A double date is a social event where two couples go out together. It can be a great way to get to know someone else’s significant other, and it can also be a fun way to spend a memorable time with your partner.
There are a few things to keep in mind when planning a double date:
Pick a place where you won’t feel rushed.
Your first double date is not necessarily the time for something like dinner theater or mini-golfing because you don’t have much time or money invested in it so far. However, if dinner theater were something that had been on both of your lists as things you wanted to try, then by all means go for it!
Communicate with your significant other.
Before the date, make sure you communicate with your partner about what you expect out of the double date. If you’re just looking to have some fun and get to know the other couple better, let them know. If you’re hoping to get closer to your partner’s friend, share that as well. This will help avoid any potential awkwardness or tension.
Don’t talk about relationship woes.
Double dates are not the time to bring up any problems you might be having in your relationship with your significant other. Save those discussions for another time, preferably when you’re only talking to one person.
Pick an activity.
You must pick an activity that both couples enjoy doing together. If one of the couples likes to dance, plan a night at a club or bar with dancing up on the list of activities. If you are new to town and don’t know what places are fun for everyone, ask around to friends/family/coworkers who live in your area for recommendations.
Take pictures and share them online!
Nothing is more fun than looking back at a good double date you’ve been on. Take pictures, or ask another one of your friends to snap some shots for you. And after the date, upload the photos to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest (or whatever social media sites you might use). It’ll make for great memories.
If your partner says no or stops what you’re doing, then that means it’s time to stop whatever you’re doing and back off. No matter how much one of the couples might be interested in having some fun, if your partner doesn’t feel comfortable going further than kissing/hand-holding/etc., then respect their decisions and don’t try to push them into something they don’t want to do.