By Jenn Sinrich
Getting engaged is an exciting milestone no matter how long you and your partner have been together. But it’s important to remember that the engagement is about so much more than a shiny diamond ring, seeing your partner get down on one knee, posting the big news on social media, and planning a wedding. “People think that engagement means marriage, but what it really means is that the person’s intentions are to marry you,” says Dawn Michael, Ph.D., a certified sexuality counselor, clinical sexologist, and author. “Marriage should be a big step, and only after a commitment to marry that person and live with them can a couple know for sure that they are compatible with the other person.” So before you fast-track your wedding planning and hightail it to the altar, read these eight very real reasons to slow your roll.