There was a time when courtship and marriage went together like movie previews and the main attraction. But as Western society has evolved, the formal practice of a suitor proving his worth to a lady/her family has largely disappeared. Most regard dating as the courtship period, but only after a couple actually gets engaged.
The time between dating and getting married varies for everyone. Some are so smitten they get married within the first year of dating while others need years of lead time. In a study, Ted Hutson, a Ph.D professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin found that happily married couples dated an average of 25 months.
Couples like these celebrities go above and beyond, taking the waiting game to 5 years and then some.