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How To Talk About Marriage With Your Boyfriend

How to talk about marriage with your boyfriend

Talking about marriage with your boyfriend is without a doubt one of the most stressful conversations you will have in a committed relationship. 

For both, men and women. 

For us girls because we fear rejection and are afraid that the confrontation could lead to a breakup. And for men, because they don’t like to talk about commitment altogether.

The idea that he might have to give up his freedom and independence on a single day for the rest of his life, scares most men. 

And for the majority of couples, the marriage conversation means that the initial stages of dating are officially over and that you are officially in a serious relationship.

But what if you could bring up marriage in a way that does not stress him out or bring tears to your eyes? I have done it a couple of times and decided to finally share my approach on the blog.

Here is how to talk about marriage with your boyfriend in 10 non-scary steps.

What do you say when talking about marriage?

How do I start a conversation with my boyfriend about marriage?

Starting a conversation with your boyfriend about marriage can be nerve-wracking, but it’s an important discussion to have if you’re considering a long-term future together. 

Here are my tips on how to talk about marriage with your boyfriend in a way that does not put any pressure on him and allows you to feel confident and empowered.

1. Set a good time

Choose a time when both of you are relaxed and not distracted by other things. Don’t bring up the topic during a fight and tensions are running high. Also, don’t insist on discussing marriage when your boyfriend is busy with work or other commitments. 

2. Be clear about your intentions and desire for marriage

Be honest about why you want to talk about marriage. Let your boyfriend know that you’re serious about your relationship and you want to make sure you’re both on the same page when it comes to your future together.

3. Be direct

If you have been dating for a while and believe it is time to talk about the future, don’t be scared to bring it up. Don’t beat around the bush, but be clear and direct when discussing marriage and a future together. 

Things to consider before you talk about marriage with your boyfriend

4. Communicate your desire and expectations regarding a timeline

Discuss your ideal timeline for getting married, as well as any other important factors such as career goals, financial stability, and personal goals. Be clear about your expectations, but also be willing to listen to your boyfriend’s thoughts and concerns.

5. Ask open-ended questions

Ask your boyfriend how he feels about marriage and listen carefully to his response. Ask open-ended questions that encourage him to share his thoughts, feelings, and even fears. Provide a safe space for him to be honest and vulnerable, which will allow for a more heart-to-heart talk about marriage. 

How long should you wait to talk about marriage?

6. Be prepared for different answers

Remember that not everyone has the same views on marriage, so be prepared for your boyfriend to have a different opinion. Be respectful of his views, even if they’re different from yours and avoid judging or blaming him. And avoid setting an ultimatum, instead focus on having an open and honest conversation about the topic.

7. Give him time to process the conversation

After you’ve had the conversation, give your boyfriend some space and time to think about what you’ve discussed. He may need time to process his thoughts and feelings, and it’s important to respect that. Avoid pressuring him for an immediate answer or response, and let him know that you’re willing to continue the conversation whenever he’s ready.

Remember, having a conversation about marriage is an important step in any serious relationship. So, no matter how uncomfortable or nervous your feel, do it to gain clarity about your future together.

Is it OK to talk about marriage with your boyfriend?

Yes, it is okay to talk about marriage with your boyfriend. Especially if you’re both desiring a committed relationship and considering a long-term future together. 

Discussing marriage can help you determine if you’re both on the same page and if your relationship has the potential to go the distance. 

However, it’s important to approach the topic respectfully and be prepared for different answers or opinions. Remember, every relationship is unique, and there’s no right or wrong. 

As long as you are both open and honest about your goals and expectations for your relationship, you’ll be able to have a productive conversation. 

Is it normal to talk about marriage in a relationship?

How long into a relationship should you talk about marriage?

You should start talking about marriage in a relationship after 6 months of dating. After a few months of dating it’s important to make sure that you and your partner are on the same page about your future goals and aspirations. 

Especially if marriage is important to you.

It should be a casual conversation about your individual dreams and plans for the future, as well as your thoughts on marriage and family in general. Avoid pressuring your partner or making ultimatums, and instead, just listen to his point of view. 

As long as you approach the conversation with sensitivity and respect, it’s okay to bring up the conversation about marriage whenever you and your partner feel ready.

How do I start a conversation about marriage?

How do you tell your boyfriend you want to get married?

Telling your boyfriend that you want to get married can be a vulnerable moment, but it’s an important step in any serious relationship. Especially, if you are over 25 and ready to move forward. 

Therefore, the best way to tell your boyfriend you want to get married is by being clear, honest, and patient. Share your feelings and thoughts about the relationship without pushing him into something he’s not ready for. 

Be direct about your feelings. Let your boyfriend know that you love him and that you see a future with him. Be honest about your desire to get married and what that means to you.

Once you do that, give him space and time to think. Remember that everyone moves at their own pace. Therefore, he may need some time to process the information.

how to ask your boyfriend if he wants to marry you

What do you say when talking about marriage?

As mentioned above, most of the conversation will be about shared values and your desires for the future. But to give you an idea of some of the important things you want to touch on, here are some examples:

  • Financial goals
  • Health issues
  • Intimacy
  • Wedding planning
  • Conflict resolution
  • Number of children
  • Student loan debt and credit cards
  • etc.

Those are all part of the marriage talk, which will give you a better understanding of your spouse-to-be.

Remember that discussing future plans with your boyfriend can be a lot of fun. And if you follow the above steps on how to talk about marriage, I am sure you will enjoy the conversation.

how to talk about marriage with your girlfriend

Things to consider before you talk about marriage

Before you even attempt to talk to your boyfriend about marriage, you should first ask yourself some tough questions. These will help you discern better and not rush a decision to get married.

  • Why do I want to get married? As a single Christian woman, you might desire marriage because you feel lonely or believe it will bring you more happiness. The problem with these reasons is that you run the risk of idolizing marriage and setting yourself up for disappointment. Instead, you want marriage to be a genuine desire for sharing your life with your boyfriend. And you reach that state of mind by becoming whole as a single woman.
  • Are we equally yoked? While chemistry ignites romance and excitement, compatibility is what will guarantee the success of a long-term relationship. Ask yourself if you share the same values, interests, and outlook on life. Find out by having open discussions and hard conversations. 
  • Is our relationship healthy? You and your partner should feel respected, cherished, and safe enough to communicate openly about anything. After all, you want your husband to be your confidant and best friend. 
  • What do I expect from marriage? Make a list of the things that you expect from a husband or marriage. Then identify and question where this belief comes from. Ensure that they are realistic expectations, free of projection or insecurities.
  • Am I ready to be a wife? Last but not least, you want to do some self-reflection. Ask yourself if you are truly ready to give up the single life and commit to a life partner. Married life requires sacrifice to successfully merge your lives. It’s a big step that you want to be prepared for.
10 Tips for talking about marriage with your boyfriend

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