So, you’ve been single for a little while and a mate has the perfect person to set you up with. Sounds too good to be true? Maybe. Why are they only introducing you guys now? What are they like? All valid questions. Look, you might be leaning towards not going, but why not? Worse comes to worse, you’re not interested and you go on with your life. However, you could go and they could be the Meghan Markle to your Prince Harry or the Tom Brady to your Gisele Bündchen. You won’t know unless you try, so here are 5 blind date tips to help you be prepared…
The worst thing to do is go into a date expecting it to be the best time of your life or the absolute worst. Without having spoken to your blind date beforehand, look at it as an opportunity. They likely know only the basics about you, so there’s no need to go in with assumptions like thinking they won’t like you. I truly believe that the person a friend tries to set you up with says a lot about what they think of you and who they think would be a good match for you. It could go either way. To borrow a Love Island phrase, they could be your type on paper, but maybe you just don’t gel in person. So, bear that in mind!
Hopefully, if you’ve confided in your friend
before about dating and what you want, they’ll
be able to pick someone who is on the same
page as you.
Look, yes, you’re being set up by a friend (presumably, maybe check that you and this ‘friend’ are on good terms before agreeing to the blind date) but that doesn’t mean you need to go into the date with no information. You can ask this friend a whole array of questions. One benefit here is that your friend will be honest, whereas a stranger online may be more likely to lie about themselves. Hopefully, if you’ve confided in your friend before about dating and what you want, they’ll be able to pick someone who is on the same page as you.
Like you would for any other date, one of the blind date tips that we can give you is to pick an outfit that makes you feel good and comfortable. Don’t just go in with the attitude that your friend set you up and you basically wear whatever to see your mate, so you can do the same for this date. This is your chance to make a good first impression, plus you have the added benefit of your friend hyping you up to your date beforehand. Own it! You can find people to set your friends up with on CLiKD, by using their dealbreakers too.
So, if you get to your blind date and they’re not
what you expected or what you want, don’t be rude
and take it out on them.
Sad, but true, sometimes a date just isn’t for you. It can be disappointing, especially if you really felt that a friend picking your date might give you a better chance than when you’re swiping. However, unless your date was really just an awful human being, it’s not their fault that this didn’t pan out. So, if you get to your blind date and they’re not what you expected or what you want, don’t be rude and take it out on them. Either approach them with an open mind or let them down gently.
The most important of the blind date tips. Safety is everything. Even though your mate has set you up, this is still a stranger who you likely haven’t interacted with yet. Tell a few of your mates where you’re going and maybe have some sort of signal for if you need an escape route. Pick a public place and make sure it’s somewhere where you feel comfortable.
So, there you have it! 5 blind date tips to help you be prepared. We hope that it all goes well and if you’re going on a blind date during this time, make sure they social distance and triple check with your mate that they’re the type of person who takes a pandemic seriously!