Taken? How to be the ultimate wingman for your friends.

By Dawn Papandrea

Now that you’re part of a couple, you wish your friends would become lucky in love, too, so you could all get together on group outings to do some of your favorite things, along the lines of “How I Met Your Mother.” As of now, it’s just you and your mate, or you and your friends, with hardly no overlap. It’s time to put your matchmaking skills to good use. The new “Wingman” feature on MeetMoi app is a great start, as it helps you spot potential matches for your friends. Here are some other matchmaking tips to keep in mind…

Find out your friends’ must-haves and deal breakers. If you have a girlfriend who absolutely despises smoking, the last thing you’d want to do is to try to set her up with a chain smoker. Have an idea of the kinds of dates your friends are looking for. Whether it’s having a steady job, not living at home, and driving a nice car, or physical features, such as “he can’t be shorter than me!” keep their preferences in mind when matching.

Consider compatibility. This is a tough one since people are often attracted to those even they would least suspect, but pairing up friends with common interests can help things along. For instance, having a mutual love of outdoor sports or a shared interest in independent films can inspire some fun dates and  stimulating conversations.

Don’t over think it. Remember, opposites attract. If your friend is in finance, that doesn’t mean she should necessarily date people in that industry all the time. It can add excitement to a relationship if there is something new and mysterious about a potential mate, so keep that in mind before you rule out someone for being too different from your friend.

Put the cards on the table. The last thing you want to do when trying to play matchmaker is deceive the people you’re trying to hook up. Whether the guy is losing his hair or if she’s divorced, those are the kind of things that will be discovered once they meet, so be upfront so there are no surprises.

Make sure they’re comfortable before you bail. If you’re planning to make introductions in a group or public setting, be sure to hang around for a bit to make sure your two future lovebirds hit it off. If you bow out too soon, you could be putting your friend in an awkward situation.

State your own ground rules. If you go through the effort to set someone up, make sure he or she understands that you plan to take a step back once the connection is made. In other words, you don’t want to be put in the middle of any future quarrels that may come up.

With these matchmaking moves, you’ll go from loyal friend to “love doctor” in no time, and enjoy many fun double dates in the near future.

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