I get asked questions a lot by my guy friends – “I don’t know if it’s ok to take her to this party or introduce her as my girlfriend” CMB gents, let me give you some insight as to what most girls are expecting to happen- and when! If you follow this timeline, not only will you be a perfect gentleman, but girls will ADORE YOU, I swear.
1 week: I’m so glad we hit it off at our first date. It’s still the early stages so let’s keep things casual. How about we plan a brunch date, followed by a walk in the park. We can hold hands and smooch, but let’s keep some sense of mystery going. I would obviously appreciate flowers but there’s no need for big gifts or extravagant dates. Chivalry is not dead! I’d love to see how much of a gentleman you can really be. Those sweet gestures are greatly appreciated and won’t go unnoticed.
1 month: By this point we’re definitely more comfortable around each other. I would love to be seeing you a few times a week and go on more adventurous dates like hiking or something on the water. Remember that I mentioned that I like seafood and pasta? If you whip some shrimp linguine and pair it with a nice glass of Pinot Grigio, I’ll be really impressed and could probably find a way to show my gratitude. ;)
3 months: Things are getting a bit more serious and I’d hope we can be exclusive. Let’s talk about it, like adults, instead of just assuming things. No need to get me a set of keys to your place, but I’d like to leave a toothbrush and mascara there. I want to be involved in your life: invite me to your cousin’s birthday party or happy hour with your buddies.
6+ months: Wow – we’ve made it this far! I love you and I’m gonna tell you. And I want you to tell me, too. I can’t wait to be your plus one at family events. I would also love to take a weekend getaway together. Maybe we can host a holiday party together? Lets start thinking and talking about our future. And of course I want to make it Facebook official! (That’s the most important part of being with someone, isn’t it?)
If you want to help your girlfriend navigate the dating timeline, share the “Dating Advice for Women” post with her!
About Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB): Every day at noon, we introduce you to one single with whom you share mutual friends. You have 24 hours to LIKE or PASS your match (aka “Bagels”). Mutual LIKE leads to direct connection via text message on a private phone line.