You’re on your first date, and you’re feeling nervous. Does he like you? Is he going to ask you for your phone number? Or are you just going to be friends? You want to look your best. You want to get a good night’s sleep. Is he going to try and talk you into getting a drink?

There are few things worse than going on a first date and having your date eat a dodgy takeaway while you struggle with your chopsticks. So you want to look your best. You want to make sure that you’re walking down the right way. You don’t want to accidently turn into a pumpkin or tumble down the stairs. You want to look confident, like you know what you’re doing, like you’ve been there before. You want to look like a pro.

What you need is a handy staircase guide.

Where Should You Go?

There are few places that are more romantic than walking down a flight of stairs. It doesn’t matter if it’s covered in gold leaf or if there’s a violinist playing Ombra at the bottom. As long as there’s a flight of stairs somewhere, you can bet that there’ll be a romantic moment at the end of it. It’s easy to find a staircase, either behind a restaurant or a bar, or in one of the great hotels of the world. You might want to look for a hidden staircase that leads to a private room, so that even if your date sees you walking down the stairs, it’ll be like a magical moment. When you get to the bottom, there will be a champagne bottle waiting for you.

How Many Steps Should You Take?

There are three main types of staircase: the spiral, the vertical, and the circular. The spiral staircase is one of the most romantic and beautiful staircases you’ll ever see. It winds its way up and around a central column, which gives the staircase its charming look. You’ll commonly find it in restaurants and bars, as it’s a common feature of many buildings. It gives the appearance of an upside-down teepee, with the staircase acting as the peak. The more steps there are, the higher you’ll be able to look down, into the restaurant or bar below. This is usually a good thing, as you’ll be able to enjoy your meal or drink without having to worry about bumping your head or straining your neck.

The vertical staircase is exactly what it sounds like: as you walk up it, you’re progressing towards an end point. These staircases are usually found in old school buildings and factories, where there was a need to go up several floors into the darkness. There will be no romanticism attached to these staircases; they were made to be taken seriously. Despite this, there is something about them that is truly awe-inspiring. The circular staircase is often found in palaces and castles, winding its way around many corners and turning points. The two features that make up the circular staircase are the spiral staircase and the turret, which resembles the old Victorian armory. This type of staircase is the culmination of all of the other types: while the spiral staircase starts at the bottom and winds its way up, the turret has its top half moving independently of the bottom. This is a truly unique and magnificent sight to behold.

When To Take These Stairs?

There are three important things to keep in mind when taking the stairs: the time of day, the lighting, and the weather. The time of day is key, as you don’t want to take the stairs in the middle of the day. The lighting is also crucial; you want to make sure that there’s lots of natural light, as the staircase will look entirely different in the dark. Finally, you need to keep your eye on the weather, as thunderstorms and heavy rain can damage wooden stairs. If you can, avoid taking the stairs during periods of heavy rain. Take the opportunity to enjoy an umbrella or a walking stick instead.

There are few things more romantic than a beautiful, wooden staircase. Bringing back fond memories of the golden age of cinema, when great directors like Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles used these sets to enchant and mystify viewers, set in motion by leading man and actress Gary Cooper and his lady friend, Barbara Hutton. It’s only fair to say that, in this day and age, technology has rendered these sets largely obsolete, but the appeal of a good staircase, in its various forms, hasn’t vanished.

As you’d expect from a romantic comedy, the romantic comedy series Young & Beautiful has a number of romantic interludes that could just as easily take place on a staircase as anywhere else.

What Should You Do Once You’re At The Bottom?

Once you’re at the bottom, the most important thing is to wait for the magical moment when the person you’re with sees you making your way up the staircase. It’s worth taking a few minutes to look up and savor this moment. When your date arrives at the top, waiting at the bottom with an open-mouthed Cheshire cat grin, you’ll undoubtedly feel a rush of emotions. You may feel nervous, anxious, excited, or happy, depending on how you make them feel upon meeting. Remember: it’s your date, so you’ve got all the pressure. But, as long as you make them feel special, it’ll be all worth it. When your date finally sees you at the top of the staircase, what should you do? Be polite and thank them for the lovely evening. You can also give them a peck on the cheek. As you’re saying goodbye, you can reach for the handrail to pull yourself up, as a small gesture of thanks. Then, with a wave, you can make your way down the stairs. In your haste to get away from this magical place, it’s important not to run or walk fast, so as not to accidently fall and injure yourself. Looking back one last time, take a deep breath, relish in the moment, and walk slowly. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. You might even laugh or cry, it’s such a beautiful thing.

What would your ideal first date involve? Where would you like to go? What would you do once you’re there? Let us know in the comments.