Whether you found the love of your life on the first day of orientation, or your long time campus crush became your real life happily ever after, you may be walking down the aisle soon after you snag your diploma. If your friends got hitched soon after school, or you're a soon-to-be new spouse yourself, it may be hard to know what happens when you get married right after college. Do you stop going out? Do you have a family right away? Does your college mascot show up to the wedding? (Spoiler: There is no one answer. Every couple is different, and every pair will find what works best for them.)
If you're a history buff, a hopeless romantic, or just interested in the old days, it may interest you to know that in the '80s, the average age for marriage for women was 22, and in the '50s it was 20. Cue the sparkling cider toasts on your big day. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average age that women tied the knot in 2017 was 27.4 years, with men saying their vows at an average age of 29.5.
I asked three mental health professionals about what happens when you say "I do" right after throwing your graduation cap. Here's what they had to say.