As an elite dating agency, we know that most couples go to a restaurant to eat dinner on a first date. Yet for something so common, many things still go awry. Dinner dates aren’t always as straightforward as they seem.
Think about it: you’re totally focused on each other with no distractions, you’re (usually) sat opposite, and conversations (or the lack of) are heavily scrutinised.
After any initial chit-chat has subsided, what happens then? Plus, any time that you do have to get to know each other is wasted because someone wants to take your order from the menu. Quite rightly, you’re not ready. And so the list of hurdles goes on.
So, how can you make sure that your dinner date goes well and that you’re giving your date the best time? Thanks to the Bowes-Lyon Partnership, a dating agency is here to help…
Why don’t we start with the menu thing? Perhaps not being able to choose your meal in a reasonable amount of time might present you as being indecisive and lacking in confidence, when nothing could be further from the truth. A dating agency would always advise that your date should be the priority, so know in advance what you want – just find the restaurant online and use your own time to look at the menu.
What’s more, this is also a great opportunity to appear knowledgeable about the menu, which isn’t just helpful for your date, but also a great way of continuing your progressive rapport after the initial adrenaline is on the wane.
While we’re on the issue of waiters and waitresses, don’t be tempted to engage in small talk with them. Your date wants to get to know you and anything that gets in the way of that is irrelevant and unnecessary. Every dating agency worth its salt knows that it’s natural to talk to the staff about the wine list and suchlike. Nerves rather than a need to impress the person opposite often cause it, but nevertheless, it’s something to try and avoid.
Of course, there’s always the potentially thorny issue of who pays for the meal, so it’s best not to have any unhelpful preconceptions here. For the ladies, assume you’ll split the bill unless your partner is insistent. And if they are, accept their gesture or it’ll appear rude.
Lastly, make sure you know of somewhere nearby that you can go to after for a drink. If you’re getting on well, why bring things to a close after the meal?