Dating people in the forces
Wiesbaden was captured by US forces in March of 1945 during the Second World War, and remained under American occupation after the war’s end.Troops have been present in the Wiesbaden area ever since.With thousands of American military members and personnel in the Wiesbaden community, there is certainly a market for foreign singles looking to settle in.And that's where matchmaker Jessica Dreyer steps in.They think German men are not so easy going in life, and are too picky with things.” And Dreyer’s American male clients sometimes have just as many preconceived notions of German women - including quite romantic ones.“American men say they like the women here, they’re taller on average and seem a little more natural.Still, given that her business kicked off less than a year ago, Dreyer hasn’t had any couples get to this point yet. In Germany we tend to wait years before getting married.
Business started to really boom after a few months when local media noticed the novel dating firm, and now she receives on average 60 to 80 new inquiries from Germans and Americans combined each week.
And around 85 percent of military personnel are male.
For a city that has a long history with the American military, such pairings between American soldiers and German women are also perhaps not so uncommon.
And in her personal life, her female German friends inquired about the potential availability of any of her US army co-workers.
“I thought, ‘I could make a business out of this’,” Dreyer tells The Local.
Dreyer charges men €189 for their first match - €50 more than she charges women, who she says she charges less because they generally earn less than the men.