I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, first dates are scary business. You are putting yourself out there, and even though you have probably texted them a bunch or chatted with them in person, your first date is a totally different ball field. It is all about making a good impression and keeping your wits about you. Dating etiquette is much more than saying please and thank you and putting your napkin on your lap during dinner. Here are the basics on everything you need to know about dating etiquette to help you make a fab impression on your date.

Be on time: Please please pleeeease. There is no bigger annoyance than a late date. Be respectful and be on time, don’t keep them waiting! If you are running behind, text them and keep them updated on your status.IMG_3938

Put your phone away: Unless there is a big family emergency that requires you have your phone handy, put it away. Your friends will understand if you respond to their text in a few hours instead of right away. When you have your phone out during a date it gives off the message that they aren’t your main focus and they aren’t as important as what is going on on your phone.

Make eye contact: Giving someone eye contact lets them know you are interested in what they have to say and shows them respect. If you avoid eye contact they may think you are bored or aren’t into them.

Be attentive and ask questions: Really listen to what they have to say and try to give them your input. Also, ask them questions to keep the dialogue going. Feedback shows them that you’re really listening and want to hear what they have to say.

Manners are hard to come by these days, so when you show that you have good ones, you will be even more of a total catch! Plus, it will most likely knock the socks off of your date.

XOXO, Chels