Expert reveals the worst time and place for a first date

Allison Yee

Just when you thought first dates were all about what you’re wearing and how you’re smelling, a relationship expert has revealed there’s more to nailing the first date formula.

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Matchmaker Louanne Ward from Perth insists it’s all about location when it comes to meeting your potential boyfriend to be - and grabbing a drink at the pub or going for a coffee is a definite no-no.

“'I have a strict no coffee date policy unless you have done something like walk along the beach beforehand. You need to have time to connect with the person,” Louanne tells the Mail Online.

Forget about the standard coffee date, experts say you need to put more thought into your first meeting. Photo: Getty images
Forget about the standard coffee date, experts say you need to put more thought into your first meeting. Photo: Getty images

“If you get a second date after going for coffee with your date you are one in a million. It doesn't normally happen.”

Louanne says to focus on your creative strengths instead, and aim for something simple but effective like a sunset picnic.

Even something as simple as where you sit is crucial too, with the dating expert stressing the importance of sitting side-by-side or close together so that your date can read your body language.

“He has to be able to look at you and connect with you,” she explains.

Finally, tee up a time when there’s no pressure to get locked into something afterwards if the spark isn’t there.

This means avoiding prime social real estate times like a Friday or Saturday night, with a casual midweek date your best bet.

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