What to Expect at your Matched Dating Event

You've bought your ticket for a matched dating event according to your age bracket, you've filled in your profile, uploading your best and most date- worthy headshot (important!) and now you wait with anticipation for the night of the event.

If it's your first time trying out speed dating, you may have a few nerves: these will most likely be short lived when you realise that many other daters are in the same boat (or bar.)

On Arrival

When you arrive at the venue, you will be greeted by your CitySwoon host(s): a friendly, well trained person, ready to answer any questions you might have about the evening.

As everything throughout the night is operated via your phone, your first step is to get yourself signed into the CitySwoon website under the same email account you used to buy your ticket.

When you've signed in to your CitySwoon account, click the 'I'm here,' button to get yourself checked in to the event.

Your hosts will be there if you need assistance.

You then have time to get a drink and relax while other guests arrive before your hosts begin activating the dating rounds.

If drinks are included, claim them using the app features when prompted.

6-8 Rounds of Dating

Notifications on your phone and the website will let you know who you've been matched with, giving you a name and a photo as well as a meeting location, for example: 'bar,' or 'outside courtyard.' You will go to that area for your date!

In the rare scenario you can't find your date, there will be an option to send them a message. However, please ask one of the host(s) first before you message your date.

There are 8 dates per evening which typically go for around 10-12 minutes.

Live Secret Feedback

After each date, record your private impression of the person you met. This feedback is secret, but helps Cityswoon to get you better matches going forward. If you don't see the feedback page, don't worry, you can fill it in the next day. Also, this does not restrict next day communications.

Friends Rounds

If there is an uneven number of men and women, there is a possibility that you will be set up on one 'friends,' round out of the eight with a member of the same sex - don't worry, this is a chance to take a break and maybe make a few friend or two. You'll get dating next round.

At the conclusion of the evening, which typically lasts 2 to 2.5 hours, daters usually stay on for some more mingling and are welcome to enjoy the beautiful venue.

After the Event - Following up with people you liked

During the event there is no pressure to ask for anybody's contact details as you will be able to message them via our website the following day. Didn't date that person who you connected with after the event? You can also contact them, so don't stress about swapping contact details with them either.

Want to find out more? Check out our FAQ's. You can also see a video of CitySwoon speed dating in action on our front page. Click the blue play button on the main photo.