Nope - we didn't (our virginity was our wedding present to each other), and we're still deliriously happy after 21 years. You don't have to look far to find the research showing higher divorce rates among cohabiting couples. There is also other research showing a correlation between number of sexual partners prior to marriage and divorce rates. It should be easy enough to find - it's been around for decades and it's one of the reasons we decided not to cohabit before the wedding night.
Sorry Jennifer, I was listening to a segment on the radio. However, here are a few links that I found (sorry, I haven't read them - trying unsuccessfully to hold a conversation and read my emails. Some of the links suggest that age is a major factor in martial success as well.
We did live together before marriage but only for about 11 months and only once we were engaged AND a wedding venue had been booked and paid for! I had been very badly hurt in a previous relationship where my partner had just walked away scot free because we weren't married, so this time round I needed significant reassurances that marriage was on the agenda before I would commit and move in.
Neither of us believed in that.
In the long run, 41 years', it gives us something of which to be very proud.
It's a good bit of 'oneupmanship' on those who didn't!
That was OUR beliefs, but every person is different. You've got to be able to live with your conscience.
We didn't live together before we married. We've been happily married for 47 years, 2 months, 1 week & 2 days. as I write this! I met my husband on the 21st of a month, & married on the 21st of another month, 5 years later.