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How to Find Love Ready for Valentine’s Day

It’s almost that time of year again. We’ve already seen the flowers, chocolates, gifts and cards taking pride of place in the supermarket aisles – a gentle reminder that Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. But if you’re single, the slushy proclamations of love, cheesy couple photos and extravagant gift giving can make even the most content singletons hit meltdown, thinking that something is missing.

Do you find yourself feeling frustrated every year as you scroll through social media and see soppy love post after love post with people shouting out their amazing partners? Or find yourself feeling lost as your friends all get ready to go out on their Valentine’s dates while you settle down to another night alone in front of the TV? Well, we’re here to show you that if you’re serious and put the effort in, Valentine’s Days like this will soon be a thing of the past.

Start looking for love early

There is no hiding from that Valentine’s reminder. Everywhere you look there are symbols of love and the blossoming of relationships. From supermarkets to those socially distanced walks everybody seems to be in love – or so it seems. Rather than grabbing the ice cream and burying yourself in a quilt like Bridget Jones, make this year count. Use those reminders as inspiration to get yourself dating ready and do something positive to make sure that this time next year you are the one getting ready to go out on a Valentine’s date with your significant other. Whether you opt to do it alone through online dating apps or reach out for the expertise and support of a Matchmaker, starting your journey this month will give you the best chance of finding someone to share not only the holiday but the warmer months with as Spring rolls in.

Make the most of this new world

As National lockdown restrictions remain, the opportunity to bump into the love of your life while doing everyday activities such as heading to the bar with friends, doing your grocery shopping or grabbing your morning coffee are especially slim. Instead, more people than ever before are signing up to matchmaking and introduction agencies to give them the best chance of finding the right person.

Using a Matchmaker to find love for Valentine's

By working closely with a dedicated Matchmaker to discover more about yourself and what you are looking for in a partner, you can massively increase your chances of finding love this Spring. They will work with you to establish the values and characteristics that are important to you and use a mix of intuition and expertise to present the right person to you and wait for the sparks to fly.

Fall in love with dating again

Blind dates, speed dating and scrolling through hundreds of profiles can all feel very shallow and impersonal and over time a feeling of bitterness and depression towards the dating world can creep in, ruining your chances of finding someone.

However, choosing to work with a Matchmaker can give you a more personal and enjoyable dating journey that will leave you feeling confident, energised and safe. That new approach will put the spring back in your step and have you looking forward to meeting new people and the excitement that dating can bring. And who knows? By the time your friends’ Valentine roses are wilting you could be starting your new journey with the one.

At Ignite Dating, we understand that although finding someone to spend time with on Valentine’s Day is the short-term goal, ultimately you are looking for a life partner. That’s why our Matchmakers work tirelessly to get to know you and what you are looking for so they can introduce you to the right person for you. Someone who shares your ambitions, values and is looking to settle down. So why wait? Get in touch with our friendly team today and Valentine’s Day could be the first day of the rest of your new life.

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A new year and new world call for new dating rules

Every year it happens, regular as clockwork. As soon as it hits the end of December, people start looking back and reflecting on what they have achieved over the past 12 months and more importantly what resolutions they are going to accomplish for the year ahead. Despite the ongoing disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, 2021 is no different.

We have already seen numerous posts and promises announcing that this is going to be the year that people get in shape, learn a new skill, or make huge career moves – all with a level of energy which will probably have subsided come Spring. However, another common resolution, but one that is said with more determination and is perhaps the most realistic, is that 2021 is going to be the year that they find love.

Home exercise using Zoom and Microsoft Teams meetings.

There is no denying that the pandemic has altered the way that we live our lives and what we perceive is important to us. Last year, many found their lives turned upside down with changes to their employment, their family routine and their social life – leading all of us to gain a new perspective as to what we want from life and what really matters.

For those looking for love, there is now more choice than ever before when it comes to meeting new people. From local activities and groups relating to a whole range of hobbies and interests to dating agencies and online apps – there really is a way for everyone to find the perfect partner for them.

With ongoing lockdowns and restrictions to help protect us through these unprecedented and challenging times, we have become far more dependent on technology than ever before. This new world has thrust us into a more virtual reality; we now do our banking, shopping and stay in touch online and it is no surprise that people are kindling romances online too.

After all, nine months of isolation has caused us to re-evaluate the importance of relationships and now more than ever we are witnessing more people signing up to online dating apps or enlisting the help of dating agencies and matchmakers to help them find “the one”.

Demonstration of how to have a creative virtual date using Zoom meetings.

While technology has opened the doors and allowed people to find potential partners outside of their family and friends and work circles, it has also added a touch of creativity to the way that people date. Gone are the tried and trusted dinner dates, sharing life stories over a glass of wine in a fancy restaurant. Instead, people are opting for cocktail making over Zoom, virtual escape rooms and pub quizzes over Microsoft Teams and even movie marathons with text or phone call commentary. It has also led to a return to the slightly old-fashioned “getting to know you” approach to the early days of dating, which many of us would say is no bad thing.

Although the last year has been full of uncertainty and unprecedented challenges, it has also brought with it a more grounded sense of gratitude for the things that we do have in our lives as well as an abundance of opportunities for something new. This new world doesn’t mean the end of dating – far from it. While it may be slightly different to the dating of the past, it has allowed people to think outside the box and make memories that will last a lifetime. In some ways, this may even lead to more special moments. Sometimes it is just a matter of taking a leap of faith and letting the magic happen – with the right people supporting and guiding you and with the evolution of technology, anything is possible.

At Ignite Dating, we recognise that everybody is different and what works for one person may not work for another. We work closely with our clients to understand what they have done so far in their dating journey and how they have found it, this helps us to realise what works for them and to advise and guide them on a dating journey that will leave them feeling more confident, energised and ready to find that special someone that they have been searching for. Ready to commit? Start your year off right and let our expert matchmakers help you make 2021 the year that you find love.

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Why you’re more likely to find romance in lockdown 3.0

After last night’s announcement from the Prime Minister outlining more weeks’ ahead of lockdown, it is easy to feel disheartened and frustrated with the situation. It is hard to shake the feeling that although we are here almost a year later, it feels like nothing has really changed since March 2020. If you’re single, this feeling of isolation can be amplified, and you may think that lockdown is hampering any chance that you have of finding love but we’re here to put your mind at ease.

Over the last nine months, we have all experienced a shift in perception and a gratitude for the little things that are really important to us. As human beings we are naturally sociable creatures, we enjoy spending time and exploring the wonders of the world with others, which makes yet another lockdown seem like an almost impossible feat. While it is easy to fall into the trap of focusing on what we don’t have and how life used to be, when it comes to your dating journey lockdown 3.0 brings with it a whole host of opportunities.

Finding a partner during lockdown

The introduction of lockdowns, lack of commuting and the inability to go out and socialise has meant that over the last year we have had a lot more time on our hands – and people have come up with creative ways to spend their time. Some have learnt new skills, others have focused on their health and wellbeing and most have taken the opportunity to really think about what they want from life and moved forward with a new focus.

Despite what you might think, lockdown 3.0 is the perfect time to start your dating journey. The uncertainty brought by the pandemic has caused people to re-evaluate the importance of relationships. Dating agencies and apps have seen a huge influx in people looking for love as those that may not have been so serious about settling down into a serious relationship before, have found a new sense of commitment to finding love and companionship during these strange times.

Remember the days, when you first started dating and you would spend hours on the phone getting to know somebody. Well, lockdown gives the perfect excuse to throw back to those days. Being stuck inside and miles apart doesn’t have to stop you from getting to know somebody. Whether you choose to spend your nights texting or on the phone talking, by arranging a set day and time for your call it can feel like an actual date and you may be surprised at just how much you have to talk about when you do finally get to meet in person. 

How to date during lockdown

Technology has changed the way that we live our lives. We now shop, bank and socialise online so it is no surprise that people are searching for love online too. There are now a vast variety of online applications to add a touch of creativity to your date nights. From Netflix Party movie nights, to cooking together over Skype or even taking part in a virtual quiz, there are a multitude of virtual date ideas to bring a sense of fun and laughter to your evenings.

At Ignite Dating, we understand that dating is an important part of our social lives, but it is also vital that we listen to the Government advice to keep ourselves and those around us safe. While the weeks’ ahead will bring a period of uncertainty and a mix of emotions, by using technology and services like those provided by ourselves, lockdown doesn’t have to mean the end of dating but instead brings the opportunity for deeper connections and stronger relationships. If you want to find out more about how we can help you to keep your dating journey on track, get in touch with our friendly team today and let our expert matchmakers guide you on this rollercoaster journey.