We have a couple dating threads out there these days, it's made me think of this question to you all. What's a good length of time to date before getting married? (You don't have to necessarily say what you did, but what you honestly think.) I'm NOT married yet & I think dating a good 2 yrs is enough that one should know their mate. After several months, the true colors & personality comes out, so it's good to get to the nitty gritty about important things that someone may have been on their best behavior about at the beginnging. Things like: - How quickly & how anygry one gets about things - How one handles money - Nuisances & quirks that may have been adorable/tolerable at first, but no longer - How much he/she really loves, treats, & respects you - What kind of childhood they had There's more to list, but I'll stop here.