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More Success! - Speed Dating at The Exhibit leads to fairy tale wedding at Muncaster Castle

Wednesday June 22, 2016

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Back in 2003, speed dating was widely hailed as a fad and frequently written off as a five-minute wonder. But here we are in 2016, some 13 years later, we’re very much still here and our events remain as busy and successful as they ever were at bringing single Londoners together.

The wonderful thing about meeting someone in person is you know right away if that person is for you. That’s exactly what happened, just a couple of years ago, for Jonathan and Anna. They met at one of our South West London speed dating venues, The Exhibit in Balham.

What started as a somewhat boozy night of four minute dates quickly became much more serious.

Matching up after the event they soon got together and earlier this year were married at the beautiful Muncaster Castle in Cumbria.

Here’s the email we received from Jonathan last month:


To: Original Dating
From: Jonathan
Subject: Why I'm unsubscribing (in a good way)




Was just about to unsubscribe from the Original Dating newsletter when I realised it was only fair to say why - because I'm now married to Anna, who I met at your Balham speed dating event back in December 2011... photo evidence attached!

On that basis, I'll say keep up the good work, but you'll understand why we no longer need your services - two very happy customers indeed.  

Sure we aren't the first wedding to come out a boozy night at Exhibit, nor will we be the last, but hopefully that's a bit of inspiration for future attendees.

All the best,



Jonathan and Anna kindly gave us permission to publish a couple of their beautiful wedding photos. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for allowing us to publish this story and to wish them all the very best for the future.

Another Speed Dating London Wedding

Speed Dating works for so many people and over 70% of our clients meet people they match with.

If you’re thinking about giving us a try, go for it - we could be writing up your success story quicker than you think. Check out our speed dating events here.

Until next time,

The Original Dating Team

Photo Credit: Jason Chambers Wedding Photography




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 for speed dating London. 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.