Formal dance girl in red dance dancing with a man

Formal Dance

I must admit, one of my favorite parts in fairytale movies and romantic comedies is when the princess, heroine, or whoever it is, gets all dress up to go to the ball or formal dance. Can’t you picture it? She walks in and it seems like time stands still.

The prince or hero gets a glimpse of her, an expression of awe on his face, speechless as he watches her advance through the room, the envy of every woman there. Until she finally, after what seems like ages, approaches him with a smile that lights up the room.

For an elegant evening, take your date to a formal dance. Your college, church, high school, work, city, etc. could put it on. There are places around that put on very large formal dinners and dances. Just look it up on the internet and you should find plenty of places where you can go.

This date is good for a few reasons. One, because it allows you to dress up. It is always nice to dress to the nines when the situation permits. I have heard from many of my female friends that they love the opportunity to dress up really nice once in a while.

Two, dancing allows you to be close to your date, girlfriend, or wife, and who doesn’t want that? Don’t dance? Fake it ‘till you make it. And slow songs are easy; it’s pretty simple to just stand there with your date in your arms and sway back and forth.

Woman on a dance floor smiling at the camera.

What you need for this formal dance romantic date idea: 

For this formal dance date, all you need is to find out where the event is being held. And if you need to make reservations or buy tickets in advance, make sure that you do that. Maybe it is a winter ball, or a holiday-themed dance, like for Valentine’s Day.

It could be an annual charity ball where you could also donate to some awesome charity. There are all kinds of venues and events that hold these kinds of formal dances.

woman at a formal dance

My experience with this date: 

In high school, I had a major crush on a girl that happened to go to the same church as me. She went to the same high school as well, so I saw her quite a bit. She liked me when I was younger, but at the time I wasn’t sure if I was interested in her. When I finally figured out that I did like her, she didn’t like me. Anyway, we were always friends.

I moved out of the area for a few years and thought I was over her. When I returned to the area, the first time I saw her nearly knocked me out of my shoes. Her brother was a very good friend of mine and while he was over at my house one day he suggested that I ask his sister out.

I thought that was an excellent idea. There happened to be a formal dance at our church and that would be a perfect date. I called her up and invited her to go. She accepted and seemed very excited to go with me. I was too—both extremely excited and nervous at once because this would be the first time that I’d ever taken her out on a date.

I put on the best clothes that I had and borrowed my brother’s car since it was nicer than mine. Then, I drove to her house and stood at her doorstep. Butterflies were doing a number in my stomach. Finally, I rang the doorbell.

The door opened and my jaw dropped as I gazed upon the beautiful creature standing before me. She looked more gorgeous than ever. Her long blonde hair draping gently over her shoulders. Her warm blue eyes locked with mine. She gave me a big smile and we drove to the formal dance.

The Formal Dance

I was feeling pretty good about myself. I was on a date with a girl who had plagued my dreams for so long. She seemed to be digging me, too. We walked to the dance floor and said hello to some friends that we knew.

Then a friend of hers told her that she had a phone call. She said that she would be right back. But she didn’t come back. Three hours passed and she still didn’t come back. In fact, she didn’t show up again until the end of the night when the music stopped and the lights came on.

She was crying. Her ex-fiancée had shown up and she had talked to him the entire time. She apologized and said that she was sorry for the whole drive back home. I walked her to her door where she gave me a big hug and called me a “gentleman.” Great, thanks.

I later realized I should’ve acted madder at her than I did, but it’s okay; at least that date cured me of my crush on her. Always look on the bright side of life, right?

Okay so maybe not the best example of the perfect date, but the rest of my friends that were at that formal dance had an amazing time! Some of the couples even wound up getting married. Boom!

If you are looking for a romantic date idea and an excuse to dress up, take your date to a formal dance. Buy her flowers, or maybe bring a neighborhood bouquet, and eat at a fancy restaurant. Or you could make her dinner. There are many possibilities for making this an incredible evening.

Do you have experience with this date idea? Let me know in the comments how it went and if your date, spouse, significant other liked it. You can buy a copy of the book 101 Creative Dates: ideas, tips, and personal experiences from the life of a hopeless romantic here or visit the shop.

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