My d@ting days are well behind me, but does saying "I love you" come into this anywhere?
I doubt it. I know that if I were still in the dating
pool, I'd want to officially establish the relationship long
before anyone had any idea about being in love. Falling in love can take time, and being comfortable talking about it can take even longer, so it would be potentially disastrous to wait until both of those things happen before establishing the rules of the relationship