Dating sites can seem almost as daunting as the Internet itself: With so many options, how exactly do you know where to click? But thanks to our readers, you now have the inside scoop. If you want to get married, these sites, they say, are the ones to use.
“eHarmony was good because it forces dialogue prior to a meeting and actually does ‘match’ you according to some stated preferences and what you have in common. There’s no substitute for chemistry, though. I am happier than I have ever been in my life.” — Kristin
“I had given up on finding someone organically. But Match.com allows you a more refined search, and the percentage of a match they show you is fairly accurate too. You don’t need to spend hours filling out questionnaires. Neither of us would have been patient enough for that! My husband later told me he had refined his search because he wanted to date an artist this time. He posted samples of his sculptures on his profile. We are both accomplished artists, so the photos of our work were very important.” — Kathlene
“After we met on Match.com, I met my now-husband for coffee at Starbucks. We talked for hours and have never been apart since then. I am actually a psychologist, and I tell patients all the time that people are more serious and more invested in finding a serious relationship if they are paying for a service. The free dating sites do not offer that same incentive. It’s the belief that you get what you pay for: on Match.com, people are more serious and willing to make an effort.” — Nikki
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“My husband Jordan and I met on OK Cupid. The site has hundreds of surveys for you to answer and gives you the ability to read other people’s answers. By reading their answers, I think it’s easier to tell who is serious and who isn’t. Also, it’s a free service, so it didn’t feel like a huge commitment just to try it out. Tinder and Hinge weren’t really around yet when we met online, but I probably would have tried those too if they had been.” — Brooke
“I originally joined J Date because I was sick of meeting sleazy, creepy, disgusting guys at bars who weren’t interested in pursuing a real relationship. Before meeting my now-husband, I messaged with, went out with, and even briefly dated multiple men off the website. This helped me to discover even more what I liked and didn’t like and what I was truly looking for. J Date is a great site if you’re looking to get married because most of the people I spoke with from the site made it very clear that they were on this website to find their wife. Additionally, it’s not free and to me, someone who just wants to casually date would go with one of the free options.” — Shelby