One word of warning here - women tend to buy tickets for these events much more than men, so make sure the event you are going to has an equal ratio.
Long lists of what you are looking for in a partner can be off-putting too.
I've read things like, "if you are vain, conceited or selfish don't bother getting in touch", which not only makes you sound bitter and twisted but will also ensure no one ever messages you.
Some more common pitfalls are using too many group shots, including pics with your ex, or shots taken at your wedding (yes, really), too many selfies (what does that say about you? That any adult would choose to include pictures of children on a dating website has always struck me as inappropriate and bizarre. With Tinder's success (50 million users worldwide) it was inevitable that other fast, fun apps would follow, and Karl Gregory of says the emergence of wearable technology is set to have a huge impact on how we access online dating sites in the future.
In the last 12 months we've seen the launch of Happn (which uses GPS tracking and then lists people you have crossed paths with), Daatch (a new app for lesbian daters which just launched in Ireland) and Bumble, the brainchild of former-Tinder exec Whitney Wolfe.
CHOOSING PICTURES: After your profile is written, choosing 4-5 pictures of yourself should be the easy part. Writer Daisy Buchanan has a rule in her book Meeting Your Match that states if you don't own the jeans you are wearing in the picture anymore then it's too old.
All your photos should be clear (not pixelated) and should include a mixture of head and shoulder and full length.
Profiles that start with "Not sure what I should write here..." are another bugbear of mine.
Also, it goes without saying that lying (about your age, height, job or marital status) is a pretty bad way to start.
I still remember the worst thing I ever read on a dating profile: "As well as a pretty face you should have an intoxicating soul, I want to drown in your aura" which brings me to the next point made by e Harmony.
"Don't indulge the inner narcissist", meaning "don't demand that your future partner love, worship, and adore you.
On the other end of the spectrum is Plenty of Fish.