Yes, it can be awkward, but the awkwardness Unfortunately, not everyone will be pumped about the double date idea and will go just to please their partner. Even if you'd rather go on a one-on-one date, try to make the most of it.
Has there ever been a positive portrayal of a double date in movies or TV or books that end in a mess? Well, double dates might not be your cup of tea but they might happen at some point in your relationship.
A picnic potluck at the park on a nice day is a fun way to eat together at half the cost. Don't sit around waiting for your/their date to come back. If you notice the other folks you're with getting into some PDA, don't feel like you're in the wrong for not doing the same with your date.
People excuse themselves, have to attend to important business or do a myriad of other things that all of a sudden leave you by yourself with the other couple or leave you and your date with one of your double dating counterparts. This isn't a competition about which couple is the most openly affectionate. If you and your date have some baggage, try not to let it become a distraction.
Unfortunately for Ross, Carol and Susan also dine at the same Japanese restaurant and are seated at the same grill table.
Ross focuses his attention on Carol rather than his date. [Carol stands, revealing her belly bump] Oh, and she's pregnant with my baby.