Ms Violet Lim, chief executive officer and co-founder of Lunch Actually Group, another SDNTrust-accredited dating agency, says: "When we first began in 2004, there was a stigma against the dating industry as people were not really sure what to expect from dating agencies." She says Lunch Actually is seeing more interest in its services not only from individuals, but also from the corporate world.
Ms Jenny Ng, 37, who co-founded Dating Moments with her husband, Mr Edmund Low, 38, says the number of men enrolled at the agency increased from about 850 in 2016 to 1,100 last year. You have thought out every possible conversation and you are sure that you are ready to rock this date. When you meet your date, you realize that he was that guy in your finance class. You’ve spent two hours picking out your outfit for the night. The conversation has been phenomenal; she shares all the same interests as you and even had a dog of the same breed as yours. You open your mouth to say something, but your brain fails you! We’re not talking like he wore a sweater instead of a blazer, but like, he wore a brotank to a five-star. Some men say the benefits of dating services include gaining a greater confidence in communicating with women and improved grooming and self-image through workshops and coaching sessions provided by the agencies.For others, group activities intended to encourage pairing up are themselves part of the draw of such services.While speed-dating events and match-making dinners used to be the mainstay of dating agencies, some of them are branching out to organise activities for a diverse range of interests, such as rock-climbing sessions or leather-crafting workshops, according to industry insiders.Ms Chen Yingying, director of Fabrique Love, an SDNTrust accredited agency, says: "The ratio of men to women approaching dating agencies 10 years ago was probably 30 per cent men to 70 per cent women.He says he did not get many dates during the few years he tried online dating.He met some women who seemed "out to get a free meal or a movie. Although he has not found a life partner yet, he is satisfied with the date coaching services he took up, where he learnt skills such as communicating better with women. Use nicknames like Honey-Bear, Sugar-Booger, and Frank. How do you make it not awkward while still keeping the date in play? #threeway #AWWWWYEEEAH You’re meeting up with your date for a classy wine-and-candlelight dinner. If you say he’s just a friend, is that friendzoning? Should you just say the first thing you can think of?