On the other hand, it's a lot cheaper -- nearly free, in fact.
Membership runs about a month, depending on which plan you choose.
"I submitted a review a number of months ago and I just wanted to say that Marcel and I have now been married for a number of months and are very happy," said Sheree of Kitchener, On., in a Consumer Affairs review, one of several from Lifemates clients who tied the knot with dates they met through the service.
But my favorite was the Halloween haunted house party bus."Like other higher-end services, E&A doesn't list its prices on its website so be sure you understand the pricing and have read the contract carefully before signing anything. The dating services we've looked at so far have all been, to one degree or another, what the MBA types call niche plays -- designed to appeal to a certain slice of society, and generally a higher socio-economic slice at that.
They all have a personal "facetime" element as well -- you have to meet, or at least talk to, a human being to be accepted. It's what we might all a "pure Internet play" -- everything's done online, nearly anyone can register and what happens after that is up to you.
"We are an invitation-only club of people like you spending social time having fun with like-minded people."It gets high marks from Consumer Affairs reviewers like Bob of Phoenix, who wrote: "Since I joined Events and Adventures I’ve attended probably close to a hundred events like pottery painting... I had a great time at the Extreme Adventure Course up in Flagstaff.... I’ve made a lot of friends and found a significant other through Events and Adventures."The monthly events range from a simple wine-tasting to outdoor sports and expeditions to foreign lands.
To join, applicants must be successfully interviewed and must certify that they are single.
Consumer Affairs' founder and former editor, Jim Hood formerly headed Associated Press Broadcast News, directing coverage of major news events worldwide.