They do not leave their futures—including their marriages—up to chance, but instead proceed through life in a very intentional manner.

My friend met and dated a man in the army for a month, then got engaged before he was deployed for 9 months.

Their planning a later marriage, like a 2 year long engagement atleast.

These quite happily married women knew what they were looking for and spent considerable time building their relationships before making the decision to partner for life with their husbands.

Within the sample was 27.17 and the average age for their husbands was 28.94.

I was attending a close friend’s wedding at the Harvard Club of New York, an elegant “Harvard on Harvard” marriage.

When the bride threw the bouquet, the cluster of single women immediately jumped away from it and the unclaimed bouquet landed on the floor.

But the other findings, like the fact that expensive rings and ceremonies don't yield happier unions, are more surprising.

Perhaps ill-matched couples use giant diamonds or flashy weddings to cover up the cracks in their emotional foundations.

They had planned to get married when he returned the next year, but then they talked to the bishop. A little shell-shocked, they threw together a wedding in seven days and got married on the eighth.