Within the sample was 27.17 and the average age for their husbands was 28.94.
The average age of marriage across the United States for the same time period was 23.6 for women and 25.8 for men*, so the men and women in this sample were 3 to 3.5 years older on average at the time of marriage.
This is much longer than the 2 year relationship “trial period” suggested by some theorists.
These quite happily married women knew what they were looking for and spent considerable time building their relationships before making the decision to partner for life with their husbands.
When the bride threw the bouquet, the cluster of single women immediately jumped away from it and the unclaimed bouquet landed on the floor.