Whether it’s listening to your favourite tunes, booking a hair appointment or having a stiff drink for a touch of dutch courage – we all have our own routine when it comes to getting ready for a first date.
However, a recent study by Match.com has revealed that pre-date rituals vary from region to region in the UK.
While the Irish are twice as likely to schedule a last-minute bikini wax before their hot date than others in the UK, people in the North West are more inclined to jump under a sunbed for a tan top-up.
Londoners on the other hand hit the gym for a pre-date body boost and Geordie men are more likely to have a spray tan than women from the same area.
But not all people looking for love make such an effort...
Daters in the Midlands get a raw deal, as 5% admit to skipping a pre-date shower.
“We’ve always believed in being proactive when looking for love, so we’re delighted to see so much effort being put into dating. Anything you can do to boost your self-confidence and settle your nerves will help you enjoy that all-important first date more,” Kate Taylor from Match.com told HuffPost Lifestyle.
“There are some interesting differences in the sexes revealed here, too: while women appear to calm their nerves with a quick phone call to a friend before heading out, men concentrate on more practical concerns like researching conversation topics, or letting off some steam at the gym.”
Find out what your region says about your pre-date routine.
Londoners are twice as likely to hit the gym before a date, 69% more likely to research a date online, and 85% more likely to listen a motivational song
Twice as likely to get their teeth whitened, but also 5% more likely to skip taking a pre-date shower (almost 1 in 5 don't)
Britain's most hygienic daters - 90% shower before they head out and 13% of women will call a friend for a pep talk before a date
Twice as likely to go for a wax in preparation for a date and 15% say that they prepare conversation topics in advance of a date
95% more likely to go for a sunbed or apply fake tan ahead of a date, 8% say that they do no preparation at all (higher than anywhere else), and just 72% of men will shave before a date, the lowest in the UK
40% more likely to have a swift drink before a first date and over 90% more likely to get their hair done. Plus, half of all Geordie girls will get a haircut, 38% would go out without shaving their legs (the highest in the UK) while men are twice as likely to go for a spray tan or sunbed than women
More than 20% opt for a tipple before a date to calm their nerves (second only to Geordies). Welsh women are 12% more likely to shave their legs, and men are most likely to get their hair done
Yorkshire daters are 65% more likely to don an item of lucky clothing, such as lucky underwear, 10% of women say that it takes them between 2 and 3 hours to get ready. Almost half the Yorkshiremen (46%) said they spruced up in under half an hour
57% in the South East will try to arrange a second date when still on a first date if they like the person. Almost a quarter (23%) of females opt for a drop of Dutch courage
Scottish lasses spend an average of 59 minutes each preparing. Scots are less likely than any other region to go to the gym before a big date
64% of women in the East take more than 45 minutes ensuring they look their best for their date. And those in the East are second only to the North West in their love of a pre-date tan