Is speed dating a thing anymore?

Yes! It's bigger than ever. Technology has made dating harder and it's only getting worse. It was bad enough with the scammers and Photoshop, now we have Chat GPT so A.I. can write a profile for you. 2023 and 2024 are seeing a 60% rise in speed dating events, as people ditch apps and dating websites for in-person events. Read more...


Who Goes To Pre-Dating Events?

The majority are busy professional-level, successful people who value their time. Most of our Attendees have everything they need in life except for the one special person to share it with. They're like you - interested in finding someone compatible, in a safe, comfortable, efficient and civilized way. If you're wondering if attractive, intelligent people go to dating events, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the high quality of people who attend. Our events help you meet many new people in a short time and in a fun, no pressure way.


Why is speed dating better than online?

Billions and billions of dollars have been spent trying to replicate what speed dating offers: meeting people face-to-face for a real in-person human interaction. They can't replicate it. It's just how humans are wired. We want to see, hear, and be in the presence of a potential partner to make a descision about them. It's called CHEMISTRY and it's based on thousands of things including pheromones, sounds, sights, and other non-verbal aspects that can not be communicated online. This is why speed dating has such a better success rate than online and apps, and it always will.


Why is Pre-Dating the best for Speed Dating?

Not all speed dating companies are created equal. Over 90% of speed dating companies ever started are no longer in business. We've watched them come and go, since we started in 2001 and there's a reason for our longevity. There's a lot of detail and effort that goes into holding QUALITY speed dating events on a consistent basis. Don't gamble your time and money as someone 'works out the kinks' or misleads you with questionable practices. Choose a company that has been around, has an A+ BBB rating, and has proven they put on successful events with good results. Pre-Dating is the oldest and largest speed dating company in the world, with events in over 50 cities. Thousands of single professionals attend our events each month. Our goal is to hold the events we schedule and take the care to ensure they are successful. We have an ethical standard that is unmatched in the industry, and always act with our customer's best interest at heart.


Will it be equal men/women?

Not every event is perfect, because some people unfortunatly buy a ticket and don't show up. But we work hard to have the ideal number of people at each event and to balance the genders. Ensuring a good turnout and an equal number of men and women is critical to success. The large size of our company allows us to call on our vast customer lists to keep most events even, giving you the best experience possible. Beware of companies that take people at the door, they are just hoping enough people, and the right number of men/women show up to hold the event. Why take that chance with your valuable time?


How many will be there?

You'll generally meet 8 to 12 (and sometimes as many at 14) women or men at our events. It is rare, but if you attend an event and don't meet 5 people of the opposite gender, we'll give you a credit to attend a future event for free.


I am not in the recommended age group, can I attend?

We want Attendees to be comfortable with the age group they're "dating." A few years over or under is fine, but please choose a Pre-Dating event that fits your age range.


What do I talk about?

Anything you want! We have icebreaker questions if you get stuck, but people talk about hobbies, how they spend time off, or the area of town they live in. Or thoughtful questions like "When is the last time you lied to someone" or "who would you want in your lifeboat?" Relax and try not to be too serious, just have fun. Try to avoid mundane questions like "what do you do" as this can be repetitive. Consider not talking about an ex, or on just yourself. Differentiate yourself in a positive way. And if you are sitting across from someone you're not attracted to, remember they still have a story to tell.


How should I dress for the event?

It's your call, but nice casual always works. Maybe a little sexy but not over the top. Many people come directly from work so business casual is common. Be comfortable, look good, and smile!


Do I need to bring anything?

No, your registration puts you on the guest list. You do not need an e-ticket or anything else.


How do I know who picked me?

At the Pre-Dating event you'll get a Match Sheet to select who you want to hear from again. After the event, hand this sheet to the Host, and you'll be emailed within 24-48 hours. If you don't get an email within two days please contact us. EVERY Attendee is sent a Match Email even if they have zero matches.


Will speed dating work for everyone?

If you have great struggles meeting people IRL you'll bring your challenges with you to speed dating. If you're good at meeting people but just haven't met the right person, it will be easier. But by introducing you to up to 12 potential matches in one night, all of which are local, the right age, single, and looking, you have the best chance of making a match. You're odds are incredibly improved, and you may just meet the love of your life.


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About Us

Pre-Dating has been bringing District of Columbia singles together since 2001. Our singles events and speed dating are in Northern VA, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Richmond. You’ve seen Speed Dating on TV and in movies, now try it for yourself! Speed Dating is fun, safe, and it works! Meet up to 12 potential matches in person, face to face. No catfishing, no ghosting, no games, just real people looking to meet someone special.


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