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When it comes to getting married young, two schools of thought emerge: It’s unwise to get married before you’ve had time to date a lot and mature, or it’s something that happens to very lucky people who find their ~true love~ early in life. In any case, ask anyone who’s married young and they’ve heard both responses. But how do people who actually took the plunge in their early 20s feel about their decision? To fuel everyone’s inner hopeless romantic, seven guys who got married young (or well before the average marriage age of about 29) opened up about the best parts about it.
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1. “At first had a lot of anxiety about getting married young. I’d always pictured myself as the kind of person who gets hitched later in life. Then, to add Caesar to the salad, my parents were going through a separation. Was this the right thing to do?
It was. Every time I come home after a long day in the soul-sucking world outside, I’m able to see and kiss and talk to a wonderful person that I’ve taken some big life steps with. It’s not all sweetness of course, but having and maintaining that fountain of sweetness earlier in life seems like a great gift to me.” — Jorge, 25, married at 25
2. “We married days before graduating from college. We started a family about two years later. While the finances were tight with fledgling careers and a new baby, we have never regretted marrying and starting a family young. Had we been in our 30s when we got married, we would have missed out on many unique growing experiences. I would tell any man who is certain they have found their life partner to not wait.” — Daniel, 52, married at 23
3. “It gave me more time with my wife. In our 20s, we launched our careers, traveled, and bought our first home (and did a ton of work on it). We had our kids in our 30s, which was great because we were still young. Our daughters are…