Amy and Craig - a Mass Match wedding!

Hi Lanie!
We were so happy to celebrate with you and Bud! What an incredible gift we have been given, through YOU! How cool is that? Do you just love your job at times like this? I hope so! We would love to share a picture or several - we are still seeing pictures come in! We want to encourage anyone to know that love IS possible with you! With deepest gratitude!


Two weddings in the works

It may not be the bleak mid-winter just yet, but news last week of 2 summer weddings in the works sure brightened my days.
-- Lanie

Great news today from a male client...

You know your work very well!!!! I tried to follow your guidance and it has paid off. I am a very happy man...

I felt like a teenager again, wonderful shared excitement. Smiled all the way home. We're going to take this slow, but will begin to spend more time together. So at this point, I would request you place me on inactive status. I have met several other women, this one seems right in all sorts of ways. I will stay in touch, and keep you posted on the progress.

Best wishes and thank you very much for your help.


And from a female member:
I guess slow and steady wins the race, or at least I hope it does. Andy and I have been continuing to see each other and really enjoying getting to know each other. I want to devote my attention to exploring a relationship with him and not see other people at this point. Thanks for connecting us!

I'm sure lots of people have told you to write a book with all of your sage advice about dating and finding the right one. It would be a best seller - you really know what you're doing!

Best wishes,

Valentine Gift

I was going to meet a client when serendipitously I bumped into a Mass Match couple, strolling hand in hand in Northampton, on their way to buy an engagement ring. I couldn't have a better gift!

I hope you meet your Valentine in 2013!

Holiday cheer!

I heard from 3 couples on Christmas Day to tell me they are now in a happy relationship. I couldn't ask for a better gift. What a way to head into 2013 when, I know, many more couples will be sending me those kind of emails.
Happy New Year to you all!

Two members share their thoughts

I do not want to sound melodramatic but I feel that your service has changed the course of my life in a very important way. Prior to joining, I had not been in a serious relationship for years. Now I am writing to request that my name be taken off your roll because, through Mass Match, I have met someone that matters to me a lot. I want to strongly thank you because I know I never would have met this person without your help.
With gratitude,
Jake (Oct 20, 2012)
Dear Lanie, to use Jake's words "without sounding melodramatic", there is no template to describe the experience of having met someone who is special, kind and true and I thank you Lanie for having given me this wonderful opportunity.

A Mass Match April wedding

All photos printed with permission

Lanie, I would have paid you double if I had known I would meet my bride."

Mr. and Mrs. "Wonderful", Agawam, MA
Married April, 2012.

Names withheld per request

Mass Match a winner!

We are so excited to have won Best of the Valley for three years now (2010, 2011, 2012). Thanks to all who voted for Mass Match!

Spring Engagement

Dave and I are now engaged!


All photos printed with permission

Spring Wedding Bells

Hi Lanie,
Just wanted to give you a quick from our last conversation. Carolyn and I are engaged now. She has relocated to my house in Longmeadow. . Things are going great. A wedding date will be scheduled in mid spring. Thank you so much for your service,


Thank you Steve

I am grateful for the hardworking, intelligent, discerning and conscientious people that you bring to the relationship table.....blessings and gratitude for your efforts.

Steve in the Berkshires Dec 5, 2011

November interview with GazetteNET

Source: GazettNET

Name: Lanie Delphin
Job title, company: Owner/matchmaker, Mass Match Dating and Matchmaking Service
When the business started: 2002

What you do?
Meet with clients, match them, coach them, do the business/advertising end and write articles

The market?
Singles 20s-80s from western Mass and neighboring communities in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York

How you reach out to it?
Radio, print, TV, chambers and word of mouth

What you hope clients say about you?
Clients have told me they are grateful that I charge a rate as affordable as Internet Dating and that I dont charge the thousands of dollars that similar personal dating services charge. Clients have thanked me for responding to them in a timely way. Some have kindly told me to take a break on a weekend or evening. To me, though, running a dating service isn't like selling a pair of shoes.

The concerns of clients are immediate and deeply personal, and I want to get right back to them. No matter where I am or what Im doing, Ill send off an email if I feel its important. Matchmakers cant really take a vacation away from email. And despite being thanked for successful matches that have led to marriages, and even many babies, being thanked for advice taken to heart has meant the most to me. Educating people so that they make good healthy choices for themselves and helping them expand their minds has been a mission. I am a born teacher, I suppose. People thank me for caring. No one thinks they are a dating expert.

Key to success?
Being persistent and working hard at building relationships. If you run a small business you need to give the kind of personal service that you wont usually get with larger companies. The Little Engine that Will. Someone said I was faster than Yahoo.

Competing with the big-box Internet sites, described by some as looking for a needle in a haystack. And if someone is upset with you, not answering in kind.

Misstep you learned from?
I wish I had had a business partner. All other mistakes have been opportunities for tweaking and evolving and thinking outside the box.
What others could learn from you: If you believe in what you are doing, do not give up. It takes a lot of time to build up a business and people will feel the passion you bring to it.

Who helped mentor you professionally?
My husband, friends and family, media representatives and clients. One of my radio reps helped me change the name years ago from Single Search Western Mass. Clients have suggested ways to improve the online registration form. I take all suggestions seriously but, in the end, have to trust my own instincts. My son, who does the website, has been an invaluable support and chief consultant in terms of technology. I couldn't have done Mass Match without him. Who else would answer my questions in the middle of the night?

Top goals for 2012?
To get more people in Mass Match so that more and more people will find the right one. The more clients, the better the chance for folks to find that special someone.

Advice for others seeking business success?
Listen to everyone because you can get stuck in your old ways. Be willing to change.

Parting thought?
If you run your own business, be prepared to work very hard. But in terms of tapping into your creativity, nothing will top it. And please, tell all singles to join Mass Match.

Mass Match September wedding

"Hi Lanie,
I wanted to let you know that Randy and I are getting married next Saturday 17th. We met in July two years ago. It's been wonderful. Thank you so much."

Cary and Randy, Amherst MA

"Wanted to share that Mark and I were married this weekend. And this announcement and story appeared in the New York Times, with a mention of Mass Match!!
Thanks again for your part in our story!"


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