Dating can be nerve-wracking, especially first dates! It’s true you only get one chance to make a first impression, so it’s important to make it a good one. In today’s world of cyber dating sometimes people forget the importance of etiquette, that’s why we’ve put together this list of first date etiquette to help you out.
Tick Tock… Be on Time
Not only does being on time for your first date show it’s important to you, but it also shows respect for the other person. Chances are you probably don’t like it when people you’re meeting are running late, so why do it to others?
Dress to Impress
It’s important to look good when on a date, but make sure you’re dressed appropriately for whatever the date entails. You don’t want to show up in a dress if you’re going horseback riding. If you’re just going out to dinner you definitely want to dress nice, but don’t over do it.
Mind Your Manners
Manners are incredibly important to use at all times, not just on a first date. But if you display poor manners on your first date, it just might end up being your first and last date with this person. Make sure you keep your elbows off the table, chew slowly, don’t talk with your mouth full and listen to what the other person is saying. Along with table manners it is also important to make good eye contact with your date when you are talking and when you are listening to your date speak. Another social etiquette tip you should observe is put your phone away while you’re on your date. Nothing is more rude than paying more attention to your phone than your date.
Keep the Conversation Flowing
Keep the conversation light, interesting and fun. Don’t give your date the third degree all night or talk about marriage and how many kids you want. You definitely want to use this opportunity to get to know your date a little more, but you don’t want to hit on the heavy stuff right off the bat. That is one way to scare off your date from asking you out again. Remember, you’re on a date, not conducting an interview.
What first date etiquette rules would you add to this list?