Five years after announcing their engagement, Brooke Burke and David Charvet have finally tied the knot, according to UsMagazine.com. The Dancing With the Stars cohost, 39, and her Baywatch beau tied the knot in St. Barts Friday, Burke’s rep confirmed. The couple were joined by their four children during the Carribean ceremony. “Want to thank everyone for their support,” Charvet, 39, tweeted Saturday. “It has been a great day!” The couple are parents to son Shaya, 3, and daughter, Rain, 4. Burke also has two children from her previous marriage to plastic surgeon Garth Fisher, daughters Sierra, 9, and Neriah, 11.

What are some good reasons to date a long while before marriage?

Cupid’s Advice:

It’s important to dig as deep as possible to make sure you know your lover inside and out before marriage. Cupid has some reasons not to move too quickly:

1. Get all your questions out: Don’t let any questions go unanswered.  No matter how minor they may be, every detail is crucial to getting to know the man or woman you plan on spending the rest of your life with.

2. Ask his or her family and friends: Family and friends are the ones that know you the best.  Chances are if they are aware you are serious about their loved one and plan on getting married to him or her, they will be honest with you.

3. As the time goes by: There are some things you may start to realize about your mate that you didn’t notice earlier in the relationship.  As the time goes by, the filter lessons and the quirks come out.

Why do you think it’s good to date awhile before marriage?  Share your answer in a comment below.