First Date Checklist

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Figurine of a woman on a chessboardIf like me, you lose the power of thought when you’re incredibly nervous you may just find it helpful to consult our handy checklist before setting off on a first date:

The practical

  • Plan your journey in advance, so that you’re not in a hurry trying to print off a map or relying on a SatNav, which might as well be pointing out a bear on your left for all the use it’s being.
  • Make sure you tell a friend where you’re going and take a look at our safety advice.
  • If you have children make sure that you find a baby-sitter that you trust so that you aren’t worried about them and having to take regular phone call breaks.
  • Make sure to save your date’s number in your phone in case you are running late.


  • I know Muddy Matches is aimed at people who don’t mind getting muddy, but make sure that you look clean on your first date; including scrubbing your nails and cleaning your teeth.
  • Make sure you wear something you feel attractive in, but are not uncomfortable in. You don’t want to spend time all your time moaning about your painful new shoes.
  • Try to plan your outfit in advance so that you aren’t flapping around trying to find your favourite pair of trousers that are at the bottom of the wash pile.
  • Don’t overdo anything– if your make up would make Pat Butcher look bare faced or if you’ve used so much aftershave that you feel a little dizzy breathing in you’re gone too far.

About them

  • Have a quick look back through their messages and their profile so that you don’t find yourself with a surprised face when your date mentions that they love the same band as you.
  • Make sure you look at their photos again; you don’t want that awkward situation of approaching the wrong person. Trust me, it can happen.
  • Contact your date in advance to make sure they’re still OK to meet up.

Last, but not least…have fun!

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