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Blog: Dating Advice

A life in love: lessons from a career in matchmaking

Matchmaking is more than a career: my team and I have the power in our hands to revolutionise our clients’ lives beyond recognition. For over seven years now, The Vida Consultancy has been drawing together some of the world’s most exceptional singletons and finding them love amongst one another.

5 Hot First Date Locations

With endless date spot options, where does one start? Look no further, read on for my top 5 hot first date locations.

The Real Rules of Dating

Humans like certainty, and, when it comes to dating, we want to know exactly how to get that perfect relationship. Enter the rules for dating.

Dressing for a First Date

As they say, you are what you eat, and the same thing goes for what you wear. The first impression is everything, whether it's for a job interview, meeting a client or even going on a date - read on for my top tips.

The Matchmaking Institute: the world’s only certified school of love

To most New Yorkers, that is nothing more than an arbitrary address – but to a small, elite community of professionals and experts, The Matchmaking Institute is none other than the hub of some of the world’s most talented love gurus.

Players and Playas: The Game Theory of Online Dating

Online dating is renowned for just how efficiently it can open up a vast pool of potential partners. For this reason, dating apps are often downloaded for no more reason than to act as a ‘game’, a way to pass the time.

A Day in the Life of… An Elite NYC Matchmaker

Being a matchmaker is pretty unusual. You take it for granted after a while, but sometimes I stop to think and remember that I am helping people in what is often the biggest decision of their lives, the greatest contributor of all to their potential happiness: finding them the love of their life.

A Woman’s Guide to Surviving NYC Dating

For a lot of single women arriving in NYC for the first time, a lifetime’s diet of Sex and the City has instilled in them the (unfortunately delusional) notion that they’ll be landing their own Mr. Big in no time at all. Reality can be harsh. For a woman, NYC can be a lonely, difficult city to live in – let alone date in.

Characteristics of a Happy Couple

As matchmakers, a question we are often asked, is ‘what are the characteristics that make a happy couple’, ‘how will I know if he/she is compatible with me long-term?’

Let’s Talk about Text

Texting. Where would we be without it? You can’t emphasise enough how much it’s changed the way we’ve communicated in the last 25 years. With that increased efficiency, though, have come some inevitable pitfalls.

Common Relationship Problems

Life isn’t perfect and the idea of having to face relationship problems is a common reason why people sometimes avoid committed relationships. The reality is, that there are hurdles you can overcome if you work together to sort them out.

Far from the Madding Crowd

We all love a summer break especially a romantic one, but does the thought of crowds, people lining up, rambunctious children and animals, loud mobile phone conversations at the adjacent sun lounger all fill you with dread? As much as I love my family life, a peaceful quiet getaway that allows me to gently appreciate my love without constant interruption is utter bliss! Here’s some of my special spots designed to heighten love and romance, quietly. 

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