By: Jenn Sinrich

Getting engaged is a major relationship milestone. That’s why it’s helpful to have been together for a while before popping the question, as this helps ensure that you know your partner well.

“It takes a while to really know someone because in the beginning you are ‘in love’ and hormones can impair your ability to see red flags or assess any challenges that person may have in those aforementioned areas,” explains Paulette Sherman, relationship expert and author of Dating from the Inside Out. “It can take a year to really start seeing both the good and challenging in that other person, in real life areas when dating.”

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