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Ann Arbor (MI)
Justin and I met on 2/20/2013.
Our one year anniversary is approaching and I wanted to let you know that we have enjoyed such a fun 12 months together, all because of Speed Dating. We met at an event held in Ann Arbor. I called in sick to work to attend the event, and he reluctantly went after his sister purchased a ticket for him.
I remember when he sat at my table. He didn't seem anxious, he was extroverted and very funny. He didn't compare me to an actress on The Office or spend the entire 7 minutes discussing creatures that live in the ocean like others did. At the end of the event, I had actually become friends with the woman on the left and right of me (they happened to be best friends) and after afterward, I invited them to dinner. Justin was standing off to the side and I asked him to come to dinner with us and he was very happy to do so. That is totally breaking the rules, isn't it?
The four of us arrive at a local restaurant and Justin sits next to me. We realize both women are a bit intoxicated and while one cried, the other discussed fungus. Justin and I had the best time with them with many opportunities to laugh! He bought my dinner and drove me to my car afterward. He asked what an appropriate amount of time was to wait to call me and I giggled at the unspoken rules of dating being discussed.
The following day, we got out emails.
In the past year, we have enjoyed birthdays, holidays, skiing, hockey games, concerts, costume parties, getting to know each other and getting to know our families
Thank you so much for changing my life,
- (Ann Arbor, Feb 2014)
John & Lisa met in Sept 2007 at a Reno speed dating event at Mi Casa Too Restaurant.
We were the first ones to meet & after meeting 11 other men, I missed talking to John & definitely was interested.
I was terrified he might of connected with one of the other 11 women there, but he did come right over to me after the event & got my number, we got engaged a year later & married in April 2010! We tell all our single friends how great this event was ! All the other men & women there were all nice & interesting as well. We both met lots of great singles that night & hope they all met their forever mates too! Thanks for an unforgettable night.
- (Reno, Sept 2013)
John & Lisa Crum
Los Angeles (CA)
Just a quick note to your organization that my husband and I met at one of your events in November of 2010 at Kimera in Newport Beach, CA and on Sept. 8th of this year (2012) we celebrated our fabulous wedding with friends and family! Followed by the most wonderful honeymoon in France. We both thank you for bringing us together!
Brenda Strong (now Jackson!)
On September 3, 2005, Tom and I were married at Mohonk Mountain House in New York
state's beautiful Hudson Valley. Tom and I would not have met had it not been for a
Pre-Dating event we both attended in April, 2003 in Dallas, Texas.
Fate must have
intervened that day, since I was wait listed to attend that event. That afternoon, I
received an email from Pre-Dating notifying me that there was an opening for two
women at that evening's event. While I had a riding lesson scheduled that evening,
the scheduled 8:30 start time allowed me to attend both my lesson and the Pre-Dating
event. Fortunately, the schedule didn't allow time for dinner. Tom arrived at my
table with potato skins and asked it I would like one. Since I was starving I took
him up on the offer, and the rest is history! Tom says I married him because he
feeds me (he loves to cook), and while that isn't the primary reason, his good
cooking certainly didn't hurt!
I attended only one of the Pre-Dating events, begrudgingly I must add. I
had been divorced for three years and while I had dated a lot, I found it
to be very different from my memory of dating from the 11 years earlier
before I was married. I did not find it hard to meet people to date, I
found it hard to meet the caliber of person I was looking for.
A friend of
mine found it hard to meet people and convinced me to go with him as moral
support. After agreeing to an exit plan in case the event was horrible (it
wasn't!!, ) I went along. I noticed Frank sitting on the couch in
Sterlings almost immediately and we talked for a minute before the event
even started. The whole event was enjoyable to me. I found all the
people I talked to highly interesting and even though they were not all
particularly what I was looking for, I thought about 90% were people I
could see being friends with. Once Frank and I had each other's
information, we talked right away and made arrangements to meet. We could
not make arrangements until the next week...but for the first time in I
can't remember how long, I was really looking forward to my date with him.
By our third meeting, we both knew there was something really special
there. We both had been dating and both had been looking for that
indescribable thing that we thought still existed but weren't sure if we
would ever find. It didn't take us long to realize we had found that in
each other. We have been together for a little over a year and a half
and are currently engaged to be married. We both often say to each other
how lucky we feel to have found each other. I am so glad my friend
convinced me to go that day...for I met the most
wonderful man and will be forever grateful.
I met a wonderful man through your service in May of 2005.. Before May, I tried online personal sites, blind dates, and bars which had left me discouraged and frustrated. I didn't give Pre-Dating a lot of hope before I got there, but I thought that it didn't hurt to try it. I couldn't have been more wrong. It was a comfortable, fun experience in which I met an exceptional person that I doubt I would have met using any of the previous methods I tried.
I have frequently said that the way everything just worked out must have been fate. When Matthew and I tell our story to our friends and family, we always get the question about Pre-Dating, "you mean that thing they did in the movie "Hitch"?" We always laugh and express what a good experience it was for both of us. I want to thank you for putting on these events because there aren't many places to meet professionals in a no-pressure environment. It can be really frustrating to try to meet someone special when you spend so much of your time working. Pre-Dating gives you the opportunity to meet many people in a short period of time. Even if you don't meet someone, you aren't forced to have the uncomfortable good-bye that follows so many individual dates. It was such a relief to know that everyone there was in the same boat as I was.
My life has forever changed thanks to Pre-Dating. I feel so lucky to have met Matthew. Going to your event was one of the best things I have ever done. Thank you for all you do.
Hi, I am writing to tell you of our success story with Pre-Dating. Jimmy and I met at a Pre-Date event at Jimmy Mac's Restaurant in Tampa on January 5, 2004. He stood out immediately because he was wearing a purple long-sleeve polo. As we began our six minutes, conversation seemed to come easily for us. When the bell rang, it seemed as if the time had flown. We laughed the entire time! He told me (later) that he liked the fact that I had prepared questions to ask and that they were unique. When time ended, I wanted to continue our conversation and silently hoped we would be a match. I hoped he felt the same.
A couple of days after the event, I received an email from Jimmy. I was really thrilled to learn we matched!
After exchanging a few emails, we finally spoke on the phone. After the initial call, our subsequent phone calls began to last from a half hour to hours at a time! We went to Busch Gardens and to dinner for our first date and had an incredible time! During the first few weeks, he also went out with another gal he matched with at the same Pre-Date event I attended.
After going out with Jimmy several times and many phone conversations, I decided to "kick it up" a notch. I planned a surprise mystery date for him one Saturday. I planned it so that he would not know if I or the other gal was planning the date. I had a friend email him the first clue and initial details about the "surprise mystery date." From there he went to three other places I had already left another clue and item for him to pick up at each place. Then at the last place he brought all three items that we would need for the date (wine, flowers, and loaf of bread) and found me waiting for him with a homemade dinner. He figured it was me before the day of the date, but nonetheless decided to not go out with the other gal again. He says to this day that it was the mystery date that won him over!
We continued dating and in the summer took a weeklong trip to his hometown. I met his family and friends and learned so much more about him! The week after we returned he secretly asked my parents for their blessing to ask me to marry him. Unbeknownst to me, he had asked his own family the same question while we were visiting them the week before. Both families blessed him and he then asked me to be his wife. And of course I said yes!
We have so much fun together! We are very different in some ways, but alike in the ways that really matter (values, morals, etc.) We are both in our 30's and have been set in our ways for years, but have learned the careful art of compromise! He is very supportive, caring, patient, loving and is a great partner! I am grateful for my experience with Pre-Dating and hope that others not into the bar scene or other like venues give it a shot! We tell everyone we know that is single to give Pre-Dating a shot! Not only can you meet a potential mate, it's fun to meet different people!
Jimmy and I were married March 19, 2005 (a little over a year after we met) and spent the first ten days of our married life in Maui! Life doesn't get any better than that! We are looking forward to seeing what our future holds!
Crystal and Jimmy
Oklahoma City (OK)
Our Pre-Dating Success Story
I was ready for someone to share my life with after having been widowed for about five years. I registered online for the October 2004 Pre-Dating Event and went with a friend. I met a lot of very nice men, but no one that I really connected with that night. The holidays came and went and in the new year, I decided that I would register again for an event. I thought it was rather mean to hold it the day after Valentine’s Day, but registered anyway!
I met a very nice man downstairs before the event and was excited when he was the first person at my table! We talked for our six minutes and I knew I wanted to talk with him more. Although I met other men that night, I didn’t connect with anyone like I did with #10 – Jeff. The next morning I received my email - Jeff was a match! We spoke by phone and emailed before meeting for dinner the next week. We were soon talking by phone or email every day and I knew I wanted us to spend our lives together. I feel so blessed to have met Jeff and to have him in my life.
I made a New Year’s resolution to “Get a Life.” Didn’t really want a “girlfriend” and for sure not a “wife,” just someone talk to outside of work besides my cat. Didn’t think about it for a while then one morning before leaving for work, one of the local television stations had an interview with someone from Pre-Dating Events. I though “why not” and got on the computer and registered. How appropriate that the event was scheduled for the day after Valentines Day!
The evening was something that I never thought I could or would do, but I’m sure glad I did. The first six minutes was spent with this one person that really left an impression on me. The other nine people I spent six minutes each with were ok, but my mind kept thinking of that Number Ten.
The next morning I got my Pre-Dating Match e-mail. There it was…..Number Ten…..Teresa!!!!! We had our first date the following week at an Italian restaurant and afterwards decided to make plans for a second. The second date was two weeks later; we went to her pecan orchard with her two kids and picked up sticks! After many dates later, I decided that I wanted to be with her always and forever. I went to Pre-Dating looking for a friend, got something better, a wife who is a friend. She is truly my “Match.”
Jeff & Teresa
Married September 24, 2005
Oklahoma City (OK)
On March 30, 2004, I went to my first Pre-Dating event at Crabtown in
Oklahoma City, and before the night was over, I'd met my husband, Steve.
The format was great, so relaxed and low-pressure, and the next day, I
received an email with four matches. That Friday, I had the best ever
first date with Steve, and the next night, we both had dates with other
people we'd met at the event that just didn't measure up. It was all
amazing from that point, when less than three months later, we were
engaged, and on September 25, 2004, we were married in Jamaica. We just
celebrated our first anniversary, and we both agree it was the best $30
we'd ever spent! We're now your biggest supporters, and a friend we
recently talked into going "Pre-Dating" is now having similar success. I'd
spent years looking on my own, just to find I only really needed 6
Thank you pre-dating for the opportunity to share my experience.
Pre-dating gave me an opportunity to meet 16 eligible bachelors in one
evening. The safe and professional setting was very comfortable. I
attended just one of your events last November which turned out to be a
life changing experience for me. I met a wonderful man that evening who I
have been dating for the last 8 months. The picture I've enclosed is
during our trip to Europe this summer. Towards the end of our trip he
asked me to marry him!!! I certainly wasn't expecting such great results
from attending just one event. We plan to marry in spring of 2006.
Virginia Beach (VA)
My husband Jim and I met at a Pre-Dating event in Virginia Beach on May 20, 2003. I met and matched with three gentlemen that evening and went out with one before my date with Jim on Memorial Day. After that date, we were inseparable. We were married on May 1 of this year (2005.)
Thank you for bringing us together.
Letitia and I met in April 2003 at a Pre-Dating event and started seeing
each other right away. In March 2004, we were in engaged to be
married and both of our families were very excited. The big day occurred on February 25,
2005 in Gilbert, AZ.
Thanks again Pre-Dating!!
David & Letitia
San Francisco (CA)
I would love to share the story of how Suzanne and I met...
The first time I saw Suzanne, she was standing with another woman in the bar
where the Pre-Dating event was held. As I walked up to them before the event
started, I thought, "Hey, may as well talk with these two cute women since that's
what we're here for!" So many of the other guys seemed to be standing in a corner
together watching a baseball game. Don't get me wrong, it was in important game,
but that's not what we were there for!
As I talked with these two women, my attention started to focus more on Suzanne.
We were just making small talk when the bell rang and we were supposed to go
in for the official Pre-Dating portion of the evening. "Here we go," I said
as we walked towards the fifteen tables we'd sit at for the next 90 minutes.
The entire evening was an exciting blur of rushed conversations. Finally at
the end of the evening I came to my last table. I was exhausted. Tired of carrying
my jacket around. Tired of carrying an empty beer glass around (leaving it at
the table of someone I was trying to impress never seemed like a good option).
And to top it all I had to use the bathroom so I had this wonderful sense of
urgency layered on top of my best efforts to play it cool and calm.
When I saw who was sitting at my last table, a palpable sense of relief washed
over me. I discovered that we had already developed a sense of rapport that
made conversation with her so much easier than with anyone else. Her table was
in a corner so my back was facing the rest of the room. This made it easy to
talk to her without any distractions. It turned out she felt the same way I
did and we both said things like, "Oh it's YOU! Phew, glad it's you again."
We continued to sit together even after the last bell rang, making more small
talk as we filled out our cards.
"Well," I said, "I should probably move over so that you can have some privacy
while you fill out your card."
"No," she responded, "That's okay, I don't mind. I've already filled my card
A few moments passed before she looked up and saw me reading over the instructions
on my card for the first time (hint to future Pre-Daters: Read the instructions
first!! You'll be glad you did!).
"Oh," she said. "Maybe I should give you some privacy, too," and she started
to move as if to get up.
"No, no," I put out my hand towards her, "That's alright. I've already made
up my mind about YOU." I smiled through squinted eyes that I hoped were screaming
"I'M INTERESTED IN YOU!! PLEASE MARK "YES" TO ME ON YOUR CARD!!" We weren't
supposed to indicate to each other that we were interested or not interested
at that point, so we continued to joke and talk about the experience for a few
When I finally looked back at the rest of the bar, I noticed that the bar was
quickly emptying and I decided I should probably let her go. If it were up to
me I would have stayed talking with her for the rest of the night! But as it
were I had to wait until the following Sunday to see each her again.
I felt incredibly lucky that she took an interest in me and said "yes" to me
on her card. Even though I had several dates lined up for the next two weeks,
I never ended up going out with a single other woman I met that night. After
my first date with Suzanne, I simply wasn't interested in going out with anyone
Looking back on it, it's not really any surprise that I feel this way. We had
phenomenal dates, the kind you only see in movies. Our first date alone we walked
around near the Palace of Fine Arts, ate sandwiches, explored the ruins of Sutro
Mansion, and I got a chance to reminisce about growing up in the neighborhood
we were walking in. We had great views of the ocean, sunshine, then stunning
clouds, and then it looked like rain. We saw lightning and heard thunder and
then it started to hail. Very rare for San Francisco! It only seems to hail
every couple of years in San Francisco, and we watched this hail storm approach
us from out over the ocean before engulfing us in a loud display of little white
balls of ice pummeling the trail around us.
We huddled under a tree overlooking the ocean and the Golden Gate, and she
looked up into my eyes and asked me why I had to be so tall... that's when I
knew she really liked me. I won't say anything more about the hailstorm except
that it really did feel like we were in the movies. We hung out the rest of
the day in our damp clothes, visiting the Exploratorium and realizing that we
shared many common interests, including a similar curiosity and appreciation
for science. I also discovered that she'd been backpacking before and loves
the outdoors just like I do. We've been together now for about four months and
we're still going strong. I've never felt this way about anyone before. It's
no secret that to me the possibilities with Suzanne seem endless.
Salt Lake City (UT)
I attended speed dating 4 times in Salt Lake City. On my fourth time doing speed
dating I met Stephanie. I knew that she was a nice girl and marked her as a
match. It took us a while to get together because of busy schedules but when
we finally did we hit it off right off the bat. Things were just sooo easy and
comfortable for us. We knew we had something special.
Last July 24 on her birthday I proposed to her and we were wed September 27.
I had a lot of fun with speed dating. It was fun to meet everyone. I went in
with an open mind and a good attitude and ended up with a wonderful wife.
Thank you for running an excellent program that helps single people to meet
I had always been disappointed by internet dating and match-making
services. People were often very different than they portrayed themselves
in profiles. A friend dragged me unwillingly to my first Pre-Dating event
in Atlanta in October 2003. Zak was the last person I met that evening. We
tried to organize a date, but both of us travel a lot, so we communicated
by email, but didn't actually go out until January. He had a dozen white
roses for me when he picked me up. We lingered over dinner until everyone
else had left the restaurant and the staff were lined up waiting for us to
Unfortunately, I was sent overseas 5 days later for work, and we again
only had email. Finally, we had our second date on April 1st, 6 months
after our first meeting and 4 months after our first date. We have been
together ever since. We were engaged on the 4th of July looking out at the
ocean under a sky filled with fireworks.
We never would have met without Pre-Dating, and the fact that we had that
initial face-to-face meeting made it possible to remember that chemistry
through all that time. We tell all our single friends to try it. It works.
Amy and John
St. Louis (MO)
I would love to share my Pre-Dating experience with you - and the world!
I had been using a couple of internet dating services and had absolutely
no success. A friend of mine wanted to try 6 minute dating. Since your
events fill up so fast, I was able to sign up but it was full when she
tried. I decided to try it anyway - by myself!. So on March 8, 2005, I
attended one of your events held at LLwelyn's in St. Louis, Missouri, and
met Rich (a/k/a the Man of my Dreams).
I must admit I was a nervous
wreck since it was my first time, but once the session started I relaxed
and enjoyed myself. When Rich sat down at my table and we started
talking, it was like magic. Everything after that was just a blur. At
the end of the evening, we both circled YES and the rest, as they say, is
history. Since our first date, we have been virtually inseparable.
I would recommend Pre-Dating to anyone!
Rich and Lisa
I met Ed at
my first Pre-Dating session. We both picked friends and we talked on the phone.
He has a bunch of motorcycles and was going to take me on a ride. But we both
are really busy. I also turned him down one night to go out with another guy
I had met at the Pre-Dating event, who actually turned out to be his friend.
Then we got hit with the 4 hurricanes, and it was not a great time to go on
a motorcycle ride. So we lost touch.
I then went to another Pre-Dating session, which are a lot of fun by the way,
and as I was about to leave when Ed walked in. He was going to participate in
the next Pre-Dating session for an older age group. He asked me to take a ride
and I said yes.
On our first date he picked me up and I was dressed for a nice afternoon spin.
He suggested going to Daytona, and I said, "ok." Well, we ended up
staying the night there, and we had our first kiss the next day on the beach.
About a month later and a bunch of dates with him being Mr. persistent, I had
a week off which was open. My original plans had fallen through. Ed was going
up to North Carolina and I asked him if I could come. We had the most awesome
time. We drove all over North Carolina, Tennessee and a few other states. We
never stayed in one place for more then one night, and we pulled the Harley
off the truck and went riding about once a day.
7 months later I am really crazy about him and he is the same about me. We are
going to Scotland together in June and spending as much time together as possible.
Thanks Pre-Dating. I would never have met a guy like Ed without your help.
I met Chris
at a Pre-Dating event on April 22, 2004. Our first official date was May 5,
2004. Though it started off slow...we only dated once every few weeks due to
my busy schedule, I completely fell for him after our first kiss...4 dates later!
He is everything I have always wanted: romantic, funny, sweet, caring. We are
physically and emotionally connected. The good news is after a year of dating,
we just got engaged on a romantic beach in St. Maarten!! We are planning to
get married on May 6, 2006, and are so excited! Thanks, Pre-Dating!!!!!!!
I attended my first Pre-Dating event in April 2004. I made a match at this
event and we went on a date shortly afterword. We both attended another event
in May 2004 and matched again... even though we were in different groups that
night. ;-) We have been dating ever since.
Recently we went on a vacation cruise together. I proposed to Ellen on a beach
in St. Maarten and she said "Yes"! We plan to be married in May 2006
and we will never forget our Pre-Dating experience!
Thanks for the match, and the memories!
I met John
through one of your events. We clicked immediately and are getting married on
September 9th. Thanks for helping to bring us together.
and I met last September at a Pre-Dating event in Harrisburg,
PA. We hit it off and recently celebrated 7 months of being together.
We're planning the rest of our lives together, and the Pre-Date format
allowed me to meet the woman I love in a non-stress, fun environment.
what have I got to lose, I thought. It's been just a year since I've been to
Pre-Dating. That is where I met the woman of my dreams. It really has been beyond
anything I (we) could have ever hoped for, and just imagine if either of us
decided not to go on that faithful night. The rest is history. She is the sweetest,
kindest, funniest, warm hearted person I've ever met. I (we) are sooo lucky.
7 minutes, nothing to lose and everything to gain.. As a matter of fact, last
December we got married! Thanks Pre-Dating! Thank you so much.
My name is April. I've attended two of your events in Riverside CA, the last
one being in February. I know that I talked to you for a while about your job
and possibly helping out. Anyway, I wanted to ask you if you would take me off
the mailing list because I met a guy at the February Pre-Dating. His name is
Ronan and we have been dating ever since. We are happy and I've never been so
certain of a relationship.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet.
South Florida (Miami)
attended a Pre-Dating gathering in Miami (age group 35-45) in search of a connection.
As a single, 31 year old professional in search of both intellectual and physical
stimulation in a city where the median age is 23, finding a mature, responsible,
kind, value driven partner was difficult. After much consultation with a co-worker,
I decided to take action and to venture to the Pre-Dating event. I figured at minimum
I would enjoy the experience of "interviewing" 12 prospects. Six minutes seems
short but truly is enough time to decipher whether or not your spirit and intuition
tells you would like more than 6 minutes with this person.
After about 36 minutes, and 6 prospects later, my goal was achieved and I had
found a connection with a blue eyed, physically fit, attractive 40 year old
who within 6 minutes caught my attention, interest and curiosity. That evening
I selected him and no other candidate, that is how strong my attraction was
It is now 6 weeks later and we are a couple in early stages of exploration,
relationship building and bonding. Our connection is spiritual and the words
truly can't describe how two people completely opposite in many ways can meet
over a 6 minute encounter and then decide proactively to spend every weekend
together. We are truly excited about our potential future together and are extremely
grateful for taking the 6 minute risk.
The irony of our connection is we would have never met if we did not take the
proactive route to place ourselves in an environment of choice. Clubs, bars,
bookstores are all over-rated environments for women to truly encounter high-potential
prospects. My advice to all the fabulous single women out there who work hard
and succeed in heir professional lives but maybe are challenged in their romantic
life is to give Pre-Dating a shot. The experience is rewarding, great for the
ego and more importantly it will foster optimism that there are sensitive, kind,
attractive single men in the world over 30 who want more than just "you know
Gina and Stephen
UPDATE: Click Here for Their Engagement Photos!
Saint Paul, MN
Liz and I
met at Pre-Dating on October 20th, 2004.
Neither of us had done an event before. We had both brought friends to make it
fun. I brought a female friend and she brought a male friend. Unfortunately, our
friends didn't hit it off as much as we did! We corresponded via email a few days
later and before long were spending tons of time together.
Your service was perfect for us. We are two professionals (a lawyer and a nurse)
who preferred not to pick up people in the bar scene. Going into the evening we
knew it would be a blast regardless of whether it was a bust for finding someone
Thanks for bringing us together!
Travis and Liz
and I met at one of your Pre-Dating Events on November 18th 2003 in Old Town
Alexandria. We went on our first date a few weeks later and have been together
ever since. We are very happy and thank you so much for providing such a great
service. No wedding bells yet but maybe some day.
Erin and Dave
the concept of Pre-Dating sounded like an interesting idea. What a great way
to meet people. I met a fabulous guy at your event in Philadelphia in November
of 2002. It took a while to coordinate our schedules, so we didn't go out on
our first date until about a month later. We've been inseparable ever since.
Last December he proposed and we were married on October 2, 2004. I've attached
a photo from our honeymoon in Africa. Thanks.
recommend Pre-Dating! Greg and I attended your October 26, 2004 event at the
Celtic Tavern in Denver and have been together ever since. It was a first for
both of us but we clicked and even had a drink after the event. Although we
both had other matches we chose to give us a whirl and we are so glad that we
made that decision. We both golf and find that we are so compatible it's scary.
This picture is from my law firm Christmas Party in December and we have upcoming
trips planned to Las Vegas, San Diego and Aruba. The skies the limit! Thank
you so much for the chance to meet such a wonderful man!
Krista, Age 46
Myself and Theresa (pictured) were the first couple to chat at a Honolulu Pre-Dating
event (venue All-Star Hawaii) in March of last year. After a successful "match"
and quick exchange of e-mails, I asked Theresa to a local concert. Likely due
to the successful "first-vibes" of our pre-date, we hit it off instantly and
have been a couple ever since.
We're very thankful to Pre-Dating and would like to encourage other singles
to try this unique form of "meeting".
Aloha from Hawaii...
I went to only one of your events last January in New Hope, PA and the guy I met
there turned out to be my true soulmate! Anthony and I got engaged this past June
and are planning a wedding for August 14, 2005! It's a great story too because
after I met him at your event I ended up moving back to Utah because I had just
graduated college there and was still considering living there.
Throughout the winter, Anthony and I talked on the phone a LOT. He would send
me packages with Tastykakes in them to give me a bit of my home state and I
would send him pictures of me skiing and snow-shoeing in Utah! After months
of job searching and still not landing a job in my career, I realized Utah wasn't
the place meant for me. I moved back to PA in April and found a great job as
a proposal writer only six weeks after being home! Plus, Anthony and I continued
our growing relationship... but this time we were living within driving distance!
Now we are so happy and excited to be planning our future together.
Thanks so much,
October 2005 - Update
Hi there! Here is a picture of our wedding. We had a beautiful dream wedding and are always telling friends they have to try Pre-Dating since it (obviously) worked for us!
San Diego (CA)
to share our Pre-Dating success story with you. Every time we tell someone how
we met, people always smile and say how great of a story it is so... Here it goes.
On March 23, 2004 I had the opportunity to accompany my friend for a night
of Pre-Dating. I had never tried Pre-Dating before but I figured why not? What
do I have to lose? The setting was intimate and relaxing. The place was full
of single hopefuls in search of that special someone. I had no idea that my
life would change forever after that fateful night.
During the break I happened to walk past a table where a nice and tall gentleman
was standing with his friend whom I had the pleasure of already "Pre-Dating".
They both smiled and we engaged in friendly conversation. I was immediately
taken to Ben, the tall gentleman wearing the number "13". There was something
about him. I couldn't wait to talk with him one-on one. This was the perfect
setting for that. The break soon ended and we took our respective seats for
the remainder of the event. When Ben sat down for us to formally meet, I couldn't
help but say, hey lucky 13! He laughed and agreed. We had the opportunity in
the few minutes we were given to establish a lasting impression on each other.
We knew we would see each other again. It was as instant as that. Sure enough,
we went out that very same weekend and had an amazing time.
After 6 months, we are still together and very much in love. We owe it all
to Pre-Dating! Pre-Dating was different than the others as there was no pressure
and the environment was casual and fun. Thanks Pre-Dating!!!
Cindy Maciejewski and Ben Penning
Rockville, MD (DC Metro)
exactly 1 year ago, I attended your Asians only special interest Pre-Dating event
in Rockville, Maryland (DC Metro). The timing of one of your first ever event
with an Asian theme was perfect in that it coincided with my decision to get
myself out into the Asian
dating scene. What other venue would offer me the chance to meet with so
many eligible interested Washington
DC Singles?I attended that evening's event with equal parts fear, dread
and morbid curiosity as to whether or not I'd actually meet the proverbial "nice
single Chinese boy"? As I left the office that day, I casually remarked to my
friends and family "I'm off to meet the man that I'm going to marry tonight.
Wish me luck!" Roughly an hour later, I had the opportunity to meet with nine
"nice Asian boys." Of all of the nice guys though, only one of those were listed
as a "match." Bachelor #9, peaked my curiosity enough to list him as a match.
The day after the event, I received notification that Austin and I were a "match."
Very soon after that event, Austin and I fell into step with each other. Our
personalities just seemed to complement each other and things fell into place.
I could not believe that I had actually found someone that genuinely enjoys
my off kilter sense of humor and has the ability to make me laugh just as hard
in turn. I could not believe that I had actually met someone that I could truly
consider a partner in life.
Pre-Dating enabled me the opportunity to meet that elusive nice Chinese boy
and now, he is in fact, going to be the man that I marry. Exactly one year from
the date we met, Austin proposed to me. We plan to get married in the Spring
Linda and Austin
Las Vegas, NV
I had never
been to any event like Pre-Dating before. I was the first female there, so I had
badge #1. I was seated at a table with the first male attendee. He looked about
as nervous as I did! I sat down, and we briefly said hello to each other. We began
to talk and I said that I was a substitute teacher, and he mentioned that he was
in the airforce. I knew I would check the "yes" box. I received an e-mail from
him 2 days later. We began dating and absolutely fell in love with each other.
We have now officially set the day of our marriage! We are getting married on
January 8, 2005. Thank you so much for allowing me to meet the man of my dreams!!!
Kansas City, MO
20th, 2003 we attended a Pre-Dating function at Barley's Brewhaus in Overland Park,
KS. We both attended the event with a friend, to ease our nerves about meeting
new people. We had a great time and enjoyed meeting new people. As fate would
have it the four of us matched one another. So off on a double date we went. We
attended a gallery opening and had dinner. The following week we had our first
official date, and have been dating ever since. This summer we celebrated our
one-year anniversary by taking a weekend get-a-way. We are now very much in love,
and we want to thank Pre-Dating for bringing us together. We are looking forward
to the upcoming years. We will let you know how it goes
Kansas City, MO
We met at
a "speed dating" event on the plaza. Speed dating is when you spend one night
talking to 10-12 different people for 6 minutes each. We believe it was fate that
we met, because several things had to be overcome for us to even be at the event.
We had an instant connection during that first 6 minutes of conversation and luckily,
we both decided that we wanted to see each other again. The next day, after getting
our list of matches (you only get contact info if you both want to talk again),
we were in contact by email. Two days later, we had our first date, and were hot
and heavy from there on out.
WHEN WE GOT ENGAGED
July 26, 2004
HOW IT HAPPENED
True to his romantic nature, Bill had a detailed plan for his proposal. He wanted
to make it a novel event so Steph would remember it for all time. After a few
weeks of deliberation, he came up with a plan...
Steph's mom, Kathie, was a co-conspirator, and made sure Steph was around at
the appropriate time. He had a dozen roses delivered to the house, and the card
told her to check the KC Star's classified section. She immediately took off
and went to the nearest gas station and found a newspaper. The ad in the classifieds
gave her a message that only she could understand. It read " Steph, meet me
in the cubby where we fell deep on that blustery night". She immediately knew
what Bill meant and headed down where they had their third date... Fred P. Otts,
in downtown Kansas City. (They spent a several hours in there during the first
real snowstorm of 2003. The plaza was essentially abandoned. After searching
several blocks they found only one place open and that was Fred P. Otts. It
turned out to be the perfect place to fall in love as they sipped hot cocoa
and weathered the storm.) Bill was waiting inside at the same table where they
had that storybook date, and after a slightly dirty/beer smelling right knee
came off the floor, the rest was history!
Bill and Stephanie
A few days ago, my doorbell rang-a rather uncommon occurrence (my friends just
walk right in!). I was annoyed at being interrupted since I was not expecting
anyone. I was quite taken by surprise as a man thrust a huge bouquet of stunning
roses in my face and barked my name. I was too stunned to really understand
his question, but did manage to nod assent..... What I held in my hands was
a breathtaking arrangement of a dozen perfect roses.
The delivery took me by surprise, but I had no doubt of whom these gorgeous
flowers were from. The date was September 23-six months from the day I had attended
a Pre-Dating event in Chicago. Of course they were from John, one of the men
I met that evening, to celebrate six wonderful months of dating.
Why Pre-Dating? After several cancellations of singles events I had registered
for, I was pretty fed up. So I cast a search for other opportunities to find
a date. I came across Pre-Dating at the last minute, and put myself on the
Waiting List (yeah-right...). At the 11th hour, Helen called me to see if I
was still available. She was waiting on a final gentleman to register and would
have a spot for me if he did. The location appealed-404 Wine Bar on Southport
in Lakeview~if nothing else, I would experience an interesting new dining spot.
In a rare impulsive moment, I signed on. Shortly after arriving, I was impressed
by the restaurant and the (relatively) great organization of the event.
That evening I had a chance to talk to several interesting gentlemen. One man
that caught my eye was John, we were both single parents and lived in nearby
northern suburbs. Happily, he was one of my matches. I was very happy to hear
from him just a few days later.
We agreed to meet for brunch a few days later and had a great time. (We are
still unsure if a brunch can be properly considered a 1st date??) Dinner and
a movie followed, then dinner and swing dancing...then dinner and a show. I
found myself eagerly awaiting John's daily 6am (yes-6 am!!) emails. Talking
to him seemed easy & natural. As we continued to get to know each other
though, I detected some hesitancy. Finally, John revealed that he had made a
date a while back with another woman he matched with, but he was unsure if he
should keep the date. Of course any woman with any self-respect would say "do
whatever you feel is right"...yet I realized how profoundly unhappy it made
me feel to think of John going on a date with someone else!
That other date never happened......After a few weeks, it was clear that this
was an exclusive relationship. Since we had both been in long term marriages
that ended, caution was the word of the day. Between us, we have 4 children
aged 4 through 12, two with special needs.
However, when John mentioned an upcoming vacation, I had no hesitation suggesting
we spend a week vacationing together in the Caribbean in late June. Although
there were few tense moments, John became PADI-scuba certified that week, and
I enjoyed the most wonderful vacation I could remember. In September, I accompanied
John on a business trip to NY where I grew up. Again, we had an unbelievably
We have been reluctant to let you know about this success story.... as we do
not know the "end" of the story! For the past six months, we have been increasingly
comfortable and happy together, so at this point, regardless of the final outcome,
I think we are a "success story" for Pre-Dating.
What does our future hold? Who can say? These past six months have been a wonderful
journey for us both. Many thanks to Pre-Dating for providing the chance for us
Just to let you know, I'm still with my Pre-Date match from January. Things are
going super well, we just celebrated our six month anniversary at Alfred's Victorian.
I don't think I could have met such an intelligent, beautiful, and sensual woman
shopping around in one of 2nd street's bars. Not that she didn't frequent them,
it's just that we never would have had the chance to have a real five minute conversation
like we did Pre-Dating.
Just thought you and your colleagues might like to know that I met my fiancé
at a Pre-Dating event on January 20 in New Jersey! We dated 6 months and became
engaged in August. Our January 15th wedding is approaching us and we couldn't
be happier. We're both 42 and never married. We both longed to meet our "perfect
match" but were beginning to think it may never happen. We each learned about
Pre-Dating from friends and attended our first event on January 20th! Who knew
we'd find our "perfect match" on that cold and blustery night at Andiamo's restaurant
in Hayworth, NJ! We truly are perfect for each other and plan to start a family
right away! We couldn't believe.... IT WORKED! It's a great service and we can't
Who would have thought that I would have met such a beautiful & talented girl
through speed dating! At first I tried speed dating because I was sick of the
bar scene. I gave speed dating a shot and during my session met a lot of great
women. One truly stood out though, she captivated me from the moment we started
talking. 6 months later we are still talking....only now it is about spending
the rest of our life together. I matched with someone that I never thought I'd
find...I'd recommend Pre-Dating to anyone, give it a shot!
Orange County, CA
In May 2003 I finally decided to bite the bullet and try Pre-Dating. I had read
about speed dating concept in the OC Register a few months before, but never got
around to doing anything about it. I finally went to your website and signed up
for the next scheduled "age 29-39" event.
I didn't really know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised at how
easy it was and at the quality and diversity of the men that I met.
No one was more surprised than I was when I met the most wonderful man at that
first event. It was his first time at Pre-Dating as well. We hit it off immediately
and continued to talk at the halfway break after our 6 minutes were up. Darryl
and I have been together ever since and are now shopping for engagement rings.
This last year together has been the best of our lives and we still can't believe
that we met through a Pre-Dating service. We have so much in common, yet would
never have met if we hadn't gone that night.
I have recommended you to all my single friends and coworkers. Pre-Dating is
the way to go if you are looking for an easy way to meet quality, relationship-minded
people in a fun and low stress atmosphere.
Thank you Pre-Dating
Monica and Darryl
St. Louis, MO
I met the man I am still currently seeing one year ago yesterday, August 12th,
2003 at LLwelyn's. We went there last night to celebrate being together one year.
We are planning on opening a motorcycle shop together. We are very happy and very
much in love. I have never used a dating service before, but I saw Pre-Dating on
TV and decided to give it a try and met a man that has true character and heart.
He is a true gem and a true gentleman.
I am writing to thank you Pre Dating, as I met my current fiancée at an
event in Troy, Mi on July 21, 2003. We will be married in May 22, 2005. Thanks
Costa Mesa, CA
I attended a pre-date event for the first time in April in Costa Mesa, CA. I tried
the Internet thing for a long time but I wasn't meeting the quality of men that
met my standards.
I read about speed dating events in the paper and thought perhaps it was a
better way to meet men. At the very least, I would have experienced it to see
if I would be interested in going again. I had a great time that night and I
met a wonderful man. We both hit it off from the very beginning and we have
been dating for 7 weeks. We have fun together and we only live 1/2
mile from each other!
I don't know what the future lies for us but if we go our separate ways I will
definitely try pre-date again.
Houston, TX - Married March 2004!
On April 17, 2003, Karen and I both attended a Pre-Dating speed dating session
at the Sky Bar. Since each of us are very busy in our careers, it was difficult
to meet the right person and friends and family recommended that we try speed
dating. So we did.
That night we both arrived early and just started talking prior to the Pre-Dating
event taking place. So I guess you could say we cheated a little. We had a longer
date rather than just a 6 minute date. But in all fairness, we only got each
other's information having picked one another during the event. Karen and I
dated for a couple of months before I popped the question, and now we are scheduled
to be married March 13, 2004. Little did I know that I would meet someone at
Pre-Dating and be getting married to her in less than a year. This past year
has been the best of my life, and just to think if either one of us did not
attend that night we would probably still be alone not having met that one person
that has been made just for us. Thanks Pre-Dating!
South Florida (Palm Beach)
We have been meaning to contact you for the past year to share our happiness
at meeting one another through Pre-Dating. Charlie and I met at a Pre-Dating event
in July 2002 in Lake Worth and we have been dating ever since. This past Friday
evening, we got engaged and I am here to tell you that we think Pre-Dating is
the best thing that has ever been invented!! We have had the best year of our
lives together and look forward to a great future.
If we can ever volunteer for an event, or if you want to use our story, we
would be delighted to help give something back to a great company that helped
us find true love.
Thank you for doing good things in the world.
Cindy S. and Charles M.
Dear Pre-Dating, Yes, I am living proof of your success! Back in the spring, after
living in Portland for about a year and not having much success in the social
scene, I decided to try "speed dating." I went to one of those "other" speed dating
services (the one with "8" in the name) and just wasn't very happy with it --
it was TOO similar to the bar scene. Then, a friend told me about Pre-Dating and
I checked it out. I appreciated the group size and the fact that I got a chance
to meet every guy there. And frankly, I thought the guys were much more impressive
than those I had met at the other event.
I had two matches from my first Pre-Dating event and met some really nice guys,
but the "spark" wasn't there. Luckily, I'd had such a good experience that I
decided to try it again. This time I had four matches, and when I went out on
my "real" date with the second guy, Matt, I knew I had hit the jackpot! (In
fact, I cancelled my dates with the other two matches... sorry guys!) We have
now been dating for more than 6 months, and I couldn't be happier!
It's hard to meet people, especially when you're new to town. And let's face
it... blind dates can really be uncomfortable if you know within the first 6
minutes that you have nothing in common, and yet you feel obligated to spend
2 hours (or more!) to finish up the date. I am a Pre-Dating believer!
Holly, Age 32
I am writing to tell you of how I met someone wonderful through a Pre-Dating event.
I attended an event in late April. I had heard of the event through my neighbor.
I signed up early in April, excited at the prospect of meeting some new men. The
night of the event, I got cold feet; I almost left before the event started. My
friend talked me into staying. The night progressed and I ended up meeting 11
guys. Todd was the last guy I met. Our "6 minute pre-date" went well; well enough
for me to put a "yes" next to his name and for him to put a "yes" next to mine.
We went on our first date Sat. May 4 and have been together ever since. We just
passed the 4 month mark. I am SO glad I decided to stay that night! I ended up
meeting a wonderful man that I now share most of my time with.
Diane and Todd
I heard about Pre-Dating from a local business networking group in Orlando appropriately
enough, called Orlando Connections. I had just joined to meet more people in Orlando
and hopefully be more successful in finding quality people to date. Pre-Dating
was a brand new thing in the Orlando area and the concept was, if nothing else,
very interesting. So I signed up online for the inaugural event. The evening was
indeed interesting and I met women that night that were attractive, interesting,
and looking for the same thing - a quality dating partner. At the end of the evening
I selected three potential matches. The next day I received word that I had one
match. And what a match it has turned out to be. Peg and I had our first date
two weeks later (we were both quite busy) on March 6, 2002. After our fourth date
it was obvious to both of us that we had something special. We started seeing
each other as much as our schedule would allow. On our four-month anniversary
of our first date we decided to live together. We just celebrated our six-month
anniversary and we could not be happier. We both envision a future that includes
matrimony. It's just a matter of time.
Dan and Peg
South Florida (Miami)
We have a story to tell you. It is a tale of two people who are much alike
yet different. Two people who fell in love and are now making the effort to
make it last in this world of many but also in this world of two; us two.
Hi, we are Marlene and Tracey. We met on May 29th at one of your events in
South Beach, Miami.
It was instant fireworks for us when we met. We clicked immediately and realized
we were at the right place at the right time.
We both had gone there without expectations and left thinking we had many.
I had only gone because my friends cajoled me into it. But the truth was that
I was preoccupied because I was leaving for New York on business early the next
Tracey almost did not go either because he had suddenly become very busy at
work. When we found out we had matched, we were both very happy. We both matched
with other people as well. Tracey even matched with a friend of mine who was
also there. And my friend and me matched with another person. So, here I am
in NY and I begin emailing with Tracey. I talked to one of my other matches
and found out that I was only thinking of Tracey, so I decided to not pursue
it further. I eventually emailed with my other matches and also decided to not
pursue those either, as again I could only think of Tracey. Tracey talked to
one of his other matches and never emailed the other. And so it was that we
continued emailing and slowly liking each other, what we said, and slowly desiring
to be together. I returned to Miami the following Monday and we had our first
date that week. I was very happy, he was very nervous. We went to an Italian
restaurant in the Gables. We both knew that we wanted to see each other as much
as possible, which has been the case.
We have a tremendous attraction for each other which is so intoxicating, it
makes us forget about time.
We have a tremendous admiration for each other which is so intoxicating, it
makes us forget about other people.
We have a tremendous desire to grow as individuals which is so intoxicating,
it makes us be patient about each other.
We have a tremendous outlook and perspective about the world, which is so intoxicating,
it makes us want to be better people for the sake of humanity.
This the basis of our relationship and well only time will tell about the rest....
but we are so very hopeful.
Marlene and Tracey
New York City, NY
I met Paul three weeks ago in New York at one of your Thursday Pre-Dating events.
We clicked right away and have been calling and seeing each other since. We have
been surprised at how much we have in common and are excited about getting to
know each other more. Our second date was for me the best I've had in a long time
and we look forward to whatever might be. Pre-Dating is a great idea that can really
help people to connect.
Rhonda and Paul
I am writing in response to your September 2002 Pre-Dating Newsletter requesting
success stories. I am excited to share my story with you. I attended a Pre-Dating
event in April of 2002 in the Washington, D.C. area. Feeling reluctant to attend,
I registered for the event, and then got cold feet and canceled. After rethinking
my decision, I told myself to just "go ahead and give it a try," "what the heck,"
and re-registered for the same event. Luckily, I re-registered in time, and there
was still a space available for me to attend the event on a Wednesday evening.
As I arrived for the event, I was fighting the butterflies in my stomach, as
I noticed other eager faces awaiting the beginning of the pre-dates. I remember
thinking, "what type of people go to these things?" Before the event began,
I chatted with a few people who were sipping cocktails and mingling in the foyer
area. I met "Bob" before the event began and we chatted briefly. After the event
began, I was looking forward to Bob coming around to my table. When he did,
I felt especially comfortable with him because we had already chatted before
the event began. I was immediately interested in him, as we discussed our interests,
hobbies, and careers during our six-minute pre-date. As he was about to leave
my table, I quickly checked "yes" for him, and was hoping he did the same.
As I left the event, I was hoping that Bob and I were a "match." While I met
many interesting men at the event, Bob was my number one choice! The next day,
I awaited the email from Pre-Dating to inform me of any matches. I was very pleased
to see that Bob was on my list as a match! That same evening, he called to ask
me for a date Friday night. For our first date, we met at a restaurant where
we had drinks, dinner, and great conversation outdoors by the water. I had a
wonderful time and couldn't wait to see him again. As we departed, he gave me
an affectionate hug, and said that he would call me. He called two days later
and asked me out for the following Friday. After our second date, we continued
to go out every week, and before long we were seeing each other very frequently.
Bob and I immediately clicked on many levels. It was so refreshing to be with
somebody who was real and genuine, and had the many qualities and traits that
I had been searching for. Bob and I have been together now for six months. For
our six-month anniversary, he took me to dinner at the place where we had met
(where the Pre-Dating event had been held).
I never expected to meet someone as wonderful as Bob at a Pre-Dating event.
He is indeed a perfect match for me. We share similar interests, great conversation,
and just enjoy spending quality time together. I highly recommend your Pre-Dating
events to anybody who is looking for someone special. I did find someone special,
thanks to you, and hope that others will be as fortunate.
Tammy and Bob
Georgetown, VA (DC Metro)
I'm not sure if you'd remember me, but I've been at a few events over the course
of this last year. And, well, I want to share some good news with you. I met my
fiancé at an event in Georgetown in June and we are getting married next
September. Yes, can you believe it! I just wanted to thank-you so much for your
time and kindness in doing these events. I was about to give up on this whole
finding someone thing and that's when I met Anton. I am hoping to get from you
an address or something that we could use to send you an invitation to our wedding
next year just to show our appreciation.
Also, since both Anton and I are to this point I just don't see us attending any
more events. If you wouldn't mind, could you remove both of us from your mailing
Again, thanks so much!
Los Angeles, CA
Hello Pre-Dating folks! Thank you so much for your service. My name is Chris and
I met Linda back in February at a Pre-Dating event in Pasadena. We really hit it
off and have been dating exclusively for 5 months now. I never expected I would
find a lady like her at something like this. She`s amazing and I am extremely
grateful to have met her. To boot, it was our first time at a Pre-Dating event!
Beginner`s luck I guess!! Bless you all...
Los Angeles, CA
I just wanted to send a message to tell you that my boyfriend and I met at one
of your parties (back at the beginning of the summer). Honestly, neither of us
expected to meet someone we would seriously have an interest in, but surprisingly
we did! We have a lot in common and are looking for the same things. We started
dating, and now we have a wonderful relationship. We are both very happy. It turned
out to be the best $34 I have ever spent!! Thank you
I attended my second Pre-Dating event in May 2003 and connected with a few people
there. One of the men I met there I wanted to know better . He was originally
from my home town so we had a lot to talk about. We started talking and although
we didn't date right away, we did get to know each other better. About a month
later, we went out on our first date and had a great time. We have been dating
for three months now and are really enjoying each other's company.
Pre-Dating is a stress-free and wonderful way to meet people. I would recommend
it to anyone.
I'm a 35 (still) single female thinking that perhaps it is true that "all the
good guys are taken." My friend told me about Pre-Dating, so I looked into it
and thought I had nothing to lose. Not truly thinking I was going to meet the
most incredible man of my life, though lo' and behold, guess what?? I went with
no expectations, which was a good thing. In the past, I would go to single functions,
expecting to meet someone, only to be disappointed with the selection (or lack
thereof) of men in attendance. Fast forward two months and over a 1/2 dozen
incredible dates, I can honestly say I'm grateful for the Pre-Dating event. The
man that I "connected with" is good-looking, kind, gentle, considerate, compassionate,
honest, and great fun (I could go on). I will most definitely recommend this
new concept of dating to my single friends. Thank you for making my life so
much happier and more fulfilling.
A great guy and I met at a Pre-Dating event, and we have been together since
then. It's been 6 months, hard to believe. Even though we were in the same city,
if it weren't for Pre-Dating, we probably would never have crossed paths. It
is a dream come true!
HT, Age 27
Las Vegas, NV
In April 2003, a co-worker went to a Pre-Dating event and had a blast. She came
to work the next day and right away started her campaign to get me to an event.
Even though dodging Cupid had become an artform for me, I quickly conformed
and registered for the next event which was on June 10, 2003.
Meeting different people is always enjoyable, as it was that evening, but I
knew I wanted to see Keith again and get to know more than 6 minutes worth of
him. Even though I matched with two gentlemen, after my first date with Keith,
I didn't want to date anyone else.
It has been a wonderful six months and Keith and I continue to learn and love
more about each other. Finding love at a Pre-Dating event is actually possible
and I am so thankful that I looked past what I thought was hopeless and found
Thank you for letting me share my story,
Brenda, Age 47
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