Let your guests know how long they'll have to talk during each session, and use a timer to organize each "date." Traditionally, each speed date is seven minutes long, with time to mingle as a crowd afterward.
Have some bite-sized appetizers that are tasty and easy to eat -- nothing too messy or too pungent.
Pita bread and hummus, bruschetta, or basic cheese and crackers are all good options. Speed dating events are fairly common now, but you have the chance to make yours stand out.
Additionally, you'll want to choose a name that has an available domain address to compliment or match.
(Example: Match in Six = DBA | Domain address = 2. Just a word of personal advice from experience, I have noticed that age groups that range from 35 and up are more likely to fill up faster than those events for people who are single and under the age of 35.
Additional Info **Assure your guest that the events are for entertainment.
Also mention there is a realistic opportunity for them to meet someone special.
Also, I wouldn't guarantee any turnout commitments, etc.
Be honest and let them know your confidence and experience level.
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Matchmaking has been a dating and marriage practice for centuries, but American speed dating has been around since 1999, when a rabbi and his students put a turbo-style twist on the tradition of introducing Jewish singles.
At the event, make sure all of you guest have a name badge (Alias's are ok and suggested) and assign them a unique number for easier match results.