First dates can feel like so much pressure!
Ok, let's breathe for a second. Yep, it's a lot to take in.
And, if you're looking for a long-term relationship and have met a man on the top Toronto Canada dating sites, it can seem that this couple of hours is pretty high stakes.
Let's take a step back, and run through some of the top dating tips from the relationship experts at Best10; after all, every unique relationship starts with a first date!
We'll start with the outfit. It's super tricky to get the balance right, as most women want to appear cool and casual and yet not look like they haven't made any effort at all.
Of course, a lot depends on what you're doing for this date.
Breaking in a new pair of five-inch heels for a Sunday afternoon coffee and stroll around the park is not going to do you any favours - and probably result in some nasty blisters to boot!
Likewise, if you're heading for a romantic dinner date, you're not going to rock up in your boyfriend jeans and your slouching sweater.
Here's what to do:
Remember, any man worth his salt will want to get to know the real you, and it's pretty likely he'll have no idea what you're wearing in your profile pic he fell for when online dating in Saskatoon.
So, the next tricky bit is cash. Expecting a guy to cover 100% of the bill on a first date is, let's face it, a bit archaic and also slightly unreasonable!
If he offers, or insists, then great - still, you don't NEED to accept if it makes you feel uncomfortable, or you get even the slightest whiff that he's the sort of man who's expecting something in return (run, run, as fast as you can).
Nobody wants to be seen as a gold digger or the kind of woman who feels she deserves to be wined and dined without contributing a cent, so we'd always recommend splitting the check, 50/50. Simple solution.
As a last-ditch, if he really wants to pay and is doing so as a conventional kind of chap who feels he wants to cover the costs, at least make sure you leave a tip and pay for the cab!
There are SO many old-fashioned, conservative, and in some ways, judgemental ideas out there about first dates - and the reality is, it's entirely up to you.
Say you've been chatting for weeks through your favourite Toronto Canada dating sites, have spent hours on video calls, and now you've finally met in person you're desperate to progress to your first kiss. I say go for it!
However, there are a few general guidelines to be aware of:
Just as you wouldn't want to play tonsil hockey with a guy you're not yet sure about dating long-term, it's vital to respect boundaries here.
The nerves can be one of the worst parts of a first date. Clammy hands, racing heartbeat and stuttering sentences are all typical signs that you're feeling anxious.
A great way to break that tension is to find humour in it!
Having someone you've met online dating in Saskatoon feel nervous about meeting you is always an ego boost, and it's likely to ease some of the friction your date is undoubtedly feeling too.
You can see that these are all light-hearted ways, to be honest about the fact you're feeling anxious. It's also helpful to be upfront if you are struggling a bit and shows that you aren't afraid to talk about your feelings (and don't usually forget your own name...).
The thing is that a first date is just that - a first date.
It can be nerve-wracking if you're serious about this guy and want to make it work. However, wearing the wrong dress or mumbling when ordering your coffee isn't going to make any difference to an authentic connection that's destined to go somewhere.
Take it easy, have fun, and don't let the anxiety make it feel like any wrong move will spell disaster!