6 Dos And Donts For A First Date

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Okay so I know this was supposed to be a wedding site and hopefully by now you’ve gone past all the dating drama and you’ve settled in nicely into the romance of things, heck you’re about to get married congrats to you. But for all you out there who are still single, don’t throw shade, this is for you…

The Do’s and Don’ts of dating

You’ve got your first date and you’re on sure what to expect and what to do. We want you to nail that first date so that hopefully it will lead to another and then another and; well you get the picture.

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There are many right and wrong things to do when you go on a date. Knowing what you should be focusing on and what you need to avoid on a first date can mean the difference between a second date and having someone that never calls you again. If you know what makes a perfect date, you can then go into a first date with confidence and self assurance. You will know what you are doing and what to expect. This limits the surprises that sometimes come up and can ruin a date.

We asked some relationship experts for their advise and this is what they told Bride Icon.


1. Be On Time:

One very important thing that you should do when you are going on a first date is to make sure that you are on time. The fastest way to make a bad impression is to show up late. If you are late, your date will think that you do not care about them or that they are not important enough for you to be on time.

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Another potential result is that your date may decide that they do not want to wait for you and will leave before you arrive. They say that the first impression is the lasting impression. Being on time for a date makes a great impression.


2. Put Your Date at Ease:

Do your best to make your date feel as comfortable as possible. Everyone gets very nervous when they go on a first date with someone.

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If you are making your date feel comfortable, you will also find that you are more relaxed and enjoy yourself much more during the date. Laughing at your date’s jokes is one great way to make them feel that you are interested in them and it will also make them more comfortable.


3. Keep Conversation Alive:

Be interesting and keep the conversation alive. You do not what to show up for a date and then have nothing to say and nothing to ask all night.

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You should prepare yourself ahead of time and think of interesting topics and things that make good conversation.


4. Listen Sincerely:

Show a valid interest in what your date has to say. Pay attention when they are talking to you.

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Let them know that you care what they are saying. Practice your conversation skills ahead of time. This will help you prepare for the date.


5. Don’t Talk About Yourself:( Well to Much That Is)

You do not want to talk about yourself all night. This is a turn off and is also rude. You do not want to come off as being conceited or stuck on yourself. Ask questions about your date.

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Give them a chance to talk. It is not all about you. If you do all the talking and do not let them get a word in, chances are it will be your only date with them.


6. No Talking About Past Relationships:

Do not talk about your past relationships. No one really wants to hear about your ex. They do not want to know what the good points and bad points were. This is a huge turn off and a guaranteed way to drastically reduce the chances for a second date. This is a new person and a new start. Focus on the date that you are with and start finding out about them.

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Hopefully the tips we’ve shared will give you the confidence when going on that big first date. All the best from all of us at Bride Icon, let us know how you get on 🙂

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Rachael Aprill Phillips is a freelance writer and the founder of Rachael Academy you can find out more about her work on rachaelacademy.com

4 thoughts on “6 Dos And Donts For A First Date

  1. I love this post just what I was looking for. Dating is a big deal for most of us young people out there. So this post was a gem to find on the net. Thanks! Again

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