Meet a Wedding Vendor in Dublin, Ireland: Hen Party Latino

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Today’s wedding vendor interview is with Michele of Hen Party Latino, a fun company that specializes in creating memorable bachelorette parties! Enjoy:


Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

My name is Michele; I am Italian and I have been living in Ireland for the last seven years. I founded Hen Party Latino in 2012, starting on my own and with only one activity and now I can count on several suppliers and the best venues in Dublin. I have enlarged the offer so that the hens can choose from an evergreen cocktail class to a burlesque dance.

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How did you get into the business?

I started to work as model five years ago, by accident, for an activity called nude life drawing. I had just moved to Dublin, and I was going through that phase of ‘I want to try and say Yes to everything’. Of course, in the beginning I was very shy, but then I got confident and I started to see how this hen party industry works. I have decided so, to launch my own business and I have created hen party latino. At the same time, I was studying hard digital marketing and business.


What’s your favorite part of the job?

Despite I manage every single aspect of the activity, from choosing the best venues, to enrich the online content and dealing with Social Media, the most fun part of the job is the party itself. I attend the majority of the hen parties.  It gives me an incredible satisfaction when I see the girls happy and smiling.


If you could pick one unique product or service offering, which would be your favorite, and why?

Our most popular package includes the nude life drawing activity, nibbles and prosecco. The nude life drawing it’s an art class where the girls have the opportunity to sketch a naked model – full frontal – This is a fantastic activity because it suits small and big groups and it’s perfect to break the ice. It’s a dynamic activity where the hens get involved in artsy games and competitions and, if they want, they can bring home their masterpieces. The prosecco it does help.


What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to others just getting started in your field?

Don’t wait for the ideal and perfect conditions, because it doesn’t exist. Just start and progress little by little. Always ask for feedback from your customers: that’s how you can do better and improve. Do things with passion.


What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

I am an Italian author, and I am writing my fourth Italian novel. I like sport and go for jogging in the most beautiful park in the world: Phoenix Park.


Any great stories from working with a client?

Last hen party I made was for an Italian bride, and all the hens were Italians. Paradoxically, It was my very first time I organized a hen party with fellow countrywoman. It got to know one girl passionate about food and catering, and we might establish a collaboration together.


What makes you different from others in your field?

Most of the hen suppliers are companies that compose packages and sell them online. Myself and my partners attend every single activity, we know every single venue in Dublin, we dirty our hands, we put our face, and, most important, we have fun with the hens. Maybe because my Italian origins (hence the name Latino) I like to create an atmosphere of refined seduction in all my activities.


Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

I like the fact that the brides totally trust their bridesmaid, at least to what concern the organization of their hen party. In fact, they don’t know the schedule of the day and the surprise plays a crucial role on the success of the party.


What tips or advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning their big day?

Whatever we are talking about the Big day or the modest hen party,  the key point is to plan in advance and ask for the help of your best friends.


Thanks Michele! For more information about Hen Party Latino, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.

Do you have any questions or comments for Michele? Add them to the comments below!

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Can I Reach Out to Him on Social Media When We’re First Starting to Date?

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Can I Reach Out to Him on Social Media When We're First Starting to Date

I read your book “Why He Disappeared” and really enjoyed it. Thanks for all the great advice. Even after reading the book though, a man I recently dated disappeared. I was surprised because he even followed up with me after our last date to tell me what a great time he had. We were mutual friends before we started dating, and so we were already connected via Facebook, Twitter etc. While dating I would occasionally “like” his posts on social media, or maybe send him a funny article that I saw. I know that in your book you recommend against initiating contact during the dating phase of a relationship but because the things he posted are public, and it’s not as though I was texting him to set up a date, I assumed this form of contact would not take the fun of “the chase” away from him. Since he has stopped contacting me though, I’m not so sure that I was correct in my assumption. Can you offer me tips on how I should be treating the people I date on social media? It seems pretty silly not to “like” a public post out of fear of coming across too strongly. Thanks again!

Jill

One of the trickiest things about publishing anything is that the second you’re done with it, you realize it needs further revision. It never occurred to me that one of the main concepts in Why He Disappeared, called “mirroring” would be as nuanced as it’s turned out to be. But evidently it is. Which is why your question is a perfect opportunity for me to explain how to make mirroring work best for you.

For the uninitiated, mirroring is designed for one purpose – to prevent women from chasing down men who are not interested in them. It is not a game. It is not a throwback to the 1950’s. It requires no thought and very little effort. Mirroring presumes one basic thing about that guy you like: if he’s interested in you, he’ll let you know.

So…

If he texts you, text him back right away.

If he calls you, call him back right away.

If he says he wants to see you this weekend and you’re free, say yes.

If he says he wants to be your boyfriend and you feel the same, say yes.

Mirroring is reactive, not proactive.


Mirroring presumes one basic thing about that guy you like: if he’s interested in you, he’ll let you know.

It gives men the space they need to choose you, prevents you from looking needy and desperate, and reveals what men are thinking – all without doing ANYTHING.

Mirroring is based on confidence, not insecurity. You should never have to chase a guy down and remind him that you’re alive and available and want to see him. All you have to do is be warm, enthusiastic and available when he reaches out to you.

The primary exception to mirroring comes in the form of beta/feminine men. Beta/feminine men are often some of the best husbands out there, but they conduct themselves in a passive way, leaving women wondering how they feel. In short, these nice guys are so insecure about pursuing you and making a move that they often wait for YOU to express interest in them. “You can call me, you know,” might be their mantra. Which is fine. However, this puts you in your “masculine energy,” and forces you to be the one to reach out to him to gauge his interest and availability.

As a dating coach for women, I don’t like that model. Nor do most of my clients. They may be proactive superstars in real life, but they tend to prefer being courted by men.

Which brings us back to the beginning. When a man is interested in you, you don’t have to do anything except say yes. You never have to reach out to him because he will do it for you. It’s in his best interest – whether he wants to get laid or whether he wants to be your boyfriend. You have to trust that.

Bringing this back to you, Jill, I wouldn’t worry too much that you scared off an otherwise interested guy by liking his Facebook posts. I would say that, in general, I would avoid initiating ANYTHING with a man until he’s your full-fledged boyfriend. Let him do the chasing. Let him wonder when you’ll call him back. Let him worry about whether he’s good enough to be your boyfriend.


Do nothing, Jill, and watch the men who really want you step up to the plate.

The second you start texting him, sending him photos, and following his every move thru social media, you’ve signaled one thing to him: “You’ve already won.” You don’t have to reach out to me. You don’t have to wonder what I’m thinking. You don’t have to do anything. Because I’m pursuing you. Because I like you. Because I want you to be mine.

Suddenly, there’s no mystery, no dance, no wonder – just a girl chasing a boy through the schoolyard to get his attention and wondering why he’s not chasing her instead.

Do nothing, Jill, and watch the men who really want you step up to the plate.

If you like this post, share it with your friends who need it. You know who they are. Women who aren’t sure why he hasn’t texted back, or whether he’s going to call this weekend, or whether he wants to be exclusive.

If you don’t know where a guy stands with you, try doing nothing. If you never hear from him again, chances are, he wasn’t that interested to begin with.

Finally, click here to learn Why He Disappeared – and, more importantly, how to make the good ones want to stick around forever.

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Unusual Choices for Your Wedding Flowers

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Unusual Choices for Your Wedding Flowers


Today’s helpful guest post comes to us from Charlene McKinstry of Elizabeth Rose NI, based in Armagh, Northern Ireland! Enjoy:

Choosing wedding flowers is a huge part of your wedding day.  You want the floral elements to combine with the theme or other elements of the day.  You want flowers that look good against your dress and suitable for the suits.  But sometimes you also want flowers that are a little unusual, a little away from the traditional roses, carnations or lilies.  So for those ladies, here are some unusual choices to consider.

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Herbs

If you are a fan of either cooking or growing your own, then why not incorporate this hobby by choosing herbs for your bouquet?  Not only can they look stunning against white or cream dresses but they bring their own unique scent to the day.  There is also a massive tradition in using herbs in a bouquet that dates back to Ancient Greece and Rome, where superstitions dictated that herbs were carried by brides.

Plants such as lavender, sage, rosemary and even a branch or two with olives hanging can make a stunning bouquet and is even better if you are having a natural or woodland theme to your wedding day.


Seasonal Flowers

Seasonal flowers are a great idea, regardless of the time of the year that you are getting married in.  Not only does it look great, it can also mean you have a wider range of flowers available to you as florists will stock what is in season and could even be more cost effective.

Autumn bouquets often make use of a touch of deep shades such as burgundy peonies and dark green leaves such as ferns to bring out the seasonal colour.  Rich oranges, reds and yellows are popular at this time of the year while berries can be used as these are available in nature at the time.

For winter weddings, whites and creams are popular along with icy blues and deep greens.  Evergreen plants are a good way to bring in some greenery as these are naturally available and also have a bit of meaning – everlasting love and evergreen plants.

Summer weddings can be all about the colours of the sun – bright yellows and oranges, peaches and creams.  Poppies are a great one for this kind of bouquet along with anemones.  Greens can be of a lime or pale shade.

Spring flowers tend to be very fresh with spring bulbs such as daffodils, tulips and mimosas being idea flowers.  Pair them with fresh greens and even some herbs to capture the lively spirit of the season.  Another spring option is to include cotton plants in the bouquet for something really unusual.


Succulents

If you aren’t a really flowery person and don’t like the smell of herbs, then succulents may be an ideal option.  These slightly strange looking plants come from hot climates and are designed to live without much water.  They also have unusual shapes to their leaves and often a variety of colours that mean they can be included in wedding flowers as well as making excellent table centres to continue the theme.

 


Charlene McKinstry is the owner of Elizabeth Rose NI who provide all sorts of flowers for all sorts of weddings. For more information about Elizabeth Rose NI, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.

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