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Something More Reviews [Best Matchmaker For Austin Singles?]

In the modern world of dating apps and online profiles, finding genuine connections can feel overwhelming and daunting. Enter Julia McCurley's Something More, an Austin matchmaking service that aims to give singles an alternative to swiping and messaging on dating apps.

In this comprehensive Something More review, we'll delve into the history, philosophy, and matchmaking process, as well as explore client experiences and the costs associated with this premium service.

Our team has reviewed over 200 matchmakers, from the boutique operators to the big industry players. Our reviews are built on insights that come from 14+ years of first-hand experience in the industry, combined with comprehensive research and a keen understanding of what clients value most in a matchmaking service.

Keep reading for everything you need to decide if McCurley can give you the “something more” you’re seeking in your dating life!

Meet Something More Founder Julia McCurley

Austin matchmaker Julia McCurley

Founded in 2009, Something More is the brainchild of Austin matchmaker Julia McCurley. After spending years in high-tech recruiting and business development, McCurley decided to  transfer her skills into the world of matchmaking. 

Like many professional matchmakers, she’d been playing cupid for family and friends for most of her life. She’s passionate about helping singles achieve their relationship goals, which is how Something More got its name.  As she shared in an interview with Global Love Report: 

I truly believe that single people deserve something more than spending hours swiping, going to bars, hoping they're forever plus one will bump into their cart at the grocery store, etc.

Something More is headquartered in Austin, but her service helps singles throughout Texas.

Something More Matchmaking Process

McCurley’s process is similar to most matchmaking services: after an interview where you describe your ideal partner preferences, relationship history, etc, McCurley and her team will identify compatible matches.

As a boutique matchmaking service, McCurley limits the number of clients they take on at any given time. Typically it’s between 50 and 70, and McCurley herself only works with a handful directly.

You’ll be meeting other clients or singles sourced from McCurley’s social network. Potential matches are interviewed to determine compatibility before being presented to you for consideration.

McCurley says that there’s an ‘art’ to matchmaking. As she puts it

It’s not a science, it’s an art. You have to think about the soft skills that don’t show up on paper. All these little things — like money, travel, diet, and temperament — affect compatibility.

You'll receive specifics about each potential match's personality, lifestyle, shared values, and more, along with photos. 

Something More arranges the dates, and contact information is exchanged when both you and your match express interest in a second date.

After each date, you can provide feedback about the experience. You’ll receive any post-date feedback from your match’s perspective as well.

How Much Does Something More Cost?

Something More matchmaking packages start at $11,000 and can run over $27,000. The cost varies depending on the length of your membership, whether or not you want to work one-on-one with McCurley, if you want the ability to pause your membership, etc.

Something More matchmaking cost

Something More Reviews

Julia McCurley has garnered mentions in numerous publications, including Bustle, Austin Women's Magazine, and The Huffington Post. In 2019, she also published a book, Game Set Match, that gives singles advice on “how to win at the game of love.”

Her media contributions and book can offer some insight into her approach to matchmaking, and so can checking out the Julia McCurley and Something More reviews from around the web. 

On Yelp, Something More has a 3.5 star rating. Among the 20+ reviews, there is a mix of positive and negative experiences.

This client appreciated the personalized service, which included wardrobe selection and post-date feedback:

Something More 5-star Yelp review

This reviewer praised McCurley's attention to detail and ability to understand his preferences:

Something More Yelp review that's 5 stars

Among the Julia McCurley Yelp reviews, there are also a handful of 1-star ratings. 

For example, this reviewer felt his matches didn’t meet his specified criteria:

Something More 1-star Yelp review

Something More also had 50+ not currently recommended reviews on Yelp, with a mix of 1 to 5 stars.

TrustAnalytica gave Something More a 4.5 star rating, with around 75% of the 12 reviews being 5 stars:

Something More 4.5 star rating on TrustAnalytica

The reviews on TrustAnalytica were pulled from Google. Something More’s Google review rating is 4.0.

In his Google review, this former client said he met someone through Something More’s matchmaking service:

5 star Something More Google review

And this reviewer reported meeting his now-wife after signing up:

5 star Google review for Something More

There were also a handful of 1-star reviews, but one was from someone who hadn’t tried the service and the other two provided no additional information.

Something More is listed as an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau, and it has an A+ rating. There are currently no reviews or complaints listed on the BBB’s listing.

Julia McClurey’s Austin matchmaking service also has an entry on Trustpilot, but it has not been reviewed or rated yet.

Can Julia McCurley Find You Something More?

Online reviews can provide valuable insights into what you may experience, but you should also approach them with a grain of salt. After all, what works for one person may not work for another, and vice versa.

Matchmaking reviews can also give you a peek into a company’s attitude toward customer service, and you can use what you learn to start formulating questions to ask during your initial consultation. 

When considering which matchmaking service to hire, consider factors like budget, length of the contractual commitment, and where your matches are coming from. That can help you decide which matchmaker is the best fit for you.

For instance, McCurley’s service offers 6, 9 and 12 month contracts, and you’ll most likely pay the $11,000 to $27,000 package price up front. Payment in full is the industry standard, although some services also allow you to commit to an installment plan. 

VIDA Select, on the other hand, offers exclusive matchmaking service on a monthly basis, meaning you only pay for each month you want service. You’re not committed to a long-term contract, so if you meet someone right away you’re not paying for search time you don’t need.

Happy matches, a man giving a piggy back ride to a woman he's dating

And keep in mind a quality match means compatibility has to go both ways. That’s often very challenging to do from within a limited Rolodex, which is why one of the most common complaints you’ll find in online matchmaking reviews is being introduced to people who don’t meet your criteria. 

Thanks to taking a modern approach to finding your ideal partner, VIDA’s matchmakers have access to the largest pool of eligible Texas singles there is! That means you don’t have to hope that your perfect partner signed up for the same service you did. 

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