We interviewed one of the most respected – and engaging – names in the industry, One on One Matchmaking President Sarah Kathryn Smith, who explained, "If you're okay with quantity over quality, then online dating is for you. If, however, you are truly interested in finding the right person for a serious relationship (they've produced thousands!) or marriage (over 300!), consider engaging pros to help you navigate the world of dating."
As a 17-year veteran of the dating industry, she and her team of professional matchmakers guide upscale singles in both Atlanta and New York City; and she's been featured as an expert on relationships and singles by top media outlets such as: CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Cosmopolitan, The Wall Street Journal, Men's Health, and many more.
Over the past few years, personal matchmaking has become even more popular and widespread than ever before – especially for busy professionals. "We have compiled the largest database of singles in the Southeast, but we know that we're not the right choice for everyone." She offers these tips:
This should be a no-brainer. In order to match you and your preferences, your matchmaker needs to know all about the latest and/or greatest nightlife and attractions in your area. As an Atlanta native, I make sure our entire staff – me included – stays current (like up-to-the-minute current) and immersed in our city's culture.
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
If you genuinely want to find the best person to date, get serious, or get busy (not necessarily in that order) – then it is best to choose a highly customized service. One on One guarantees great dates because we gather feedback after every single date. We're not a factory churning out dates, but we do believe in "continuous learning for continuous improvement."
UPFRONT FEE STRUCTURES
When "shopping" for the right matchmaker, it's important that you understand what the fees are before you invest in an in-person meeting. This is the one part of the process where your head should definitely rule your heart.
AN EFFECTIVE STRATEGY
Make sure that you and the matchmaking service you select clearly understand what your goals are and the strategy on which you'll be teaming up.
Matchmaking may be serious business, but having a good time while doing it is part of One on One's mission. Ultimately, we're in the business of improving the quality of people's lives – their love lives that is!
Sarah Kathryn Smith
One On One Matchmaking
Founder and owner of Eight at Eight Dinner Club and One on One Matchmaking, Sarah Kathryn Smith and her team of professional matchmakers work with upscale singles in both Atlanta and New York City. Smith, a 17-year veteran of the dating industry, is one of the most respected names in matchmaking and has been profiled as an authority on relationships and singles by The Wall Street Journal, "The Oprah Winfrey Show," CNN, Men's Health and so many more.
Her expertise has led to more than 300 marriages and thousands of serious relationships. One On One Matchmaking not only sets up singles, but can also help plan your perfect date.
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