Although it's totally possible to be in a loving long-term relationship with no intention of tying the knot in the future, for some people, walking down the aisle (at some point) is non-negotiable. Even if you know you want to get married, depending on how long you've been dating someone, communicating this may feel a bit intense. This can be especially true if you've noticed any red flags your partner might not want to get married.
It's important to know if you're on the same page about marriage before devoting too much time to a relationship that doesn't have the potential you thought it did, or to a partner who doesn't want the same things as you. I spoke to prominent LA-based relationship therapist Dr. Gary Brown to find out more about the signs your partner may not be open to marriage. According to Dr. Brown, the warning signs are surprisingly straightforward, and if you notice them, it's definitely a good idea to speak up as soon as possible. "Obviously if your relationship is brand new, that is something else, but if it has been a monogamous relationship for a long period of time, then any of the following signs could very well mean they are not interested in marriage," Dr. Brown tells Elite Daily.