Dating can come with a myriad of milestones that can mean something different to everyone. One particularly exciting milestone is when you're ready for your friends to meet your new significant other. The Spice Girls did sing, "If you wanna be my lover/ you gotta get with my friends," and while your interpretation of "get with" is totally up to you, how well your SO meshes with your friends can be pretty important. Sometimes, friends can have high expectations for who you date, because they are protective of you and think you deserve the best— which can lead to more than a little pressure. Just remember to take a few deep breaths.If you're ready to take this step with bae, that's pretty dang exciting.
"Introducing a partner to your friends will feel like a big step if you are serious about them," says Trina Leckie, relationship expert and host of the podcast Breakup BOOST. "This is because you will be that much more invested in them and the relationship, so you will want your friends to like them and vice versa, because they will be a big part of your life going forward." Introducing your friend to your partner can be stressful if you're not ready, Leckie explains, so it's worth considering what the best timing is for you. There's not one way to develop a healthy, lasting relationship, so make sure that you're listening to your gut throughout the process of introducing these two separate parts of your life.
A touch of nerves is normal — but not more than that. "It should feel like a big step because that’s when you know that your S.O. is important to you," Leckie says. If you're ready to introduce your girlfriend, boyfriend, or partner to your friends, you may feel some of the following ways.