Photo: WENNWhether you take the plunge or not, marriage is one the most significant milestones in your adult life. But first, the engagement: both a time to celebrate soon-to-be matrimony and take something of a test run, especially in celebrity land, where marriages spoil faster than a carton of milk. This list of celebrity couples can never be accused of rushing into things, but at what point has a relationship gone on too long to not be seriously headed toward marriage? You be the judge.
Mario Lopez and Ali Landry
Photo: Getty ImagesMario and Ali dated for six years before saying, "I Do."
Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Photo: WENNHip-hop's first couple have always been hush-hush about their relationship. Beyoncé could be seen flashing her 18-karat engagement ring as early as six months prior to the couple getting hitched, clearly a strategic move by the power-couple to limit press around their engagement. The actual intent to marry could have come anywhere in their six-year courtship.
Brooke Burke and David Charvet
Photo: WENNActor/TV personalities, Brooke Burke (Dancing with the Stars) and David Chavret (Baywatch) were engaged five years before getting married.
Alicia Silverstone and Chris Jarecki
Photo: WENNClueless actor Alicia Silverstone waited eight years before becoming rocker Chris Jarecki's wife.
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
Photo: WENNIndiana Jones married Alley McBeal back in 2010, after over ten years of courtship.
Shakira and Antonio de la Rúa
Photo: WENNShakira was engaged to Antonio de la Rua for 10 long years only to never even get married!
Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham
Photo: WENNSteadman popped the question back in 1993, and Oprah accepted but almost 20 years later, this couple still hasn't tied to knot. Oprah has gone on record blissfully admitting the engagement is more important than the wedding.
Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson
Photo: WENNIt's going on two years since their engagement was made public and though they haven't made time to get married, they had their first child in May.
Carmen Electra and Rob Patterson
Photo: WENNIn May of this year, Carmen Electra and Rob Patterson called off their 4-year engagement.
Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller
Photo: WENNSeth Rogen managed to marry his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Miller, a year after popping the question. By the time they were married, they'd been together seven years.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard
Photo: WENNThese two have been engaged since January of 2010 but the wedding bells have yet to ring.
Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen
Photo: Getty ImagesYoung Darth Vader, Hayden Christensen, and his Jumper co-star, Rachel Bilson were engaged in 2008, but the days to marriage timer seems to be counting up. The two are still unmarried.
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
Photo: WENNFox and Green went back and forth between "engaged" and "broken up" in their six-year courtship. They eventually married in 2010 after a combined 37 month engagement.
Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher
Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves
Photo: Getty ImagesAfter toying with the idea of marriage since 2007, it took less than a year for the couple to actually get married following their Christmas 2011 engagement.
Prince William and Kate
Photo: WENNKate Middleton famously hung in their for eight years before William made it official.
Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga
Photo: Getty ImagesOtunga and Hudson have been engaged since 2008, with a wedding rumored to happen soon though no date has been revealed.
Chris Noth and Tara Wilson
Photo: WENNBig "Sex and the City" star, Chris Noth, dated Tara Wilson for seven years before tying the knot. StyleBlazer Must Reads:
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