Gilbert, who has worked as a matchmaker for nine years, says face-to-face matchmaking is successful because people go to her looking for something serious."They don't come in and pay me to play," she says. Wouldn't you rather pay someone to do all that hard work for you? Seventy per cent of Prescott's clients have ended up in relationships, and both she and Gilbert have celebrated hundreds of weddings with clients.
"Those who come to me have a strong desire to have a long-term relationship."You can have success online but it's really pot luck. "Using a professional matchmaker is not cheap – you can pay anywhere from 0 to 00 for their services, depending on the company and membership level – but Gilbert says it's a worthwhile investment."With me it's effective and efficient. You might even choose badly for yourself; you could just keep meeting the same kind of people."We're used to outsourcing in business, IT, nannies, personal trainers and marketing, so why not use a matchmaker in your personal life? Mel and Bruce are a matchmaking success story, and they have done plenty together since their first date in September 2011.
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Our success story started when, sometime in September 2003, Ken responded to an initial inquiry I had posted to him via NZDating.
Mel met her husband and father of their baby daughter, Bruce, through a traditional matchmaker.
If they're both interested, the clients talk to each other on the phone to see if they want to arrange a date.
It got to point where guys were happy to have fun but they weren't really committing," she says.