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Success stories

This is a selection of successful stories which members have chosen to share. We will be delighted to hear from you if Speed Dater brought you together with someone special. This would be a great way to encourage others to continue looking for their other half online. If it worked for you it can also work for them!

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Chris, Reading
March, 2019

Back in June 2015 I attended a SpeedDater event in Reading with 2 friends. It was the first time I'd ever done anything like that and I wasn't exactly convinced I'd meet someone. When we walked into the venue I saw this beautiful woman nervously smiling and talking to someone and thought "oh wow, she is definitely someone I'd want to approach in a bar but never have the guts to".

But unlike a night in a bar, speed dating requires you to talk to everyone! So the whole night (which was expertly run by a guy called Colin) becomes about my date with this girl which takes place after the break. I decide that she's never going to tick me anyway so I might as well be completely myself, I ask her what her favourite cheese is and we go from there. The next day I'm shocked and excited to see she has ticked me, I'm even more surprised and thrilled when we meet up and gradually after more and more dates the surprise begins to disappear, because it is clear that we are a great match. The excitement that comes with seeing her though has never disappeared. It was definitely there this weekend when I asked her to marry me and she said yes.

I'm writing this because taking a risk and going to a SpeedDater event changed everything. It led me to the person I am going to marry. I don't know if Colin still runs the event in Reading and will see this or if anyone reading it had any involvement with arranging events in 2015 but on the off chance, just in case; thank you.

P.S. Reading that back it reads like something out of a dodgy romantic novel! But everything I've written is true so I'm going to send it anyway!

Shelly, London
March, 2019

In early 2011 my friend wanted to go to a speed dating event, so I agreed to go along for moral support. It was my first experience of speed dating, and I was a bit nervous at first, but I relaxed once it got started. We met two Irish guys during the event, and the four of us went out for some drinks afterwards. We all got along well (“good craic” as the guys would say) so at the end of the night I gave my number to one of the guys, but I missed a digit (I blame his ancient phone!). The next day he got in touch with me through the SpeedDater website, and a couple of weeks later he asked when me and my friend were free to catch up. She said it was an excuse to get a date with me, so I agreed to meet him for a drink at a pub in Covent Garden. I wasn’t sure whether I fancied him, but thought there was no harm in going for a drink. I think he was a bit nervous initially (the one and only time I’ve seen him nervous!) and rambled on about skiing, but after a while he relaxed and I started to have a good time. By the end of the night I realised I had met a hilarious, cheeky and very smart guy. We organised our next date then and there, and almost 18 months later we are still together and couldn’t be happier!

Eimear
March, 2019

My name is Eimear and I just wanted to drop you an email to say thanks for your work in setting up your speeddating events and tell you my success story!

My work colleagues decided to have an alternative work night out in July 2008 and decided on wine tasting followed by your speed dating event. I was hesitant about going at first but was eventually convinced by my fun single work colleagues. We settled on Thursday 24 July 2008 in the Sin bar, Dublin and were very giddy going in. It turned out to be a great night and we stayed on for a few drinks after chatting to some of the guys that were there. One of the guys who turned up to the speed dating caught my attention straight away (Ralph) and unfortunately by the time he got to my table he had to pee so a minute of our time was gone by the time he came back but I got as much information as possible from him in the limited time :)
The excitement continued the next day logging on to the site to tick who we liked the evening before and I obviously ticked Ralph. I was delighted when he ticked me back and then emailed asking for my number. We arranged to meet the following weekend when we met for drinks (and had our first kiss) and then arranged to meet for a walk in Dun Laoghaire on the bank holiday Monday. After that we were inseparable and we moved in together in April 2009. Things went from strength to strength when we bought a house together in November 2012 and then got a dog in March 2013. In February this year, we went for a weekend away to Munich and Ralph gave me a gift of a book on making wishes. When I opened the book I noticed the middle part of all the pages were missing and finally saw there was a ring tucked into the pages. The next thing Ralph was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. We are getting married on 1 April next year :) A huge thank you from Ralph and I for bringing us together for our happily ever after!


Best wishes,
Eimear & Ralph

Shelly, London
March, 2019

In early 2011 my friend wanted to go to a speed dating event, so I agreed to go along for moral support. It was my first experience of speed dating, and I was a bit nervous at first, but I relaxed once it got started. We met two Irish guys during the event, and the four of us went out for some drinks afterwards. We all got along well (“good craic” as the guys would say) so at the end of the night I gave my number to one of the guys, but I missed a digit (I blame his ancient phone!). The next day he got in touch with me through the SpeedDater website, and a couple of weeks later he asked when me and my friend were free to catch up. She said it was an excuse to get a date with me, so I agreed to meet him for a drink at a pub in Covent Garden. I wasn’t sure whether I fancied him, but thought there was no harm in going for a drink. I think he was a bit nervous initially (the one and only time I’ve seen him nervous!) and rambled on about skiing, but after a while he relaxed and I started to have a good time. By the end of the night I realised I had met a hilarious, cheeky and very smart guy. We organised our next date then and there, and almost 18 months later we are still together and couldn’t be happier!

Anu, Norwich
March, 2019

Hiya,

I just wanted to share my success story. Almost 2 years ago, June 10th, I decided to go speed dating on my own after my cousin in Canada convinced me to go after talking to her on Skype! I went and met my boyfriend. He was my third date of the night and we were the last ones standing at the bar! We just got on so well! We are going to be celebrating our two year anniversary this Friday!

Shishma
March, 2019

Hi,


Thought it was about time I shared my success story with you, after convincing a single friend to go speed dating.


Back in 2003, at the age of 30, after being in an 8 yr relationship, I found myself single. I moved out of my home and into a shared house of 3 other single girls. We we all 30 and put it down to a blip in our lives.


Anyway, one of the girls in the house got tickets for us to all go speed dating at Turnmills on a Friday night. It was a great night, lots of fun, and that was the night I met Alex.
I had seen him walk in, and even though I didn't get to speed date him, (as the time ran out), we got chatting at the bar.


After many dates, 8 months later we travelled to Australia together and lived there for 2 years. On the 9th February 2006 we got married in Melbourne. Many of our friends and family celebrated with us. In February 2007 we made our way back home to the UK.


We are still happily married and have 2 daughters, 6yrs and 4yrs.

Verity
March, 2019

Just a quick note to say thank you - Kris and I met at a big London singles party 2 years ago and are now happily married. I would highly recommend your services to anyone looking to meet new people as you never know who you might meet! Thanks you!!!! x

Jamie
March, 2019

Just to say a big thanks for my new life.

Since meeting through speed dater back in 2003, we've been married 4 years, with a 3 year old daughter.

Janek, London
March, 2019

Tania & I met at a Speeddater speed date event in June 2011 at the Grace bar in London. We are now getting married on the 20th July 2013.

Jane, London
March, 2019

Hi,

Just thought we would share our success story with you as my husband and I were just thinking after watching 'take me out' how lucky we were to have found each other on your site!! I had always been a bit dubious of on-line dating but after seeing a friend have success I decided to give it a go.

Jean-Pierre and I met in May 2007 on your site. I had attended a lock and key party in London and he had been to one in Reading. After a few unsuccessful dates with others on your site I met up with Jean-Pierre for a coffee in Covent Garden. It was so lovely to find someone that I felt I had so much in common with. We chatted well into the evening and arranged a second date. Although the distance was tough to start with we were living together after a year.

We moved in together in June 2008 and are now happily married with a 2 year old daughter! We really thank you so much for introducing us and are very happy to have found each other.

323745574
July, 2013

I just want to saya big thank you for all Speed dating advent in which l went to in Tuesday 16th April .
Has on the event l meet Adam (Nooney) No 6 (user id 649346051) an we have been dating each other and still going strong . I was Tracey no 7 sooo lucky 13 added together .
Thank you once again .
I will deff recommed you to all my friends .

Adam an I do not have a picture together yet but we will gladly answer your question for you x

Please note after the speed dating Tuesday 16th April 2013 event Adam ask me to go for a drink down stairs but l said no l was going home has l was a bit disppointed with the men to be honest .

Has l left Adam never gave up he asked if he could walk me to my car in which l replyed ok ...
has we were walking we got chatting and he was making me laugh so when we came to the Malt House pub l said ok lets go for a quick drink :-) we got carryed away chatting then the bell went for last orders ....

Adam then walked me to my car and l gave him my mobile no by the time l had got home he had texted me .An we have been texting each and seeing each other ever since. We have already been on our 1st holiday ...an we have booked two more for August this year :-) we will be going to have a drink in All Bar One on Tuesday 16th July to celebrate 3months together :-)xxxx

1.. I never really fancied Adam until about the 3rd date .Adam fell for me straight way ...

2..On our 1st date we went to Stricly come dancing on ice the following sunday .

3..I was very nervous has l hadnt been on a date for 4years.Adam was abit shy.

4..After the weekend away we had we both feel in love . Has we got on soo well .

5..To be honest l only went for a joke has it was on my tick list .But l deff thought it was very good idea and well orangised event and have recommed to my brothers and friends.

6..Nothing else could of made the night any better .

7..l would just say go for it has like l said l went for a laugh but now lm laughing all the time now with Adam who l wouldnt swap each for the world ....we are madly in love which l thought was impossible for me ... just watch this space and thank you once again .Adam said it was worth every penny he spent to go on the event ...to find someone like me .

Yours sincerely

Adam & Tracey :-)

Gemma, Sutton , Sutton
April, 2013

I met Chrisg at a speed dater event on the 14th April 2012, we have been together ever since and this weekend will be celebrating our year anniversary. Thank you so much! his the one :)

John , Sutton
August, 2012

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you. I met Louise through your web site, after neither of us found "the one" at separate speed dater events back in June ish 2007, and we will be getting married this June!!!!

James , Sutton
August, 2012

Dear Sir/Madam


Having met my partner at one of your events in On Anon in Central London three and a half years ago, I am writing to let you know we have recently got married.


Thanks,

James

Susan , Sutton
August, 2012

In January 2006 I met CJ (Screen name Marathon Man) on the chatrooms on Speeddater. My screen name was Brighton Babe!


We chatted and emailed for a bit. At the time I lived in Brighton and he lived in London. After a year of seeing eachother and having weekends in London and Brighton we decided to move in together.


At xmas 2007 we went on holiday to barbados. We went on a new years eve party on a ship!
CJ disapeared for a while. Then the song from my favourite film An Officer and a Gentleman came on you know " Love lifts us up where we belong! then cj walks accross the ship dressed in full naval officers uniform (Richard Gere style) and proposed!


2 years later we returned to barbados and got married on the beach 20 December 2009.

I think speedater is a great website for meeting people! and am grateful as I found my Richard Gere!

Here is the link to our u tube vidoe of the engagement night. I have also attached a photo from the engagement night and a couple of wedding photos!

Simon , Sutton
August, 2012

Good afternoon, hope you can help me!

I met my wife Julia after a Speeddater event at the Ciabatta Cafe in Feb 2006, we married in Nov 2007.

I am due to be Best Man at a wedding in March 09 for a friend of mine who met his wife (David and Naomi) at the very same event!

During the speech I'd like to 'refer' to their speed-dating cards/comments for some light entertainment. Given the success of the above I was wondering if there was any chance you would post me a couple of blank Speeddater scorecards for the above!

Do hope you can help, I'd ensure you get plenty of publicity in return!!!! (2 weddings from one event is pretty exceptional!).

Louise , Sutton
August, 2012

I met my now husband at marz bar in leicester three years ago with speed dater. We got married on the 19th January this year. So now we are Mr and Mrs {witheld}. :)

John , Sutton
August, 2012

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you. I met Louise through your web site, after neither of us found "the one" at separate speed dater events back in June ish 2007, and we will be getting married this June!!!!

LauraAnn, London , London
April, 2012

Met someone at event in October, and have been in a relationship ever since. No longer appropriate to keep profile.

burny, Brunel , Uxbridge
January, 2012

I have meet someone on the New Year Lock and Key event...so far so good so it sure does work. Just keep looking and you will find someone :-)

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