Saying “I love you” is a huge dating milestone which takes your relationship to another level. It could happen at any point – some people say it more easily than others, and is usually a true indication of how serious they are – although if they say ‘I love you’ straight away they may be less serious, so don’t be flippant.
If you aren’t ready to say it yet, but are keen, you could lead up to it with lesser but equally warm declarations of affection, i.e., ‘I adore you.’ ‘I love doing things with you.’ ‘I love certain things about you’.
Once the crucial six month milestone has passed, daters feel it’s safe to splash out on the relationship by spending the night away (seven months/204 days) or going on holiday together (10 months/298 days).
Over a quarter (28 per cent) said they would wait at least six months before leaving their toothbrush round their partner’s house, whilst 40 per cent said the same for being given a drawer at their partners house.
A third of Brits (33 per cent) will have their first conversation about their long-term future within a year, whilst the big commitment milestones of engagement bling, wedded bliss and babies all happen after the first year.
The average couple gets engaged after two years (743 days), marries after just over three (1190 days) and has a family after almost four years of dating (1422 days).
When first dating, even if you are sleeping together, you might not always stay the night, and if you do, you may leave early the next morning.Over a third (36 per cent) said that it would take one month or less for them to get dressed or undressed with the lights on.British daters also see 144 days as the perfect time to embark on a more modern dating milestone: updating their social media relationship status (157 days).Taking things to the next step, over a quarter (27 per cent) of Brits wait between one and two weeks to sleep with their partner whilst 23 per cent wait one month.However, three fifths (60 per cent) would introduce their partner to their best friend within a month.As you get to know each other, the weekend can be an excellent time to stay over, hang out and share the everyday things of life, which are all part of becoming a couple.Meeting the friends of the person you’re dating is a very good way to get to know someone.Kate Taylor, dating expert for match, said: “While each relationship moves at its own pace, daters are often reassured by comparing their experiences with others’.We all ask our friends, ‘When did you know your partner was The One? ’, so it’s great that Match have researched the nation’s dating journey.Finally, in terms of when people can expect to find love, the research found that 27 is the average age British daters meet their partners, with women more likely to meet them earlier in life at age 25 than men at 28.Half (50%) of daters meet their partner in their 20s.