How to End A Date Gracefully

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How to End A Date Gracefully


Below are our tips for exiting a date respectfully and without leaving any loose ends.

By Stella Bracwel | 19th June 2019
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How the date ends means a lot for both sides. If it’s a cold goodbye, this means there are no chances of a second date but if it ends on a warm note, with hugs and kisses, there is definitely a probability for a next date. If your date parts with a friendly remark, you might get confused on what’s going to happen next. Basically what we mean to say is, how you end your date shapes the course of the budding relationship. Therefore, it is always safe to have a plan beforehand and follow some basic tips on how to end a date gracefully.

When you are not interested

Do not end the date abruptly or simply by shaking hands and goodbye waves even if it’s not a good date. We understand that sometimes it gets difficult to have patience when you are in a really, really bad date! And we have all been there. When you are meeting someone from dating sites such as Zoosk, it is better to be prepared for any type of excitement.

For starters, do not go for the generic excuses: that you have somewhere to be in an hour or pulling a fake emergency call. Just keep it natural! At the beginning of the date, when you are getting to know each other, start by talking about your profession/job or something that you always prioritize first; for instance you can talk about your yoga class, swimming session or spa therapy. In this way, at the end of the date you can slip in that you have to be somewhere. This would seem so much more credible as she now has some context about the situation you speak of.

We would recommend having a notification beep after an hour or two during the date. This notification will create a sense of urgency and help you talk about your excuse naturally that you have somewhere to be now. If you are not interested in the date, it is always better not to get , hopes high. If your date insists on walking you out or dropping you off, make sure that you say no to the offer kindly, but clearly. In case of women, always depart with a compliment or two!

The goodbye part can be tricky. We know human beings are quite emotional and things do not always tend to go as planned. But it is better to not keep your date hanging. Be quite clear about where you stand on the date. Do not go for the clichéd ‘We should do this again sometime’. Letting them know how you genuinely felt would be a more mature way of dealing with situations like these. Perhaps saying that this was a different experience for you and probably you , that you two are not the right match as of now is ideal. End on a good term and peck on a cheek should be fine.

When you are interested

We know that you do not always fall in love or start to like someone instantly after a date. That kind of connection is difficult to find. By interested, we mean when you are actually having a good time or you are confused about your feelings and need some time to think. Follow the first two rules mentioned before of talking about your profession or priority and keeping a notification beep. If you actually are interested in the date, simply turn off the notification saying it’s not that important a message. Your date will even feel prioritized!

When you are actually into the date, there are no specific rules to follow to be honest. It’s always better to go with the flow and be casual and approachable. It’s probably not the best to show all of your crazy side at the very first date. Go with the flow and give each other plenty of time to talk and listen. One-sided conversations are the worst! Usually dating platforms like eharmony matches your interests and hobbies to find the most suitable match for you. In most cases, you are likely to have an interesting chat.

Finally when the date ends, you can be the one to take the first approach. You can offer to walk together home or invite your date over. It is a strict NO to invite yourself to your date’s house if you are not being specifically asked to – it’s intrusive and overbearing. Do not end the date on a confusing note.

Let your date know that you will call them. Be specific about a time-frame. For instance, ‘I will call you next weekend’ is something for your date to look forward to. Good luck!

Written by
Stella Bracwel
Stella is a fashion blogger and crypto-investor, who also happens to be a dating expert as well. She is a traveller who has taken up writing as a full-time profession, so she can always do her job and have fun on the go.With her vast array of knowledge, Stella could get you hitched as well as rich so keep an eye out for her articles! Read more.
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  1. If the date is that bad why not just leave them hanging. It’s their fault for being a bad date. Lol.

  2. I always show my crazy side during a date. How else is he going to know what he’s letting himself in for?