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First Date Advice

The first date is crucial in determining the future of a relationship—not to mention that the preparation can create a lot of stress and anxiety for both parties. Where should you go? What should you do? What should you wear? These questions are all very important in first date preparation, but the little details are also crucial. Between making plans, getting yourself ready, and ensuring that everything goes smoothly, it is easy to let the stress get the better of you and forget something. Unfortunately, this has the potential to lead to a not-so-flawless first date.

Where Should We Go, What Should We Do?

After asking your partner on a date, the first thing that needs to be done is to decide where you will go and what you do. Sharing a meal is a fool-proof date plan, but the restaurant you choose is important. Depending on your lifestyle (and that of your date), you may choose a casual, or a fine dining experience. Making sure that your date is aware of the plans, in order to avoid issues with attire, is vital. It is also important to find out if your date has any dietary restrictions or special dining preferences in order to ensure that you make a good choice. The other activities for your date should be dependent on both of your interests and hobbies. For example, if you know that your date isn’t an outdoor person, walking trails in the park might not be the best choice.

Last Minute Details...

In the days leading up to the date, be sure to communicate with your partner to finalize and confirm your plans—miscommunication can have disastrous effects. If you are not the best at keeping a conversation going, prepare topics to discuss ahead of time and practice conversing with people you run in to at work, the store, the gym, etc. On the day of the outing, it is important that you dress appropriately for the activities you have planned, are well groomed, and remember everything you need to take with you. This includes tickets, reservation confirmations, directions, phone numbers, money, etc. During the date, be sure to ask your partner questions and don’t let the conversation stray to controversial topics or touchy subjects.

While it is only natural to be nervous about your first date, making sure that you remain calm and collected is important in ensuring that the evening goes well. Remember that your date is probably nervous too, so you are not alone. Making positive choices for the date’s itinerary is important, but remembering essential items such as your wallet and any tickets you may need is vital in reducing stress, preventing embarrassment, and guaranteeing that the evening goes smoothly. If you make a mistake or the evening has some rough spots, it doesn’t mean that the future of your relationship is doomed. It may just make for a great story in the future!