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Matchmaker May Review [Can She Find Your Perfect Match?]

Wondering if matchmaker May Hui Bugenhagen is the right person to head up the search for your perfect partner? 

This Matchmaker May review has all the details you’re looking for - from her clientele to her process and cost!

Our team of experts has been in the matchmaking industry for 14+ years, so we know firsthand what clients value most when it comes to choosing a service. 

We have written over 200 matchmaker reviews, diving deep into their costs, processes, and client experiences. Our reviews are based on comprehensive research and a keen knowledge of the matchmaking landscape. 

Who Is Matchmaker May Hui Bugenhagen?

Matchmaker May Hui Bugenhagen

Even before becoming a professional matchmaker, May Hui Bugenhagen said she’s always had a knack for helping singles in their quest for love. 

As she explained in an interview with Voyage LA:

I’ve always been nosy about people’s love lives so matchmaking came really natural for me. Date coaching came really naturally for me. Whether it’s meeting people in a grocery store, networking at Chamber of Commerce meetings, having fun at women’s groups, checking out art galleries, organizing meetups, or promoting singles events, I always loved chit-chatting with strangers. It’s kind of like my superpower…the ability to talk to anyone, anyplace, and about anything.”

Bugenhagen’s decision to become a matchmaker was influenced by her personal experiences. At the age of 30, she had a corporate career and enjoyed her single life but was looking for someone to share it with.   

In her own words

I was successful, had a great career, and living a great life. All that was missing was a special someone to share that with. I knew there had to be a better way to meet people and find someone awesome. I tried a dating service and I thought they were horrible. I always knew I can do it better than them. I decided to quit my corporate job and help singles find love!”

May Hui Bugenhagen began her career in the matchmaking industry in 2009 when she teamed up with Katie Chen to launch Catch Matchmaking, a service based in Los Angeles

Bugenhagen and Chen expanded their reach by establishing Two Asian Matchmakers. When the two eventually parted ways, Bugenhagen launched her first solo business venture - Matchmaker May.

Matchmaker May primarily serves singles in California and Colorado. However, under certain circumstances, she is open to working with clients from across the United States. 

What To Expect From Matchmaker May

Matchmaker May homepage

Bugenhagen's matchmaking business primarily takes on men as paying clients, while women can join her single's database for free. 

Potential clients start the process by filling out an inquiry online, which is then followed by a 45-minute consultation with Matchmaker May. 

During the consultation, Bugenhagen gathers details about your family background, religious beliefs, career, lifestyle choices, and the qualities you're looking for in a partner.

According to Bugenhagen, her matching process is a two-way street and mutual interest plays a vital role. 

While she ensures the potential match aligns with the client's preferences, she also notes that the man must meet about 75-80% of the potential match’s criteria as well.

During her appearance on the Hearts Entwined podcast, Bugenhagen gave some insight into her matchmaking process.

"We have to kind of use our intuition and find out… What are they really looking for? When was their last relationship? Are they ready for a new relationship? Or are they just going through the motions and just trying to get out there?"

Once a potential match is identified, Bugenhagen personally contacts the client, providing details about the suggested match's future goals, passions, and any mutual values. 

According to the website's FAQ page, clients can expect to meet 1 to 2 matches per month and you’ll only be shown suggested matches who have already agreed to go out on a date with you.  

Keep in mind that if you want to see pictures of potential matches you’ll need to choose a package that includes this feature. 

If there's a mutual agreement to meet, Bugenhagen facilitates the exchange of contact information. Depending on your package, she can arrange the date for you. 

Regardless of who does the planning, she highly encourages men to “be a gentleman and pay on the first date."

Both parties are encouraged to provide feedback after meeting in person. 

Matchmaker May Reviews

Matchmaker May has a 4.5-star rating on Yelp based on 8 reviews, with all but one giving the service 5 stars.

Matchmaker May Yelp rating of 4.5

This Matchmaker May reviewer shared that he had a positive experience with Bugenhagen’s coaching and matchmaking process:

5-star review for Matchmaker May on Yelp

This reviewer also mentioned a positive experience and said she was very professional:

5-star Yelp review for Matchmaker May

This person said that Bugenhagen had helped them connect with men from all over the US:

Matchmaker May 5-star Yelp review

The single 1-star review expressed his concerns with the number of dates he went and the amount he paid for services: 

1-star Matchmaker May Yelp review

May Hui Bugenhagen responded via the review platform, addressing how long she worked with him and how many women he met through the service:

Matchmaker May review Yelp response

Matchmaker May has yet to be reviewed on platforms like Google, Trustpilot, or the Better Business Bureau. 

Comparing online reviews before agreeing to work with a matchmaking service can be beneficial, but making an informed decision goes deeper than just star ratings.

Want all the insider's tips and tricks for choosing the best matchmaker, straight from the experts? Check out this handy guide!

How Much Does It Cost To Hire Matchmaker May Hui Bugenhagen?

In an interview with Voyage LA, Bugenhagen mentioned that women can sign up to be part of the singles database at no cost, and she proactively scouts match candidates as well. 

“I’m always on the lookout for amazing Asian women for my successful, accomplished men. I always encourage women to fill out a profile with me.” 

Women approved for the singles database remain active for potential matching until they personally request to be removed. However, it's important to note that signing up to be part of the database does not guarantee you’ll be going on any dates with paying clients.

Specific matchmaking prices or package details are not shared on Matchmaker May's website. However, the Yelp reviewer who gave a 1-star review mentioned spending $8,700 for the service. 

Taking a look at what a few other matchmaking services charge can provide some insight into what you could potentially be spending.  

For example Stellar Hitch, with offices in LA and Florida, has packages that range from $5,000 to $15,000. 

And Catch Matchmaking, which Bugenhagen co-founded with Katie Chen but is no longer affiliated with, provides several package options with prices ranging from $5,000 and $25,000, depending on your specific search requirements. 

Enamour should make your short list if you're looking for incredible matches, whether you’re in LA or Colorado. With an exclusive, “invite-only” only database, the Enamour team offers a highly tailored matchmaking experience.

The service also includes proactive scouting beyond the database, with the team searching high and low via recruiting technology and an extensive network of scouts. 

Enamour packages start around $20,000 for 6 months. 

VIDA Select is another option if you’re looking to meet your ideal partner. VIDA’s modern approach to matchmaking leverages the single largest source of eligible singles there is! 

You’ll be meeting singles who check all your boxes, who are excited to meet you, too!

Matchmaking packages are pay-as-you-go, so there are no multi-month, long-term contracts. Instead, the cost is highly aligned with the number of hours your dedicated personal matchmaker will spend on your search. 

Basic packages start at just $1,195 per month, with Premium options beginning at only $1,795 per month. Elite matchmaking packages start at just $2,595 per month.

On average, VIDA clients begin a relationship within 3 months of beginning their service.

Intrigued? Find out if you qualify for VIDA’s modern matchmaking service! 

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