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The Do's and Don'ts of Dating Etiquette

Are you thinking about dating, but a little fuzzy on the etiquette? Looking for someone to help navigate all the details? We've got you covered. Here are the do's and don'ts of dating etiquette that will make it fun, insightful, and enjoyable for everyone involved.

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Dating can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Taking the time to review the etiquette of dating is beneficial both for yourself and your date. An important part of any successful partnership is understanding each other’s expectations. Understanding and following the do's and don'ts of dating will allow you to have a perfect date. But if you're new to the dating game, it can be hard to know where to start.

The Do's

Do Set The Mood

Knowing how to set the tone for the date is part of being a great date. From the moment you pick up your date, you should strive to create an atmosphere that is enjoyable for both of you. Think about the things that make you feel comfortable and relaxed and use them to set the mood. Ask questions, make conversation, and show genuine interest in your date's life.

Do Put Your Phone Away

Having your phone out zones your date out. Nothing ruins a good vibe like checking your phone every two minutes or taking notifications during dinner. Pay attention to your date and keep your focus where it should be: on each other. That means turning your phone off or putting it away.

Do Take Your Time

Rushing things isn't good etiquette. Even if you feel like you've been chatting forever, take your time. Try not to rush the process of getting to know someone and enjoy the journey. After all, it's not just about getting to the end result - it's about the journey.

The Don'ts

Don't Talk About Exes

When it comes to first dates, talking about past relationships is definitely a no-no. Don't bring up the ex or talk about any heartache that may have occurred. The past is the past, and it's best to leave it there.

Don't Get Too Personal

It's important not to get too personal on the first date. Don't ask too many questions about money, political beliefs, and religion. Leave those topics for another time. Your date will appreciate the respect you give them by not asking too much.

Don't Come Empty Handed

Just like when you pick up your date, it's important not to come empty handed. Bring a small gift such as flowers or chocolates, to show your appreciation. It doesn't have to be anything too fancy, just a small token to remind your date that you care.

What To Wear

When it comes to fashion, it's important to dress appropriately depending on the occasion. For a first date, you want to look put together but also feel comfortable. Think casual but stylish. A dress or skirt with a nice pair of heels or a polo shirt with a pair of jeans are generally great options.

Avoid anything loud, overly revealing, uncomfortable, or too casual. Most importantly, make sure you can move and dance in whatever you choose to wear. Nothing is worse than having to struggle to adjust your outfit all night.

Ending the Date

At the end of the date, it's important to be courteous and polite. Offer to pay the bill or split it, depending on the situation. If you want the date to continue, let your date know. If you don't think the date went well, be honest, but still remain respectful and understanding.

Don't forget, the most important thing to remember is to have fun. A great date is one that is full of laughter, meaningful conversation, and memorable moments.

Final Thoughts

On the whole, following the do's and don'ts of dating etiquette isn't hard. By applying simple rules such as being courteous, thoughtful, and attentive, you are sure to impress your date and have a great time. The magical part about dating is the connection you will develop with your date. With these dating etiquette tips, you are sure to make the most out of your time with your date.