Tired of being stuck at the singles’ table with a bunch of obnoxious children? Are you happy your friends are getting hitched, but secretly wish it was you walking down the aisle? If you’ve left your love life in the hands of the Internet or you’ve resolved to finding someone the old-fashioned way but haven’t had any luck, consider taking control of your destiny by hiring a professional matchmaker. There’s no better time than the present to solicit the help from someone like Courtney Quinlan of Omaha Love. After all, wedding season is around the corner and you deserve to have someone special by your side through every friend’s “I do.”
How many years have you been a matchmaker?
Courtney: 9 years
How did you get started in this business?
C: I got started by working for a matchmaking company as a sales consultant. After working for this company for about 3 years, I decided to start Omaha Love. Omaha Love has been in business for 6 years.
How many matches have you made?
C: Omaha Love has been responsible for about 50 marriages along with several long-term relationships.
What’s your favorite part about being a matchmaker? It must be rewarding to play cupid, huh?
C: Helping people to find a loving relationship and ultimately achieving the happiness they came to us seeking is extremely rewarding.
What advice do you have for people who are hesitant to enlist the help of a matchmaking professional?
C: You have nothing to lose by setting up a consultation and learning more about how a matchmaker can help you. Most matchmaker’s do not charge anything for the initial consultation and welcome meeting with singles who are serious about finding love.
How does your service differ from online dating?
C: We meet and screen everyone in person to verify they are who they say they are, that they’re serious about finding love, and that they are stable. You are not matched by a computer, but rather by a real person who has met you and your potential match. We also do criminal background checks, provide date feedback, and have singles events around the Omaha metro.
How does the process work?
C: Our matchmaker’s recommend matches, but we also allow our clients to look through our database and select people they are interested in. We try to get our members out on their first date within 7 days, but this really depends on them having mutual matches and availability to go on dates. Most of our client’s find their match within 12 months. Sometimes it can take 1 month. There is not really a “science” behind it and that time frame depends on compatibility and chemistry between matches.
Why does everyone deserve to find their soul mate? Do you believe there is a match for everyone?
C:When you are in love, everything in life is more beautiful. Everyone deserves a chance to experience that. I do, however, [think] it takes longer for some people than others to find that perfect match. Also, people must be realistic about what they are seeking in order to find it.
Do you see an increase in people enlisting your services around the holidays, especially around Valentine’s Day?
C: Our busiest time of the year starts around Valentine’s Day and goes until the end of Summer.
Why is it especially hard to be single around Valentine’s Day?
C: Because it is really a holiday that revolves around romantic relationships. Even if someone is happy being single, this time of year reminds them that they are single and really could be missing out on something great.
With wedding season 2015 kicking off soon, what are the pros and cons of going to a wedding solo?
C: Pros: You can meet a potential partner and you can mingle with friends and family without having to entertain a date. Cons: You may not meet any eligible singles, you will feel extra lonely watching all the love in the air, [and] you will feel awkward during the festivities if there are primarily couples there.
What are your thoughts on establishing a relationship from a chance meeting at a friend’s wedding? Does the whole distance thing matter if there’s a connection?
C: I think it is great if that were to happen. However, I wouldn’t go to a wedding expecting it to as you may be disappointed. Relationships are hard without the distance. So yes, from my past experience, I have seen many relationships fail because distance only complicates them more.
How can people enlist your services?
C: They can either call me directly (402) 681-6676, e-mail me at email@example.com, or go to Omaha Love and register for more information about our services. We do have different services most of which are listed on our website.
Anything else you’d like to add about matchmaking?
C: This is our favorite time of year at Omaha Love! We are having a large annual Valentine’s Day bash called Flirt Fest on February 8th at DJ’s Dugout (114th and Dodge). This is a speed dating event followed by a mixer. Event details and registration are listed on our website. Also, for the month of February, we are offering 25% off all memberships!
For more information on Omaha Love, please visit www.OmahaLove.com.