71% of Singles Date Three Years Prior to Marriage

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Can you find romance at a wedding? With the big June wedding season upon us, It’s Just Lunch, the premier dating service for busy professionals, conducted a survey of 2,774 singles, 26% of Northern California singles say weddings are great places to meet other singles, although don’t expect the relationship to last long. 67% of single men in San Francisco’s wedding romance never made it past the first date. Only 3% of singles have met someone at a wedding and are still together today, however 23% of Minneapolis single men have met someone at a wedding and are still dating today. 73% of East Coast men have never met someone at a wedding that they have ended up dating. Only 5% of single women’s wedding romance has lasted only a week.

And, how long should you date before taking the plunge? 71% of singles think three years is about right; however, 70% of men in the Washington DC area think one year is enough time. In agreement are 85% of Southern California women and 84% of Dallas women. Unfortunately, 68% of Dallas men think 2½ years is the minimum to date prior to popping the question.

It is a good idea to go stag to a wedding according to 91% of singles. But 7% of single women in Orange County would never go solo to a wedding and say your better off not going to the wedding at all than going stag. Raleigh-Durham single women have more confidence than the women in the OC. 96% of single women in the Triangle would definitely go stag to a wedding.

If you are dating someone, how long should you date before inviting your significant other to a wedding? 51% of singles say you must date at least three to six months; however 19% of Midwestern single women say you should date six months to a year before putting plus one on the RSVP card. 17% of Dallas single men date someone more than a year before inviting them to a wedding.

If you’re attending a destination wedding this summer definitely date at least six months before RSVPing for two says 44% of singles. On the contrary, 11% of singles in Florida invite their date to the destination wedding when they’ve only been dating less than three months, however 35% of singles in Seattle date more than a year before inviting their significant other to travel to a tropical island for a wedding.

61% of singles only give a gift on behalf of them and their significant other when they are invited as a couple; however 34% of Southwestern singles sign their dates name when they have been dating only two months.

First dates and weddings don’t go together. 53% of single women would never take a first date to a wedding, but 13% of single women would go on a blind date to a wedding if they trusted the person who was setting them up. 12% of men in Miami would go on a blind date to a wedding—it’s better than going solo.

It is appropriate etiquette to bring a date when you are in the bridal party says 46% of singles. Wisconsin singles are not quick to put plus one on their RSVP cards. 52% of singles in Wisconsin singles says it depends on the circumstances and always talk to the bride or groom before sending in the RSVP.

About It’s Just Lunch

Since It’s Just Lunch was founded in 1991, the company has arranged millions of fun, first date lunches or drinks after work—an atmosphere where singles can feel comfortable with the process of meeting a new person. With over 80 locations worldwide, each day IJL arranges hundreds of fun, first dates over lunch or drinks after work at over 1,100 restaurants. With many introductions leading to second dates, It’s Just Lunch is the world’s leading first date authority.

The U.S. dating industry is estimated at nearly $1.5 billion, and growing at 25% annually, with 110 million single adults in the United States alone.

For additional information, log on to http://www.itsjustlunch.com

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