Should you take a chance on a set-up date?

Blind dating. Some singles would never dare. Others are willing to give it a try. Before you throw the concept out the window, remember that a lot of successful couples met through a blind date.

Supermodel Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber met on a blind date, as did Pete Sampras and his beloved actress wife and former Miss Teen USA Bridgette Wilson.

Some people think that meeting someone through one of the many hookup websites or in singles chat rooms is a blind date. But it’s not quite the case because first of all, you’re not being match-made through a friend, and second, you’ve already had some online contact before you meet. And you’ve most likely seen each other’s photos – which defeats the meaning of a blind date!

However, do take some cues from dating sites before going on a set-up date…If you’ve agreed to go on a blind date, a great idea is to try to break the ice before you meet face-to-face, it’s a similar concept as meeting someone online – get the person’s email address and start to chat to them online. This way you can get to know each other beforehand, and get a bit of a gut feeling.

An article on offers this sensible advice: “Don’t make the mistake of saying no when a friend proposes setting you up. If a blind date has come recommended, if you decide against it, you will never know what might have eventuated. Even if your date doesn’t live up to your expectations, it could lead to a new social outlet or friendship that could present more opportunities in the future. Keep your outlooks realistic: Don’t presume this date will eventuate into something long term. Simply getting to know their personality should be your main focus”.

Meanwhile, an article regarding blind dates tips on has this to say: “if you approach a blind date already pre-programmed that things won’t eventuate, you will more than likely, without even realizing it portray this attitude during the date and spoil any chance of success – open your mind. Your date may notice your lack of exuberance placing a negative vibe on the entire date, putting both of you in an un-comfortable position”.

So, it might be worth taking the chance – just ask Cindy Crawford.

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