If you already know the person and are pretty certain that you both like each other then by all means go for the big romantic gesture. My husband turned up for our second date with a bottle of wine, flowers and a box of chocolate biscuits, but soon realised he only had two hands and decided to leave the biscuits in the car! Making an effort shows that you care and that you want to make a good impression.

Unwashed hair, bad hygiene and yesterday’s clothes aren’t likely to win anyone over.

A first date is loaded with expectancy – will she/he like me and will I like them?

Is this person going to be the “One” or will I want to run for the hills before the starter?

Will we have anything to talk about and if not, how will we get through the evening?

It is definitely possible to think too much about a first date.

It is important that the other person has a chance to learn about you, but try and make sure that you are listening as much - or more - than you are talking. Don’t forget your manners Bad manners aren’t attractive and are likely to irritate your date.

Make sure you turn up on time and if you are going to be late for any reason, let them know.

So, how can you make sure that your first date is the best it can be (even if it turns out to be your only date together)?

Here are some suggestions on what to do and what not to do. Chose the venue carefully If you are doing the choosing, pick somewhere that you know your date will like.

The key is to relax, enjoy yourself and not to analyse everything too much.

Regardless of whether you hit it off, wouldn’t it be great if you could both say that you had a good experience?

That means being kind and considerate and treating your date as you would like to be treated yourself.