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Tips for a Guy’s First Time Taking a Girl to Fine Arts

You did it. You have achieved the impossible. You’re taking a girl to Fine Arts.

If it was your first time asking a girl to accompany you to such a special event, you likely have been so focused on the “asking her to go with you” part that you’d forgotten that, now that she’s said yes, you’re actually going to go with her.

So, what now?

Do you get cold feet and call it off?

Do you try to pretend like you know what you’re doing?

Or do you fail so badly that you ensure you’ll never take a girl to Fine Arts ever again?

If those are your thoughts, then you can relax – there’s no reason to worry. Many guys have been in your place before. For a successful first time taking a date with you to Fine Arts, there are only three things you need to remember.

1.) Planning

This is the aspect that can be the most overwhelming for me. I usually feel like there’s so much to remember and I can’t keep all of it in mind. However, it’s not all that bad. One thing that’s important to do is to get your date flowers. Even if you’re only going as friends, it’s still a nice gesture. However, if the girl you’re going with is not your girlfriend, stay away from giving her a bouquet of roses and PLEASE do not give her a single red rose. It’s also a great idea to give her her favorite candy with the flowers.

Although it may seem a little over-formal (at least it did for me the first time I did it), it’s very thoughtful to pick your date up at her dorm and be there early. If there’s even a 10% chance of rain, it’s a good idea to bring an umbrella. Lastly, take a picture! Even if you don’t want to, you’ll be glad you did someday if you end up marrying your date (which seems to be a regular occurrence here).

2.) Personal Maintenance

If you haven’t cleaned your suit in a while, take it to the Eagles Express Cleaners to get it dry cleaned so it doesn’t have that lingering men’s dorm smell from sitting in your closet. Make sure you also iron your dress shirt and clean your shoes.

Most guys won’t need to hear this, but for those of you who never bathe and still managed to get a girl to say yes, take a shower! Lastly, make sure your hair is nicely done and put on cologne (but not too much, you don’t want her to get a headache from your Old Spice body spray).

3.) Manners

Just be thoughtful. Hold doors open for her, let her pick where she wants to sit and remember all of the other common courtesies your parents taught you. Before the performance, have a conversation so that it’s not awkward—but don’t talk too much during the performance, or it could be annoying.

So, there you have it. The basic guide for a guy who is bringing a girl to Fine Arts for the first time. If that’s you, don’t sweat it.

The thoughts and opinions expressed in Life in the Nest are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Pensacola Christian College.
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