Single in the Twin Cities? Hiring a professional matchmaker is one of the best ways to meet highly compatible people, and it’s a lot easier than online dating because all the screening is done for you.
But with so many options to choose from, hiring the right matchmaking service can be tricky. This guide to the 5 best Minneapolis matchmakers is the perfect place to start your search!
April Davis, LUMA Luxury Matchmaking
April Davis’s elite matchmaking service – previously named “Cupid’s Cronies” – has expanded to include 40 offices in 17 states, but the headquarters are just west of Minneapolis in St. Louis Park.
Clientele: LUMA’s services are designed for busy “professionals, executives and millionaires” who are looking for a serious relationship. Most clients are in their late 20s to 60s.
Cost: $2,800 – $100,000
Contract: 6-month membership, with a one-time option to pause your membership for one month.
What To Expect: A boutique matchmaking service, LUMA's matchmakers only work with a limited number of clients – often around 15 – at a time. Prospective clients also have the option to join the database for free, which doesn't come with any proactive matchmaking services. Singles in the database are only matched if they happen to meet a client's criteria.
As with most elite dating agencies, the first step is an initial screening interview, where you’ll decide if LUMA is right for you (and vice versa).
If you decide to join, you’ll sign the contract and discuss the particulars of your membership package, such as the scope of your search, the personality traits and physical characteristics that you're looking for in a match, etc.
You’ll then be matched with members in LUMA’s database, or if you’ve opted to pay for the additional “Personal Search” option, with singles either scouted by your matchmaker or identified as a potential match through LUMA’s extended network.
After meeting your date either in person or via a video call, both halves of the match are instructed to call the matchmaker with feedback so that you can get any pertinent feedback on how the date went. If you feel like you clicked with your match, it’s up to you to exchange contact information with the other person.
LUMA Matchmaking offers additional services such as dating coaching, an informational interview where your matchmaker will learn more about you, and personal styling consultations.
Founded In: 2010
Further Reading: LUMA Luxury Matchmaking Reviews
Kailen Rosenberg, Love Architects
A matchmaker and life coach for over 20 years, Kailen Rosenberg co-founded this exclusive Minnesota matchmaking service with her son, Andrew Hansen. He is also the co-founder of AH Love Design, a division of Love Architects. Love Architects is headquartered in Minneapolis but they work with singles in 29 other cities around the US.
Clientele: Love Architects accepts both men and women as paying clients, typically successful, accomplished singles looking for “The One.”
Cost: $5,000 – $100,000+
What To Expect: Potential clients start with a pre-screening, which costs $25. According to their website, these Minnesota matchmakers donate that fee to the Ronald McDonald House.
If the matchmaking service seems like a good fit on both sides, the next step is an assessment that will cover your relationship history and goals, what type of person you’re hoping to meet, etc. The assessment fee is $1,000 if you work with Kailen, $500 if you work with her son.
Matchmaking packages can include a local, national or international search, with the price going up accordingly. Each search is custom tailored to the client, so the cost of your particular package will depend on all the factors discussed during your assessment.
Matches are made from within the Love Architects database, and also via scouting. Depending on your membership package, you can also meet singles at events hosted by Love Architects.
Founded In: 2008
Further Reading: The Love Architects Reviews
Janis & Carly Spindel, Serious Matchmaking
Janis and her daughter Carly Spindel have been matchmaking for over 25 years. Unlike LUMA Luxury Matchmaking and Love Architects, Serious Matchmaking isn’t a true Minnesota matchmaking service as it’s based in NYC. But as with several major cities around the US, they do have a presence in the Twin Cities area.
Clientele: Per this mother/daughter matchmaking duo, the typical Serious Matchmaking client has a net worth of over $10 million and an annual income north of $1 million. These elite matchmakers generally only work with men as paying clients. Women can join the database for $250, but must first pass the rigorous screening process.
Cost: $25,000 – $1,000,000
Contract: Yes – clients sign a 1-year contract.
What To Expect: Potential clients will meet with either Janis or Carly and discuss everything from relationship goals to past dating history and your current lifestyle.
If both you and your matchmaker decide the service is a good fit, you can expect to meet at least one match each month, for the duration of your contract. The scope of the search and other details vary according to the details of your contract.
Your matches will be pulled from the Serious Matchmaking database, or you’ll be introduced to women the matchmaking team has scouted on your behalf.
Founded In: 1993
Further Reading: Serious Matchmaking Reviews
Susan Trombetti, Exclusive Matchmaking
Like Janis Spindel, this elite matchmaker is based on the East Coast. Susan Trombetti calls Maryland home. But Trombetti’s national presence includes Minneapolis/St. Paul, making her a Minnesota matchmaker worth checking out.
Clientele: As implied by the name, this upscale matchmaking service caters to professional, affluent singles seeking similarly accomplished matches. While her matchmaking service has a national reach (as well as offices in Paris and London), her team only takes on selected clients. Trombetti generally works with men seeking long-term relationships.
Cost: $7,500 – $250,000+
Contract Required: Yes.
What To Expect: The first step in the matchmaking process for prospective clients is an initial screening, which costs $500 in person, or $350 if done via video chat. If you decide to hire Trombetti as a matchmaker, you’ll work out the details of your contract, including the scope of your search for matches, your ideal partner criteria, etc.
Matches are curated from the Exclusive Matchmaking database, or could be scouted in your area depending on your membership package. After each introduction, you can call your matchmaker to discuss feedback as to how the conversation went. If needed, you can opt for dating coaching.
Founded In: 2011
Scott Valdez, VIDA Select
VIDA Select is an elite matchmaking service with one big difference – no contracts. That means you’re free to pause your search if you’d like to see where things lead with one of your highly compatible matches.
Clientele: Professional, accomplished singles in their 20s to 60s.
Cost: $695 to $1695 per month
Contract: No – clients pay by the month, with the ability to pause, end or re-start service at any time.
What To Expect: The matchmaking process starts with a confidential, complimentary initial consultation to see if you’re a good fit for the service. Next you’ll have an in-depth interview with your personal matchmaker, where she’ll get to know you, your relationship goals and what all of your “ideal partner” criteria and deal breakers are.
Then your active search will begin. You’ll receive detailed information about each potential match – including photos. VIDA Select’s team of professional matchmakers leverage the largest database of Twin Cities singles in the world – so you’ll only be meeting people you’re truly interested in dating!
Founded In: 2009
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