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Matchmaking companies are devoted to finding suitable romantic partners for their customers. Use our guide to research the best matchmaking service for you. We explain how matchmaking works, what types of services are available and what to look for in companies that use information about their clients to pair appropriately matched people.

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    Master Matchmakers
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    Master Matchmaker is a full-service matchmaker that guarantees introductions and offers coaching to help you succeed on dates. Joann and Steve Ward operate the service, which serves clients in all 50 states.

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    Events and Adventures
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    Events and Adventures is a dating site geared toward introducing singles at group social events. It schedules events and outings that its members can sign up for and meet other people in the process.

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    It's Just Lunch!
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    Since its founding in 1991, It's Just Lunch has arranged over 2 million first dates around the world. Clients have an interview with the company, and then It's Just Lunch's matchmakers arrange the details of the date.

    LoveAndMatchmaking.com
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    Internationally renowned love experts Destin & Rachel help singles nationwide with their love and matchmaking needs. Boasting an incredible 95% success rate, their team can help singles find the one, privately and confidentially.

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    Selective Search
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    Selective Search uses Fortune 500 recruitment techniques to match members to other compatible members. The company has an 87 percent success rate with its clients, thanks to the use of its Meet Your Future process.

    Successful Singles
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    Based in New England, Successful Singles is a dating site that has been in operation since 1984. It works with attractive, well-educated residents who are interested in meeting other singles looking for a long-term relationship.

    Elite Matchmaking
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    Elite Matchmaking has been offering matchmaking services in some of the nation's largest cities for over 22 years. Agents meet personally with members and coach them after every date to help ensure dating success.

    Elite Global Dating
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    Elite Meeting is a dating site geared toward ambitious and successful men who are looking for attractive and intelligent women. It offers fast-track matchmaking and allows users to search through other members' profiles.

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      How much does a matchmaker cost?

      Matchmaking companies are a lot more expensive than internet dating companies. Expect to pay anywhere from $5,000–$50,000 a year for a set number of matches or introductions. This fee generally includes an element of coaching, such as pre-date guidance and post-date feedback, which is a key service difference between matchmaking services and online dating.

      How does matchmaking work?

      1. Go through a qualifying process

      Not all matchmakers will work with any prospective client. In fact, many of the services require customers to qualify for their services in a myriad of ways before they work to match them with a partner. Matchmakers will check to make sure their clients aren’t in any way already committed to another person before proceeding. They also will usually run background checks on all their clients for safety reasons.

      2. Set matchmaking goals

      The specific goals of the matchmaking company is an important factor for clients to consider when choosing a matchmaker. Most matchmaking companies operate to match potential partners for a long-term serious relationship. If you’re looking for a more casual relationship, then an online dating site or app might be a better fit for you.

      3. Add your personal information

      In order to match clients with potential matches, matchmakers require customers to submit a range of relevant personal information. This is normally done during a face-to-face interview and allows matchmakers to get to know their clients and to create a profile of each customer to match them with other good potential matches from their client base or beyond. Matchmaking services will usually initially require basic information like name, age, location and a photo submitted online to assess if they can properly match a potential client.

      4. Meet your matches

      Matchmaking companies offer a variety of services, including matching clients with a wide variety of people or a smaller, more specific pool of people. Larger national matchmakers who have lots of resources usually have a wider and more varied pool of matches. Smaller matchmaking companies tend to focus on particular niches, including only serving clients who have a particular sexual preference, religious affiliation or cultural heritage.

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      • Represent singles in all 50 states
      • Personal coaching
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      • 12 club locations in the U.S.
      • Domestic and global adventures for singles
      • 30–50 events per month for each local club
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      • Serve clients across the U.S.
      • VIP dating
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      What are the different types of matchmakers?

      Full-service in-person matchmaking companies

      Most matchmaking companies use professional matchmakers who work closely with clients in-person to get a good sense of their personalities and with whom they would pair well.

      Hybrid ‘customer-driven’ matchmaking companies

      A few matchmaking companies do the in-person interviews and then are more customer-driven after the initial interview. They offer an internet-based platform on which customers can browse through potential matches and make contact themselves.

      Compatibility algorithm companies

      Matchmaking companies are moving toward using computer-based algorithms to match potential partners. They gather information about clients from their initial online screening and interview and match them based on personality (stated and inferred) and preferences, and then use a pre-programmed system to match up the best potential pairs.

      Who can matchmaking services help?

      Single people looking for a relationship

      Single people who are looking for a relationship can turn to a matchmaker to find a good pairing. Many matchmakers have a reasonable selection of customers interested in a committed partnership. Ask the matchmaker to show you how many people they have in their database in your desired age range, and look at testimonials.

      Divorcees or widows looking for new love

      Adults who have ended one relationship and are looking for a new partnership, but have been out of the dating pool for many years, are good candidates for matchmakers. Matchmakers can pair them with the right pool of singles looking for partners in their age range, and they can benefit greatly from the pre-date guidance and post-date feedback.

      People who are new in town

      A particularly good use of matchmakers is with people who are new in town. The benefit is greater to them than to locals because even if they don’t make a great long term match on a date, they’ve expanded their social world. People who are new to a geographic area who want to meet more people like them can use a matchmaking firm for this purpose and hopefully find a longer-term match as well.

      Matchmaking services FAQ

      How do I choose a matchmaker?
      Choosing a matchmaker starts with knowing your budget. Matchmaking services can fall anywhere between $5,000 to $50,000 a year. The next step is understanding the matchmaking types.
      • Full-service, in-person matchmaking companies work with you in person to find the best match for you.
      • Hybrid, "customer-driven" matchmaking companies start with a detailed interview and present an internet-based list of potential matches.
      • Compatibility algorithm companies work with algorithms that take personal data and turn them into a list of matches.

      Ask the matchmaker about their process for finding matches, and avoid working with someone who requires a long-term contract.

      What does a matchmaker do?
      A matchmaker takes the time to get to know you and what you’re seeking in a partner. Then, they take your information and use it to find potential dates. Most professional matchmaking companies do background checks on all clients for safety reasons and strive to give you your most compatible options.
      What do professional matchmakers cost?
      The average cost of a professional matchmaker starts around $5,000. However, that varies significantly based on the provided services — as with many services, cheaper isn’t always better. However, you can always test the water with internet dating sites.
      What is a genuine matchmaker?
      A genuine matchmaker is a professional matchmaker who seeks out authentic connections and not short-term flings.

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        Expert reviews for matchmaking services

        It's Just Lunch!

        It's Just Lunch! is a matchmaking service that caters to professionals who would like to meet over lunch or drinks. This service has over 23 years of matchmaking experience.

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        Events and Adventures

        Events & Adventures offers a unique take on the traditional concept of matchmaking. By adding in the element of adventure, this dating company works to take the nerves out of any first date.

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        Master Matchmakers

        Master Matchmaker is operated by Joann and Steve Ward. The mother-son duo hosted and produced Tough Love on VH1 and cowrote Crash Course in Love. Master Matchmaker offers dating coaching and matchmaking services to help singles find dating happiness. The full-service matchmaking service is available in all 50 states.

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        LoveAndMatchmaking.com

        Destin and Rachel met online in 2005 and got married in 2011. In addition to finding compatible matches for singles who are looking for love, their company also provides coaching services for singles and couples. Their VIP love introductions are personal and confidential and can help you find the perfect love match.

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        Elite Matchmaking

        Elite Matchmaking is a matchmaking service that has been in business for 22 years. The company operates in Beverly Hills, Houston, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, Orange County, Fort Lauderdale, D.C. and New York.

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        by Mark Brooks Online Dating & Matchmaking Contributing Editor

        Harvard Business School graduate, Mark Brooks, has been an expert in the Internet dating business since 1998. He is currently the CEO of Courtland Brooks, a consultancy agency for the Internet dating industry, and runs OnlinePersonalsWatch.com. He prides himself on being a New Media Futurist and can be reached at LinkedIn.