Five Tips on How to Have a Memorable First Date
After a while, online dating can start to get a bit boring and tedious. The same dates. The same pick-up lines. The same half-hearted rejections. However, there are still various ways to make sure your first date is fresh and exciting. A little effort can go a long way! Check out this guide on how to have a memorable first date.
Choose the Right Spot
If you want to be spontaneous and fun, you should go beyond the usual dinner. A first date is a chance to show someone a more intimate side to yourself. Take your romantic prospect to your favorite spot in the city. Choose a mini-golf course, scenic park, trendy art gallery, or hiking trail that you specifically enjoy a lot.
Regardless of where you go, chances are that they will appreciate that you made the extra effort.
Keep the Conversation Light, Breezy, and Fun
You know what they say — first impressions are everything. Though there’s nothing wrong with talking about more serious matters as your relationship progresses, for the first date, try your best to avoid controversial topics like politics or religion. It’s totally normal to be overwhelmed and unsure about what exactly you should talk about. So, it’s best to come prepared. Before your date, come up with a list of things you want to discuss.
Feel free to crack jokes and get a little silly. However, don’t be too self-deprecating!
Act Confident and Relaxed
Once you have a mental list of questions, you will be pretty ready for your date. But there are still other things you should keep in mind. Throughout your time together, remember to ask your romantic prospect plenty of questions about what interests them and what they are specifically passionate about.
Think about what you want to know about this person. For instance, are you a huge fan of cars? That can be something to bring up to test your compatibility.
People love compliments! Comment on their hair, clothes, or how great they smell.
Take Extra Time Picking Your Outfit
A first date is a chance to be a little adventurous with your fashion. Throw on that jacket that gives you an extra boost of confidence or try out that new pair of shoes. As long as you’re dressing appropriately for the location, you will be okay because at the end of the day, fashion is about having the right attitude.
Avoid stains or wrinkles — you want to make sure you seem like you’re making an effort. If you really want to stand out, you can even spray on some cologne!
Personal Hygiene Matters
In addition to being charming and charismatic and choosing the right outfit, you should also pay extra attention to your hygiene. Let’s face it, everything on display can be judged. If you can, get a new haircut and stick to a skincare routine.
If you have health-related insecurities that are negatively impacting your self-esteem such as acne breakouts or thinning hair, look into treatment options and make a change.
If you’re worried about your breath, chew on some gum or have a mint prior to your date so you smell great.
And regardless of who you are or what you do, remember to watch your manners — avoid burping, obnoxious chewing, and sloppy eating!
A first date doesn’t have to be anxiety-inducing. As long as you take the proper steps to look and feel your best, you will be able to treat it as a fun adventure. Don’t worry about the bigger picture. Whether a relationship is in the cards or not, this is a chance to spend some time with an interesting, new person. Enjoy it, and just be yourself.
Such great suggestions on preparing for a new date!
Thank you, Amelia, for this useful article. ♥♥♥
Guest Blogger Bio
Amelia Ma is a freelance writer with over 10 years of experience from Burlingame, California. She enjoys writing articles on lifestyle, self-improvement, and overall health and wellness.
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