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JollyRomance is a one-stop dating site for Americans and Europeans looking for single Slavic girls. It has been around for a decade and has a huge following, though it’s not without its drawbacks. So, is JollyRomance legit? What are the chances of finding someone special here? How much does it cost? Find answers to these and other questions in my detailed JollyRomance review.

Monthly visits127K
PriceFree for ladies
Paid for men, starting at £8 for 20 credits, up to £120 for 750 credits
Average age of membersUnder 35 for women, 40+ for men
Best forWomen from Eastern Europe and Western men
Singles looking for romance and flirting
People comfortable with long-distance relationships
Favorite featuresNewsfeed and personal feeds
Private photo and video messages
Virtual and real gifts
Free winks and likes

JollyRomance overview in 1 minute

  • JollyRomance connects single Westerners with Eastern European brides interested in flirting, chatting, friendship, and relationships.
  • Among 127K monthly visitors, around 30% are ladies, most of whom are under 35.
  • JollyRomance login via Google is available if you don’t want to remember another password.
  • Registration and basic functionality are free for male members, while ladies enjoy the whole range of features for free.
  • Member profiles include personal photo feeds reminiscent of Instagram, and Newsfeed lists all the latest posts.
  • Search filters include country, gender, and age range, but there’s also a swiping People tool for discovering random profiles.
  • New members receive 20 bonus credits to test premium features.
  • There’s a first purchase offer: get 20 credits for £2.39 instead of £8.
  • Aside from virtual gifts, members can exchange flowers and real gifts via a built-in delivery service.
  • Most profiles come with ID and photo verification badges (blue checkmarks next to the name).

How much does JollyRomance cost?

Anyone can create a free profile and use basic JollyRomance features, but private communication is only free for ladies. Men need credits to start conversations, exchange photos, and send gifts. Here are the current credit package rates:

£ 2.39
first purchase
20 credits
Special Offer
£ 8
20 credits
£ 16
50 credits
£ 36
125 credits
£ 56
250 credits
£ 120
750 credits
JollyRomance cost

Free and paid services on JollyRomance

Although I’ve seen plenty of JollyRomance reviews complaining about pricing, few remember to mention the plethora of free tools available to all members. I, for one, had fun testing all of these without paying a single penny:

  • Search — the straightforward search filters are limited to your gender and age preferences, as well as the country of origin.
  • Profiles access — all personal details and photos are available for free, except private pictures (they are unlocked once you initiate a chat).
  • Newsfeed — this Instagram-like feed includes the latest photos and posts by the most active daters.
  • People — swiping through random profiles is more exciting than going through search results. 
  • Likes and winks — these are free ways of gauging mutual interest before starting a conversation.
Newsfeed on JollyRomance

The only thing missing from the list of free JollyRomance features is private communication functionality. Here are some of the paid tools available to members:

  • Live chat — at 2 credits per minute, it’s the most comfortable way of keeping in touch.
  • Photo and video messages — photos cost 10 credits/each, while videos are 50 credits/each.
  • Mail — the first letter is 10 credits, and the following ones are 30, but you can use up to 3,500 characters and attach photos for free.
  • Virtual gifts — rates range from 32 to 4,990 credits, and there are usually seasonal offers added once a month or so.
  • Gift delivery — the pricing starts at 699 credits, and you can sneak a peek at the wishlist to know what a lady would like to get. The options include flowers, chocolate, electronics, etc.
Gift delivery and Virtual gifts

Considering the cost of viewing videos and sending gifts, I suggest pacing yourself. Otherwise, you’ll burn through your credit balance very quickly.

How does JollyRomance work?

Of course, I couldn’t rely on other jollyromance.com reviews and had to test it personally before drawing conclusions. So, I signed up for a free account and later purchased credits to see if it actually worked as advertised.

Here’s what I did in my first days on JollyRomance:

Set up a dating profile
It didn’t take much time because there’s barely a handful of standard fields, and the bio is pretty limited. But I uploaded lots of photos to make my profile extra attractive (and it worked).
Explored the dating pool
Search filters didn’t help narrow down the options, and swiping through random profiles was fun, but only for a short time. That’s why I spent most of my time on JollyRomance in the Newsfeed. It helped me find the most active daters quickly. Besides, I learned how to add my photos to the Newsfeed to get noticed, and it doubled the number of likes and messages I received.
Chose who to talk to carefully
Since I used my male alter-ego to set up an account, I had to keep a close eye on my balance at all times. The fine print reminders helped me remember the rates, but I still clicked on a couple of videos by mistake, losing 100 credits in under a minute. So, I suggest being extra careful with media messages if you want to stretch out your credits for all they are worth.

After a few weeks of exploring and testing, here are a few insights I gleaned that may help you enjoy your experience with JollyRomance a bit more:

  • Don’t stop at the main profile picture. Most members add at least ten photos, and they’ll be more informative than the main profile picture. I also recommend reading the bio. If it’s full of cliches and lacks any personal details, look for another person to chat with.
  • The country search doesn’t always mean anything. Considering the number of Ukrainian refugees and Russian immigrants in Europe, it’s hard to tell them apart from Czech or Polish brides. If that’s a deciding factor for you, be direct and ask questions.
  • Ignore stock messages, and don’t send them out. Although personalized messages take more time, they increase your chances of getting a response.

And remember to keep track of your credit balance to avoid unpleasant surprises and unexpected charges.

JollyRomance profile examples

As I’ve mentioned, JollyRomance profiles are perfect for visual people like me. There seems to be no limit to the number of photos and videos (public and private) members can upload, and the personal feeds make profiles look more real than pictures from professional photoshoots.

Most profiles I browsed had blue checkmarks signifying their verified status (photo and ID verification) but were light on personal details. Members usually specify their jobs, interests, hobbies, and relationship goals, and feed posts sometimes include short messages, but they are rarely too personal. Here’s what average profiles of Ukrainian mail-order brides look like:

JollyRomance profile
JollyRomance profile example

I found the layout a bit confusing, as personal details were sometimes lost under the live chat and gift delivery interfaces, but I got used to it the more I explored JollyRomance. I only wish members had more options to share personal details to help gauge compatibility before spending credits on messages. 

Summary from Mari Kovanen

Mari Kovanen

JollyRomance is a great option if you want to meet single girls from Eastern Europe but can’t find any on Instagram. This dating site will provide the same excellent visual experience for free, though messaging will require a small investment. Active personal feeds and member verification are evidence enough that there are real people behind the dating profiles, and registration is free, so you don’t risk anything by testing it. 

Mari Kovanen
Dating Expert
Hi, I'm Dr. Mari Kovanen, a therapist, dating expert, and chief author at Mail-order-bride.co.uk. I write most dating guides for Mail-order-bride.co.uk and I'm also responsible for giving online dating advice to singles who are planning to use international dating websites to find love overseas.