A matchmaker can help you find love, if you don't mind the price

Woman talking to date over glass of wine

In an ideal world, we'd all find our matches naturally -- no help from any online aids, set-ups, whatever. However, in this day and age, it's fair to say that sometimes we may all need a little help (just a little shouldn't hurt now should it)?

That said, it's not unusual to pay for online dating services. Online dating sites like Match.com and eHarmony, for example, which boast tons of happy members, do charge to give you access to their other users. But what if the price tag is a little higher? How much would you be willing to pay to find your perfect match?

Apparently, for some, the price they're willing to pay is pretty steep -- with some services charging a minimums of $50,000, even...

According to a Time Magazine story that appeared yesterday, it looks like despite the economy, people are willing to pay top dollar for help in love, charging up to half a million dollars for professional matchmaking services.

Over the last few years, paying for this kind of thing isn't uncommon, nor are the high price tags. Shows like "The Millionaire Matchmaker" and services like "It's Just Lunch" have marketed their success in helping busy professionals find companions or lifelong mates. It's also gained a bit of exposure too, as matchmakers like Joanna and Steve Ward, whose work has united several now married couples, bring their matchmaking expertise into the mainstream, using it to help single women find love on national television (as hosts of the VH1 series "Tough Love").

The matchmaking phenomenon is interesting, resembling a time when, in
some cultures, families
enlisted the help of someone who would help their children find the perfect spouse
for marriage
. And, while it's evolved, matchmaking is another option to consider if you want someone who has the time to help you find the love they're looking for.

Ultimately, matchmaking has increasingly made it to the forefront and may give potential daters another avenue -- as long as they're willing to pay the price, that is. Whether it's here to stay remains to be seen. However, as people look for other ways to find dates, you have to wonder if the matchmaking thing will really catch on -- and maybe bring its price down to give more people a chance to have someone work to find them love.

I respect the process, especially if you have that extra stash to give it a shot. Personally, I plan to hold out for just a bit longer, just in case I can find it the old fashioned way (or at least until the price drops and makes it more cost-effective in this day and age)! Call me hopeful, I guess.

However, that said, in a couple more years, maybe I'll give it a chance -- IF I think I could use a bit of help. Hopefully the price tag will have dropped!

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  • In reply to PhilC11:

    What's that all about? Is it interesting? Do tell!

  • I tried all sorts of dating sites for about 8 months before I decided to throw in the towel. Turned out I didn't need them. The guy for me was there all along, and he was a friend of mine for years...the timing was just never right until a year ago.

    Good things do come to those who wait ;)

  • In reply to Nash:

    Oh, I SO love that story! Gives some of us hope... So glad to hear you're happy! And it must be great to fall for your friend...

  • In reply to TheRelationshipDiva:

    Dating someone you've been friends with for years is great! You get to skip all the whole awkward "getting to know you" phase, and there's no games. He was actually someone I would go to and complain to when some dating site guy broke my heart lol.

  • In reply to TheRelationshipDiva:

    Congrats btw.

    Honestly, I don't think it matters how a person meets another even if they had to pay because whether to proceed or not, the decision is still theirs to make. If you meet them in the club, through 'rentadate', at work or in church, you still make all the decisions and its all going to come down to your ability to get it as close to "right" as possible. I'd love to see statistics about happiness and failure and in marriage and dating and see data on initial meeting method. Who knows, maybe couples that at a funeral have the highest success rate. It could happen.

  • In reply to Aurelius:

    You're absolutely right. I don't think it matters how you meet, but I know I'd rather spend $50,000 on practical things (like a house, car, student loans, etc.), and hope to meet someone the old fashion way ;)

  • In reply to Nash:

    Sounds cost-effective to me... But then again, student loans are SOO overrated... :-)

  • In reply to Aurelius:

    As usual, interesting perspective. And cool insight on people meeting during difficult times. There's something to be said about that uniting people together -- I can see it!

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    In reply to TheRelationshipDiva:

    I often wonder how the average person can go about finding love if they can't take out a loan the size of a Tahoe. I love the idea of love...but at a reasonable price

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