Speed dating events have been gaining popularity in the United States in recent years due in large part to their unique approach to the process of meeting potential mates. Events are held periodically in bars and lounges where all attendees are single, and have short, timed intervals to get to know potential mates. Maryland provides plenty of opportunities to participate in this exciting new venture. Who knows, your future spouse could be one speed dating event away!
SpeedDateMaryland is a company that exists specifically to coordinate and provide information to Maryland residents about speed dating events. In September 2010, it offered two separate events in Finksburg at a cost of $20 apiece. Attendance is limited to 20 people of each sex, and the age range is generally either between 35 and 47, or between ages 45 to age 55. A complimentary drink is offered at all events.
HurryDate is a New York-based speed dating (and online dating) company that offers speed dating events in Baltimore. Events cost $25 for non-members, and $35 for members (as of September 2010). Events are age-specific (25-35, 35-45), but events also exist for specific religions as well (i.e., Jewish singles). Each date takes between 10 and 15 minutes with HurryDate.
Pre-Dating is a Baltimore-based speed dating company that offers events throughout Maryland. Its participant age range is slightly broader (24 to 49), and events cost $20 with the use of a promotional code found on the Pre-Dating website. "Pre-dates" are six minutes long, and roughly 40 people attend each event. After these pre-dates, participants are invited to rate their favorite dates, which allows the company to arrange additional time at the end of the event for willing matches.
If you are running out of options for speed dating in Maryland, consider your options in larger cities just on the border of the state. Depending on where you live in Maryland, this may be a much more convenient option. Washington, D.C., just across the river, features plenty of speed dating events. Most of the major players in speed dating set up events in this city (8minuteDating, prosinthecity), in addition to events set up by previously mentioned organizations such as Hurrydate.
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