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Speed dating couple to tie knot

Thursday August 9, 2012

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Editors note: This article was first published on the BBC news website on April 14th, 2004 covering the first ever couple to meet and get married as a result of an Original Dating speed dating event. 

A Hereford man is to march down the aisle after a three-minute performance that led to a lasting romance. Mario Bassi is one of the first people in the UK to get engaged after meeting his other half at a speed dating event.

The system works by bringing together a group of singles who have just three minutes to impress one another before moving on to the next potential date.

Mr Bassi is to marry his fiancée Caroline later this year after meeting her at a session in London.

He said he impressed her by reciting poetry, claiming to make the world's best lasagne and drawing pictures of his sporting injuries on a napkin.

Their relationship blossomed once the pair met for a series of dates after their brief first encounter.

Mr Bassi, whose family still live in Hereford, plans to marry in August at St Francis Xavier's church in the city.


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HOW IT WORKS

The beauty of Speed Dating London lies in its no-nonsense approach. You take an equal number of single girls and guys, put them in a room and give them a few minutes to chat with every other member of the opposite sex.

When you get there

Original speed dating events in London normally begin at 7.30pm. You will need to register with our hosts and to begin with they will issue you with a score sheet. This will help you to keep track of the singles that you would like to meet again and perhaps go on a date with. After a short period of mingling, your host for the evening who will run through detailed instructions and give you your starting position if you are a guy or table for the event if you are a girl.

Meet & Mingle

A London speed dating event is split into two halves, each lasting around an hour, there will be an interval at half time of about 15 minutes. You will have between 4 and 5 minutes with each person, after which you need to tick a box on your score sheet - "yes, I would like to meet this person again" or "no. Thanks but no thanks". Or "friend" if you'd like to get to know them platonically. Make sure that you do this after each date to keep track. Afterwards there is an opportunity for everyone to meet and mingle informally - this is often where the real action begins, so make sure you don't disappear too quickly!

Complete your score sheet

After the event you simply tick who you liked on the Original Dating website and the site works about your matches automatically. If the dates you have ticked as a "yes" have reciprocated you have a match. You will be able to view the first names and message them via our site online without revealing your email address until you are ready to. You'll be having proper first dates in no time.