See part one for some of my other thoughts on how to go on a first date.
You pay. You invited her, so you’re the host. So you pay. You don’t have to pay for every date, but you definitely do for the first one. If she offers, thank her, but be firm that this one is on you. Should you get officially “into a relationship”, then you can discuss who pays for what. You’ll regret not being a gentleman.
Don’t make a move. I’d say “don’t touch”, but I don’t completely mean that. Just remember that this isn’t your girlfriend. This is just a first date. And should you actually date her, you lots of time for that phsyical stuff. For women, one of the markers of success for a first date is that she feels safe. If a woman ever feels unsafe on a date, it’s a fail. And the easiest way to make a woman feel safe is to not make a move. You can touch her shoulder to get her attention. You can push her out of the way of an oncoming bus. You can help her put her coat on. But don’t make a move. Don’t kiss her at the end of the night. Don’t even try to hug her. Unless maybe…just maybe…you’ve already hugged her even before the date. The point isn’t to escalate your physical relationship. If a woman ever feels like she owes you anything because you took her on a date, you’ve just made her feel cheap. Making a woman feel cheap is also a good way to not get a second date. Going home at the end of the night with a clean conscience is a great way to feel no regrets.
Ask her out again. Assuming you want to. If at the end of the date, you had a good time and you want to go out with her again, it’s not too early to ask for a second date. Just say: “I had a great time with you tonight. Can we go on a second date?” The good part about this is that 1) you get information if she still likes you. If she says yes to a second date, then you know you did well. And 2) she gets clarity that you still like her. Women like clarity remember. They like it alot. You’ll never regret knowing where you stand.
Thank her once. Thank her at the end of the date for going on the date with you. Don’t do this at the beginning — you’ll come off desperate. If you thank her 100 times for going on the date with you, you’ll seem weird. If it goes well, you can also thank her after the date. Send her an email or a text the next day with just a short note: “Thanks for the date yesterday. I had fun.” If it doesn’t go well, still thank her that date for going out once. If you don’t thank her, you might seem rude. You’ll regret being rude.
Remember: Your goal is to go on a first date without regrets. No regrets!