Double dates can be a lot of fun! You can be out with your partner as well as your best friend, together, on a double date! The fun atmosphere can be made even more enjoyable, provided the couples know the basic dating etiquette. So, for all those who are planning a double date, here are some tips, which if followed, can make the date a delightful experience for both the couples.
Double Dating Advice and Tips
Tip # 1
Decide on the venue beforehand. If you are planning to go for a dinner, choose a restaurant whose budget suits you both. Do not choose a place which the other couple finds expensive.
Tip # 2
The choice of activities and food on a double date should depend on the tastes and liking of both the couples. If all of you go out regularly, you can alternately choose the same i.e. go by your choice on one date and in the next one, go by the other couple's choice.
Tip # 3
Convey the correct date and time for the date to the other couple and be on time. In case you are running late, inform it beforehand to the other couple so that they don't end up waiting for a long time for you.
Tip # 4
After you have had your meal, when the bill arrives, split it half. There should be no confusion over who pays how much. Paying fifty percent each is the rule that you should always follow on a double date.
Tip # 5
Picture a scenario. Two colleagues go out on a date with their respective boyfriends and end up talking the whole evening about the politics in their office, while their boyfriends have no clue what they are talking about! This should be avoided on a double date. Common topics, on which everyone present can talk, should be taken up.
Tip # 6
One of the interesting tips is to plan surprises for the other couple. This should however, strictly be done, if and only if both the couples are very good friends. Some of the surprises that can be planned are - arranging a last minute road trip, going on a picnic to the countryside, dinner on a boat, campfire, etc.
Tip # 7
Do not ask questions that are too personal, such as one's salary, rent of their house, etc. Keep things cool, casual and fun on a double date.
Tip # 8
The seating arrangement should be such that both the partners sit with one another and the couples should be across the table. This way, the partners can have some private moments themselves, plus can chat with the other couple too.
Tip # 9
On a double date, partners should avoid getting too intimate or touchy-feely, as this can greatly discomfort the other couple. Some might even find it embarrassing or offending. So, this is completely against the double date etiquette and hence, should be avoided.
Tip # 10
One thing that is a complete no on a double date is to flirt with the other person's boyfriend/girlfriend. Being under the influence of liquor is no excuse for such a behavior, which can offend your partner as well as the other couple too.
Tip # 11
Double dates should not be used as a platform for name calling on one another. If there is a problem between the partners, it should never be brought up on a date, otherwise it can spoil the whole atmosphere.
Tip # 12
Dirty humor, cursing one another, being a way too friendly and personal - these are some of the things that can spoil a double date within minutes. So, avoid them as far as possible. In case the other couple is up to it, have some sort of secret signals between yourself, by way of which you can convey to your partner that you want to end the conversation that is going on and move on to another topic all together.
Although, double dating is fun, yet, many tricky issues can come up if the couples end up becoming very close, such as attraction towards each other's partner, getting too involved with each other's life, etc. That's why, always follow the tips suggested here, when out on a double date!