120 Different Ways to Say I Love You

What is the deepest way to say "I love you"?
on May 15, 2024
Read time: 10 mins

3 words. 8 letters. Say it and I’m yours. 

Saying I love you for the first time is a huge step in any romantic relationship. Whether you build up to the moment with a grand gesture, or it just slips out one day, it’s a euphoric moment to hear it from someone you love (and to say it in return!) 

Even though this might be everyone’s favorite phrase, there are actually a range of different ways to say I love you to your partner. 

In some cases, it’s a more subtle way to express your love without actually saying the L word, or some are just fun variations to showcase the depth of your emotion! 

What can I say instead of saying I love you?

There are so many ways to say I love you to your partner, with poets and artists making various attempts to capture this powerful emotion through the centuries. 

According to the dictionary, you can use simple trade-offs for love like ‘adoration’, ‘affection’, or ‘appreciation’. Or you can utilize non-verbal cues to signal your feelings for someone — especially if you’re not quite ready to confess your love!

Or, when you’ve been in love for a long time, switching up the way you express your love can trigger the kind of sparks or butterflies you’re looking for. 

What are the most romantic alternatives to saying "I love you"?

Telling someone ‘I love you so much’ sounds pretty romantic to us! 

However, if you’re looking for a more romantic edge to your love story, there are plenty of poetic and descriptive alternatives to express your affection. 

You can even go full Mr. Darcy on it, or go for a Bridgerton level of romantic outburst to ensure your partner has no doubts about your feelings! 

How do you say "I love you" in a unique way?

When you first say ‘I love you’ to your partner, it’s like you just can’t get enough of the phrase — as it feels so incredible to say it (and for someone to say it back!) 

However, over time, you might start looking for different ways to express love for your partner. While it may sound silly, it can feel like these three words can no longer encapsulate the depth of your emotions for your soulmate! 

This is why it’s important to have a few different ways to express your love tucked up your sleeve to ensure your partner knows exactly how you feel. 

Or, if you haven’t quite graduated to saying ‘I love you’ yet, but you want to express your love or appreciation — these can also do the trick! 

Cute ways to say I love you

  1. You make my heart smile. 

  2. You’re my favorite person in the whole wide world. 

  3. I never thought I’d have a partner who doubled as my best friend. 

  4. You’re my sunshine, bringing light to my every day. 

  5. I’m so grateful to have someone like you in my life.

  6. Spending time with you is a delight. 

  7. I trust you. 

  8. I never get tired of spending time with you. 

  9. When I met you, it was like the puzzle pieces of my life came into place. 

  10. You’re the favorite part of my day. 

  11. Yoda the one for me. 

  12. You give me butterflies every single day. 

  13. You make me blush every time you look at me. 

  14. I’ve got a big crush on you. 

  15. You’re my angel. 

  16. I love you to the moon and back. 

  17. I’m yours. 

  18. Don’t go bacon my heart! 

  19. You’ve stolen a pizza my heart. 

  20. I couldn't have done that without you.

Romantic ways to say I love you 

  1. I’m head over heels for you. 

  2. You’re my soulmate. 

  3. You’re the love of my life. 

  4. Being with you feels like home. 

  5. You complete me. 

  6. My heart skips a beat when I’m with you. 

  7. You’re my happily ever after. 

  8. You truly mean everything to me. 

  9. I can’t imagine my life without you. 

  10. Something changed in me from the first time I saw you. 

  11. Days with you make my life feel whole. 

  12. I adore you. 

  13. I’m falling for you. 

  14. I’m yours. 

  15. I can’t live without you. 

  16. Darling, you’re the one for me. 

  17. You mean so much to me. 

  18. You stole my heart. 

  19. You hold the key to my heart. 

  20. With you, I’ve found my forever.

  21. You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me. 

  22. I’m enchanted by you. 

  23. Being with you makes me feel truly alive. 

  24. You’re truly my serendipity. 

  25. I think I fall in love with you more and more every day. 

Unique ways to say I love you 

  1. You’re my partner in crime. 

  2. You’re my closest confidante — I truly feel like I can tell you anything. 

  3. You’re the light of my life. 

  4. I cherish every aspect of you and fall for you more and more every day. 

  5. There isn’t a word in the dictionary to sum up how much I love you. 

  6. I’m the luckiest person in the world to have you by my side. 

  7. You’re the one that I’ve been waiting for. 

  8. You’re my silver lining. 

  9. You’re the reason for my happiness. 

  10. I’m hopelessly devoted to you. 

  11. You’re the secret ingredient that makes life worth living. 

  12. Loving you is the best decision that I’ve ever made. 

  13. You’re my best adventure. 

  14. You’re my secret weapon. 

  15. You’re my calm amongst the chaos. 

  16. I love you more than coffee, and that’s saying a lot! 

  17. I think we’re destined to be together forever. 

  18. You inspire me. 

  19. You make me want to be a better person. 

  20. You’re my compass. 

Creative ways to say I love you 

  1. Say it with a sticky note hidden in a special place!

  2. Record a video or audio message expressing your love and appreciation for them, and send it to them unexpectedly to make their day!

  3. Cook them their favorite dinner (and write an I love you somewhere in the sauce!) 

  4. Create a playlist full of love songs that all say I love you in different ways. 

  5. Draw a heart with latte art on top of their morning coffee!

  6. Fill a jar with small notes or strips of paper, each containing a reason why you love them or a fond memory you've shared together! 

  7. Hide love notes all around the house, highlighting all the different reasons why you love or admire them. 

  8. Write them a love letter! Don’t spare any details or shy away from the depth of your feelings — go all out with a romantic love letter. 

  9. Plan a scavenger hunt around your home or neighborhood, with each clue leading to a different location or item that holds significance to your relationship. At the end, have a note or gift waiting that says "I love you."

  10. Write it in lipstick on their bathroom mirror for a sweet surprise to start their day! 

  11. Post a heartfelt message on social media with a sweet couple caption to match! Before you get too soppy, make sure that you ask their permission first. 

  12. Any heart-shaped foods should do the trick — from doughnuts to candies! 

  13. Call them and say “I just wanted to hear your voice.” While you haven’t said the words themselves — they’re pretty loud and clear. 

  14. Make a crossword puzzle with clues related to your relationship and include "I love you" as one of the answers.

  15. Channel your inner poet and compose a heartfelt poem that contains all the reasons why you love them. 

Non-verbal ways to say I love you 

  1. When you’re hanging out, turn off your phone and make sure you’re fully focused on them and only them. 

  2. If your love language is physical touch, cuddles or affection are the best way to convey your love for them. 

  3. Some people feel most loved through gift-giving. So why not give them a handmade gift, or buy them something which conveys how much you care about them (and how well you’ve been listening! 

  4. If you’re feeling extra soppy and romantic, you could go the extra mile with breakfast in bed. Whip up some heart-shaped pancakes to say you love them! 

  5. Surprise them with something they love to show you really care!

  6. If you can’t find the words yourself, why not borrow someone else’s words? Gift your partner your favorite poetry book to try and convey the depth of your feelings. 

  7. Texting them to ask if they got home is a super simple yet sweet way to show that you care. 

  8. Holding their hand or expressing your love in subtle ways in public spaces can be a great way to show them and the world your feelings. 

  9. Asking them about their day sounds simple, but it can speak volumes. 

  10. If their love language is acts of service, there are so many little things that can add up to show the depth of your affection. Whether it’s ordering them an Uber or filling up their gas tank, it’s a clear signal that you love them (and know them!) 

  11. Spend time with their family members and loved ones. Sometimes it’s by showing them how much you want to be part of their life that really speaks volumes. 

  12. Plan a vacation that focuses on spending quality time together. 

  13. Take care not to interrupt them when they’re speaking! Or, if someone else cuts across them, circle back to make sure they can say their piece. This small gesture shows how much you value what they have to say — and how much you love them. 

  14. If they’ve had a long day, why not give them a massage? Taking the time to show your affection in this way proves that you care about their well-being and love making them happy.

  15. Be their greatest cheerleader! A surefire way to show your love is supporting them every step of the way. 

Saying I love you in different languages 

  1. Te amo — Spanish 

  2. Je t’aime — French

  3. Ich liebe dich — German

  4. Ti amo — Italian

  5. Eu te amo — Portuguese (Brazilian)

  6. Я тебя люблю (Ya tebya lyublyu) — Russian

  7. 愛してる (Ai shiteru) — Japanese

  8. 사랑해 (Saranghae) — Korean

  9. Σ'αγαπώ (S'agapo) — Greek

  10. أحبك (Ana bahebak) — Arabic

  11. 我爱你 (Wǒ ài nǐ) — Mandarin Chinese

  12. Ik hou van jou — Dutch

  13. Mahal kita — Filipino (Tagalog)

  14. Jeg elsker dig — Danish

  15. Ti voglio bene — Italian

  16. Seni seviyorum — Turkish

  17. Volim te — Croatian

  18. Ma armastan sind — Estonian

  19. Szeretlek — Hungarian

  20. Te iubesc — Romanian 

Quotes that say I love you to your partner 

  1. “You have bewitched me body and soul.” — Pride & Prejudice

  2. "I'm not a religious person but I do sometimes think God made you for me." — Sally Rooney, Normal People

  3. "If you are intolerable, let me be the one to tolerate you," —Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

  4. "So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, every day. You and me... every day." — The Notebook

  5. "It's okay, you can fall down now. I'll catch you." — Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

  6. "I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone." — Arwen, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"

  7. "I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this." — Count Laszlo de Almásy, "The English Patient"

  8. "You had me at hello." — Dorothy Boyd, "Jerry Maguire"

  9. "To me, you are perfect." — Mark, "Love Actually"

  10. "I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her." — Anna Scott, "Notting Hill"

  11. "You complete me." — Jerry Maguire, "Jerry Maguire"

  12. "I'll never let go, Jack. I'll never let go." — Rose, "Titanic"

  13. "I'm scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I'm with you." — Baby, "Dirty Dancing"

  14. "You make me want to be a better man." — Melvin Udall, "As Good as It Gets"

  15. "It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together." — Sam Baldwin, "Sleepless in Seattle"

  16. "I have crossed oceans of time to find you." — Dracula, "Bram Stoker's Dracula"

  17. "You are my greatest adventure." — Mr. Incredible, "The Incredibles"

  18. "I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." — Harry Burns, "When Harry Met Sally"

  19. "You're the first boy I ever kissed, Jake, and I want you to be the last." — Samantha Baker, "Sixteen Candles"

  20. "I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I've ever had." — Nicholas Sparks, "The Notebook"

  21. "I've come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is, and always will be, yours." — Edward Ferrars, "Sense and Sensibility"

  22. "You had my heart a long, long time ago." — Pocahontas, "Pocahontas"

  23. "You're my golden ticket." — Forrest Gump, "Forrest Gump"

  24. "You are the one who makes me laugh when I want to cry." — Sam, "Love, Rosie"

  25. "You are my best friend as well as my lover, and I do not know which side of you I enjoy the most." — Nicholas Sparks, "The Notebook"

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