Timeline from dating to marriage
"There is no 'normal.' Partners may have an implicit expectation of the length of an engagement, based on their family, their culture and their community.
Sometimes this is different for each partner, and if it is not significantly discussed in a very explicit way, it can lead to misunderstandings." She continues: "There is no magic time frame when a couple should date before the engagement, but the rule for any happy and successful marriage is to realize this—all couples go through a 'romantic love' phase.
There’s neither a set course nor allotment of years that makes it right. Some wait years to fall in love; others find it in a moment.
How can you time relationships if you can't time love?
Relationships are like soufflés: when you try and time them, they never work out.