How speeddating works
Speed Dating is ideal for those who lead busy lives, don't have much time and want to meet new people in a fun, safe environment. To find out what Speed Dating itself is all about, see our What is Speed Dating? page.
How many dates will I get at a Slow Dating event?
We guarantee a minimum of fifteen. You will normally get twenty dates depending on the venue location. Any more dates and you would probably be exhausted.
Is four minutes per date long enough?
Four minutes might not seem much, and you clearly can't get to know someone in that time, but in four minutes you will be able to make up your mind if you want to see that person again or not. Four minutes can seem like a very long time with someone you don't click with and conversely it can go very quickly with someone you do like.
We want you to have not only a fun, but ultimately a successful evening. At Slow Dating, we don't want to rush you. We feel that three minutes is too short a time with all the moving between tables and the note taking. We strongly believe that four minutes is the right amount of time to decide whether you're prepared to invest more time in follow up emails and phone calls to land a real date with someone you meet at one of our events. Four minutes per date also enables you to meet 15-20 dates in one night without getting completely worn out.
Why do I need to book in advance?
We need to ensure an even balance of men and women. As a professional organisation, we also need to ensure that the event is not oversubscribed.
What happens when I arrive at the event?
When you arrive you will be welcomed and given a Speeding Ticket, a numbered name badge and a pen and invited to have a drink at the bar. You will be made to feel comfortable. When everyone has arrived one of our organisers will do a short introductory welcoming speech, explain some of the logistics, explain how to use your speeding tickets and so on confirm we are here to make sure you have a good time.
How does the whole thing work?
Once the dating part of the evening starts, those with badge number one will start at table number one, those with badge number two at table number two and so on. After four minutes, a gong will sound, the girls will stay seated and all the guys will move round one table. This continues (with a fifteen minute half time break) until you have met everyone there.
What if I like someone?
Simply enter a tick on the Speeding Ticket corresponding to the person you like to show that you may want to see that person again. At the end of the evening, you can either sign in to the website and enter your choices directly, or if you prefer you can hand in your Speeding Ticket to one of our organisers who will enter all the details onto our computer system the next day.
How will I know if I get any matches?
Chances are you will be pleasantly surprised as to how many matches you will get. Once you have entered your choices online, you will be sent an email whenever you match with someone, and you will be able to go to the website to view details of your matches and see how many people would like to contact you again at any time.
Can you tell me if X ticked me? Can I have their contact details?
Speed Dating works by putting people who match in touch with each other. If you have matched with someone, you will be able to contact them again - if not, then I'm afraid we can't give out their information. Remember - there are people out there that are right for you, so if you don't find them first time, don't despair.
Why do I need an email address?
We have found that email is the most convenient and secure way of putting people in initial contact
Do many people come on their own?
About half do - we make a point of ensuring our organisers will make sure you are comfortable.
Can I bring a friend?
Yes of course. Many do for moral support and to help overcome the first date nerves. Sometimes we can accommodate friends who want to come along but not participate. Contact us for confirmation.
How long does each speeddating event last?
We do our best to keep the event running to schedule which means the event will last just over 2 hours including a fifteen minute refreshment break.
How should I dress for speed dating?
We do not operate a dress code. Be yourself. This is not a fashion show. Wear what you are comfortable with but don't forget that first impressions count!
Why don't you do events for, ahem, older people?
We plan to cater for our more mature, more experienced customers in time - watch this space!
How much does it cost?
It's a bargain at just £20 for all your evening's entertainment.
If you have any other questions, please†email us.
Simply call our hotline on 0871 224 2828 to book or if you have any queries
We look forward to hearing from you!
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