Is a relationship doomed if Mercury is retrograde on the first date?
Absolutely not. Your dinner reservation might get messed up but that’s about it. Someone is 10 minutes late, the other person deals with it well and you’re off and running on a great date.
Nothing and no one is ever “doomed” via their chart or a planetary configuration in the sky. If an astrologer tells you otherwise – run!
You don’t need perfect conditions to fall in love. In fact the opposite is more conducive so go on your date and enjoy!