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What to Say at the End of a Date

Regardless of how great or awful your first date may have been, it will eventually end. The question then becomes, how do you end the evening on a good note?

It’s important to thank your date for his or her time, even if you didn’t have a good time. Here are a few things you could say:

1. Thank You

Depending on how the date went, you may want to let your date know that you enjoyed yourself and wish to see them again. A simple “Thank you” can be a great way to do this. It’s casual, sweet, and shows that you are interested in her or him.

It’s also a good idea to thank your date for anything that they did for you, such as paying for the meal or drinks, if they did so. Gratitude goes a long way and is sure to make your date feel special.

On the other hand, if you aren’t interested in seeing your date again, don’t hold back. It’s important to be honest and direct so that you don’t lead them on and cause confusion on their end. It’s also a good idea to be specific about what it is that you don’t find compatible, such as their personality or lifestyle. You could even give a bit of a tease by telling them that you are sure they’ll be able to change a few things about themselves to suit your tastes.

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2. I Hope You Have a Great Day

Going on a first date can be exciting and nerve-wracking all at once. You’re wondering if you hit it off, whether you have common interests or whether you’ll be comfortable with each other. However, if the date goes south or you’re not sure you want to see this person again, you need to know how to end the evening gracefully.

Whether you’re bidding your spouse goodnight, wishing a friend or relative a quick farewell or saying goodbye to an acquaintance as you pull out of the driveway, it’s always nice to give someone a warm smile and a simple wish that they have a wonderful day.

This is the perfect way to show that you’re interested in this person and would like to see them again, or it can be a polite way to let a potential suitor know that you don’t think this is a match. Be sure to keep this short so you don’t leave them hanging with an awkward question or lingering stammer. If you want to see them again, say so and make plans for when you’ll meet next.

3. Have a Good Night

Whether you’re meeting for pastries and sundaes or heading to a movie theater or dinner restaurant, it’s important that you let your date know that you’d like to see her again. You can use a playful tone and tease her a bit by suggesting something, but make sure you don’t go overboard.

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A simple way to say this is by saying, “Have a good night,” and then turning around to leave. If you’d rather send a text, this is also fine as long as you are respectful and direct.

It’s not always easy to know if you want to hang out with someone again, especially if your first date didn’t quite go well. If you feel that you really can’t go on another date, simply tell them you have to head off for some reason — whether it’s babysitting your niece or comforting a friend who just lost their uncle. Regardless, thank them for their time and be on your way! Be sure to wave and use the phrase, “Have a good night” as you do so.

4. Good Luck

In a perfect world, every date would go off without a hitch. But sometimes, despite your best intentions, it’s just not meant to be. If you’re on a first date and you don’t feel a connection, it’s okay to draw the line and say “good luck” at the end.

While this may sound like a sarcastic statement, it is actually a sincere one that reflects your desire for your date’s happiness and success. The phrase is similar to those used for congratulations, thinking of you messages, birthday wishes and farewells.

For both guys and gals, this is a non-committal way to end a date. If you know that you aren’t interested in seeing the person again, it’s better to be honest than agree to plans that you will later cancel or make up an excuse for. You can still thank them for their time and wish them the best of luck (even if you’re not sure you will be wishing them well after that). You can also send your wishes in the form of a card to add more personal touch to the message.

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5. I’m Looking Forward to Our Next Meeting

Even if you didn’t have the greatest time with your date, it’s important to remain polite and respectful. Saying “I’m looking forward to our next meeting” can be a great way to end the night without being rude or arrogant. It’s also a more direct approach to the conversation than trying to wiggle out of a bad date by making up excuses like your brother’s dog got sick or you have to go to work early in the morning.

Using this phrase as an email closing is an excellent way to convey that you’ll be talking to the other person again in the near future. Unlike “talk to you soon,” which is more of a casual sign off, this version conveys professionalism and is appropriate in professional situations.

For dates that end in a positive note, it’s a good idea to seal the deal with a kiss or other form of affection. However, you should avoid overdoing it, warns eHarmony staff. It may make your date feel uncomfortable or jealous. Instead, try a chaste kiss that leaves the tongue free and save more affectionate interactions for later dates.