LAURA'S LOVE LIFE ADVICE: Should You Wait To Get Engaged Like Kate & William Or Rush Like Jessica & Eric?

Tue, November 16, 2010 9:24am EST by 4 Comments
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IS there a right time to get engaged? Jessica Simpson waited six months, while Kate Middleton had to wait over eight YEARS!

Some women are better at playing the waiting game than others, as proven by two recently engaged lovebirds. Jessica Simpson couldn’t even go a year (six months, to be exact) without saying ‘yes, yes, YES!’ to Eric Johnson, while Kate Middleton had to wait over eight YEARS for a proposal from her very own prince charming, Prince William. Is there ever a universal right time to get engaged?

The answer: no, of course not. What’s right for one couple is completely wrong for another. There’s no guarantee either relationship will last (though, to be fair, William and Kate DO have a better shot at survival because they know each other so well after such a lengthy courtship) and there’s nothing to suggest they WON’T go the distance.

Jessica is an impulsive romantic, a good Southern girl who would do anything to please her man. Her first marriage (to the also recently engaged Nick Lachey) didn’t survive because she was just too young and immature; at 30, she and Eric, also 30, know who they are and what they want. They may have had a whirlwind romance, but together, they work.

On the other hand, William always said he wouldn’t get married until he was at least 28 or 30. Kate, also 28, knew this, and she waited it out: Prince Charles’ office confirmed the engagement today, Nov. 16.

Basically, what’s right for one couple isn’t right for another. Would I wait eight years to marry the man of my dreams? No — and neither would Jessica, most likely. But neither of us has the patience of Kate! Don’t liken your situation to another woman’s. If you do, you may not get to say ‘I do!’

How long did you date your BF before he proposed, HollywoodLifers? Tell us your story below!


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Posted at 6:05 PM on November 16, 2010  

I don’t think Prince William was being selfish at all by waiting…I think he was being responsible. Look at the life he and Harry have had….their mother was too young and the pressure was too great….anyway, maybe Kate didn’t want to settle down any sooner either. Congrats at any rate….love a Royal wedding!!!!

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Just Jess

Posted at 1:53 PM on November 16, 2010  

Well Laura for once I agree with you. What is right for one is not always right for the other.. I think we should just be happy for all people wanting to take the next step on there journey in life.
Im not sure I would wait for years let alone 8 years.
Now that it has just been reported that there is no wedding date set for Jessica & ERIC can we just sit & watch them & quit ridculing everything they do? There two people in love figuring out there path & committed. They seem like fun together & get each other. A little goofy but fun & personable.. Thsi could be fun if we don’t make them run to the closet & hide.

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oh lordy

Posted at 11:39 AM on November 16, 2010  

“Would I wait eight years to marry the man of my dreams? No”

wow! id rather be with the man of my dreams for 40 years unmarried and happy than settle for some second choice dude just to have a ring on my finger. theres something seriously wrong with society these days.

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Hania Turowska

Posted at 7:43 PM on November 16, 2010  

i agree! i don’t know why people want to get married? u can have a wonderful life without getting married. why complicate your life by getting married?

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