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.
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