take their relationship to the next level and get married.

While some swear by the old ‘when you, you know’ ethos (like the lovely Caroline Flack, who said yes to fiance Andrew Brady’s proposal after three months of dating), others prefer to wait a while before making the big commitment – take Hollywood star Amy Adams, for example, who dated boyfriend Darren Le Gallo before their engagement (and waited a further seven before actually tying the knot!).

However, according to new research, it turns out there could actually be a more precise formula to decide the perfect wait time before getting engaged.

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Jewellery experts F. Hinds have worked out that one year, eight months and three days is the ideal amount of time couples should wait before getting engaged. Sounds very precise, right? They came to the conclusion after undergoing a study in which they looked at proposal expectations across the UK, as well as the quickest, slowest and ‘pushiest’ cities.

To absolutely no one’s surprise, they found that the younger generation is in nowhere near as much of a rush to walk down the aisle compared to their older peers, with less than 1 in 10 under 35s saying they would want to be engaged within a year of meeting, compared to 1 in 3 over 65s. Similarly, the results showed that under 24s tend to wait two years and two months on average before putting a ring on it, while over 65s prefer to marry within just 16 months of meeting.

The research also suggests that Belfast is the quickest city to get engaged, with 44% of people getting down on one knee within a year of meeting, compared to just 4% in Nottingham. Meanwhile, London was at the other end of the scale with 1 in 3 people preferring to wait more than 4 years – not that this is a shock considering the capital city’s millennial appeal.

As for those who are (not so) patiently waiting for their partner to propose, you’re not alone, as 42% of Brits have admitted to regularly dropping shameless hints to their significant other. F. Hinds say that this is more common among 25-34 year olds, who are 50% more likely to do so – especially in Wales, which came out as the ‘pushiest’, with Welsh women being almost twice as likely than those in Scotland to drop hints.

Of course, this is all to be taken with a pinch of salt, as we’re firm believers in each to their own. So whether you’ve been in a  relationship for six months or six years, only you know when the right time to take the next step is.