Dating etiquette usually deals with what you are and are not supposed to do during a social meeting with a potentially romantic partner. But when you are dating a millionaire, the right manners and ways of conducting yourself assume an even a greater importance since they indicate grooming and class – qualities which are important in the upper classes. Here are a few tips on dating etiquette if you are seeing someone rich and successful and wish to come off as his/her ideal partner.
Take it positively
If you are sincere about behaving the right way around your millionaire partner, first of all it is necessary to discard negative notions about etiquette and manners. Etiquette is not about discriminating between sexes and classes – it is simply an orderly way of doing things. One person is designated to lead the occasion simply because if there are two or more people trying to open a door at the same time or talking to the waiter at the same time, there is bound to be confusion. Knowing a specific procedure is efficient for everyone and creates an immediate knowledge of what you are to do in a situation which in the end brings about smoother social interactions.
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Even if you are a woman and waiting for your date, making him wait for more than ten minutes is a bad idea. Being late is an absolute no-no for a guy if you are meeting a female companion or picking her up. Being punctual is especially important when dating the rich since for them time is money, and as soon as they find you tardy, they will see you as a waste of time.
When dating a millionaire, it is crucial to turn out in a classy and elegant manner. Adopt a personal style which highlights your best features and above all, get the basics of grooming right. Even though you may not be able to afford a Louis Vuitton handbag or a Cartier watch, ensure that whatever you are wearing is suits you and is appropriate for the occasion.
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When entering or leaving an automobile
If you are a woman, allow the door to the car or limousine to be opened for you. This is not a sign of helplessness; rather it is in keeping with the consideration that women often have paraphernalia like handbags, coats on their arms and sometimes fuller skirts to smooth as they get inside. Remember to keep your knees together and your feet together whether you are entering the car or exiting it. In case of the latter, wait for your driver or escort to open your door and extend your hand outside the open car door for him to take. Lean slightly onto your escort's hand for support and lift yourself out. If you are a man and going out with a woman, ensure that you enter a car after her. Also you are expected to get out of the car first and offer a hand to your female companion to help her alight from the car more easily.
When dating a millionaire you can expect to be taken out to fancy restaurants and indulge in fine dining. Most of these come with their own dining etiquette. If you are a woman, allow yourself to be led to the dining area either by the head waiter or by your date. If you are a guy, you can discretely tip the head waiter for a particular seating preference. When dining, you may follow the American or Continental style but read up on table manners, dinner courses and choice of cutlery beforehand so that there is no confusion during the actual dinner. If your date orders, compliment his choices, whether it is his choice of dessert or the wine. At the end of the dinner, thank your partner for inviting you out and don’t leave it for the next day.
Focus on your partner
When dating a rich man or woman, it is important to let them know you value the time and effort your partner is spending on you. And one of the best ways to do this is by being attentive to your date. Maintain steady eye contact with him/her and listen actively to what he/she has to say. Smile often and present a positive body language. Also avoid fiddling with our phone. Unless you're on call at a high-pressure job, you have no excuse for frequently checking your PDA. Flashing expensive technology makes you look self-absorbed and immature. If you must take a call or check a text, apologize for being rude, and tell your date why it's necessary.
Avoid talking money
You may be dating this guy or woman with the intention of sharing his/her comfortable lifestyle but talking money on a date is usually seen as a mark of ill-breeding. Salary is generally lumped with politics and religion as taboo topics for general dating, but this is especially true when your date is wealthy. Even though your date may be visibly having a good time with you but don't discuss bank accounts. If your date volunteers financial information, you can respond, but don't pump him for more. Allow him to suggest any big-ticket date activities on his own, since angling for a lavish experience will not only clash with dating etiquette but make you out as a gold-digger.
When arriving at or leaving a hosted event
When dating a rich partner, you will probably be invited to classy dinners and events hosted by other wealthy people. Thus you need to be prepared to behave correctly when accompanying your partner to such occasions. If you are invited to a private event, find out the names of the host and hostess from your date. Upon arriving at the venue, if someone other than the host or hostess answers the door, give your name immediately and state the event you are there to attend. Have your invitation in hand if the event requires it. Remember to first go to the host and/or hostess if they are not at the door and offer your greetings. At the same time make your remarks to the host and hostess a light, breezy bit of small talk, in the course of which you will probably be introduced by your date. Avoid lingering or opening a full-fledged conversation because they have other guests arriving. At the end of the event, do not leave without seeking out your host and/or hostess and complimenting them on something specific about the event. Thank them and then leave with your partner.
Learn to handle embarrassing moments
No one is born with perfect manners and it is all a matter of practice. So while dating your millionaire partner, if you realize that you have committed a faux pas, make as little of it as possible. Ignore whatever you did or didn't do and force your mind onto something else. Go on smoothly as if nothing happened and very soon people around you will do the same.