Success story: Liz and Andy

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We'd like to wish a huge congratulations to our latest success story, the wonderful Andy and Liz! The happy couple got in touch recently to let us know all about their new relationship.

"I knew that online dating worked, and now I can say so from experience," says Liz. "I only went on one date, though, and I wonder whether I have missed out on having some of those funny stories to tell, or whether I would have cringed and ditched the whole idea after one or two tries. . I would definitely recommend it to others with a caution to have an open mind and not judge people just on their photos or profiles. What are their emails like? What questions are they asking you and how are they responding to yours? And people can appear very different when you meet them face to face.

"Since we both lived in the same town we met somewhere local and low-key. I was late (this was beginning to be a theme) and he was waiting. As I approached and he turned to greet me, my heart leaped! He was so charming looking. This was it! My first date and its already better than I expected. We hit it off and chatted and laughed over dinner. Then I challenged him to a game of pool at my local - he didn’t let me win - I didn’t want that kind of treatment from an accomplished snooker player - but I think he went easy on me! The date was lovely and he was such a gentleman.

"MSF is the only site I tried and I chose it because (a) some of my friends found love on it and (b) because it meant I didn’t have to write my own profile and blow my own trumpet. Having others do it for me was a bit of an emotional experience - is what they think I’m like? Are these my best characteristics and my funniest stories? It was very interesting but I confess I made them change it a few times so I didn’t sound like a drunken loon! And of course you can write your own profile and respond to theirs so it’s very flexible. I love that your friends can also search the site for you. That could be quite fun and, if nothing else, you can get a second opinion on some potentials!

"Andy and I are looking at moving in together and seeing what happens from there. We’re looking forward to some great holidays and getting involved in each other’s hobbies. We’ve had so much fun together so far and I never imagined I could meet someone so decent online - why wasn’t he snapped up already? Same reason as me, I guess - he hadn’t met the right One."

We're so happy that we helped Liz and Andy both find The One! If you're still on the lookout for your perfect person, sign up to now and get searching!

Featured Profile: benedict

We see a lot of profiles here at and each one is as unique and special as the next. Sometimes, though, there is one that stands out from the crowd and deserves to be shared more widely. This week we'd like to introduce you to the lovely Benedict, who clearly has a sporty and adventurous lifestyle and has a great philosophy on life: 'Carpe noctem - seek the original'.

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Success story: Caroline and Sid

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The best part of our job is hearing from happy couples who met through Today we'd like to introduce you to Caroline and Sid, who met on the site 7 years ago and are now about to get married!

"We actually met by mistake because when I first went on MSF I saw all these gorgeous men and I just clicked the heart on the photo on all the chaps I found attractive. It was only later I discovered the filter of age, area, height etc. By this point I had received a few messages and started a conversation with Sid, who had the most gorgeous photo, he was wearing a blue polo shirt and I remember his arms looked amazing!

We went for lunch at 1pm and left the restaurant at 10pm. We chatted non stop and had so much in common. We are getting married in Norfolk next September and we are currently living together in Fulham with our 2 spaniels Bruno and Dyson. Thank you MSF and Sarah Beeny for giving us this opportunity to meet. We are very grateful."

It's our pleasure! Huge congrats to Caroline and Sid from all of us here at MSF! Are you looking to meet The One? Sign up to now and get searching! 

why using great quality pictures will get you more dates


"It's all about the visuals in that first moment of attraction."

It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and nowhere is that more true than on your online dating profile. Just as in real life, first impressions count when someone first casts their eye over your profile and if your photo isn't up to scratch, that potential date is going to move on quicker than a camera flash. Just as when you first see someone across a crowded bar, it's all about the visuals in that first moment of attraction and adding a photo that is the onscreen equivalent of you wearing your PJs and knackered old trainers on a night out isn't going to cut it. Here are the types of photos you should avoid using to maximise your chances of getting plenty of dates.

Bad quality photos

If your photos are fuzzy, pixelated or you're so far away from the camera that your features can't be clearly seen, we guarantee that you won't be doing yourself any favours. Well-focussed, colourful, head and shoulders shots will get you the most attention (we've been doing this for ten years, so trust us on this one.)


Unless you've taken a particularly good shot with the aid of a selfie stick, selfies rarely show you off to your full potential. Pictures taken in the bathroom mirror are an absolute no-no, and even those taken with the front camera setting are hard to get a good angle on, creating a minefield of double chins and strangely-shaped noses. Ask a friend to take a nice shot instead.

No pouting please

Whilst you might think that ultra moody black-and-white shot makes you look all smouldering and moody, the chances are that a potential date thinks you look grumpy and miserable, which is an instant turn off. Smile and the world smiles with you, as the saying goes, so find a picture where you look bright and smiley.

Group shots

Your primary profile photo should be a photo of just you - no friends, no exes and no random bunch of strangers on holiday. The people viewing your profile won't be dating anyone other than you, so you're the only one they need to see (also, it's helpful for them to be clear which one is definitely you!). Save group shots for the rest of your photos.

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We need your success stories!

 Gareth and Annabelle, who recently met on

Gareth and Annabelle, who recently met on

Over the years, mysinglefriend has brought together countless singles who have gone on to form long-lasting relationships, live together, get married and even have babies. Hearing about MSF success stories always makes our day, as helping people to meet is what we're all about, and it's the cherry on top of the cake when romance blossoms and true love is found. 

As well as making us feel good, success stories go to show that really works. We've always been proud of our community of singles and their friends, and we want to shout it from the rooftops when one of our highly valued bunch of members meets someone special. We'll be featuring future success stories on our brand new blog, so if you are part of a happy MSF couple, or you know someone who is, please get in touch and let us know all about it! Apart from being a wonderful celebration of a budding new (or even old - we often hear from couples who have been together for years) relationship, reading about other people's transformation from hopeful single to happily loved up other half is a wonderful morale booster for everyone else on the site! Drop us a line at if you'd like to share your story.

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