Top 10 Best Sites
Looking for a dating site you can trust? Search no more.
|Hayley Matthews • 9/21/16|
The Short Version: Ever since she was a teenager, Ali Migliore daydreamed about being a professional matchmaker who inspires singles to find love and happiness in their lives. She turned her dreams into reality in 2013 when she founded Simply Matchmaking, and by 2015 she was recognized as the #1 Matchmaker in Washington by a local news outlet. Today, Ali runs a four-person team of matchmakers based in the heart of Seattle, Washington. The close-knit team offers clients a 90-minute introductory consultation for free so singles can see if the company’s matching, date coaching, and image consulting packages are right for them. With personalized attention to detail, Ali’s team acts as wingman for hundreds of clients a year in the Pacific Northwest.
From the age of 15, Ali Migliore has aspired to be a professional matchmaker. She could imagine no better life pursuit than helping people find love. As an adult, she began a career as an event planner, but kept applying for jobs as a matchmaker in hopes of landing her dream job.
Her passion shone through in every job interview, but no matchmaking business took her on. Then, four years ago, after one stinging rejection, her husband Matt gave her a pep talk.
“You’re such a go-getter and always wanted to be an entrepreneur,” he said. “If they’re not going to hire you, so what? Go start your own business and take over the world.”
His belief in her ability inspired her to chase her dreams. “His support made it possible,” Ali recalled. “After a year and a half of starting my own business, I got to do this full time, and I never looked back.”
Now she’s the Chief Matchmaker of Simply Matchmaking, heading up a four-person (and one-dog) team. Matt works close by her side as the Chief Love Officer; he’s in charge of the behind-the-scenes work for the business.
In their life and their career, Matt remains behind Ali all the way, and together they make a perfect team. This family-owned service provides customized matchmaking and date coaching for singles of all orientations, incomes, and backgrounds.
Their dedication has earned them some deserved recognition in the heart of Seattle. The Best of Western Washington awards popular local businesses and named Simply Matchmaking the #1 Matchmaker in Washington in 2015 — a coveted title they’re proud to claim.
“We’re very personalized compared to the big sharks out there,” she said. “I love listening to people talk about their relationships and being able to give advice along the way.”
Simply Matchmaking offers matching, date coaching, and image consulting to help singles find a significant other. Their services are not meant for hookups or casual dating, but serious relationship-building.
Simply Matchmaking memberships last for one year (and can be put on hold as often and as long as the client needs) with prices that range from $500 to $10,000. The higher priced memberships includes image consulting, date coaching, and nationwide match searches.
“You are very adept, caring, and intuitive, which made the interview/discovery process both thorough and enjoyable.” — L.S., a Simply Matchmaking client
The number of dates Simply Matchmaking can arrange is unlimited. From start to finish, it’s clear that Ali and her team care about the people who come to them for help. With unwavering support, encouragement, and advice, Simply Matchmaking sets singles up for success on their first date.
The first step in the Simply Matchmaking process is the Discovery Session, a one-on-one sit-down with the matchmaker to discuss individual dating history and aspirations.
“We get to know every single client who comes through the door,” Ali said. “It’s like dating therapy when you sit down with one of us.”
In the interview, one of the matchmakers will take about an hour and a half to truly understand the client’s wants and needs. Much thought is put into who that person is so the team can select the best matches possible.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect from a matchmaking interview, and I must say it was a lot of fun. You are very adept, caring, and intuitive, which made the interview/discovery process both thorough and enjoyable,” praised L.S., a Simply Matchmaking client.
During the dating process, this experienced team does all the legwork, down to the smallest detail, to save their clients time as they foray into dating.
Not only does Simply Matchmaking arrange all the particulars of a first date — from making a reservation to giving wardrobe tips — but the team also emails a follow-up with clients immediately after the date to see how it went.
Simply Matchmaking maintains full communication with their clients before and after dates. The post-date feedback is how both matchmaker and dater learn what works and what doesn’t. The matchmakers will ask each person for their opinions about the other person and then offer that feedback to the client.
This gives individuals insight into the impression they made. “We love to pass along compliments as an ego boost for that person, but we also give them things to work on,” she said.
The matchmakers serve as an unbiased source for growth, helping people see what they can do to improve.
“This is something we put a lot of thought and effort into,” the Founder asserted. “Without a doubt, the feedback lets people learn more about themselves.”
Simply Matchmaking takes the time to help daters with all aspects of their dating life. This includes the arena of online dating. Molly, Lead Matchmaker and Online Dating Specialist, applies her own experience dating online to give knowledgeable advice on how to set up a profile or send a message to a potential love interest.
Ali said she encourages her clients to cover all the bases and keep their online profiles active because “you never know where you’ll find someone.”
Simply Matchmaking takes on clients in the Pacific Northwest, covering Washington, Oregon, and Vancouver, B.C. Ali described her clientele as working professionals who are ready for a committed relationship.
Over the years, the team has assisted a diverse range of singles of every ethnic background, religion, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation. Currently, their youngest client is 23 and the oldest is 79.
“Seattle is an eclectic city,” she explained. “It’s a very accepting community. We really see every type of person — our clients come from all walks of life.”
This service isn’t tailored for millionaire’s only. Simply Matchmaking offers a selection of affordable plans for daters with varied incomes. If you’re relationship-ready, the team is more than willing to offer their guidance and support.
“Going through the process primed us for this relationship,” a Yelp reviewer raved about Simply Matchmaking, “hopefully it’s the best and last one I’ll have.”
Ali and her team work with hundreds of clients every year, and they’ve watched singles fall in love, get married, and start families after being matched up. As Simply Matchmaking’s website proclaims: “Our everyday mission statement: Make happiness and spread the love.”
One such success story resulted in marriage in August after a little over a year of dating. Jeremy was only a client for 15 days when he met the love of his life.
“Ali is very interested in learning about you and what you’re looking for in a match,” the newlyweds wrote in their testimonial. “She listens and provides thoughtful advice and guidance.”
“I know firsthand what this company is all about. Your interests come first, and the owner is an amazing person who takes the time to truly understand you! I highly recommend!” — Derrick, a Simply Matchmaking client
Simply Matchmaking’s testimonials speak to the care and compassion offered by this intimate team. Even those who didn’t find their one-true-love often say they gained confidence or learned dating strategies that will help them in the future.
Ali and her team certainly put in the effort to open people’s hearts and minds to the possibility of love. They feel invested in the love lives of every person who comes to them. “Matchmaking is in my heart and soul,” she told us. “I’m actually officiating a wedding of a couple I set up six years ago.”
Every wedding and baby shower is deeply gratifying to Ali because that’s why she’s in the business. Each time they put together a successful match or achieve a big goal, the team celebrates together: “We put on music and dance around and clap right there in the middle of the office,” she said.
After years of hard work, Ali is fully living her dream job. She didn’t get discouraged by rejection, but continued to hope, plan, and pursue what she wanted for herself. She encourages her clients to do the same in their love life.
Today, as Simply Matchmaking’s Founder, Ali still finds much joy in helping people find relationships, and, for her next project, she’s starting an online magazine to offer dating advice to singles everywhere.
Until then, Ali and the team will continue helping clients embark on a positive dating experience through their selective matching, date coaching, and image consultation. With a personal, hands-on approach to matchmaking, they guide singles to discover the possibilities out there in the dating world.
“We don’t care if you’re a millionaire or not — everyone deserves loves,” Ali said. “No matter who you are, we will learn about you and select someone for you who fits within your lifestyle.”