The Scoop: Based in Canada, 25Dates.com made a name for itself by promising to pair singles up on 25 speed dates during the course of one fun event. Since its first event in 2002, the speed dating service has inspired many thoughtful and flirtatious conversations between singles hoping to meet someone special. Over the decades, 25Dates has established itself as one of the most popular, successful, and far-reaching speed dating companies in Canada. Now these proven dating professionals want to highlight their expertise in an advice column geared toward helping singles make a fantastic first impression. Their guidance will hopefully help singles land a date without having to spend hours on a dating site or app. The continued success of 25Dates shows that singles don’t need match algorithms or high-tech tools to connect — they just have to sit down for three minutes and have a face-to-face conversation.
On Valentine’s Day in 2002, a Canada-based speed dating company called 25Dates.com hosted its first event for local singles. The event gave lonely hearts the chance to go on 25 dates in one evening (hence the name), and participants absolutely loved it.
Now, 2,000 events later, 25Dates has helped over 100,000 straight, gay, and lesbian singles shake up their love lives in the span of a three-minute conversation.
Whether it’s at a distillery, a wine bar, or a restaurant, these events have allowed people to expand their social networks and meet potential love interests in person without having to waste any time swiping or texting. According to the company’s internal statistics, over 75% of speed daters at a 25Dates.com event receive at least one match. Those who don’t get a match can attend the next event for free.
From Ottawa to Vancouver and from Toronto to Calgary, 25Dates holds more speed dating events in more cities than any other Canadian dating service. Based on that impressive stat, it claims the title as Canada’s only national speed dating service. The company’s Founder and President Ragna Stamm’ler-Adamson said she has seen many competitors rise and fall over the years, but 25Dates has remained steady because of her determination to host quality events where singles have a chance to find that spark.
Her plans for the future don’t involve conquering the dating world or transforming the dating industry — Ragna said she just wants to keep doing what she has been doing for the last 16 years, which is watching couples fall in love at her events.
In the last few years, 25Dates has become a nationwide sensation, and that keeps the team busy enough. “The first half of this year has been even busier than the first half of the previous six years and shows no sign of slowing down,” she said.
Experienced Event Organizers Give Valuable Tips
As one of the longest running speed dating organizations in the country, 25Dates.com has a reputation for its credibility, efficiency, and expertise. The company has long helped singles meet one another and see if they have any chemistry, but now the team has begun looking at what they can do to help singles become successful and savvy speed daters.
These dating professionals have decided to launch an advice column where two speed dating hostesses will answer questions posed by 25Dates members. Singles can ask anything from “What do I wear to a speed dating event?”to “What questions should I ask my date?” The dating experts will select some of the most pressing questions posed by daters and provide useful guidance based on years of experience.
25Dates’ hostesses have been with the company for years and seen hundreds, if not thousands, of mini dates. They will use the advice column to give singles key insights into what makes romance thrive. Speed dating participants can use this free advice to get more phone numbers and dates, which will make them feel more satisfied by the overall experience.
“They have tons of valuable tips they will be sharing,” Ragna said. “They’ve witnessed so many dates over all these years, they know the kinds of things singles are dealing with.”
Rolling Out New Partnerships & Gathering Success Stories
25Dates put a fun spin on speed dating on July 22nd by partnering with Harley Davidson dealer Trev Deeley in Vancouver. The team invited local singles to ride up and enjoy food from a grilled cheese truck, and outdoor rockabilly concert, and a tour of the one-of-a-kind Deeley Exhibition. The event was BYOBike and lasted for two hours on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
“Come speed date and then stay as long as you like to explore the store,” reads the event description on Facebook. “There will be music, the museum, and motorcycles!”
The partnership brought a lot of new eyes to 25Dates.com’s events, but, at the end of the day, what keeps people coming back is the speed dating company’s unrivaled reputation in the dating scene.
Over the past 16 years, 25Dates has facilitated many heartwarming love stories — Ragna herself met her husband at one of the speed dating events — and the team isn’t looking to reinvent the wheel. They’re satisfied with their success and just want to build on their reputation as one of the leading speed dating companies in Canada.
“We continue to focus on doing one thing well, and that is our regular speed dating events,” she said.
“I want to thank 25Dates for existing as a company. If it weren’t for you, I never would have met the love of my life.” — R.M.
One glance at 25Dates’ testimonials page is enough to convince anyone that these events are something special and often make a difference in people’s lives.
“I just wanted you to know that I am actually in a committed relationship at this time and have been for over three years,” said Kim in a testimonial. “The man I am with is one I met on my first ever 25Dates experience. I am living proof that speed dating really works.”
“What a great way to get out and enjoy a new city,” said Jacob, who recently moved to Toronto. “25Dates was the best $50 I have spent since arriving in Canada. You can really tell how much heart you put into your business.”
25Dates is Canada’s Only National Speed Dating Service
Ragna founded 25Dates.com in 2002 to bring singles a time-saving alternative to dating on their own, and it has been tremendously successful at matching up local singles and fostering promising relationships. Many members have written to the team to announce that they’ve gotten engaged or married to someone they met at a 25Dates event. These messages serve as a heartwarming reminder of all the good that can come from one evening of conversation.
In the coming years, the dating professionals expect to see many more love stories blossom as they continue hosting dynamic speed dating events throughout Canada. After all, dating is a numbers game, and 25Dates offers singles enough numbers to get the ball rolling. It’s a fun and fast alternative to online dating.
From arranging fun speed dating venues to offering candid dating advice, the 25Dates team does everything possible set singles up for success in the modern dating scene.
“Ultimately, corny as it may sound, our mission is to bring more love in this world,” Ragna said. “It makes our day each time we hear of another couple who met through one of our events. Often they would not have met each other if it weren’t for the events.”