If the dating scene in your town has you and your single friends longing for the days of arranged marriages, or if you're happily attached and ready to take your matchmaking urges to the next level, it may be time to consider hosting a speed dating event. Speed dating has been around since , when Rabbi Yaacov Deyo and several of his single students put a new twist on the longstanding Jewish tradition of introducing young Jewish singles to one another at chaperoned gatherings. At a speed dating event, participants are paired up in a series of quick five- to seven-minute "dates. While seven minutes may not seem long enough to determine whether a new acquaintance is a potential match, Rabbi Deyo and other speed dating organizers have found that it gives participants plenty of time to gauge their level of interest or get a feeling that the other person is just not the right fit. As an added bonus, the round-robin setup enables participants to meet more potential matches in one evening than they might otherwise encounter in a month or more of traditional dating.
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This was originally published at BlogHer by Hilory Wagner. Reposted here with permission. My final events played out like the fitful struggles of any star-crossed relationship. The final event, though, was a two-month disaster in the making, and I blame myself. I want to be honest and therefore will not crash the event planned for year-olds. Everything seems to revolve around younger people. The day it was posted online was the day it sold out for women.
How to Host a Speed Dating Event
Interested in attending a speed dating event to explore your options for meeting someone but unsure what to expect? Then read on for tips and suggestions on what to do, what to wear, and how to act during a speed date. Speed dating was first created in the 90's for people who wanted to meet a lot of singles in a short period of time. The length of time spent with each of the people you meet at a speed dating event is determined by the organizers. Some companies have the length of time baked into their business name such as Eight Minute Dates , whereas others use the number of people such as 25 Dates.
Speed dating is a process that allows single people the opportunity to meet many prospective romantic matches in one place at scheduled speed dating events. The format for such an event involves short, 3 to 10 minute face-to-face sessions with each available match, during which time both participants may discuss whatever they like. After the "dating" sessions conclude, participants take notes and score or rank each of the people they were paired up with. When two people express a shared interest in each other, they then have the opportunity to exchange contact information and further pursue the relationship on their own terms.