Pick up your date. If at all possible, men should pick up their date rather than meeting them at the restaurant or date venue. According to Phineas Mollod and Jason Tesauro, dating experts for Match.com, picking up your date is more gentlemanly.
Say "hello" and give your date a sincere compliment. For example, tell her that she looks lovely. This not only makes your date happy, but it also makes her feel appreciated and is a polite way to greet her.
Give a light kiss on the cheek or a hug. A kiss on the cheek or a hug is appropriate for a first date because it is more personal than a handshake. If your date seems uncomfortable or shies away, avoid the kiss or hug and offer an arm instead. This is both gentlemanly and personal without making your date feel like you are pushing her too far.