Love actually: Changes in dating rituals since 2000 – Irish Examiner

Love actually: Changes in dating rituals since 2000 – Irish Examiner

From blind dating to speed dating and now social-distance dating, Deirdre Reynolds charts the changes over the past two decades

Love actually: Changes in dating rituals since 2000

Two brides, 20 years apart, one shared dream of happily ever after.

When first hit shelves in 2000, wedding planner Linda Scott was busily putting the finishing touches to her own big day.

Two decades on, as the mum-of-two and husband Derek toast their 20th anniversary, now bride-to-be Ciara Kenny is the one getting ready to exchange vows with fiancé, Jonathan.

Although a generation and several counties apart, the two strangers are united by an odyssey shared by millions of others the world over: the search for lasting love. From blind dating to speed dating and, more recently, social-distance dating, it’s a sometimes seemingly impossible quest that’s taken up more than one or two of these pages over the years.

CONSTANT CUPID

Love actually: Changes in dating rituals since 2000
Jennifer Haskins

But while dating trends may come and go, some things will never change for Cupid, according to professional matchmaker Jennifer Haskins.

“People will always need a platform to meet somebody,” says the director of introductions agency, Two’s Company. “Whether that platform is internet dating, a dating agency, the likes of Tinder or joining lots of clubs or going to bars.

I don’t think the qualities that people are looking for in a partner have changed. Everybody is looking for somebody who’s solvent, somebody caring, somebody articulate, somebody who’s
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