I'm pretty sure you all get the point though. Please feel free to open up, ladies and gents.
And I also want to clarify that I'm not implying that we should quickly settle for "the minimum," since we all should strive for greatness the way it's understood in our faith. But the truth is we usually can't have it all and will have to settle for "someone" that meet at least certain minimum criteria in order to be seriously considered a potential spouse.
You replied faster than I could... do anything to make it a bit better.
To answer more seriously. A date is simply a date. It is for the purpose of getting to know another person. No, I wouldn't want to go on a date with someone who started drinking five hours before hand, or couldn't bother to wear clean clothes, etc. But, I would go out with many people that I ultimately wouldn't choose to marry. These are two different questions.
Now should we marry the first person to ask us? Only if they are the right one. And, as for settling. . .our wants are very often not what we need and I would argue even more often not what God intends for us. By being too rigid in our trait lists we may very well miss who we are meant to know.