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Old 12-19-2011, 10:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

My fiance and I have been engaged since Aug 2011 after nearly 5yrs together and lots of discussions brought up by me regarding getting engaged. I'm now not so sure I want to get married or maybe I just don't want to marry him. I have doubts every day but I'm so confused as to whether these doubts are because I am scared of marriage or my gut instinct is telling me not to do it! More often than not, I am the one who brings up the topic of the wedding. He is happy to discuss the wedding but only for a short time and then the subject will be changed.

Do you think I'm having doubts because I'm not sure he actually wants to marry me? I feel like we are not making any progress and feel like I can't be bothered anymore. It's hard work being the only one to push for the future! There shouldn't be any doubts when you're getting married?? I am 33 and he is 39 and neither one of us have been married before.

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Old 12-20-2011, 12:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Who was the one to decide to get engaged. Most likely you.
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If he is ambivalent, don't go through with it. Postpone it. Trust me, this will spare you pain

If you are not sure of his commitment, go to pre-marriage counseling. How this is handled tells a lot about how committed he is to you.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If a 39 year old man took 5 years to decide to marry, that does raise a red flag regarding his committment to you and the idea of marriage
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for your responses.
It's confusing because he is basically an all talk, no action person when it comes to putting our money together, marriage plans or discussing any relationship problems. He is very loving and convincing so of course I believed him. It seems that unless I take action then nothing is done and we don't make any progress. There is only so long one person can do this before losing respect and love for the other person. It also makes me feel unloved and stuck even though I know he loves me. It's almost like our relationship is great, as long as I don't bring up any of my concerns about his inaction in this relationship (he doesn't like fighting). I keep second guessing my feelings because he denies almost everything. It makes me feel as if I'm being selfish and needy. Very confusing!

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Old 12-22-2011, 07:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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it's kinda like, "why buy the cow?"... (Sorry, not meaning you are a cow)
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Old 12-22-2011, 11:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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It's confusing because he is basically an all talk, no action person when it comes to putting our money together, marriage plans or discussing any relationship problems. He is very loving and convincing so of course I believed him. It seems that unless I take action then nothing is done and we don't make any progress. There is only so long one person can do this before losing respect and love for the other person. It also makes me feel unloved and stuck even though I know he loves me. It's almost like our relationship is great, as long as I don't bring up any of my concerns about his inaction in this relationship (he doesn't like fighting). I keep second guessing my feelings because he denies almost everything. It makes me feel as if I'm being selfish and needy. Very confusing!

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Speaking from my experience, I married a "all talk no action" man, avoided any confrontation, and was the reassuring type to say "it will all work out in the end". After 20+ years, and I believing it all in faith and love, have discovered, that the talk holds no water, and the "it will all work out to HIS ends". Its about a balance of trust and his confirmation of your trust in him. I became the loving caring supportive doormat. If I had a time machine I would have approached things VASTLY different. I would have insisted on actions to back up words, and make sure that any lifepath decision was truly an "us" process and not getting snowed.

Like the other posters mentioned, if you pushed for the engagement, I would be concerned about his commitment level. Especially at 39 yrs old. If any man cannot commit to a woman he's lived with for 5 years, then I would say it isn't going to happen.
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Old 12-22-2011, 04:44 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for your responses. This is helping me to make a decision by making things clearer.

Hi Dean - We have always agreed on the type of wedding we want and the things that are important to us on the day but this is only talked about when I bring up the topic. It gets very tiresome feeling like the other is disinterested. I liken it to a friend that continually doesn't reciprocate making plans to catch up. Everybody knows that you normally don't continue a friendship with someone like this because you get the message they don't want to progress with the friendship.

Hi Chelle D - I guess I'm at the point realising his type of communication is here to stay no matter how many times I tell him it upsets me. He does try but it just feels like he says or does things now because he knows he should. It doesn't feel genuine.

Hi RubyRed - Thanks for telling me your story. This helps a lot, as I have been thinking of how it would be in the future. I don't think they mean to treat people like a doormat but it certainly seems like life ends up the way they want it. It's almost like they don't care about the other's needs and you just feel like you're nagging when you have a problem. I guess I don't understand people like this. My Dad is like this and it led to my parent's divorce because he buried his head in the sand when there were problems with my brother. It makes me confused because at the same time he has lots of good qualities and I know noone is perfect. Are you still with your husband?
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Old 12-22-2011, 04:56 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I should add that it was a LDR for the first 2yrs and after this I moved in with him. He didn't propose until nearly 3yrs of living together. I pushed for the engagement (even though he says I didn't and would never be pushed into something like that) but he surprised me by getting the ring himself eventually. Last night we had a heated discussion and he said "well, you went from not caring to a task master". Of course I didn't take the relationship very seriously and think of marriage when it was a LDR. When you are living together I think it's normal to want to know the future of your relationship! I'm a bit worried if I end the relationship that I may miss out of having children due to the time to meet someone else and being 33yrs old. Not that this is my only goal in life. I think it would be nice to have children though.

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Thanks for your responses.
It's confusing because he is basically an all talk, no action person when it comes to putting our money together, marriage plans or discussing any relationship problems. He is very loving and convincing so of course I believed him. It seems that unless I take action then nothing is done and we don't make any progress. There is only so long one person can do this before losing respect and love for the other person. It also makes me feel unloved and stuck even though I know he loves me. It's almost like our relationship is great, as long as I don't bring up any of my concerns about his inaction in this relationship (he doesn't like fighting). I keep second guessing my feelings because he denies almost everything. It makes me feel as if I'm being selfish and needy. Very confusing!

Anyone else have suggestions?
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This will only get worse after marriage. Do you really want to be questioning whether or not your husband has his heart in the marriage or not? If he really wants you, then he'd be receptive and also initiate love and affection and connection. Otherwise, the message he is sending is, "I am sticking around cuz you're doing all the work and I like being adored. Of course, if you don't drag me kicking and screaming forward, I'll probably wander away toward whatever else captures my interest when you cease to amuse me." I know that sounds harsh, but I'm just trying to show you what that ambivalence looks like to those of us on the outside.
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Old 01-03-2012, 02:20 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Don't enter the marriage unless you are both 100% sure. If you can't resolve your problems before the big day, it may be better to call it off.
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:30 AM   #12 (permalink)
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You can't tell anything about a mans love by how he approaches a wedding. Ever see a man looking at a wedding magazine? It isn't that they don't want to get married its just that the weddding and all the detais are beyond a mans comprehension. The best you can hope for is he doesn't trip going down the aisle or pick out some awful tux. I don't want to say weddings are a girl thing but receptions are more of a guy thing.

At this point he is probably just afraid he's going to screw something up.

As far as you are concerned everybody has doubts and second thoughts. There are very few decisons in life that are made for a lifetime and thats scary .

On my wedding day I thought I should go to the restroom one more time, not nervous at all. After a bit, I looked down and I was using the sink, not the urinal. Well, maybe I was nervous (incompetent) after all.

When I go to weddings its not the bride that looks like they're being hit by a truck. Men want to be married, they just want to get it over with because its freaking them out.

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Old 01-04-2012, 06:23 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks desert-rose. I think that is very true about dragging a man forward kicking and screaming. It sometimes feels that he is interested in everything but moving this relationship forward. Oh but of course, he continues to say he will change and make future plans!

Haha chapparal, that's funny. You must have been nervous! I can see your point but it doesn't seem fair that I need to be the one to initiate conversations about this. It's supposed a day for both of us.

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Old 01-04-2012, 06:53 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm really getting upset about this now. My head is completely jumbled! It seems I'm doing all of the work emotionally, while he goes about his life as usual. His way of making things better is to be affectionate and make me a nice dessert. We used to joke about his 'peace offering dessert' but now it really hurts that he invalidates my feelings like this. Of course, this leaves problems unresolved and my anger builds up.

Wedding plans are not spoken about if I don't bring them up and neither is our future. He will go through stages of throwing in little comments about our future but it is always because I have said that it upsets me that he doesn't do this. I have asked him if he still wants to get married or if he thinks I'm the right person for him. He says he wants to and I am.

We are happy when we don't fight but when I tell him his inactions hurt me, he promises to improve and then isn't consistent with this then of course I get upset and we fight because I feel I can't trust him. I feel so ignored sometimes. It's as if my feelings don't matter. I think he just wants to have a 'fair weather relationship'. How can someone be so stupid and say they don't like fighting but they don't hold up their end of the bargain. Of course I'll get angry!

I am so unhappy because I don't know how to fix our problems and I can't fix them on my own. He makes me feel like the requests I make of him are unreasonable but they are really just the basics of a happy, healthy, connected relationship. Do you think he just wants an easy relationship? Should I just give up and leave?

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Old 01-04-2012, 07:10 PM   #15 (permalink)
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dated my wife 5 yr before getting engagued and then another 3 yrs before getting married.

she planned the wedding. why because it didn't matter to me we could have got married standing in a freaking creak with flip flops on.

didn't mean i didn't want to marry her. It meant the wedding and all th houpla that goes with it wasn't important to me unlsee it went way over budget. its her day and she wanted it her way fine by me.


sometime women are so orginized that they want to know whats around the next corner and men will find out whats there when we get there.


if you don't like this aspect of his personality then you won't be happy being married to him.
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