As Valentine’s Day fast approaches, Miss Hinton said newly single people needed to realise how their taste in a partner had changed since they were married.
‘I think it’s really important to take time and reflect if you have come out of a divorce because what you were looking for 20 years ago is different now,’ Miss Hinton said. ‘We have a lot of people who come through and they have such a set idea of the person they’re going to end up with and 90 per cent of the time I’ll guarantee they’ll end up with someone different.’
The West Perth-based matchmaker said a casual first date over coffee or drinks was the best way to establish if a relationship had potential.
‘If you’ve never met that person before, you won’t want to be committing to a four-course meal with someone there’s not chemistry with or spark,’ she said.
Miss Hinton said people should not put too much pressure on Valentine’s Day because every couple celebrated the day differently.
‘It’s just one day and if you don’t get red roses or go out for dinner it doesn’t mean if you’re in a relationship that your partner doesn’t care about you,’ she said.
‘At the end of the day a relationship is a friendship.
‘If you can’t have fun with your partner, that’s when a relationship can become quite stale.’