How to Respond When Someone Cancels a Date

by Laurie Berzack
How to Respond When Someone Cancels a Date

Every situation is different, but whether it’s a first date or you’ve already been out a few times, you should take a cancelled date at face value, approach it with kindness, and don’t take it personally. If you feel like the excuse is legitimate and want to reschedule, let them know!


If they say they’re sick, respond with, “I hope you feel better and I’d love to reschedule.” Put your intentions out there—the worst that can happen is they say no and you move on.

There’s a difference between cancelling the morning of a date, and cancelling an hour beforehand. If you feel like you’re not getting an appropriate heads up with the cancellation, you can move on. But don’t take it personally. It’s not about you, it’s about them.

Check out this POPSUGAR article I was quoted in for more ideas on how to respond to a cancelled date.

Latest articles

17 Nov 2021

QC Life: Introducing your date to relatives at the holidays. How to do it successfully

27 Sep 2021

5 Ways to Improve Your Chances of Successful Online Dating

21 Sep 2021

So the pandemic is over, or is it? And did it take your relationship with it?

31 Aug 2021

WXII12 The Local Vibe: Carolinas Matchmaker helps Carolina singles date, even in a pandemic

01 Mar 2021

Fox 46: Single and not ready to mingle? Pandemic puts Charlotte on list for worst dating cities

15 Feb 2021

QC Life: Celebrating Singles Awareness Day

12 Feb 2021

QC Life: Getting to know Carolinas Matchmaker

19 Nov 2020

How to End a Bad Virtual Date

18 Nov 2020

How to Respond When Someone Cancels a Date

10 Nov 2020

WBTV: Good Question: What is zombieing?

Carolinas Trusted Matchmaker Since 2006

Get started