Drawing Down the Moon: About the Company

This agency is now celebrating over 38 years in the business and has a great reputation in the industry. They have a strong team and wonderful reviews on a daily basis.

The company is constantly expanding and as one of the oldest dating agencies in the world, it is has a very high success rate for matches. 

The agency was winner of ‘Best Matchmaking Agency 2020’ at the Idate Dating Awards. Aimed at busy professionals and high-flyers who want to steer clear of commercial internet dating, clients are only offered membership once personally interviewed and I.D checked.

The website boasts that over 75% of members have been recommended the service by friends or family who have found love by using it, which is a pretty high referral rate by any dating agency standards.

If you want quality over quantity, the filtering process before membership might cater perfectly to your needs. This is definitely not a go-to for anyone looking for a quick fling.

Clients are selected quite highly on appearance, class and profession, so be confident you yourself are ticking these boxes before applying!

Who Runs it?

Drawing Down the Moon is owned by award winning matchmaker Gillian McCallum

The original owner is Mary Balfour (MD), a London-based dating Guru with over 30 years experience.  Naming the website after an ancient Greek love ritual, Mary is also an author and Youtube vlogger and runs ‘smart dating’ seminars in central London.  With her eclectic array of qualifications and achievements (including a Sociology degree and careers in photography and fashion modelling), Mary and her team of experienced and friendly consultants are driven to help singles find a love tailored to them.
Years Running

Mary has been running her matchmaking and dating agency since the 1980s. Far from new to the field, Drawing Down The Moon has had decades to build up a rapport within the online dating community, even the new CEO Gillian McCallum mentions seeing their adverts in Private Eye as a teenager.  

How much are the packages

The good news is initial meetings are free!  You will be told if it is worth your while to become a member or not upfront (so you will never be paying for something not suited to you).  Packages start from £10,000 

What’s included

Contact them to find out as each package is tailored to the individual

Any optional extras

If you feel the agency is unsuitable for your budget, if also offers a link to its sister website, which provides a free service, also designed for professional singles.

Mary’s dating videos, seminars and 1st Date Toolkit are freely downloadable from the website.
Drawing Down The Moon also offers date coaching, styling advice and the matchmaking service of their US partners in Los Angeles and Washington DC.

How do they match you

A one-on-one interview is set up between you and one of the agency team.  They I.D check you and gather all relevant information about you and what you are in search of (all information remains confidential until permission is given).  If they feel you are a suitable candidate for membership you are welcomed to join (or directed to somewhere more useful if you are not).  Once a member, the team will personally find you a match in their database and set up a meeting over drinks.


Drawing Down the Moon Awards

Mary was the winner of 2016 iDate ‘Best International Dating Coach Award’.

She has also won the 2015 ‘UKDA Founder’s Award’ for her impressive 30 years of coaching

Best Matchmaker 2020 Gillian McCallum at the Idate Dating Awards

‘Best Matchmaking Agency 2015’ at the UK Dating Awards.

Best Customer Service 2016 UK Dating Award


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The absolute first choice if you are looking for an exclusive dating agency catering for educated professionals