Dating events are a great way to get out there and meet other singles in your area without the stress and pressure of being set up on a blind date or suffering through an evening with someone who you don’t connect with.
Many dating events and singles meet ups are designed to be relaxed and informal – you can attend with a friend and aren’t under any pressure to take things further with the other singles you meet if the sparks aren’t flying. Particularly if you’re new to the dating scene or are apprehensive about getting started, dating events are the ideal solution and offer a fun way to get involved.
Speed dating events and other meet ups aren’t simply reserved for the young, either – there are more and more events which cater to include over 50s, meaning you can meet people near in age who understand your lifestyle and have similar life experiences.
Make your first dating event a success
While you can’t ever know in advance who will be waiting for you to meet at a singles meet up or dating event, there are still a few things you can do to help make it a success.
The most important thing to remember is to keep an open mind and try not to go to the event with any expectations. Most of the singles at the event will be in a similar position – nervous, excited and not sure what to expect. Instead of placing pressure on yourself, aim to go and enjoy yourself and speak to new people even if naturally you’re a little shy. You never know who you could find if you take a chance.
Do some research before you sign up for an event to make sure it’s right for you – this will help you avoid any disappointment when it’s not what you thought it would be and will help make the experience more positive.
Finally, take the time to dress up. Putting an effort in will help you feel more confident that you’re putting your best foot forward and make it easy to mingle around. Arrive early to familiarise yourself with the venue and register if necessary so once the event gets started all you need to do is focus on enjoying yourself.
Finding dating events in your area
The Internet is a great tool to help you find dating events in London and all over the UK. Services like Speed Dater specialise in singles events, and focus on everything from speed dating to special events.
In contrast, sites like Meetup are all about finding and hosting events in your area with people in your community. This might be a good place to begin if you’re feeling apprehensive about dating events – many of the seniors meet ups are for casual socialising and can help you feel comfortable with meeting new people again before going to an event specifically for dating.
A selection of dating events is also run through online dating services, so it may be useful to sign up for an online dating website as well. Match.com offers regular socials and nights out for its members and works much the same way as a speed dating event, the only difference being it has been set up specifically for people who are already members.