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Men More Likely to Wait for ‘The One’

A new survey has revealed that more men in the UK are holding out ‘to meet the right person’ before getting married than women, reports the Marriage Foundation.

According to the survey, which was commissioned for Marriage Week, 35% of men polled said they hadn’t got married because they hadn’t met the right person compared to only 29% of women.

Overall, one in three people (31%) who want to marry but have not yet tied the knot are still on the hunt for their Mr or Mrs Right.

The survey also revealed almost one in ten women (8%) are waiting for their partner to pop the question, while none of the men polled said they are waiting to be asked.

In addition, it found that planning was low even among married couples, with 95% never even having had a conversation about getting a pre-nuptial agreement.

Sir Paul Coleridge, chairman of Marriage Foundation, the organisation which organised Marriage Week UK this year, commented:

“We should not be alarmed when we see couples of today being choosier than the generation before them. Previous Marriage Foundation research has shown women now typically marry in their early thirties, men in their mid-thirties.

“The good news is that when couples do finally get round to making a solid commitment it is far more likely to last than twenty years ago.

“The rate of divorce in the early years has been falling steadily for the last nine years and although men are taking longer to commit when they do it is much more likely to be a carefully considered permanent decision.”

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