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Something More Review: Julia McCurley, ATX's #1 Matchmaker?
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.
Something More Review Table of Contents
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 so you can decide if she can give you the “something more” you’re seeking in your dating life!
Meet Something More Founder 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.
Julia McCurley’s Matchmaking Philosophy
McCurley has been helping successful singles find love for over a decade. A boutique matchmaker, she only works with a limited number of clients each year, typically between 50 and 70.
As McCurley puts it, ‘she takes the guesswork out of dating,’ and her process doesn’t rely on algorithms or surface-level interests. She takes into consideration factors like love languages, temperament, and attachment styles.
“[My clients] want more face-to-face interaction and emotional connection with someone that cannot be determined online,” she explained in an interview with DatingNews.com.
As a relationship expert, she’s no stranger to giving singles advice online. When it comes to dating, McCurley advises that having a “type” might not be the best approach when searching for love. She feels that it’s limiting, and it may actually keep you stuck in dating patterns that aren’t working for you.
Something More clients benefit from dating advice throughout the matchmaking process. As McCurley shared in an interview, “I think one of the most satisfying aspects of doing this job is knowing that what we do impacts people’s lives in such an important way.”
What To Expect As A Something More Client
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.
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.
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 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:
This reviewer praised McCurley's attention to detail and ability to understand his preferences:
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 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:
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:
And this reviewer reported meeting his now-wife after signing up:
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.
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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