19 Things To Say Instead Of “I Love You” If You Just Aren’t Ready Yet

You’re in a relationship with a really wonderful person and while things have gotten pretty serious, you’re not quite ready to utter the L-word. You want to say something similar, letting them know how much you care about them, but you’re not sure what. Here are a few options.

You make me so happy. 

This expression is classic. It’s a lot to say to someone that they’re contributing so much to your happiness. That’s a pretty big well to add to since you’re totally fulfilled on your own, but they’re making a significant splash.

There’s no one in the world I’d rather be with. 

This is a bold statement. I’m sure there are plenty of people in your life that you love, but you’ve chosen this person as the most important to spend time with. Pretty cute!

“It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.” — The Fault In Our Stars 

Oh, author John Green. He’s such a lush. This quote is a unique slant on an “I love you.” It’s sort of saying that it’s better to have loved and lost than not at all because your partner is worth it. Why else would you be signing up for a broken heart? (Also, use this one at your own risk since it is kind of corny and not everyone’s cup of tea.)

Being with you feels right to me.

This lets your partner know that they’re fitting snugly in your life. They’re right where they’re supposed to be and that’s in the front seat of your day-to-day. What a compliment.

I fall more for you every day.

Not only are you falling for them at this very moment, but you were also falling for them yesterday and will be tomorrow. Your feelings keep compounding into a beautiful pile of love.

I really really really like you.

You’re allowed to go little kid style on your partner. Sometimes it can be super cute to say something silly like this. Plus, it gets the point across that you definitely feel strongly about them!

I love watching you [do that thing you’re good at].

Maybe it’s guitar, painting, writing, or some other thing, but you just adore watching them do it. It makes you fall for them even more to see them doing something they’re so passionate (and good) at.

I really effin’ cherish you. 

The use of profanity gives it all the more oomph. It’s in your face and saying “listen to me!” Plus, the word cherish is a little antiquated and totally different, so your partner will know you really thought about this.

I’m loving where we’re going.

This tells your partner that you’re happy with where you are and you’re also stoked about where you’re going. You have faith that it’s going to be something good.

I adore you. 

This is some puppy love stuff. Adoration is just a step away from love! Plus, it’s so cute and sweet. Who doesn’t want to be adored?

You’re my number one. 

Of all the people in the world, you choose them. They’re your person. This is a sweet one because you’re basically saying “I love you” without having to use those words.

I’m crazy about you. 

You might as well say “I love you” when you say this one, but it’s a little lower key. You’re letting your partner know that you’re developing some serious feelings for them that are bringing you to your knees.

You make my insides warm and tingly. 

Going with something cheesy like this one isn’t a bad idea. It’s another one that’s kind of child-like, which can also be lovely. This one’s sure to plaster a smile on your loved one’s face.

You’re my person.

A very bold statement, you’re letting them know that you’re not messing around. They are yours, or at least you hope so. Is there any better feeling?

I can’t believe how deeply I feel for you. 

Your shock sends the message that your feelings are intense and are even surprising you. You’ve fallen hard and you want to share this with them.

You’re the best partner ever. 

This one sends a wave of appreciation over your partner. It lets them know that you just think they’re the greatest and are so glad to have them in your life.

You’re amazing. 

Letting your partner know how much you appreciate them can be done by complimenting their awesomeness. Sharing how great you think they are definitely sends the “I love you” message without saying it.

I have butterflies in my stomach when I’m with you. 

Butterflies are a sure sign that you’re falling for your partner. Sharing with them that you have them is a vulnerable move but is sure to melt their heart.

What did I do to deserve someone as great as you? 

Again, complimenting them on how lovely of a human they are is a good way to express your feelings. This one is a little self-deprecating, but that’s OK.

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