Waiters ready for your hen's party
IT’S EVERY almost-married woman’s chance to drink cocktails out of straws shaped like a man’s genitals, scream like a banshee and watch half-naked men serve beverages – a hen’s party.
And there is no one else on the Northern Rivers more experienced in that field then Natasha Guthrie.
The entrepreneur runs Wicked Waiters, a shirtless waiter service that provides a “sexy alternative to modern hospitality”.
Ms Guthrie, who is also involved with hen’s party planning business Pash, will join rows of other local businesses at the Lismore Bridal Fair tomorrow.
After noticing a void in the local hen’s party scene, Ms Guthrie created the waiter service and watched the guilty pleasure take off.
“People really wanted something exciting in Lismore and something at women’s events,” she said.
“I noticed we were losing a lot of business to the Gold Coast. A lot of people used to request strippers, but the days of that are fading.
“People want something quite professional and nothing too grotesque. The women love to be served by the guys, who even clean up afterwards.”
But the men abide by a strict code of conduct, which means no phone number exchanges or funny business.
Ms Guthrie said that, on average, bridesmaids or willing friends spent about $500 on a hen’s night.
“Hen’s nights happen mostly at home. People have moved away from going out to dinner then to a club for a dance and a few drinks,” she said.
One of her business’s main attractions, waiter Nick Ivey, said his double life fitted in well with university.
“It was a little bit intimidating at first, but now it’s not a big issue,” he said.
“You get into it and enjoy it.”
The Bridal Fair kicks off tomorrow at 10am at the Workers Sports Club in Goonellabah.
There will be a bridal fashion parade at midday, raffles and hourly lucky door prizes.