When you have a first date on the horizon, you might think that the important stuff doesn’t start until you and your date are face to face. Not so fast! With a bit of forethought and effort in advance, you can almost guarantee that your first date won’t be the last. Here is how to set the tone for the evening by preparing for a first date in advance.
1. Do your research. Take a quick look at your date’s online dating profile and mentally jot down possible topics of conversation or things that you have in common. Since it will be fresh on your mind, it will prevent those dreadful awkward silences all first daters fear. You will always have something to talk about or a question to ask.
2. Give yourself a once over in the mirror. Are you wearing an outfit that makes you look good, but most importantly makes you feel confident? If you wear something uncomfortable, you’ll look uncomfortable, not matter how great it looked on the hanger. You don’t need to get dressed to the nines for a first date. A fresh haircut, a spray of perfume and a smile go a long way!
3. Let someone know where you are going and who you are going with. With a first online date, chances are you don’t know too much about the other person. Regardless, it’s important to share as much information as possible with someone you trust-you can never be too safe. Let a friend or family member know where you will be-restaurant name, etc-and the name of your date. Tell them to expect a call, email or text when you arrive home, letting them know you are safe and sound. Yes, you are a fully capable adult and no, you don’t need a babysitter-don’t worry, you’ll only have to do this for the first few dates!
4. Get money. We won’t get into the who should pay on a first date debate here. It’s never safe to assume that your date will be picking up the check, so ladies always make sure to have extra cash in your handbag. Guys, if you do intend on paying for the date, check and see that you have your credit card or cash safely in your wallet. Doing dishes to cover the bill isn’t usually a great ending to a first date.
5. Take a deep breath. Feeling nervous before a first date is normal, but you don’t want to let your nerves get the best of you. Breathe in, breathe out. Remember that this is one night in a life of many, and even if it doesn’t work out, you can chalk it up to experience. Even better, consider it practice for your next first date.