Are there any specific requirements to sign up?

You just need to be single, have an email address and be over 18 years old.

Can I bring a friend?

You are very welcome to come speed dating with friends. Lots of people do. You can also bring your friends along that are not taking part in speed dating, but we normally do not allow them to stay in the event room once the dating commences. In most of our venues, your friends can stay in the public area. However, in some venues this is not an option as we may have exclusive use of the whole venue. If in doubt please phone us to check.

Can I go to more than one speed dating event?

You can go to as many as you like. Most people at each event will be new to speed dating so it will give you more chances to meet the right person.

Do I have to set up a profile?

Yes definitely, you have to do it so that you can add your ticks online. Registering yourself does not mean you are now an online member, it just means that you have an online profile.

Do people come to speed dating alone or with friends?

It’s entirely up to the person whether they bring a friend or not. Most men tend to come alone whereas women usually come with a friend.

How can I tell my friends about speed dating events?

You can send an email to your friends using this link and tell them about speed dating. Your friends will all receive a one off email from us with some introductory offers for our products and get a discount code to receive £5 off their first speed dating event or singles party.

How do I find out the location of SpeedDater events?

Just use the panel at the top of every page to choose your city, then click 'Find'. You'll then see a list of all events in your city sorted by date. To view more information about the location click on the 'book now' link on the event you are interested in and from there you will find information about the venue and the location, below the main event description.

How many dates will I have at a speed dating event?

Our maximum amount of dates at a speed dating event is approximately 20. Our minimum amount of dates is 8. London typically gets between 15-20 dates and other UK cities around 10-15 dates.

How should I dress for speed dating?

Wear what you feel comfortable in. Many people will be coming straight from work so suits are fine - don't forget that in speed dating first impressions count.

I didn't get any matches last time. Do you have any tips to improve my chances?

Make sure you're well-groomed and stylishly dressed, treat all your dates with respect and be yourself. For good speed dating questions, dating advice and speed dating tips visit our speed dating tips page here.

Is four minutes per date long enough?

Please believe us, four minutes can seem like a very long time with someone you don't like. Our minimum length of date is three minutes. At most of our events we generally run the dates for four or five minutes. In our experience four minutes is long enough to decide whether you're prepared to invest a couple of hours in a follow-up date.

Is it a good idea to prepare a list of questions to ask people?

It's a good idea to have a few questions up your sleeve in case you run out of things to say. However, it's a very bad idea to have a scripted list of questions as it kills the spontaneity of a four minute date. Try and let it flow more naturally. Find out what you have in common and go from there.

Is it worth adding a profile?

Yes definitely, but please take the time to think about what you write.

What are your office hours?

Our customer support centre takes telephone bookings and answers general enquiries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To get in touch, give us a call on 0131 608 0066. For any issues that require management, our head office hours are Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 6pm.

What happens when I arrive at the event?

When you arrive you will see a SpeedDater Host in a t-shirt who will register you and give you a scorecard, a name badge and a pencil. Once everyone has arrived the SpeedDater host will explain how speed dating works and answer any questions. Then the dating begins. Usually women will stay seated while men rotate every four minutes when the bell rings. After each date participants mark on a scorecard whether they would like to see that person again. At the end of the evening many people stay around to chat to the people they've just met.

What is the SpeedDater guarantee?

SpeedDater Guarantee SpeedDater guarantees that you will meet someone you would like to see again at each PAID SpeedDater event. If you do not meet someone you would like to see again you can come to another SpeedDater event free of charge. The guarantee only offers free tickets to events you have not already booked for. We will not refund tickets already booked for future events under the guarantee. If you tick 'yes' or 'friend' for anyone you have met at a SpeedDater event you have indicated that you would like to see them again and therefore do not qualify for a free ticket to a future event. If you are using the guarantee on a ticket that you bought for a discounted price, you must pay the balance when claiming the guarantee. The guarantee is also limited to one free ticket per paid for ticket. The guarantee may not be rolled over. If you claim your guarantee and then do not tick anyone again at your free event, you may not claim another guarantee. To qualify for a free ticket under the guarantee you must take part in the whole event. If you leave early or choose not to take part you do not qualify. The SpeedDater guarantee does not apply to special bigger ticket events such as days and evenings out (cooking classes, walks, wine tasting, ping pong etc) or to SpeedDater Lock and Key Parties or SpeedDater Balls. Guarantees may not be used to book these special events. The SpeedDater guarantee remains valid for three months from the date of the original event. For Elite events, the value of the guarantee is limited to a ticket to a normal speed dating event (i.e. not exceeding £25). If purchasing a ticket to an Elite event with a guarantee, you must pay the difference in price. The guarantee also does not apply to complimentary tickets. For further information see our Terms and Conditions

What sort of people go speed dating?

Most speed daters are professionals who want to meet more people. They're generally normal, attractive people who just aren't meeting people through their work or immediate circle of friends.

When was SpeedDater set-up?

SpeedDater was the first singles events site to launch in the UK. Simon Prockter and Ben Tisdall (founders and ex-directors), started SpeedDater in September 2002 and then launched SpeedDater Online in February 2004. In March 2008, Cupid PLC acquired SpeedDater Events and SpeedDater Online. More recently, SpeedDater was acquired by NSI (Holdings) Ltd in Dec 2014. SpeedDater has always been the leader in market, though many copy-cat sites have popped up over the years. SpeedDater continues to run the most monthly events with the highest turn out.

When will I be charged?

Joining SpeedDater is currently completely free and will remain free. You only have to pay to attend events. If you are interested in the online dating side of the site, you will be charged a membership fee which allows you to communicate with our large database of online dating members. If you are only interested in the events side of the site, you can chat online with anybody you meet at an event for free for an unlimited length of time.
We charge your debit/credit card when you book a speed dating event or buy a SpeedDater online dating membership.

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