But sifting through e-mails and date requests can soon become a full-time job.Also, not only can people misrepresent themselves online, but anyone - including coworkers and exes - can view your profile.Some companies charge based on the number of introductions and some charge one rate that covers a certain time span, but usually the cost is determined by the amount of time, energy and resources a search requires.

We always make sure there is a balanced ratio of men and women at our events.

Lynn Marks was tired of dating men with commitment issues.

Premier Match offers yearlong contracts that start at $4,500 but go as high as $50,000, said Nightingale.

For Great Date Now, the range is between $600 and $10,000, said owner Gary Ferone.

"When I was online, I had to kiss a lot of frogs before I met my wife," said Ferone, who noted that 85 percent of his clients have tried online dating first.

"Great Date Now is for people who don't want to be professional daters." Nightingale of Premier Match matches people based on intuition, details about a client's lifestyle, and a client's energy levels.Because the matchmakers get to know their clients so well, said Nightingale, they are able to pair people with someone they might not be interested in had they been using an online service.For example, most matchmaking companies - Great Date Now and Premier Match included - avoid showing clients photographs of potential matches.She also liked the second man she was set up with, but he lived a bit too far away, in northern New Jersey.Online dating sites have huge databases of singles to choose from and are generally low-cost.Speed Date Philadelphiaâ„¢ introduces single professionals to each other at fun and exciting speed dating events and singles parties in Philadelphia.