Having trouble meeting high-quality singles in Orlando? Hiring a professional matchmaking service is an efficient solution, since you’ll be meeting people hand-selected for compatibility.
But that’s only if you choose the right dating agency. You’ve got plenty of options, but why not start here – with the 3 best matchmakers in Orlando!
Elisabeth Dabbelt, Elite Introductions & Matchmaking
Elisabeth Dabbelt is the face behind Elite Introductions & Matchmaking, and also operates a handful of other matchmaking websites, including OrlandoSingleProfessional.com and OrlandoMatchmaker.com.
Clientele: Professional singles and retirees in their mid-20s to mid-70s.
Cost: Varies by client
What To Expect: Dabbelt specializes in matching singles in the Orlando and Central Florida area. A traditional matchmaker, she matches clients with other singles from within her database.
The process starts with an initial consultation where you’ll talk about your relationship goals, and what did (and didn’t work) in your past relationships. She’ll then put together a “program” for you, and you’ll discuss cost and other contract details.
You’ll then be introduced to other singles from within her database. Each pairing requires mutual approval, meaning your potential match must also be interested in meeting you. After each introduction, you’ll have the opportunity to give and receive feedback on how things went.
Dabbelt offers relationship coaching in addition to professional matchmaking services.
Founded In: 1987
Michelle Valentine, Matchmaking by Michelle Valentine
Michelle Valentine has worn a lot of hats – she’s an author, talk show host and former relationship advice columnist. She’s also a personal matchmaker who works with Orlando singles to help them find love and relationship success – she’s even in the process of shooting a TV pilot about her “about her international journeys to find matches for her clients.”
Clientele: Single professionals
Cost: Varies by client
Contract: Yes – memberships last for 1 year
What To Expect: Potential clients start with a consultation, where you’ll talk with Valentine or one of her associates about how her elite matchmaking service works – and how much it costs.
If you decide to purchase a year-long membership, you’ll be matched with singles in Valentine’s database, or that she’s scouted online or at events.
As she explained to Orlando Magazine, she’s much like a Realtor: “ You give me your list of must-haves, and I get back to you when I have a list of ‘homes’ you would like.”
And when it comes to your ideal partner criteria, she believes in equal matching. In that magazine interview, she described a client who had what she considered unrealistic expectations:
He was adamant he did not want a woman unless her body was a 10, and his body was not a 10. I had to tell him that I do not do trophy-matching.
After each introduction, you can connect with your matchmaker and discuss how the date went. You'll be able to share your feedback on the match, as well as receive any feedback your match had about you.
Founded In: 1997
Scott Valdez, VIDA Select
VIDA Select’s modern matchmaking service is perfect for Orlando singles who want an elite matchmaker at an affordable price – and without having to commit to a long-term contract. Clients pay only for each month they’d like to meet incredible people. You can stop and restart anytime – whether you meet someone special, want to travel or simply need a break from dating.
Clientele: Successful, professional and discerning singles, generally in their 20s to 60s seeking a long-term relationship.
What To Expect: Working with VIDA Select’s team of professional matchmakers to find your ideal partner starts with a complimentary consultation to see if you’re a good fit for the service, and to answer any questions you have.
After passing the screening process, you’ll have an in-depth conversation with your dedicated personal matchmaker to describe your dating history, current relationship goals, and core compatibility factors. Once she’s got a solid idea of your “ideal partner”, she’ll dive into Orlando’s largest source of potential matches.
You’ll get to pre-screen each and every match, so you’ll be meeting people you are confident you’re interested in – and attracted to.
VIDA Select also provides a full spectrum of additional services such as professional photo editing, personal styling and dating coaching – everything you need to present “your best self” both online and in person!
Founded In: 2009
Want to see if VIDA Select is the right Orlando matchmaking service for you? Go here!