Dating Etiquette 101

Dating should be a simple and natural act today, but there seems to be many questions on how to go about it. It is one thing to put yourself out in the ‘singles market’ in Vancouver, but if you don’t know the basic dating etiquette, it can leave you single for a lot longer. It can also be quite deflating when all your friends are coupled up and you attend another wedding or office party, solo.

Here are a few things to think about when entering the competitive dating arena:

* Keep a silent checklist prioritized about what is important to you
* Do not go on a date with your clipboard questionnaire!
* First Impressions are a ‘make or break future date’
* Make an effort with your appearance
* make your first date casual, go to Stanley Park or Grouse Mountain
* If you want respect, dress respectfully.
* Smile, it is contagious
* Never talk about your Ex on the first 5 dates
* Make sure the conversation is reciprocated
* Listen to what they have to say and respond to it.
* Do not ignore big red flags even if they look like Ryan Reynolds

Be careful how much information you give out too early. Verbal diarrhea is not attractive, especially when it is all about you. Your date does not need to know that you had a testicle removed, your breasts enhanced or that you are a born again virgin! Be yourself but hold back the dirty details until you have something established with them! If you ask someone out for dinner, be prepared to pay regardless of what gender you are. Ladies it is acceptable for a woman to ask a man out. If you are invited to someone’s home for a meal, never go empty handed, a bottle of wine is very appreciated. Always be on time but if you have to be late, call in plenty of time beforehand so they are not sitting on the couch dressed and ready to go. Their time is just as valuable as your time, no one is more important than anyone else!

Follow up your date with a thank you call or E-mail but do not say you will call when you have no intention of doing so. Honesty with diplomacy is always the best approach when you are dating. Every experience has a story that you can learn from, enjoy them for what they are at the time. With an open mind, even one date gone wrong, can help you realize what it is that you really want down the road. The main thing is to be optomistic and have fun dating in Vancouver. It is a great city with many venues to choose from…Enjoy!

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