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Single in the OC? The Top 9 Orange County Matchmakers

Looking for Orange County matchmakers because you've grown weary of the dating scene? Finding your ideal partner can be hard, especially when you can barely find time to hit the gym after putting in long hours at work.

A matchmaking service can save you a lot of time by hand selecting high-quality matches for you to meet, but only if they’re good at what they do. There’s no shortage of dating agencies that service the OC, so which one is right for you?

Start here, with these 9 best Orange County matchmakers!

Julia Bendis, Match By Julia

Orange County matchmaker Julia Bendis

This Orange County matchmaker was born in the former Soviet Union, where she grew up watching her mom and her grandmother help singles find true love.

She moved with her family to the US in 1989, and Julia made her first “official” match while she was in high school. She’s been at it ever since.

Clientele

“Regular, everyday people” age 25 and up.

Cost

$210 per year to have your profile listed in the database, but this price doesn’t include an active search - you'll only be contact when you're a good match for a client.

The cost of a 3- or 6-month membership varies per client. Date and relationship coaching is $150 per session via phone, $200 per session in person.

What To Expect

The first step to becoming a client is filling out a 50-question application form. Next you’ll sit down with Julia and talk about your answers, your relationship and life goals, etc.

She’ll then check her database of OC singles for compatible matches, and also actively recruit people she thinks you may be interested in meeting.

Founded In

2009

Katie Chen, Catch Matchmaking

Orange County matchmaker Katie Chen

This dating agency is headquartered in Los Angeles, but they work with singles in Orange County via a large network of matchmakers.

Clientele

Men who are serious about meeting “The One.”

Cost

$1,000 to $10,000+ for matchmaking services. They also offer dating coaching by phone, with two 50-minute sessions for $250. Image consulting costs $400 for a 2-hour shopping trip with a personal shopper, plus plenty of advice on how to dress attractively for your specific body type.

What To Expect

The initial consultation is either in person or on Skype.

Once you’ve signed the contract, you’ll be matched with some of the 4,000 or so local singles in their database. You can accept or reject each potential match based on photos and a bio. If you accept a match and the interest is mutual, Catch matchmakers will orchestrate a date.

If you don't mind a bit of a drive, you can also attend member’s only mixers and LA speed dating events, which usually cost between $24 and $65.

Founded In

2007

Further Reading

Catch Matchmaking review

Erica Arrechea & Melissa Lapchuk, Cinqe Matchmaking

Matchmakers Erica Arrechea & Melissa Lapchuk

After training with millionaire matchmaker Patti Stanger, Erica and her friend Melissa decided to launch their own upscale, boutique matchmaking service in Orange County.

Clientele

Predominantly successful men and women in their 30s+.

Cost

Inclusion in the database is free, although you’ll only be contacted when you’re a potential match for a paying client.

Membership costs vary per client, but are in the $5,000 to $20,000 range. The price is determined by the length of the contract, which is in turn decided by how long they feel it will take to find someone who fits all your criteria. All contracts include unlimited matches.

What To Expect

The first step to becoming a paying client is a phone screening.

If you’re accepted as a client, you’ll come in for a face-to-face meeting where you’ll chat with your assigned matchmaker about your past relationships and future plans. You’ll then be presented with matches who have already expressed interest in meeting you.

After each date you’ll give feedback about how compatible you felt the match was.

Founded In

2013

Cristina & Andrea Morara, Stellar Hitch

Stellar Hitch matchmakers Cristina and Andrea Morara

This husband/wife matchmaking team is bi-coastal, with offices in both Orange County and Florida.

Clientele

Men and women who are “upscale professionals” without a lot of time to date.

Cost

$5,000 - $15,000+ for matchmaking services. Image consulting and date coaching is also available for around $125 per hour.

What To Expect

Stellar Hitch is a boutique matchmaking service, meaning they only accept a small number of clients at any given time.

After the initial consultation, you’ll sign a contract for a mutually agreed upon amount of search time and matches. These elite matchmakers prefer that you don’t see photos of your matches prior to meeting them, but will provide pictures on request.

You’ll be matched with other paying clients, and people who have joined the database of local singles via referrals and scouting.

Founded In

2009

Further Reading

Stellar Hitch reviews

Susan Trombetti, Exclusive Matchmaking

Susan Trombetti

She’s a rare breed among matchmakers - she says she “doesn’t believe in lists,” at least when it comes to your ideal partner. She’d rather rely on her expertise and intuition to find your perfect match.

Clientele

Susan calls herself a “millionaire matchmaker,” so her services cater to professional men and women. Men ages 21-32 are eligible for the “Exclusive Introductions” membership, which comes with matches but no personal date coaching.

Cost

The initial consultation is $350 on Skype or $550 in person. Women can then join the database of Orange County singles for free, although they must first pass a screening process.

If you want an active search for compatible matches done on your behalf, you’ll need to purchase matchmaking services. Memberships start at $7,500 and go upwards of $125,000 for “Platinum” level clients. The “Exclusive Introductions” membership is $3,500.

What To Expect

Paying clients are matched with each other, as well as with local singles from the Exclusive Matchmaking database.

Susan only works with a select few clients at the VIP level, so you can expect more personalized service. You’ll receive date coaching while her team finds matches for you, and you’ll discuss feedback after each date.

Founded In

2011

Further Reading

Susan Trombetti reviews

Patti Stanger, Millionaire’s Club

Millionaire Orange County matchmaker Patti Stanger

Whether you’ve caught one of her numerous TV appearances or read one of her books, odds are you recognize this millionaire matchmaker - she’s practically a household name in California.

Clientele

Professional athletes, celebrities, and other discerning types looking for a serious relationship.

Cost

$45,000 to $150,000+ for a 12-month membership. (Add another $35,000 to work with Stanger directly.)

What To Expect

Millionaire’s Club only works with a handful of clients at a time. The first step is an initial consultation, either via phone or in-person. During that interview, you’ll see some of the Orange County singles that are available to date.

If you decide to move forward, you’ll sign a non-refundable contract that includes 12 months of search time and 2 months of hold time.

You’ll be matched with singles in the Millionaire’s Club database, which contains around 30,000 profiles of singles living all over the US.

Millionaire’s Club offers a wide range of other services, from business consulting to image makeovers to hosting custom mixer events where you’ll meet 10 to 25 curated matches, depending on which event package you purchase.

Founded In

2000

Further Reading

Patti Stanger reviews

Jill Kelleher & Amber Kelleher-Andrews, Kelleher International

Matchmakers Jill and Amber Kelleher

They may be headquartered in San Francisco, but this mom/daughter combo has a strong presence in Orange County, and they’re no stranger to the media either. Appearances include shows like 20/20 and The Today Show.

Clientele

Men and women looking for their ideal partners.

Cost

$30,000 to $300,000+, with the price directly affected by how many locations you’d like these elite matchmakers to search for your perfect partner. Contracts generally span 1 to 3 years and 12 months of hold time.

What To Expect

As with most matchmaking services, it all starts with an initial consultation, in this case either in-person or on Skype. The Kellehers won’t take on just anyone - of the 1,000 or so inquiries they get per month, they only take on 20 or so as clients.

Most clients get 8 to 13 matches during the course of a membership, but the precise number varies as it’s dependent on how narrow your definition of “ideal partner” is. Paying clients are matched with some of the approximately 50,000 eligible singles in the Kelleher database.

Founded In

1986

Amy Laurent, Amy Laurent Matchmaking

OC matchmaker Amy Laurent

This matchmaker has an office on both the east and the west coast. She’s one of LA’s truly boutique matchmaking services, as she only works with 30 clients at a time. She’s also an author and TV personality.

Clientele

Men seeking serious relationships.

Cost

$25,000+ for a year-long contract that also includes a year’s worth of hold time.

What To Expect

First you’ll have a 1-hour sit down with Laurent so she can decide if you’re a good fit for her matchmaking service. If so, you’ll review a few of the matches she feels are compatible. If you agree, you’ll sign the contract.

Founded In

2005

Further Reading

Amy Laurent reviews

Scott Valdez, VIDA Select

Scott Valdez

If you’re over the Orange County dating scene, don’t throw in the towel. Call VIDA Select!

VIDA’s elite matchmakers have access to all the best singles in Orange County, LA, or wherever you want to date.

Clientele

Men and women in their 20s to 60s looking for their perfect match.

Cost

VIDA Selects offers an array of Basic, Premium and Elite matchmaking packages for Orange County singles.

Package pricing is highly correlated with the number of hours that should be dedicated to searching for matches who meet all of your "must have" requirements. The complexity of your criteria and locations you'd like to date in are both taken into account.

Basic packages start at $995 a month. Premium options begin at $1595 a month, and Elite packages start at just $2395 a month. On average, clients meet someone special in just 3 months.

What To Expect

VIDA is unique among matchmaking services in that a long-term contract isn’t required.

Instead, you pay by-the-month for unlimited matches, and you can pre-screen all of them prior to your dates! That means you’ll meet carefully chosen, high quality singles who may just be your perfect match.

Founded In

2009

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