Within a year, if not sooner, he's figured out that he not only wants to marry you but has to marry you to see you more often, to really have you.
CNN: What characteristics do you see in couples who are "a little bit married"? It's the sense your life together is moving in unison.
For example, the day-to-day staple activities are done together.
You buy furniture together but you say, "What happens when if we broke up? " There is no definite sense this will culminate in marriage.
Getting the man you want to propose -- and then turning that proposal into an actual wedding date -- can be a tougher deal to close than a media merger.
Of course, if you've been following The Rules (the set of dating guidelines outlined in our book, The Rules: Time Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr.