Manners Matter: First Date Etiquette That'll Set You Apart

Last updated
September 7, 2023
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Manners Matter: First Date Etiquette That'll Set You Apart

First dates are exciting and nerve-wracking. You might feel anxious about your outfit or if the conversation will flow.

Take a few deep breaths. We’re here to help.

Whether you’re new to the dating game or a seasoned pro, knowing first date etiquette is important.

Manners are a simple way to boost your date from meh to amazing.

Let’s look at a few first date etiquette tips that will set you apart from the rest and set you up for success.


7 Essential Etiquettes for Successful Dating

1. Don’t Be Late

Being on time is a show of respect and a way to show your excitement for the date. It’s a small gesture but it speaks volumes. Set an alarm for when you need to leave and be sure to account for traffic. If you are going to be late, communicate that with your date.

2. Dress Appropriately

Even if fashion isn’t your thing, put a little extra thought into your outfit. Be sure your clothes are clean and appropriate for where you’re going. Wear something that makes you feel good. Be sure to let your personality shine through!

3. Keep First Dates Short

An overlooked first date etiquette tip is to keep your date under two hours. For a first date, you don’t want things to drag on. Even if you can’t get enough of the other person, be careful to not let it go too long. You don’t want to be remembered as the guy with the never-ending, boring date. Cut things off politely at an appropriate time.

4. Be Honest About What You’re Looking For

If you’re looking for something long-term, don’t pretend you’re fine with something casual. You don’t need to try and “look cool” to impress your date by lying. On the flip side, if you’re looking for something more short-term don’t string someone along. Whatever it is you’re looking for, be confident in sharing it

5. Ask Appropriate Questions

Be sure the questions you ask your date are reasonable. Don’t ask them how much money they make or their body count. Don’t talk about your exes or share inappropriate details of your life. Ask questions about their interests, hobbies, education, work, or their personal values. 

6. Consider Dry Dating

Dry (sober) dating is a newer trend, but it has great results. Drinking can lower your inhibitions and make you sloppy. Not drinking on a date might feel intimidating, but there is nothing more freeing than being yourself. In fact, 62% of people polled by Bumble say they believe they’d form a more genuine connection on a dry date. 

7. Put Your Phone Away

This one might be a no-brainer for most people, but it’s worth mentioning. If it’s hard for you to ignore notifications, put your phone on Do Not Disturb. Give your date your undivided attention. Looking at your phone constantly can send a message that you’re not into the other person. Your notifications will still be there after your date.

Wrap up & next steps

Dating doesn’t have to be complicated. Following simple manners can be one of the best ways to impress your date.

Be respectful, be on time, and keep your phone put away.

Be authentically yourself and honest about what you’re looking for.

Following these simple dating etiquette tips will help set you apart from the rest of the crowd and make a great first impression.

Get out there and let those manners work their magic!

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