31 Signs You Will Never Get Married

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Marriage is not necessarily meant for everyone. Are there signs that you will never get married? As people get older, they reach certain milestones in their lives, including completing education, receiving a degree, getting a job, finding a partner, getting married, starting a family, retiring, and enjoying the rest of their retirement lives. But is it mandatory for everyone to follow the set milestones? What if you don’t want to get married? Could the remainder of your life still be happy and productive? Read on to know about some signs that you will never get married.

31 Signs You Will Never Get Married

Marriage is a life-changing decision, and it is natural to feel unsure about it. Here are some signs you don’t want to get married.

1.You don’t understand the purpose of marriage

You have found the love of your life and are living happily with them. Everything is smooth, and you do not see the need for marriage in your life. For you, marriage is an unnecessary complication.

2. You have not seen a happy marriage

You have witnessed failed marriages

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You have witnessed failed marriages, so the importance of marriage is lost for you. Or you have seen someone in a bad marriage, which made you feel that it makes no difference to a couple.

3. You think you can never afford to get married

A wedding is an expensive affair. A single-day celebration can cost you the savings of a lifetime. You feel you can use that money for an exotic vacation or to buy a house for yourself.

4. You are happy with yourself

Some people enjoy their own company. You may be an introvert who is not interested in companionship, so marriage has no place in your life.

Did you know?
Men outnumber women in being unmarried. The ratio of unmarried men to women is 125:100 (1).

5. You fear commitment

You are a loyal partner, but the idea of committing to one person scares you. You are commitment-phobic, and so marriage is not up to your alley.

6. You are unsure of your current partner

You are happy and content with your partner. However, if you haven’t been with them for long or are unsure of your compatibility with them, you may hesitate to get married. If you are not confident about spending a lifetime with your partner, you may not want to marry.

7. You are not at that stage

You are at the stage of your life where your career takes precedence over everything else. You are ambitious and wish to achieve certain things in life before settling down. You may even be unsure about getting married in the future.

8. You are accustomed to singledom

You are accustomed to singledom

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Over the years, you have developed a way of living that you love and cherish. Getting married would mean changing all that is set and making adjustments for a new person. And this idea does not appeal to you.

9. You haven’t found love

Marriage is often the next stage after falling in love and dating. But you haven’t reached the first step of love. And marriage is meaningless without love.

10.You don’t want to be answerable

You loathe the fact that being married requires you to be answerable to your spouse. You need to make decisions by consulting them, and you do not want this for yourself.

11.You are not into following traditions

Marriage means a change of name, vows of loyalty, leaving your home, and compromising at times. You do not vibe with these traditional practices and hence are not keen on marriage.

12.You feel overwhelmed being the center of attention

During your wedding, people will be there to see you. But if being you suffer from social anxiety, then having a marriage in front of people may not be your thing. It could be an uncommon reason for not desiring to marry.

13.You do not want children

Raising children is not easy and also not for everyone. And marriage typically raises hope in a spouse to start a family. But, since you are not keen on having children, marriage seems unappealing to you.

14.You have been hurt in the past

You have been in bad relationships in the past that have made you opposed to long-term relationships. As a result, you fear being stuck in a bad marriage.

15.You are a traveling enthusiast

You work only to explore the world in your free time. If traveling is a priority, you may feel marriage might shackle you down with responsibilities.

16.You prefer casual dating

Sign you will never get married

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You feel you get bored of a relationship too easily and prefer being in the casual dating game. You like the adventure of dating more than a serious commitment.

Point to consider
Many people nowadays opt for polygamy and open marriages. You can be in a non-monogamous relationship with the consent of the persons involved.

17.You are unable to trust anyone

Some bad past experiences have made you suspicious, and you find it difficult to let your guard down. And marriage is pointless if you cannot trust your spouse.

18.You are afraid your partner will change

You may be in a romantic live-in relationship, but it is true that marriage does change people. You are scared of how marriage might change your partner, and hence you want to avoid it completely.

19.You are involved in too many things

Apart from your regular work, you are involved in several other activities that you enjoy doing. Getting married may limit your time for these activities, so you might not be interested in marriage.

20.You fear you might suffer in marriage

There are a ton of marriage jokes available online that many couples relate to. After reading those jokes, you feel marriage entails sacrifices and suffering and hence you are averse to the idea of it.

21.You are in an unstable relationship

You are in an unstable relationship

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You and your partner have been together for a long time but you still lack the stability that you need in a relationship. This has made you wary of getting hitched.

22.You do not approve of monogamy

Marriage means staying loyal to one partner. If loyalty does not come easily to you, then marriage may not lure you unless you find a partner willing to have an open marriage with you.

23.You do not need a partner

You have everything you need in life, and there is no need that a partner can fulfill. Hence, you do not understand the need for commitment and marriage.

Did you know?
There are aromantic and asexual people on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. They might actively avoid romantic relationships and choose to remain unmarried.

24.You fear taking a risk

No matter how much you love your partner, there is no guarantee that your marriage will be successful. And you are averse to taking risks, so marriage is a no-no for you.

25.You do not believe in ‘one true love’

You are despising romance with a vengeance and steer away from anything that involves love and relationship. Even the idea of ‘true love’ makes you cringe. For you, marriage is unwanted.

26.You feel you may not make a good spouse

When you marry someone, you promise to stay by their side during good and bad times. You feel you do not have it in you to tend to another person when they are ill, making you a bad spouse.

27.You want to avoid the drama

In a marriage, fights and arguments are inevitable and completely normal. But if you are afraid of verbal spats, then it is natural that you want to stay away from marriage.

28.You do not want complications in life

When you are dating, you can easily walk out of the relationship with no complications. But in marriage, separation involves legal formalities and expenditure, which you wish to avoid.

29.You have family responsibilities

If you come from a humble background and are responsible for your younger family members, you might avoid marriage, thinking you might not be able to manage both families.

30.You enjoy having a social life

You enjoy having a social life

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When you are single, you can have a happening social life. But after marriage, you may have to spend more time looking after your family, which can make you run away from the concept of marriage.

Some famous personalities, including Leonardo Da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, Nicola Tesla, Jane Austen, Queen Elizabeth I, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Florence Nightingale, were never married.

31.You are close to your family

You have a great family who makes you happy and loves you, too. You do not wish to change the dynamics of your family and wish to avoid marriage.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is it normal to never get married?

Yes, it is normal if you never want to get married. While society may raise an eyebrow at this decision, you don’t need to explain your choices or justify your decision to the world. However, because this is a significant life decision, you should put enough thought into it. You may even seek help from your family or close friends.

2. What is someone who never gets married called?

A man who never gets married is called a bachelor, and a woman who never gets married is called a spinster.

Marriage is a lifelong commitment that everyone may not be prepared for. If you relate to any of these signs that you will never get married, it may be best to convey your intentions and desires to your family. The choice to remain unmarried should not cause shame or worry. It is a personal choice that should be respected by those near and dear to you. Hence, live as you want to without the pressure of society to lead a happy and content life.

Infographic: What To Do If You Never Want To Get Married?

If the above signs accurately portray your feelings, you’ve come to the right place. Don’t let your different take on marriage make you anxious. If you have decided not to get married but are scared about the future, this infographic will help you accept your feelings and live an unapologetic life.

what to do if you never want to get married [infographic]
Illustration: MomJunction Design Team

Key Pointers

  • Marriage is considered one of the most significant milestones in life.
  • Being happy with yourself and feeling that you are not yet ready for a lifelong commitment are signs that you might never get married.
  • Not wanting complications, avoiding family drama, and several other signs as you scroll down.


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