Beginner’s Guide to Hiring a Matchmaker

By Taylor Wade
Cofounder of
Ambiance Matchmaking

Are you thinking of hiring a professional matchmaker but don’t know where to start? Experiencing the matchmaking process with a professional matchmaker by your side is both exciting and enlightening. Yet, with the amount of matchmakers recently flooding the industry, it can be difficult to separate the rookies from the experts. Especially since the matchmaking industry has no required certification process to complete before becoming a professional matchmaker.

So, how do you choose a quality matchmaker that will help you define and achieve your goals in finding a life partner? The Beginner’s Guide to Hiring a Professional Matchmaker provides comprehensive information you need to make the most informed choice on hiring the right matchmaker.

What Is Professional Matchmaking?

A professional matchmaker offers services for singles who wish to find a committed relationship or marriage. Professional matchmakers vary greatly in quality of services and costs. There are lower-end matchmakers who accept almost anyone into their service, charge a lower fee, and is less personalized. Then there are higher-end matchmakers who only accept a small number of clients per year in order to dedicate more time and resources to their clients search, therefore it’s very personalized and requires a higher fee.

Professional matchmaking services started sprouting up as early as the 1980s and 1990s. These companies are current leaders in the matchmaking industry, and include Kelleher Internatonal (established 1986), It’s Just Lunch (established 1991), Janis Spindel (established 1993), Selective Search (established 2000), Ambiance Matchmaking (established 2002), and Linx Dating (established 2003), just to name a few.

Professional matchmaking became well-known with the rise of online dating in the 21st century. In pop culture, reality shows such as “Millionaire Matchmaker” continued to popularize the matchmaking industry. For already established companies, this shift was great news. However, this caused a large influx of less experienced matchmakers to flood the industry. This has caused some conflict as there is no required certification process to become a professional matchmaker, and it’s now much more difficult to choose a trustworthy, respectable matchmaker with a positive track record.

How Much Of This Article Do I Need To Read?

Thankfully, with a little research and knowledge, singles can make an informed choice when choosing a professional matchmaking service. If you are serious about hiring a professional matchmaker, and dedicating the time and resources into finding your life partner, we recommend reading this guide front-to-back. We've tried to make it as concise as possible and easy to understand. There's a printable PDF version for those who'd prefer, and dozens of linked-to resources on other sites and pages that are also worthy of your attention. You can always contact Ambiance Matchmaking who assists in helping singles find the right matchmaker for their needs.