Introduction: How to Go on a Date

We all want to find that special someone. However, in order to find them, we must first start from ground zero and begin with a date. This can be a scary concept for some, but it is not as hard as it seems. Hopefully with these simple tips, you will master the art of dating!

Step 1: Obtaining a Date

Brian needs a date!
In order to go on a date, you must have a second party to accompany you.

1.) Firstly, make sure your potential date is single, and available to date. You will have no success asking out someone who is married or seeing someone else!

2.) Church is always a good place to pick up a date! If someone at church strikes your fancy, go for it!

3.) Class is another great way to find a date. Plus, talking about the class is a great conversation starter!

4.) Additional places to find a potential date could be the library, grocery store, the gym, or the park. These places where people are typically at ease, and most likely to act like themselves.

If at first you do not succeed, try again! After trying a few different options, you are bound to have someone agree to go on a date with you!

Step 2: How to Prepare for the Date

Congratulations! You got a date! Now, you must prepare for your date in order to make it successful.

1.) First, take a shower before your date. Being clean is a necessity. Nobody wants to be seen in public with somebody who is dirty and smells.

2.) Shave and groom yourself so you look clean cut and presentable. Shaving automatically makes your appearance more appealing!

3.) Brush your teeth. There is nothing more awful than bad breath! Brush your teeth to make your smile sparkle. Taking gum along would not hurt either!

4.) Spray some cologne to finish off the process! However, do not spray too much, you want your date to be able to breathe.

Step 3: What to Wear

Dress to impress!

You want to look good, right? Well, wearing silly T-shirts with offensive sayings is not the smartest choice. Show your sense of humor with conversation, not by the shirt you are wearing.

Making a great first impression is key, therefore a simple, yet classy outfit will work. Try a collared shirt with jeans, or a polo.

No need to overdress, just keeping it classy and casual is a great way to impress your date!

Step 4: Last Minute Preparation- $$$

A very important preparation that you do not want to forget; make sure you have money! You asked the girl out on the date, therefore you should pay for her. It would be pretty embarrassing to have your date pay for you since you forgot to go to the bank!

Step 5: Transportation

When going on a date, it is proper for you to pick her up. When you greet her, find something to compliment her on. Compliments are always good! A car is the most ideal way transport you and your date, but if you do not have access to a car, there are other options:

1.) If you live near your date, and are planning on going to a close destination, walking is a reasonable option too. It gives a good opportunity for chatter, and who knows, maybe your hands will gravitate toward each other!

2.) The bus is reasonable as well, because who can pass up free transportation in Pittsburgh? It will also give you an opportunity to sit next to each other and keep the conversation flowing!

Warning: Do not pick her up on a bicycle. It does not matter if two people can fit on it, a bike is silly. Do not pick her up with a bike.

Step 6: Where to Eat?

When deciding where to eat for your date, it is important to consider what type of atmosphere you would like to be in. A casual, chill atmosphere is your best bet. This way, you and your date can feel relaxed while on the date.

1.) A good example is Starbucks. It is not too fancy but it is not too casual at the same time. This is a good place for a first date because you do not have to shell out big bucks at a fancy restaurant.

2.) Do not go to McDonalds. This makes you look cheap. Just do not go there for a date. Ever.

Step 7: Date Etiquette

There are certain manners that should be followed at every date. No need to overdo the manners, but looking like a gentleman is always a good thing.

1.) Open the door for your date. This is a polite gesture that never gets old.

2.) If you are going to a place with chairs, pull out the chair for your date. This is another classic move that never gets old.

3.) Keep the conversation flowing, but do not talk too much. Your date will get bored!

4.) Allowing your date to talk more will keep them more interested and engaged in the conversation. Plus, you get to know each other better by hearing what the other has to say. So give your date ample opportunity to speak too. (Remembering key details will be very helpful in getting you a second date! It also shows that you find her important and interesting.)

Step 8: Date Etiquette Continued...

These are also certain guidelines to follow during the date:

1.) Sit up straight and do not slouch! Slouching makes you look unattractive, and it also makes it look like you are bored.

2.) A good tip for all dates in general is to put your napkin in your lap. It is pretty embarrassing to have a stain on your lap for the rest of the date!

3.) Do not be sloppy. Getting food all over your face is really unattractive, makes you look silly, and looks as if you do not know simple table manners. Take small bites and do not stuff your face. And for goodness sake, do not talk with your mouth full!

Step 9: Ending the Date

Once both of you are finished eating, pay for you and your date, then leave a good tip if you were waited on! Leaving a good tip makes you look generous! (This should not be a problem if you remembered to go to the bank before your date!)

Step 10: The Final Moments

For a lot of people, this can be the most confusing and awkward part of the date. Do you kiss? Do you hug? Shake hands and part ways? Well, it depends on how the date went. You have to use your better judgement and decide whether or not you felt the date was a success or not.

1.) Asking for a kiss on the lips may be rushing things a little too fast. You do not want to scare away your date by seeming too aggressive and pushy.

2.) If you feel like the date was a success, a hug is a simple, yet affective way to show you had a good time.

3.) If you are both feelin' each other's vibes, a kiss can work too! A kiss on the cheek is the safest way to show you enjoyed yourself

4.) Remember to thank her for going out with you and add that you had a great time! If the sparks were really flying, this would be the best time to suggest a second date. Saying "Maybe we could do this again!" would be a great way to initiate another outing.

Congratulations! You have successfully survived your date! Hopefully it will lead to second and third dates!