Not knowing what to expect is just half the story
In the age of mobile dating apps, blind dates may seem like a thing of the past. Still, meeting a complete stranger thanks to a matchmaking friend or family has its charm. Just imagine the thrill of mystery as you nervously await the big reveal at a fancy restaurant. Not all blind dates end in romance, though, but the lack of expectations that come with online dating has a way of opening minds and hearts to a lasting relationship.
With a good matchmaker who personally knows both parties, there’s a better chance of meeting someone compatible with you. No need to sift through profiles to find someone who interests or is interested in you. All you have to do is show up and have fun!
Shy? There is no getting-to-know stage prior the meet-up unlike with dating apps. You also won’t know how the other person looks like until you see each other. On the other hand, your possible date would probably be just as anxious, so relax and focus on bringing out your best self.
Any date comes with the risk of disaster. Just scour the Internet and you’ll find plenty of horror stories, from total creepers with bizarre fetishes to those getting matched with an ex—you’d wonder if the matchmaker was playing a prank. At least you’ll have something juicy to tell your friends afterwards.
Regardless of the outcome, blind dates bring a sense of adventure to the quest for love. If you haven’t tried them, you can catch a lot of examples from the British reality television show First Dates. The show involves maître d’ Fred Sirieix and his crew pairing romantic hopefuls over dinner at Central London’s Paternoster Chop House in hopes of getting them to fall in love. Awkward, funny, passionate, and sometimes painful, each scenario is a story worth watching.