With recent research suggesting that 50% of couples will meet online by the year 2031, there’s no doubt that the world of online dating is changing. But the truth is, despite its dominance, the old and tested first meet up with your new date is always considered a great confidence booster. So, if your crush finally asked you on a date or that hot date on Tinder, how do you prepare for it? You have an important and special date coming up and you have little idea on how to go about it. If you haven’t been in the dating scene for a while, this can be quite overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. Special dates are an easy way to fan flames of love in your relationship if done correctly.
Go Beyond the Normal Skin Care Routine
Depending on the outfit you select for this special date, your appearance is still one of the first things people notice on sight. Your face should be a bestseller. If you have a working skin regimen that you follow religiously, then your skin should be all set for the big night. If not, ensure you exfoliate and moisturize in advance to get that clear skin that boosts your confidence. Men should be careful with cleaning up thoroughly to get rid of sweaty scents. Taking a head-to-toe shower is advisable. If you are a woman who is into the latest 2019 trends in makeup, you might want to try it. Do not overdo it though as it may flake if it stays for long.
Get Rid of Unwanted Hairs
You might have shaved your legs and armpits a few days ago but I bet you haven’t waxed or plucked your eyebrows for a while. For your special date, you might want to take care of that. Threading your brows gives them a definite shape that adds to your facial appeal. As a man, trim your beard to a neat length. While at it, you might want to wax as you never know where the special night might lead. It is a good thought to be prepared and even if it doesn’t work out, you still get to practice good hygiene procedures.
Eat Small Snacks Beforehand
This might sound awkward, but more often than not, eating is not usually the date. People will plan any of 22 activities for a date such as a football game, a movie or even an outdoors excursion before they think of dinner. A special date can be one of these activities or simply a dinner date. Either way, it is critical to have small snacks beforehand. They help reduce your anxiety and give you more time to concentrate on the date. However, do not eat much as the date might just be a six-course meal that you will be unable to indulge in if you are already full.
Check Your Wallet
Cash is king while you are out on a date even though you prefer your credit cards. If it was your idea to have a special date, be prepared to foot the bills regardless of your gender. While most men still prefer to pay, it has become common for women to pay too, or going Dutch on first dates. Even if you had a prior arrangement, ensure you carry extra cash for the special date as it may extend way into the night. In such an instance, having extra cash for other activities is a good idea. Carry both your cards and extra cash just in case.
Avoid Grand Surprises
Surprises are good and a little bit of mystery will make the special date even more memorable. But avoid withholding all the details of your plan. You might think it is a good idea to visit the theater or try sushi yet your date hates the theater and is allergic to sushi. Find a way to run the idea to your date without revealing your whole plan such as asking what they are allergic to.
Prepare Conversation Starters
According to Forbes, holding an interesting conversation may be a thing you can actually learn. If you are lucky, the conversation will flow smoothly into and throughout the date. Nonetheless, it has to have a beginning point that you should plan in advance. Keep it interesting but not too intrusive. You might also want to implement turn-taking to avoid bubbling all the time and give your date the chance to initiate conversation.
Should You Sport High Heels?
According to LiveStrong, one of the benefits of high heels is that they make you look classy and sophisticated, especially if you are out in an expensive restaurant. They are the perfect choice for a dinner date and you should wear them if you feel comfortable. However, high heels can be quite a drag if you have to spend many hours in them, especially if you opt for a walk in the park after the date or want to engage in any other outdoor activity.
Clean Your Bathroom
Special dates are known to last for more than just the dinner. If that is the case, you might want to be prepared to spend the night. Depending on whose house is nearer, you just might spend the night there. Clean your bathroom in advance as your date might be put off once they see it and call it off by morning. You do not have to thoroughly scrub it if that is not part of your cleaning schedule. Just make sure it is clean, neat and tidy.
Carrying condoms in your purse or wallet might seem presumptuous, but in the heat of the moment, it sure does come in handy. In as much as your date is the perfect person and you see yourself spending the rest of your life with them after a few tequila shots, you might want to slow down. Making a rash decision that may tie you down for the rest of your life is unfair to both of you. So, carry protection just in case the date ends in that direction. However, if that is the purpose of the special date, then, by all means, do have fun. As an extra tip, ensure you arrive on time.
Going on a special date is supposed to be fun and romantic. If planned well, such a date can create sparks between the two of you which may lead to a longer lasting relationship. Even if you are married, such a date helps you rediscover your partner and keep the love burning. Learning how to plan and prepare for your special date ensures that your love blossoms beautifully.