It showed that the rate of divorce is at its lowest since 1971, and 83% of couples say they felt no pressure to get married and did it because they wanted to.
Marriages are becoming stronger than ever, relationships happier and more committed than ever, and couples more independent and consensual in their decisions than ever," Shephard said in a release.
There are a couple of reasons why a short dating period can cause problems in marriage: Marriage is really about commitment, so the real question is whether you are willing to commit to this person for the rest of your life, and whether you can trust them when they say they’re willing to do the same. Now, sometimes you can trust them more quickly if other trustworthy people have known the person through close community for a long time, and can vouch for them.
Modern couples are rewriting the rulebook when it comes to weddings and marriage.
"If you really want to earn some brownie points, you could pop the question a few months earlier, as this research shows that's when women think it's the perfect time to get engaged." The poll of 3,000 engaged or married Brits also revealed that one in ten has even set a time limit on when they get engaged.
And if their partner hasn't agreed to marry before the self-imposed deadline, more than 75 per cent would end the relationship.
But the poll suggests it may be difficult to meet a woman's romantic expectations, as 43 per cent of those who do get the proposal within three years wish it had been more romantic and 42 per cent told their partners so.
It also noted that one in ten women breaks with tradition by making the proposal themselves.