Our events offer a fresh alternative to speed dating and matchmaking in Columbus. We don't find anything romantic about whistles, name-tags or over-the-top party trimmings typically found at singles events so we have done away with them. Creating an atmosphere that is at once casual and comfortable. It's what we call cheeky-chic!
For those that prefer the same simplified experience in matchmaking we offer our 'Date Nights' free of contracts or commitments. It's as simple as selecting your package, telling us your preferences and allowing us to arrange the evening. Consider us your blind date specialists! Sought after for our popularity, the personal service we offer and an unparalleled selection of daters you want to meet.
Our Process | Our Venues | Our Way
As a reporter for LA Talk Radio.com said, “ I walked through the venue without even noticing the tables of daters; events are so chic and low key you might just walk right by.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. It is the non-event of events.
We are regularly approached by venues looking to have the cheekiest in the world of dating to their spots. We say yes to a very few - limiting it to locales that are at once casually hip and comfortably chic. A fabulous way to visit or re-visit some of the flirtiest locales in your neighborhood.
Much like a private club, not every dater is for us. We are the only organization to routinely screen daters we feel may not be a good fit for our clients. If we meet a dater we don't think you'll fancy meeting, we'll say 'No thank you' so you don't have to.
How It Works
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A low key, sophisticated approach to dating in Columbus. Preferring a 'less is more' environment devoid of typical event trappings. Gone are the name-tags, shouting and over-the-top party trimmings. Meeting your special someone shouldn't be anything but a comfortable and relaxed experience. Creating a private club atmosphere while recognizing our clients are also our product - we reward lovely daters with discounts and complimentary events and refuse service to anyone we don't think you'll fancy meeting. This is where being lovely has it's perks!
Simply choose the event you wish to attend and purchase your tickets online. Any questions, concerns or advice can be called upon anytime simply by e-mailing info@SpeedColumbusDating.com
The night has arrived! Go the venue at the published start time for the event. There is no official start time to the speed dating portion of the evening - we like to wait for all daters to arrive, to have a moment to settle in with a refreshment and mingle should they wish.
Our personable hosts will assist you with your SpeedColumbus 'Date-Mate' Scorecard. Flirty and fun, your Scorecard is just the beginning. Chat up our Hosts for tips or simply to ask, which direction the bar is in! After being shown to your table, the ladies will remain seated for the duration of the event. The gents move from lovely lady to lovely lady every six to seven minutes. Simply jot down your potential 'Date-Mates' at the bottom of your Scorecard and we'll take care of the rest. For those who garner matches, you will be notified via e-mail within 24 hours of the event ending of your 'Date-Mate' results.
Alas, the event is over but the night has just begun. Feel free to stay as long as you would like to mingle further. All we need are the 'Date-Mate' Scorecards to determine if love is in the air for you.
With a British sensibility and simplicity, we offer uncompromising value with unparalleled service. Lovely venues and our lovely Hosts to assist you with anything or anyone.
Mingle, Mix and Match - UK Style.
Frequently Asked Questions
SPEED DATING FAQ
What is SpeedColumbus Dating & UK Style?
SpeedColumbus Dating is imported directly from the UK. It is traditional Speed Dating with an English touch. A relaxed and comfortable approach to speed dating. Rewarding lovely daters with discounts and complimentary events while saying no thank you to anyone we don't think you'll fancy meeting.
Do the British Really Do it Better?
Most speed dating parties are a bit like being at a college job fair. Complete with stop watches, whistles and a footie captain yelling “times up” in yer face! We at SpeedColumbus Dating, do things a wee bit differently. We don’t find anything romantic about name tags, microphones and whistles – so we don’t use them!
Do you have to be British to attend?
Absolutely not! We are British founded and inspired but our daters are just like you.
What type of people can I expect to meet?
We tend to draw a crowd that is intelligent and amusing, sophisticated and adventurous, while always being cheeky. Daters that don’t like to settle and tend to set the trend rather than follow it. We are in part defined by our venues and our crowd reflects such.
How do I reserve my place?
Simply select the EVENT SCHEDULE tab on the homepage for a listing of our events. Simply register online and you're all set! No paper tickets are required. You will be sent a confirmation from us and your name will be noted on our Guest List.
Do you screen your speed daters?
In the 12 years we have had the pleasure of serving daters we've noticed the nicer a dater is to us, our hosts and each other, the more matches they get. Much like a private club, not every dater is for us. Those that tend to see the good in everything and everyone - are just what we and our daters are looking for. If we don't think a dater is someone that fellow daters would get on with - we'll respectfully decline service and reserve the right to do so.
Are you affiliated with any 'Meet-Up' groups?
We think 'Meet-Up' is a lovely free service that gives those of similar interests the opportunity to connect. We do question businesses that promote their events through "Meet-Up" groups - only to redirect you to their own website. Some companies tout that they partner with many organizations including Craigslist offerings and 'Meet-Up' groups for their events. We do not.
What happens if the event is sold out?
We wish we could accommodate everyone! Unfortunately, the fun goes quick! You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for information as to the process of being added to the wait list. Also, it is a good idea to keep checking back on our website as sometimes reservations become available at the last minute. We are continually updating our event calendar.
What time should I show up for the Event?
Published start times can be found in the event description. Please try to avoid doing anything unsafe in your attempt to arrive to the event on time - we do like to wait for all participants to arrive. This may cause an event to start late but we feel a perfect opportunity to chat up the hosts, have a lovely refreshment and settle in. There is no set start time for the speed dating portion of the night - we like to wait for all daters to arrive, settle in and grab a refreshment before the speed dating portion.
What is a SpeedColumbus ‘Date Mate’?
A ‘Date-Mate’ means you have a match! You checked each other on your scorecards and your email address will be exchanged with this person 24 hours after the event. Only daters that garner matches are notified approx. 24 hours after the event.
How long will I chat with my Prospective ‘Date-Mate’?
Chat up your prospective 'Date-Mates' 6-7 minutes at a time. Sometimes, for our larger events, this may be shortened by 1 or 2 minutes to accommodate all of the mini-dates in a timely fashion.
So Little time; So much to say.
Don’t worry. In today’s world we tend to know in a matter of minutes if we ‘click’ with someone. You can also chat further with your prospective ‘Date-Mate’ at intermission or mingle after the event. Just have fun and go with it!
How will I know I have any SpeedColumbus ‘Date Mates’ and how do I contact my SpeedColumbus ‘Date-Mate’?
For daters that garner matches, you will be notified via email of your ‘Date-Mate’s’ first name and email within 24 hours of the event ending. Your ‘Date-Mate’ will also receive your name and email.
Can I return for free if I don't get a match at an event?
Unlike other speed dating companies that offer free spots to those that don't receive matches, we take a different approach to returning guests. Those that receive matches, are quite popular and absolutely lovely - are often invited back with discounts or with our compliments. This ensures a fabulous pool of daters that others want to meet.
Is Food included with my SpeedColumbus Dating ticket price?
From time to time venues may provide light nibbles for the guests. This is at the venue's discretion.
How long does a SpeedColumbus Dating event last?
The length of an event is based on the number of daters in attendance. Generally, our events last about 2 hours including intermission.
What Happens when the Event is over?
That‘s up to you! Most Daters say this is when the fun really starts! Feel free to stay and mingle for as long as you want.
I’m shy - Can I come with my Friends?
Bring your friends, have some fun! Our hosts will gladly accommodate seating for all ticketed members of your party. If you would like to be seated together please let us know. We do ask all members of your party to email in themselves to reserve.
How Many People Will I Meet?
SpeedColumbus Dating events vary in size, anywhere from 16 - 30 singles register for any given event.
Can I pay without doing it through the Internet? Register/Info
Payment can only be accepted through the website. We only accept payment via our secure and encrypted checkout systems. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us directly at 1-866-WE SPEED.
What Should I Wear?
Well the British always like to dress it up. However, dress how you feel. No riff-raff please.
I Am Older or Younger than your age ranges – may I still attend?
Of course you may. Our age ranges are merely suggestions. We offer many age range categories. Please feel free to select the age range most comfortable for you. If you don’t see a range suitable for you please check back or let us know.
Will I be photographed or filmed?
You will absolutely not be photographed or filmed without your prior consent. While we and our daters are often called upon for special filmed events, they are scheduled as private events and are by invitation only.
What if I don't have the ability to act like a lady or gentleman?
Oh dear - how unfortunate. We do have a zero tolerance for any rudeness - of any sort. We attract such great daters but find - as in life - not every dater is ideal. Our daters are also our product and we go to great lengths to ensure everyone meets lovely daters. We want the right daters not just any daters. Behavior short of lovely will result in a dater being banned from the company. This may upset some but we feel our daters as a whole appreciate the extra effort and we hope you do too.
Can you tell me more about your promotion for Cancer Awareness?
We are super excited to announce our partnership with The Joan Gaeta Foundation for Lung Cancer Awareness. Our 'Night For Suzanne' is a great way to give back and have fun while doing it! Donate to the Joan Gaeta Foundation or any Cancer charity of your choice in the amount of your purchase - let us know you did - and we'll add you to the guest list of your desired event. It's that simple. For more information about the Joan Gaeta Foundation partnership, click here!
For additional questions, feel free to contact us at info@speedColumbusdating.com