Ok, you’ve asked someone amazing on a first date, they said yes. Now what?
Going on a date, especially a first date can be an intimidating task. Here at the Gentlemen’s Box, we have come up with eight key steps to ensure that you have the perfect first date.
1. PLAN IT OUT FOR A PERFECT FIRST DATE
It’s time to plan a day that you won’t forget. Try to stay away from the generic dinner or movie date and plan something based on what your date enjoys. Consider rock climbing or kayaking if they’re the adventurous type. Sign up for a painting class, if your date is the artistic type. Take them to a museum, if they’re into intellectual stimulation. We all want to feel special, so make sure you tailor the date to your person of interest.
Bottom line: Netflix and chill is not a date.
2. DRESS TO IMPRESS
You want to make a great first impression, and your appearance is often the first thing people notice. You don’t need to wear a suit and tie, but at least make sure you don’t look like you rolled out of bed. (Although everyone loves a man in a suit).
Bottom line: Remember the basics; take a shower, brush your teeth, fix your hair and wear clean clothes.
3. BE ON TIME
When you show up late, your date will feel as though they’re not a priority and that is not the impression you want to give. Being late will start the date off on the wrong foot. Be fashionable, not fashionably late.
Bottom line: Showing up late, (without a valid excuse) is rude.
4. BE A GENTLEMEN
Prove that chivalry is not dead. Do the little things like holding the door open for them and letting them sit first. These things will go a long way. Also, be kind to the workers on your date. People don’t forget how you treat others.
Bottom line: Be kind.
5. GIVE COMPLIMENTS
Your date likely put some effort into getting ready, so make sure you show your appreciation. Tell your date how great they look. Make them feel comfortable and confident. Your date will remember how you made them feel.
But, don’t overwhelm them with compliments the entire time, that can get a little creepy.
Bottom line: Make your date smile.
6. PAY ATTENTION
Listen to everything your date is saying and ask questions to show that you’re interested. Make sure the conversation isn’t always about you. Focus on them.
Bottom line: You asked them out to get to know them, remember that.
7. DON’T BE CHEAP
If you offered to take someone out, you pay for the date. Even if they offer, insist on footing the bill. This doesn’t mean you need to pay EVERY time you go out for the rest of the relationship, but for now…pay for the date.
Bottom line: Enough said.
8. DON’T PLAY GAMES
If you’re into your date, let them know. If you tell them you’ll call, then call. Ignore the “rules” of waiting a couple of days. No one wants to wait around and wonder what happened. Be upfront and honest.
This will set the foundation for any relationship that will come out of this date.
Bottom line: Don’t be an asshole and ghost someone.
With all this said, don’t stress out about your first date too much. Dates are supposed to be fun and a way to get to know someone. Be yourself and follow these eight steps – then you’re sure to sweep anyone off their feet.