Normally, if you go out with someone and don’t feel like there’s much chemistry, you just stop replying to their text messages.The other party gets the message pretty quickly, and that’s the end of that.Over 75% of our clients approach DDM because our competent, approachable matchmaking team have already found long term relationships for their friends and relatives.
When someone says it out loud it’s surprisingly difficult to hear.
Like everyone I’ve become so used to virtual interaction, and to an ill-defined dating life characterised with shades of grey, that the whole experience felt quite alien. We cushion our interactions with the opposite sex with euphemisms and half-truths, lest we hurt their feelings or they hurt ours.
So, when I was asked if I wanted to try out Berkley International, a personal dating service for the slightly more discerning patron, it seemed like a nice change of pace.
Essentially, if Tinder is Clapham High Street; Berkeley International is Cannes.
The agency was set up 12 years ago by former hotelier Mairead Molloy when she saw a gap in the market for a high-end, personal dating service.
They don’t use algorithms to match their clients, everything is based on personal introductions, the feedback they accumulate from you after each date you go on, and a good dose of gut instinct.My living arrangements aren’t exactly in keeping with someone who has 20K to burn). My attempts to pretend I’m the sort of person with money to burn failed miserably, but I don’t think they noticed.But it was still very different to going on a date with a random bloke I met in a bar, or someone on Tinder.Drawing Down the Moon is a founder member of the Association of British Introduction Agencies (ABIA), a founder member of the Dating Industry Professionals Network (DIPN) a member of the international Matchmakers Alliance and of the international Matchmaking Institute.We adhere and work to current best practice within the matchmaking, personal introductions and dating agency industry at all times.The man calls you, the man arranges the date, the man picks you up, none of this ‘I’ll meet you at the tube at seven’ business. We didn’t go anywhere ridiculously expensive, for one date we went Dutch, for another he paid.