Five Speed Dating Tips for your First Veg Speed Date Experience

By Tess Challis

Author of Food Love: Nourishing Yourself, Your Family, and the Planet

So, love-seekers, you’ve decided to take the plunge and try Veg Speed Date? Good for you! Way to make it happen, captain! Here are five speed dating tips that will help you make the most of your experience.

  1. Dress to Impress.

Cliché as it sounds, you really will never get another chance to make a first impression. And no matter how much someone will love the unshowered, sweat pants-wearing you a few months into dating, it’s not really acceptable on a first meeting. You’ll also be saying “I care enough to look nice for you” to the people you meet.

So, take the time to shower, make it a good hair day, and wear something you feel good in. It matters, and it will definitely increase your chances of making a great connection with someone special.

  1. Be on Time (or a smidge early).

You don’t want to be stressed (and God forbid, sweaty) once you arrive, right? Then be sure to leave some extra time to find the venue, deal with unexpected traffic, and get situated before the event begins. You’ll be much more relaxed and “in the zone” – and as a result, more likely to have a great experience.

  1. You’ve got mail!

Check your inbox after you buy your ticket! Within 30 minutes, Veg Speed Date will send you Important Event Instructions. (Check your spam folder if you don’t see the email.) To get the most out of the event, it’s important to read these brief instructions! You can always get in touch with Veg Speed Date if you have any questions.

  1. Be YOU.

This is the Zen part where you remember YOU are enough. You are smart, you are gorgeous, and you are going to be seen as a prize by that special someone. No need to ever be anything you’re not, as the right person will appreciate you for exactly who you are. So, relax and remember that you’re awesome—just the way you are!

  1. Have fun!

I know you’re in it to win it, but even if you don’t meet your unicorn tonight, you’ll probably still find the event worthwhile and even make some new cool friends. Part of the dating process is just meeting new people and being expanded and enriched. And when you allow yourself to relax and have fun, it just makes everything better, right?

You can also check out this guide on what to expect at your first Veg Speed Date event.

And it’s a great idea to join the Facebook group. It’s the best place to interact with other participants online, ask questions about our events, post pictures and testimonials, and tell us about your success stories!

Tess Challis is a vegan chef, wellness coach, and five-time cookbook author and can be found on She’s a big fan of Veg Speed Date as well, and hopes to host an event soon!