The first date is where the fun really begins, but even for the most confident amongst us, meeting someone for the first time can be nerve-wracking.
Our first date survival guide is designed to help to put you at ease before and during your date, so you can rest assured it will be enjoyable, and perhaps the first of many more to come.
So, whether you chose to indulge in a hot bath and a book, a pre-date calorie burn at the gym or fake it with a spray tan, keeping yourself occupied will prevent you from overthinking possible dating scenarios, so that when it comes to the big date itself, you’ll be relaxed and ready to go have a good time.
Where possible, choose a public or familiar place to meet where you’ll feel comfortable and secure in your surroundings.
And, for extra measure, make sure you tell at least one friend or family member who you are meeting, where you are going and what time you expect to return – just so they know.
Cafes make for great first date venues; a cup of coffee allows for a short encounter or a longer meeting, depending on how well you hit it off!
Ahead of your first date, preparation will play a big part in keeping your stomach from doing somersaults at the mere mention of your date’s name.
If you’ve been talking online, it’s more than likely that you’ll know the basics about your date and like what you’ve seen.
Reading through past messages and picking out some things from their profile you’d like to know more about will help keep conversation flowing and allow you to be a happy confident date.
With a hot date on the cards, you won’t want to be dealing with a last minute wardrobe malfunctions.
Before picking an outfit, you need to bear in mind what kind of date you’re going on, as well as external factors such as the weather, location and time of day.