I recently got engaged to my boyfriend of 8 months, and I am extremely excited! However, as we've started telling friends and family members, I'm starting to get the feeling that people think we're rushing into marriage too quickly. Personally, I have no doubts about my fiance and I - we've known each other for 5 years before we starting dating, we fell deeply in love, and we first started talking about marriage very soon after we started dating, so it feels completely natural and not too soon at all for us. It didn't just happen on a whim; we've discussed it a good bit and we both feel fully prepared to take that step. We could have waited longer to be engaged just so it would seem like an "appropriate" amount of time, but we're both so happy and in love that we didn't see the point in waiting around.
So anyway, I was wondering what your opinions are on how long a couple should be in a relationship before getting engaged. I don't need advice on my situation, but I was just curious as to what most people think. Is there a certain amount of time you should wait, or should you just go with what feels right?