So how does this work, anyway?
Click on APPLY ONLINE and fill out the form. If you're a good fit for the service and our current roster, we'll be in touch. Easy as peach pie!
I don't live in Toronto (GTA), Hamilton, Burlington or Ottawa. Can I still sign up?
I'm afraid not. Unless you're in these cities on a weekly basis for school, work or family obligations, we are unable to take you on as a client at this time.
Okay, let’s be real: how much is this going to run me?
Friend of a Friend Matchmaking offers three main tiers of service:
The Platinum Plan: $12799 - $19799 + HST (annually) -- Friend of a Friend Matchmaking's Founder Sofi Papamarko will be your personal matchmaker and dating concierge for one year. She will upend her personal Rolodex of over 1000 singles and leave no stone unturned to find suitable matches for you out in the world. The Platinum Plan includes unlimited matches, quarterly in-person check-ins with Sofi, twelve weeks of personal dating coaching with Lee-Anne Galloway, external matching, internal matching, a customized dating concierge service (pick your favourite bar or restaurant or ask for a recommendation, we'll make the arrangements), a professional style consultation, new headshots for business/pleasure and more. An initial non-refundable $500 in-person consultation fee is a requirement to mutually assess if you are a good fit for the service.
The Premium Plan: $6799 + HST (annually) --One year of matching with your personal matchmaker (Lee-Anne Galloway, Claire AH or Ceilidhe Wynn). The Premium Plan includes between 1 and 10 matches in a year, internal matching, external matching, dating concierge service, twelve weeks of dating coaching with Lee-Anne Galloway or Claire AH early on in your membership, a professional style consultation and new headshots.
The Popular Plan: $1799 + HST (annually) -- One year of internal matching with your personal matchmaker (Lee-Anne Galloway, Claire AH or Ceilidhe Wynn).
We also offer:
The Popular Plan + Coaching: $2999 + HST (annually) -- One year of internal matching with your personal matchmaker (Lee-Anne Galloway, Claire AH or Ceilidhe Wynn). Twelve weeks of dating coaching (either in-person or via Skype) with Lee-Anne Galloway or Claire AH early on in your membership.
The Pay-What-You-Can Plan (annually, launching December 8, 2017): Available to artists, freelancers, students and low-income clientele only. A questionnaire must be completed in order to prove financial need. Accessibility is extremely important to us and we don't want to turn dedicated daters away based on an inability to pay for The Popular Plan. Everybody deserves love!
Membership for all tiers includes:
1) A digitally delivered love and personality survey.
2) A one-on-one interview with your yenta where she will take the time to get to know you and understand your personality and dating needs.
3) One full year on the Friend of a Friend Matchmaking roster. You will be matched with between 1 - 10 people during the course of the year (usually averaging 2 matches). We believe in quality over quantity and meet every single one of our clients in person.
4) A post-date post-mortem call or email where we can discuss what worked and what didn't with your most recent match and adjust your preferences accordingly (if needed).
5) A monthly e-newsletter with invaluable dating tips, stats and the "inside scoop" on how to succeed -- plus updates on our recent successes!
6) Personal email communication with our yentas (feel free to ask for and offer feedback on dates, ask for advice about navigating rejections or follow-up dates, etc.)
Why do you think you're better than online dating?
1) Online dating can be super frustrating and time consuming.
2) We do most of the work for you. We are here! Here we are! Holding your hand! Everything's going to be fine.
3) If anonymity is important to you, rest easy knowing that your face isn't going to be plastered on a dating site somewhere, vulnerable to jerks adding curly moustaches to it using MS Paint! For kicks!
4) We will aim to connect you with between one and five date matches over the course of twelve months (the average is two). If we fall short of this standard, we will extend your membership for free until a suitable match is found.
5) You know when you sign up for a thing and then your term comes to an end and they automatically charge you for another six months of that thing without your permission? Yeah. We will never, ever do that.
6) We don't want you to click and click and click into the void forever. We genuinely care about our clients. We want you to be happy and find somebody nice to bring home for Thanksgiving, okay?
Do you have a referral discount or something?
We do indeed! If you successfully refer three heterosexual men to the service, consider your full registration fee refunded (and your open palm high fived)!
Err...what's a yenta?
Yenta was the name of the matchmaker in "Fiddler on the Roof." The term is synonymous with matchmaking (and historically, with meddling...but matchmaking is the absolute loveliest form of meddling). In conclusion,
What's the difference between internal matching and external matching?
It has nothing to do with looks vs. personality! Internal matching is when we set you up with other clients in the Friend of a Friend Matchmaking roster. External matching is when we go out to events, bars, restaurants, hunt online, search social media, network and otherwise do everything in our power to meet your match out in the world. External matching takes a lot of time, effort and expertise on our part and that is reflected in the price point (external matching is only included in Premium and Platinum plans).
Hey, you set me up with somebody I didn’t like! What’s up with that?
Oof! Sorry about that. Obviously we don’t know you or your tastes as well as you do. Some of this is going to be trial and error -- especially early on. That’s why it’s important for us to gather your feedback after your dates, so we can make a note of it and ensure that the next person we set you up with will be a stronger match.
Can you guarantee me love?
No. We cannot guarantee you love. No one can. But we can guarantee that we will try our very best to set you up with people who jibe with your needs, wants, interests and personality.
What's the difference between a match and a date?
A match is when we introduce you to a potential date over email. A date is when you meet one another in person. We can only guarantee matches. The going-on-a-date stuff is entirely up to you. (You're both smart people! You'll figure it out!)
What if I don't want to meet someone you match me up with?
You are under no obligation to meet anyone. Meeting new people is obviously what everyone is here to do, but if you don't want to meet someone we've connected you with, you absolutely do not have to meet them (but please do reach out and let us know, just so I can understand your reasoning.)
What if someone treats me disrespectfully?
If someone stands you up or treats you with any disrespect, please let us know immediately. After your date/s, we hope you’ll take the time to tell us what you liked and didn’t like about your match so we can better refine your wants and needs on your profile and ensure that our client base remains top-notch.
Do you ever reject potential applicants?
We do. Please understand that it's nothing personal. We are a small business and know our client base very well, so if we don't think we will have any matches for you, we simply don't want to waste your time. If you'd like, we can recommend other local matchmaking services who might have the person you're searching for.
Uh, do you ever revoke memberships?
Please note that memberships can be revoked at any time without compensation or explanation if we learn that you didn’t treat a fellow client with due respect and humanity during your date. (We don’t expect we’ll ever have to do this, though. Mutual respect is pretty basic kindergarten stuff, pals!)
I met someone amazing during my year-long membership and now I want to cancel because I don't need your service anymore. Can I get a full or partial refund?
We'll happily remove your profile from our system, but registration fees are non-refundable, unless you send three new heterosexual male clients our way successfully. Sorry about that! But congratulations on having a new special person in your life! That's great! You deserve it!
I signed up for Friend of a Friend but now I've changed my mind. Can I get a refund?
Sorry, no refunds after seven days of registration. If you haven't yet met with your yenta, you can transfer your membership to a friend of the same gender.
I haven't had a match yet and I've been waiting for a while. I don't want to wait for one single second longer! Can I have a refund?
No refunds. No exceptions. This process takes time and we'd prefer to set you up with strong mutual matches instead of just throwing random dates your way to fulfill a quota. Please be patient with us. If you don't have a match at the end of your year, we are happy to extend your membership until we find you a suitable match.
I'm gay/bi/open/poly/trans/genderqueer/elderly. Can I participate?
Absolutely! Friend of a Friend prides itself on being open and inclusive of all genders, ages and sexualities. Unlike many matchmaking companies, we even have a dedicated LGBTQ+ yenta (based in Toronto and Hamilton)!
Do you have a Facebook page?
What about an Instagram?
Oh heck yes!
Wait a sec…if you’re such solid matchmakers, how do you intend to stay afloat? By the very nature of your business, you’re kind of working against the repeat business model.
Our success does indeed rely upon losing customers to happy relationships! That’s why we hope our clients who find love and fulfillment to send at least two of their single friends or family members (that's four people per successful couple) to us. That way, we can keep growing...through friends of friends.
Okay, this actually sounds like a pretty awesome idea. How can I help?
Next to signing up (hello, please sign up!), the best thing you can do to help us is to spread the word! Post this site on your Facebook (and join our Facebook page), share it through Twitter or Google+ (LOL Google+!), talk about it at cocktail parties and email the link to your awesome single friends. We're relying on word of mouth from wonderful people like you to help Friend of a Friend Matchmaking live long and prosper.