Dating or match making services
An online search of the agency turned up multiple negative reviews and the fact that the business shut down, but more digging reveals that the same matchmakers opened a new agency with a different name. Carsner suggests asking a newer matchmaker for references from previous business relationships.
Again, because of the largely unregulated nature of matchmaking it can be tough to tell a reputable matchmaker from one who's less so. Then, ask those references about whether the person delivered on her promises and met or exceeded expectations.4. Speaking of references, beware of the matchmaker who won't provide any. Paul, MN, says a service declined to provide her with references, citing privacy reasons. "I've always had clients who've said they'd be happy to serve as references." Besides asking to speak to a satisfied (former) customer, Carsner suggests requesting a reference who's still using the service to get perspective on the process.5. Barbara interacted with many agents and was never sure who was choosing her matches.
So ask about the origin of the agency you're considering and where matchmakers have previously worked. When she had a problem, no one took responsibility.
On the other hand, Krista White, a matchmaker for It's Just Lunch in Washington, DC, and author of , says multiple people working on each single can be an advantage.
With a client's advance permission, Carsner says she might collaborate with another local matchmaker to find a good match.8. Clampitt and Carsner agree that a reputable matchmaker admits if they don't have anyone for you to meet at the moment.
In others, you can choose between different levels of service.
One of Clampitt's matchmaking services allows anyone who is prescreened to be in her database, but she proactively searches for matches only for paying clients.
My style of matchmaking incorporates my innate ability to connect people and my genuine compassion.
I treat all of my clients like friends—their happiness is my happiness.