When you’re thinking about investing in a professional matchmaking service, doing a little research on your options makes sense. This round-up of the 6 best Baltimore matchmakers is a great place to start!
Susan Trombetti, Exclusive Matchmaking
Prior to becoming a matchmaker, she helmed a company that dealt with financial investigations – and now uses those skills as a self-proclaimed “relationship investigator.” In addition to personal matchmaking, she also offers background checks on potential suitors.
Clientele: Exclusive Matchmaking is headquartered in Annapolis, but Trombetti and her team work with singles in Baltimore, Washington DC, Boston and beyond. Clients are typically successful, professional men, while women can submit an application to be placed as a potential match in Trombetti’s database. There’s no fee for women, but also no guarantee of meeting men through the service.
Cost: Hiring this matchmaking service costs anywhere from around $7,500 to upwards of $250,000, depending on the particulars of your search and which membership package you purchase. All the details are outlined in your contract.
There is also a fee for the introductory consultation with your matchmaker – $550 in person (subject to matchmaker availability) or $350 for a remote chat.
Trombetti also offers a one-time event that is available for both clients and non-clients. This “Bachelor Party” is hosted in your honor, and you’ll meet singles hand-selected by Trombetti’s elite matchmaking team. The event starts at $4,000 and is only available in some areas.
Contract Required: Yes
What To Expect: Trombetti is a traditional matchmaker in that you’ll be meeting women who have applied to be in her digital Rolodex.
Once you’ve signed the contract, you’ll discuss in detail what sort of physical and personality traits are important for you to be compatible with someone. But keep in mind, she isn’t a fan of lists. As she told the Capital Gazette,
A big dating mistake is thinking you have a type. You don't have a type. It's limiting.
After each introduction, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss how it went, what you thought of the match, etc. Trombetti also offers dating coaching, and will help you come up with a “dating action plan” if she feels it’s necessary.
As she explained in that same interview,
People come to me and they want matchmaking, but I really give them what they need.
Founded In: 2011
Further Reading: Elite Matchmaker Profile: Susan Trombetti
Janis & Carly Spindel, Serious Matchmaking
Janis Spindel’s elite matchmaking company is actually based in New York City. But she and her daughter Carly help men in a handful of cities throughout the US find their perfect matches.
Clientele: Highly successful, affluent men are generally paying clients, while accomplished women can apply for database inclusion. In either case, the bar is high. As Janis Spindel explained on Good Morning LaLa Land,
Our process weeds out the riff raff.
Cost: A luxury matchmaking service, the cost for men depends in part on whether Janis or Carly takes point on your search. There are several packages available, ranging from the Basic Membership which starts at $25,000 all the way up to the Global VIP Membership, starting at $1,000,000.
Men are guaranteed to meet a minimum of 12 women over the course of the year-long membership, as required by NY state law.
Women pay a screening fee for an in-person interview. The fee ranges from $250 for a small group meeting to $1,250 for a private interview with Janis. This fee is non-refundable, and if you pass you’ll be considered eligible for matching with Serious Matchmaking clients.
Contract Required: Yes
What To Expect: These high-end matchmakers will search the Serious Matchmaking database for women who seem compatible with what you’re looking for. You’ll get a description of each match as well as photos, and the introduction arrangements are made.
As Janis explained in an interview with Business Insider,
We're not a dating service. There's a difference between a potential [spouse] and a blind date. We don't fling dates, we make sure [the match] is exactly what he's looking for.
Founded In: 1993
Further Reading: Serious Matchmaking Reviews
Michelle Jacoby, DC Matchmaking
As the name implies, Michelle Jacoby’s elite matchmaking service is headquartered in DC. But she works with singles living in Maryland and Virginia as well.
She is also one of the co-founders of the Matchmaker’s Alliance, a non-profit organization that helps matchmakers connect with each other.
Clientele: DC Matchmaking takes a “boutique” approach, meaning Jacoby and her team limit the number of clients they work to around 15 or 20 at a time. Jacoby is selective about which potential clients she takes on, and on her website describes her typical client as attractive, educated, savvy, and successful – and looking for a long-term relationship.
Cost: A year’s worth of matchmaking services starts at $15,000, and also includes up to 6 months of “hold” time.
Contract Required: Yes
What To Expect: Potential clients first start with an initial screening process that covers the basics, like why you’re considering a matchmaking service, what you’re looking for, your dating and relationship goals, etc.
The second step in the matchmaking process is a more in-depth interview that lasts an hour or so, and is generally conducted in person. This is where you’ll discuss the membership options, and sign a contract for the service.
Once a match is identified, your matchmaker will call you with the details and arrange the introduction. Afterward, you can check in with any feedback you have – and also receive feedback yourself.
There is no limit to the number of matches you’ll receive during the course of your year-long membership, as it will vary for each client depending on how particular your “ideal partner” criteria is.
Paying clients are matched with singles in Jacoby’s database. It’s free to have your profile listed in the database, but you must pass a screening process and there’s no matching guarantee.
Founded In: 2009
Further Reading: DC Matchmaking Reviews
Tammy Tilson, The Match Pro
Located just outside of Baltimore in Towson, Tammy Tilson is both a personal matchmaker and a practicing psychotherapist. Her background is in marital counseling, and she offers dating coaching to her matchmaking clients.
Clientele: Tilson and her co-founder, Kimberly Simonetti, work with both men and women as paying clients. They are typically successful professionals looking for long-term relationships.
Cost: Varies per client, but per online reviews you can expect to spend in the neighborhood of $8,000.
Potential clients can choose between an 18-month or a 12-month membership, both of which include the option to pause your membership for a specified amount of time. There is also a dating coaching package that includes image consulting, but not active matchmaking.
Contract Required: Yes
What To Expect: As a client, you’ll be matched with other members of The Match Pro’s database, or Tilson will also network with other “affiliated agencies worldwide” to find compatible singles for you to meet.
The process starts by filling out a short questionnaire, which is followed by a face-to-face interview with either Tilson or Simonetti. If it’s determined the service is a mutually good fit, you’ll sign a contract and your search will begin.
When a compatible match is identified, all the date details are arranged. Your matchmaker will follow up the day after the date to see how it went and to gather feedback from you – and share it with you, if needed.
There are no guaranteed number of introductions with either membership package.
Founded In: 2015
Leora Hoffman, Love By Leora
Leora Hoffman has been matchmaking in some capacity since 1989, and is also a lawyer (family law) by trade. After a 12-year stint in the DC Attorney General’s office, she decided to focus solely on matchmaking in 2015.
Clientele: Hoffman’s boutique matchmaking agency is tailored for singles dating in their 50s+.
Cost: There are three levels of membership to choose from, depending on whether or not you want additional services like a personality assessment or a “Relationship Readiness” course. Prices start around $2,500+, and all memberships include 12 months of “active search” time to be used over the course of 2 years.
There is no charge to have your profile listed in Hoffman’s database of “referrals.” However no active searching is done on your behalf, so you may never meet anyone that way.
Contract Required: Yes
What To Expect: Potential clients start with a free initial consultation where the membership options will be discussed. After purchasing a membership, you’ll be matched with singles from within Hoffman’s database.
There is no guaranteed number of matches – as she says on her website, she takes a “quality over quantity” approach.
You can pause your membership at any time, however your membership will expire after 2 years even if you have some of the “active search” time left. If that happens, you can renew it at a discount or remain in her database for free to be matched with paying clients.
Hoffman also offers dating coaching and hourly sessions to help couples mediate and draft prenuptial agreements.
Founded In: 1989
Scott Valdez, VIDA Select
VIDA Select founder Scott Valdez has been putting a modern twist on traditional matchmaking for over a decade. With access to a nearly unlimited pool of incredible matches, he’s been helping singles in Baltimore, the greater DC area and beyond find their “happily every after” for over a decade.
Clientele: Successful, professional singles seeking “relationship worthy” matches.
Cost: $695 to $1,695 per month – no long-term membership required. With pay-as-you-go convenience, clients can stop or resume service as needed.
What To Expect: Like the other Baltimore matchmakers listed here, VIDA Select doesn’t take just anyone on as a client. The matchmaking process starts with a short, complimentary consultation call to see if the exclusive service is right for you (and vice versa).
If so, the next step is an in-depth interview covering everything from your relationship goals to your dating history and ideal partner preferences. There is no maximum number of matches, and you’ll get to review a full profile – including photos – of every single one.
That way, you’re only investing time and energy meeting people you’re confident you’re attracted to – and who are excited to meet you as well.
With VIDA Select, you don’t have to worry about locking yourself into a long-term contract where you’re committed even if you meet “The One” right away – or you aren’t happy with the service.
You simply pay each month you’d like to meet incredible singles, and you have the freedom to freeze or stop your service at any time. That means you can travel, explore a promising relationship or simply take a break from dating whenever you want to.
VIDA Select also offers professional styling and image consulting, dating coaching and more – everything you need to feel confident and look your best on all your first dates!
Seeing if you qualify for VIDA Select's elite matchmaking service is easy – just click here!
Contract Required: No
Founded In: 2009