Saturday 24 February 2018

How to bag a millionaire: Wealthy matchmaker shares strict rules for first date etiquette

Lady Lara Asprey shared this photo of herself on ITV's This Morning
Lady Lara Asprey shared this photo of herself on ITV's This Morning
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Making him pay, putting your phone away and covering up are just some of the dating tips advised by a millionaire matchmaker.

Lady Lara Asprey, who founded and runs The Sloane Arranger dating agency for wealthy clients, appeared on ITV's This Morning and dished some rather traditional advice when it comes landing the man (and bank account) of your dreams.

She insists on the man paying for the first two dates as it's only the "polite" thing to do if he asked you on a date to begin with.

"I think if a chap is inviting you out for dinner it's polite for him to pay for that for the first two dates," she told hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.

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"After that time, it's absolutely fine. I think it's very kind for a woman to gesture to pay but I don't think they should."

And when it comes to dressing for your first dates, she suggests "leaving something to the imagination."

"It gets them the wrong type of attention," she said. "Don't show everything off. Less is very much more."

"What about getting to second wicket or third base?"

"I'd always say save yourself. Leave something to the imagination."

But Eamonn Holmes joked that he would "propose" to a woman who flashed flesh on the first date.

Asprey also said that phones should be put away and devote your attention to your date.

"Give the person the attention they deserve. At dinner time the phone is on the table - it's an absolute no-no."

One way to devote your attention is to not drink, which she highly recommends.

"Don't drink too much," she says. "It's important. One or two drinks maximum on the first few dates. I don't believe you should do dinner on a first date because it's too much."

Dating websites now specialise in high end clients, such as Elite Singles and Patti Stranger hosts the Millionaire Matchmaker on US television.

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