Speed dating attire
I’d been relying on my computer as my matchmaker for four years. CHARLENE: Date #13, a teacher with a Ph D in physics, joins my table with so much energy and excitement, it takes me by surprise. I start to wonder if this is his schtick with everyone.
The thought of meeting 25 strange men for the very first time face to face (rather than through carefully chosen profile photos) was nerve-wracking, to say the least. LORA: Date #2, a cute guy, begins by introducing himself as an engineer. I congratulate him and his face drops as he explains that he meant he’s going to be unemployed. I try to match his enthusiasm by asking him three questions (name, age, occupation) in a row. (My suspicion is confirmed when I see him picking up a random woman at the bar later — during the break.) p.m. LORA: The first cool guy of the evening, #15, a record producer, takes a seat across from me in a button-down and jeans, a welcome change from the parade of suits. CHARLENE: A drunken #41 joins my table and, before I can say hello, immediately shares his name, age and job — along with his hobbies, likes and dislikes.
When guests arrive at an event they are provided with a name tag, scorecard and pen which they use to mark any potential suitors during the event.
Once the event is over we collate the matches and e-mail the results the following day.
In the age of online profiles, the idea of speed dating freaked me out. He doesn’t miss a beat before he tells me, “You have beautiful eyes.” I’m flattered for a moment, until he continues to pepper me with compliments for the entire session.
Lots of people hook up through our events, in fact there have been over 10,000 matches since we launched and we’ve seen many people get together on the night!
The only thing we ask is that people arrive on time and follow the instructions given by the host.
We don’t enforce a dress code but some venues require smart attire particularly our weekend ones like the Kensington Roof Gardens and Mahiki.
Generally speaking the people that attend our events are friendly sociable people.
Occasionally there will be one or two individuals who have too much to drink or are inappropriate in their conversation or behavior.