Remember these twelve tips, and almost all the time, you’ll end up making a great impression on your date and having a great time too.
#1 Don’t be late
This is basic etiquette. Walking in late to a business meeting is terrible, but walking in late to a date is even more so.
There’s a potential chance of meeting the one you could spend the rest of your life with. By being late or careless on a date, you’re making it rather obvious that the date isn’t of much importance to you.
Always be on time, and on the grave circumstance that you’re forced to be late, let your date know ahead in time that you’ll be late.
#2 Never walk out or stand a date up
Halfway through the date, you may be convinced that the evening would be a total failure. Or you may notice your date just as you walk into a restaurant and realize that you don’t want to be with that person.
But no matter what, you’ve fixed the date. Be polite and considerate enough to have a pleasant evening with your date. Sometimes, you may end up meeting a great friend or even a potential business contact through a failed date.
Dress up and try to look your best when you meet someone on a date. It’s very disrespectful and demeaning to walk in shabby when your date’s spent a while trying to look good for you. If you’re not sure about the date attire, casually bring it up when you’re fixing the date or let your partner know if you intend to dine in an elegant restaurant or have a casual dinner.
#4 Knights and damsels
Manners and etiquette aren’t just a way of letting the world know you know how to behave. It’s also your way of letting your date know that you respect them. On a successful date, a man has to be the chivalrous knight, and a woman has to be the elegant damsel in distress, because that’s just the way both sexes expect their dates to be. [Read: How to be the perfect damsel in distress and a chivalrous knight]
#5 Cleanliness and your breath
Clean nails and good grooming habits are something that should never be overlooked. But there are a few other details most people forget. Did you light a cigarette to calm your nerves before the date? Make sure you don’t smell like an ashtray.
And after the meal, always excuse yourself to the restroom to pop in a breathmint or do it discreetly while you’re at the table. If you’re lucky enough to kiss on a first date, you don’t want to smell like a restaurant’s kitchen when you get closer to your date.
#6 Touchy manners
You may touch your date once or twice during the date, but if your date mate doesn’t reciprocate your touch with a warm smile or another touch, don’t push your luck. Don’t ever get touchy feely unless your date’s getting touchy feely with you. Flirty touches can seem repulsive if it’s not mutual. [Read: How to touch your date]
#7 Don’t get drunk
You may know your limits when it comes to drinking. But sometimes, you may end up feeling tipsy or drunk with just a few glasses. And once you get there, there’s no way your date can end well. Avoid having more than a glass or two along with your dinner. It’s a precaution worth taking to avoid any embarrassment.
#8 Prepare yourself for a few conversations
Your date may be excited to meet you and get to know more about you. But at the same time, it’s not easy to create exciting conversations with someone you just met. So prepare yourself with a few interesting conversations so you’d always have a few pointers in mind if the date night gets silent and awkward. [Read: 5 date questions that actually work]
#9 Don’t pester your date
It’s easy to get carried away when you’re having a great time and indulging in interesting conversations. But one of the biggest dating rules you should remember is to never get personal or persistent unless your date is comfortable with that conversation.
If your date doesn’t want to talk about exes, stay away from that conversation. Don’t pretend to become their personal shrink and ask your date to open up to you and reveal all in no time. [Read: 10 biggest dating turn offs for women]
#10 Be sincere and truthful
Be sincere about yourself and in your compliments. Don’t weave astonishing stories about yourself and your achievements just to impress your date. You’d end up looking more like someone who’s too desperate.
On the other hand, compliment your date about something only if you genuinely feel it. A fake half compliment can seem more insulting and embarrassing to your date.
#11 Talking about exes
Exes are a hot topic on first dates. It’s easy and something that can stretch through dinner if someone’s got a dramatic story to share. But don’t talk about exes. Perhaps, you could ask your date about when they broke up, but don’t go into details.
Reminding someone about an ex wouldn’t do you any good. It’s distracting, and most importantly, it changes the focus of the date from the both of you to both of your pasts.
#12 Don’t have any sexual expectations
Sexual intimacy is a nervous thought that’ll linger on the back of both your heads. Both of you don’t really know what to do once the date is over, you don’t know if you can chance a quick kiss or hope for something better. As exciting as a date can be, ending a date can be quite complicated.
But when you’re stepping into the date, drop all your sexual expectations. Think of having a great time and nothing else. And once both of you are done with dinner and if you feel the vibes are right, take a chance. Going to a date with high sexual expectations will only frustrate you even if you had a great date.