No time to navigate the Austin single’s scene? Hiring an Austin matchmaker to curate your dates is easy – the hard part is deciding which is the best matchmaking service in town.
This quick guide to the best Austin matchmakers will get you pointed in the right direction – and give you crucial advice to consider before making your final decision!
Julia McCurley, Something More
With a background in IT recruiting and business development, Julie McCurley decided to try her hand at “headhunting for the heart.” She got her certification from the Matchmaker’s Institute, and launched Something More in Austin.
Clientele: Something More is “in Austin, for Austin,” meaning all clients are from in and around the area. McCurley says her matchmaking service is high end, with most clients coming in via referral.
Cost: Varies per client, but generally around $450 to be listed in the database (with no guarantee of a match) $4,000 – $6,000+ for matchmaking services.
There are 3 membership options to choose from, with the price varying depending on factors like how strictly you want to adhere to your match criteria, if you want to see photos before a date, if you want to work directly with McCurley, and if you want the ability to pause your membership.
Contract Required: Yes
What To Expect: Becoming a member starts with a face-to-face consultation. Something More is a traditional matchmaking service – you’ll be matched with compatible Austin singles from McCurley’s database of 3,000 members. If needed, McCurley and her team will also scout locally for compatible people.
While you’ll receive a physical description of each potential match, seeing a photo is a $1,500 add-on service. After each arranged introduction, you’ll have a “post-date” feedback session to talk about how it went. You’ll get dating coaching as needed.
Clients also have direct access to the member’s database, much like a dating site.
Founded In: 2009
Erica Arrechea, Cinque Matchmaking
Erica Arrechea's elite matchmaking service isn’t local to Austin, it’s based in Orange County and Silicon Valley.
But Cinque works with “VIP clients” in several other cities around the US and Canada, including a presence in Austin.
Clientele: Both men and women can purchase matchmaking services, provided they pass Cinque’s screening process.
Cost: $5,000 – $20,000+
Both men and women can join Cinque’s “Complimentary Network” for free, but you may never actually be introduced to a paying client.
The cost of Cinque’s matchmaking service varies according to factors such as how strict/flexible your match criteria are, how many locations you’re open to searching, etc. Membership packages can run well over $20,000 depending on the level of service you’d like.
What To Expect: Becoming a paying client begins with a phone screening, after which an “offer” will be sent. If you accept, you’ll interview with the matchmaking team. Clients receive unlimited matches, and dates are arranged. Men are expected to call their matches to share the details of the date. Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to share feedback with your matchmaker.
Contract Required: Yes
Founded In: 2013
Simona Fusco, Perfect 12
Headquartered in Beverly Hills, this elite matchmaking service has a team in Austin – and promises to introduce you to women who rate a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10.
Clientele: Fusco only takes on a very limited number of clients a year, generally affluent, successful men and women in their late 20s to early 60s.
Cost: Varies per client, but since Perfect 12 markets itself as a “luxury” matchmaking service, you can safely expect to invest anywhere from $25,000 to $250,000+.
Women can apply to have their profile listed in the database as an “affiliate,” and if chosen will be included at no charge. However you may never be contacted as a potential match for someone.
Both women and men can choose from 3 different levels of matchmaking service, with the price varying per client. There’s also an initial consultation fee of $2,500.
Contract Required: Yes
What To Expect: You start by filling out an online questionnaire/contact form. If Fusco feels Perfect 12 can help you find your perfect match, you’ll pay the consultation fee and meet with them.
After signing a contract, your matchmaking team will spend 4-6 weeks getting to know you better. Next, you’ll either be matched with other paying clients, or with one of the 200,000+ “affiliates” in their national database.
Founded In: 2005
Further Reading: Perfect 12 Reviews
April Davis, LUMA Luxury Matchmaking
LUMA’s local branch is located at 700 Lavaca Street in Austin, but their headquarters are much further north – Minneapolis.
A national service with 40+ matchmaking teams in multiple major cities around the US, LUMA also has several other locations throughout Texas. They used to operate under the name “Cupid’s Cronies.”
Clientele: The typical LUMA client is career-minded, successful and seeking a serious relationship. LUMA provides matchmaking services for both men and women.
Cost: $5,000 – $50,000+
LUMA offers a free option – a Passive membership that only includes having your profile placed in their national database of singles. But if you want guaranteed matches, you’ll need to join as a Premium member.
Matchmaking costs vary per client, as your individual goals, circumstances and ideal partner definition will affect your package price.
Contract Required: Yes
What To Expect: Throughout the duration of your contract, you’ll meet a minimum of 3 matches pulled from LUMA’s database. Your matchmaker will start by compiling a list of up to 40 Austin singles, which she will then narrow down to people she feels are the best fit for you. Those screened candidates will be called in for an interview, and you’ll meet at least 3 from that curated group. If you and one of your matches decide to see each other a second time, it’s up to the two of you to swap contact details during your first date.
Founded In: 2010
Further Reading: LUMA Luxury Matchmaking Reviews
Scott Valdez, VIDA Select
VIDA’s elite matchmaking team combines traditional matchmaking with the latest modern tech and data analysis – which means you’ll meet highly compatible singles carefully selected from Austin’s largest dating pool.
Clientele: VIDA is perfect for busy, successful professionals who want to meet incredible people with long-term relationship potential.
Cost: $495 to $1695 per month
Contract Required: No
What To Expect: VIDA’s modern spin on matchmaking delivers unlimited potential matches each month, which you can approve or decline after reviewing a full profile, including photos.
You’ll work hand in hand with a dedicated matchmaker who will get to know you and your partner preferences, so you can walk into every first date with the confidence that comes from knowing you’re investing your time and money meeting Austin singles you’re already feeling attracted to – and vice versa!
Plus, VIDA offers dating coaching and personal styling/image consulting, so you’ll present your best self – and we all know how sexy confidence is.
Since VIDA’s service doesn’t require a long-term contract, you only pay for months during which you’d like to meet new people. You have the ultimate freedom to stop, resume and freeze your matchmaking service any time you’d like to pursue a promising relationship, travel, or simply take a break.
Founded In: 2009
2 Crucial Steps To Take Before Selecting An Austin Matchmaker
Whether you’re considering an Austin matchmaker mentioned in this guide or a different matchmaking service, there are 2 things you want to do before hiring them:
1: Don’t Stop With Yelp
Yelp and other such local review sites are super convenient, but don’t let your due diligence stop there.
While you’ll likely come away with a broad impression of what to expect from a particular matchmaking service, the problem with internet reviews is they’re usually not verified. You may find glowing reviews posted by employees, or devastating ones posted by rivals – in either case typically not an accurate representation of the service you can expect.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office can be a valuable source of info, especially if a matchmaking service has had multiple complaints or fraud allegations against it.
Likewise, the Better Business Bureau will issue consumer warnings when they feel a matchmaking service engages in questionable practices, and will follow up with individual people to investigate the nature of the complaint.
Some matchmaking services are part of a national franchise, or claim to be “local” but are just one of many subsidiaries operated out of a different state. If that’s the case with a matchmaking service you’re considering, make sure you look for reviews of the parent company as well.
2: Go Over The Contract With A Fine Tooth Comb
Not all matchmaking services lock you in to a contract that could span anywhere from 6 months to multiple years. Some, like VIDA, allow you to pay monthly instead.
That’s a great way to sample a service without risking a sizable financial investment – since most services that require contracts also require paying in full, up front. If you end up dissatisfied with the results, there’s not much you can do about it.
If you don’t opt for a pay-as-you-go style matchmaking service, one way to prevent frustration down the road is making sure you have a full understanding of all the details in your contract.
For instance, if you sign a contract with Texas Singles, you’re acknowledging that the “matches” they refer to you may never agree to meet with you in person – but they’re still considered matches.
This is how the Texas matchmaking service explained it in a response to a BBB complaint:
You’re also acknowledging that you may not like the quality of your matches – which makes it difficult to later say you’re dissatisfied with the service based on the caliber of the people you’re meeting.
This response from Texas Singles to a different BBB complaint illuminates some more contract language you’ll want to make sure you understand:
In other words, there’s no limit on when you can expect your matches, you’re obligated to meet the number of matches you purchased no matter how long it takes them to find someone you’re actually interested in, and there are no refunds.
You may be fine with those parameters, or you may not. Just make sure you’re not accidentally agreeing to them by signing a contract you didn’t take the time to fully read and understand.
Many matchmaking services will only discuss the particulars, like price, during a face-to-face consultation. If that’s the case with a matchmaker you’re considering, be mentally prepared to withstand a high pressure sales pitch situation. Don’t be distracted or intimidated – take as long as you need to understand what you’re committing to and paying for!
Arming yourself with questions beforehand can help ensure you’re selecting a matchmaking service that fits your needs. Here are 5 great examples:
Answer those questions in your mind first, along with any other questions you may have. When you go into a consultation with a firm idea of what you’re looking for, it’s easier to make your final decision – and have it be the best possible fit for you.