No need to be wistful, though, if you can’t afford to hire a matchmaker of this caliber. We’ve asked Brooks and three other exclusive matchmakers for their best tips on how to find love. Here’s what they have to say:
1. Be realistic.
“If you look like Roseanne, don’t fixate on finding a Tom Cruise look-alike,” says Brooks. “I also tell women who seem to be on a money hunt—that is, looking exclusively for men with big bucks—they’ll have to change their attitude if their goal is a long-term relationship. Men can sense right away if you’re out for their wallet, not their personality.” In the long run, the most priceless attributes you should want in a mate are not looks and/or money but a loving heart, dependable nature and commitment to you.
2. Be a hot mama, not a prospective mama.
“Men have a radar for detecting women who are baby hungry,” warns Christie Kelleher, director of the New York office of Kelleher & Associates, an upscale matchmaking service for successful professionals. Kelleher, whose service has brought together about 6,000 marriages in 19 years, adds, “He’s thinking, ‘Whoa—I don’t even know your middle name, and I already know the colors you want to paint your kid’s nursery.'” Your best bet: no baby talk!