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MATCHING

Our unique matching system 

Original Dating developed a sophisticated online matching engine to show you who you matched with at our speed dating events and parties. You can use it on this website or via our mobile app, your choice. The system also incorporates a messaging platform to communicate with your matches until you are ready to exchange your contact details.

What is a match?

A match is what you are aiming for when you go speed dating. It occurs when both parties indicate they would like to see each other again. Matches can either be 'Yes' or 'Friend'. A 'Yes' match occurs when both parties have ticked a 'Yes' to each other. A 'Friend' match occurs either when both parties have ticked 'Friend' or a combination of a 'Yes' and 'Friends'.

How to I enter my preferences?

Preferences are entered on the day following your event. To enter your ticks you'll need to log in to our website or app and select the event under 'My Events'. You will then see a list of the attendees. Simply select your choice for each one. 

How quickly can I view my matches?

Matches are published in the members area at 5 pm on the day after your event. If no matches are displayed this doesn't necessarily mean you didn't receive any. Check back later as your full list of matches will only be available when everyone has entered their ticks online.

How many matches can I expect?

Approximately 85% of our clients receive at least one match and many people receive more.

I've just entered my ticks but I don't seem to have any matches

If no matches are displayed this doesn't necessarily mean you didn't receive any. Check back later as your full list of matches will only be available when everyone has entered their ticks online.

Can I get the details of somebody that did not choose me as a match?

No. As frustrating as this may be, you can only find out who you matched with directly.

I've been to one of your events and I'm keen to find out which of my 'friendship' matches actually ticked yes to me.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide this information. Speed dating is designed to be totally rejection-free so to provide this information would detract from this unique feature.

What information is given to my matches?

Only your first name. Our system has a messaging function so you only need to share your contact details when you are ready. 

Can I block users?

Yes, if you no longer wish to review communication from someone you may click the block user command found on that user's profile page.  

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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 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.

 

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