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Owner Jan Mannix has been running her Dinner Club for since I was at boarding school in South Africa and during the school holidays, there was not. The idea is simple - four single men and four single women meet for dinner at eight To ensure that we stay on the leading edge of dating and matchmaking Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, Jennifer is a proud graduate of the. 28 reviews of Eight At Eight Dinner Club "The concept is genius! 4 women & 4 men meeting @8pm for dinner. You choose the restaurant, You meet an Eight at Eight hostess at the bar for 1 This style of dating, takes the stress out of meeting a guy 1on1 for a blind date. .. Andy S. and 14 others voted for this review.
Now that is service. Thanks Margaret and team. The team work really hard to find the right people for their clients. I highly recommend 8 8 or 1on1 Matchmaking. DD I truly feel comfortable with the team and met some wonderful people! It's worth the time to invest in yourself in the same way that you invest in other parts of your life. I participated in the date coaching which jumpstarted my social and dating status after a long hiatus. I got support that allowed me to start to find my own matches as well.
I continue to stay in contact with the coaching and matching crew and anticipate that either I or they can help me find my perfect match! An expensive lesson in dating. The idea is pretty cool and pretty simple: The idea is that the company matches you based on age, interests, and educational background.
However, that was not my experience. I actually joined primarily simply to meet new people in the area; dating wasn't my primary focus. Some reviews say that it is clear a lot of thought went into the selection of the parties.
My experience is that you'd likely have more in common if you simply picked seven random people on the sidewalk with whom to talk on a given day. My first 8at8 function took place in Atlanta, where the company is headquartered, and where they say they are at their largest, and most active.
The dinner was held at a local restaurant, and there were four other 8at8 groups meeting for dinner, staggered about 30 minutes apart at the restaurant.
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So while I was only seated with one particular group, I was able to observe and interact with a good deal more of the members, and get a feel for the general vibe. In what would turn out to be a good summary for the experience, one of the women at my table asked if this was my first event. She next spent a good deal of time relaying her experiences from a couple of prior dinners. I went to two dinners over a year ago and never came back, and I just chalked it up to a lesson learned.
They often call me though in order to fill tables for dinner, and I figured I'd give it another shot", she said. She told me that she'd been completely unimpressed by the men she was meeting through the service. And to be honest, based on the men sitting at my own table, I can certainly understand her point of view. Were I woman, I don't think I would have been overly interested in these guys, either. But, like guys randomly picked off the street, they were pretty dull, and weren't bringing much to the table in any fashion most women would find appealing, so to speak.
The conversation for much of the evening revolved around what was on television, the weather, and college sports teams. And hey, if that sounds like a good match for you, more power to you. Since they do not allow members to examine their membership roster, it puts you in a situation where you are having dinner with seven other people, perhaps six of whom you would have been able to determine were less than ideal matches, had you had the opportunity.
The general vibe of most of the tables was similar to ours; I don't recall seeing any group that appeared to be having a good time. This seemed to be borne out by the hasty exodus as each table made a bee-line for the door once the checks arrived.
After this experience, I felt comfortable that the service wasn't for me, and told the staff I didn't see it as a good fit. I asked for a pro-rated refund and was told that refunds were against their policy. They suggested two alternatives: Since I felt the service was misrepresenting itself a bit, I wasn't comfortable doing that.
They offered to up-sell me to their 'premiere' matchmaking service; a service they say matches people to much closer specifications and interests.
For the same price, one could have a couple of years worth of membership at half a dozen paid online-dating sites, and a much higher chance of going on dates with a far better match. I know, because I've done just that. Given the company's lack of transparency, and their inflexibility on refunds, I cannot recommend them. Since they replied below, I will reply that I stand by my review.
What was delivered did not match the sales-pitch. Transferring the remaining dinners to a friend is not an option if one thinks the experience sub-par.
Wouldn't be much of a friendly thing to do, would it? In the interim, happy to say I've had much better experiences with the Atlanta area singles Meetup community. Much wider range of people to meet So, caveat emptor and consider your options.
Met my husband through 8 at 8! Fun, no pressure - you have nothing to lose and could meet your life partner! Sarah Katherine, Jennifer and staff are professional and know what they are doing. I am forever grateful for 8 at 8! If you struggle meeting people and want an avenue where a lot of the initial legwork is done for you, 8 at 8 is a good option. I've been fortunate to not have a bad table in the five dinners I attended. A couple of dull ones that take time to get going, but nothing bad.
Yes, it is possible to meet someone you like, get a phone number, and start seeing one another. I was matched with two girls I ultimately saw and spent time with outside of the dinners.
That said, this works as long as you keep your expectations in check. It is more a social gathering than personalized matchmaking.
Don't go in expecting a date. Go in expecting a good time. Anything beyond that is up to you. It's definitely pricey, gentlemen. While being a big step up from online dating, you better be able to spend the money comfortably.
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The last dinner I attended was very diverse, but I'm not certain that is the norm. Maybe with the younger groups. If you like a mix of different races, sizes, personalities, looks, etc. I can't recommend Eight at Eight enough if you're looking to meet single, successful professionals in Atlanta. I've been to a few dinners so far and have enjoyed each one.
The atmosphere at the table is always fun. The restaurants have all been excellent, so you can't go wrong even if you don't hit it off with someone. The staff at Eight at Eight are top notch. Since you get to submit feedback after each dinner, they will get to know you and be able to match you up with a compatible table. Eight at Eight is a great way to meet new people in Atlanta while trying the latest new and fabulous restaurants our city has to offer.
The matchmakers do a great job of matching your dinner mates so the conversation is never dull. I have enjoyed a few follow up dates with some of the guys I have met and I am looking forward to my next 8 at 8 dinner next week.
I highly recommend joining 8 at 8 if you want to expand your network and enjoy a night out with new people. I recently returned to the dating scene and found out how difficult it could be to meet people with similar interests.
After looking at many of the online dating sites, I became bored with only being able to view the same faces over and over again. Therefore, I felt the need to explore other options. A friend of mine told me about "Eight at Eight" and stressed how it provided an avenue to meet people with similar interest. I ultimately decided to sign up. After speaking to an "Eight at Eight associate, I quickly realized that the service provided more than just eight dinner dates. The associates are interested in finding out what type of person you would like to date.
Physical and social qualities as well as commonalities are reviewed so that you can be matched with the best possible dating prospects. My experiences so far have been enjoyable.
I not only spend time with new dating prospects, but I even get to try new restaurants that I didn't even know existed. Even if I don't have a romantic connection with someone, I do have a great time with everyone at the table.
In some cases, we have gone out as a group after dinner. Thank you Sarah Kathryn, Margaret, Lindsay and Jennifer for making my dating opportunities easier to find! I attended a dinner in Atlanta and it was a great concept.
The food and service was great as well the people attending the event. They did a great job pairing the right matched people together. I even went out with someone from the night at a different time.
They are not like traditional dating sites, where you write reams of earnest stuff about your likes and dislikes; swipe apps are to dating what McDonalds is to dining — fast, disposable, addictive.
When completing your dating-app profile, avoid generic stuff about liking dinners and films. Everyone likes dinners and films. If someone you like also likes you, the app puts you in contact. So you are only matched with people you like, rather than having to respond to unwanted contact. Swipe apps have gamified dating, using a feedback loop to create a sense of both endless possibility and endless dissatisfaction. What if your next swipe reveals someone better?
Men and women who posted more than one photo, and included a short bio, were more successful in being matched. From smiling at the camera, surrounded by children and pets, to headless selfies in their pants, swipe apps contain an astonishing smorgasbord of humanity.
However, many photos just have a first name, and their proximity in kilometres. Who said romance was dead? The realities of the dating world could not be more different.
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People are time-deprived, careers have priority over relationships, not least because they are often a prerequisite to them, and the idea of a unique, perfect match or soulmate is a statistical impossibility. Favourite romantic gestures include holding hands, cuddling, unexpected gifts and flowers, going for a walk, weekends away, romantic dinners, breakfast in bed, cooking together, and love letters.
The biggest turn-offs are phone addiction, poor personal hygiene, rudeness, drunkenness, being critical, talking with your mouth full, laziness, being mean with money, one-sided conversations, and going on about your ex.
We are all adults — frame it so that there is no such thing as bad dates, only good stories. Manage your expectations, and remain open-minded and humane.