How To: Pick A (Great) Date Spot

By Dee Rene, Copy Cutie

Credit: gwen (Flickr)After browsing online dating profiles and messaging users who've intrigued you, you’ve landed a first meet-up — awesome! So the hard part is over right? Well … not quite. Selecting a date spot is the next (crucial) step to turn your online crush into a real-life relationship. Keep these simple thoughts in mind while figuring out a place that will set the right tone for day or night out.

See and Be Seen…
Although it may be tempting to cuddle up with your new boo in a secluded bungalow, your first outings should be, well, out — and definitely in public. This allows you to maintain your safety and enjoy your date with a little less pressure. Also, have you ever had a date be completely rude to a server? You’d never know that personality flaw if you met someone in private! You’ll learn a lot about your date when you’re together interacting with others members of the public while keeping safe at the same time.

…But Don’t Go Where Everyone Knows Your Name.
You may want to show your date all your favorite neighborhood places, but that may not be the best idea. If you’re taking someone to regular hangouts, there’s a chance your favorite server — and 10 of your friends — come up to say hello. Talk about awkward introductions when you’re meeting someone for the first time offline! The point of dating is to get out there and experience new things with someone new, so reserve your favorite place for just that special someone.

Nobody Likes a Poser.
Sure, that fancy French restaurant has great reviews but you don’t speak a lick of the language and the price for just two glasses of wine will set you behind at least one month on your electric bill. But do you take your date there anyway in hopes to impress him or her? NO! Always remember that it’s OK (and encouraged) to be yourself. Pick a date spot that reflects your interests and fits comfortably within your income.

Just Keep it Simple!
Picking a date spot isn’t rocket science. If you put too much pressure on yourself to have The Best Date EVER, you may end up overcomplicating what should be a simple chance to get to know someone IRL. Remember, you can go for a hike but there’s no need to climb Mt. Everest on the first night.

What are some of your tips for picking a great first date spot? Share below!