The Bachelor star Jake Pavelka, 33, is a bachelor no more.  Pavelka is now a dating graduate of the University of Central Florida and a contestant on CMT’s Sweet Home Alabama, Ashley Ann Vickers. The relationship is fairly new, as they met on the set of the CW show H8r and just this past Saturday hit the beach for some couple-time. According to UsMagazine.com, Vickers’ website says she is a Southern born lady who competed in the Miss USA pageant and modeled for Maxim. But her true passion lies in motivation, as she “hopes to become a full time motivational speaker for college kids” in the future. If her website is anything to go by, Vickers seems like a keeper.

What are some things to consider before going public with your relationship?

Cupid’s Advice:

It’s tough to know when the right time is to tell your friends and family about a new relationship. Cupid has some tips:

1. Determine your motives: Why do you want to go public with your relationship? If it’s because you want to share the source of your happiness, then it’s probably time to tell family and friends. If it’s because you want to avoid awkward questions from friends and family, that may not be a good enough reason.

2. Label it: Figure out what the title you’re going to give your relationship. There’s nothing more awkward than going to introduce someone and not knowing what exactly to call the relationship. If you can talk about that, you’re ready to go public.

3. Give a head’s up: There’s nothing worse than introducing your partner and having a family member or friend share some embarrassing information. Avoid awkward introductions by giving forewarning.

How did you decide to go public with your relationship?  Share your thoughts below.