Online, you can be really attractive and still be overlooked.

People are done with Internet dating, the constant blind dates and the hookups."Instead, for between

Online, you can be really attractive and still be overlooked.

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Online, you can be really attractive and still be overlooked.

People are done with Internet dating, the constant blind dates and the hookups."Instead, for between $1,600 and $5,000, a professional matchmaker will not only personally investigate who you are and what sort of mate you're looking for, but will scour their databases and networks, then advocate on your behalf - a sort of cheer leading best friend combined with the head of HR from the Romance Department.

Name: Linda Miller Agency: Misty River, Mistyriverintros.com, 613-257-3531 What sets them apart: Misty River is one of the longest-established agencies in Ontario.

,600 and ,000, a professional matchmaker will not only personally investigate who you are and what sort of mate you're looking for, but will scour their databases and networks, then advocate on your behalf - a sort of cheer leading best friend combined with the head of HR from the Romance Department.

Name: Linda Miller Agency: Misty River, Mistyriverintros.com, 613-257-3531 What sets them apart: Misty River is one of the longest-established agencies in Ontario.

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The culture has changed in terms of how people meet each other.

I haven't got anything against technology, but it's not helping people's social skills.

Sometimes, it's almost as if I know more about them than they want me to.

I have an intuitive sense of what they need more precisely than they do."Faubert also does an image assessment and can refer clients to associates who help improve confidence through advice on diet, exercise, cosmetic procedures, dentistry, wardrobe, etiquette and finances.

Aside from the personal service and the security of knowing that your neighbour won't accidentally come across your Plenty of Fish profile that lists your likes as "candlelit dinners and slow kissing," there is something to be said for reintroducing the idea of collaboration in finding love, says Ottawa-based relationship coach, Bob Neufield.

"There is an increasing demand for this sort of thing.

She has six employees, including Crystal Warywoda, left, and Karen Lomas.

Observation and good judgment play an important role as a matchmaker, Miller says.

A matchmaker will know if you're into bad boys, you should be steered away from them. I really believe that most of us can benefit from someone who is really grounded in what a relationship can entail, whether it's a relationship coach or a matchmaker." Like a traditional Jewish shadchan or Hindu bichauliya, a modern matchmaker "provides you with curated, pre-screened dates that are aligned with your goals and values.

You can meet these people without spending weeks trying to filter them out yourself," notes Jason Silver, director of New York State's Matchmaking Institute, which offers the world's only certification program.

Newcomer Virtual Dating Assistants does it cheaper.