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HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS
I’ve a few friends getting married in the coming months, so have inadvertently become a bit of an expert on all things wedding related – including fishtail plaits, places to dye shoes and pic ‘n’ mix table favours.
But it’s the weird and wonderful examples of wedding entertainment that has interested me the most. It’s such a minefield to pick something that will keep your city friend’s happy, without annoying the older rellies.
When I was doing my research I came across this interesting business idea, which I think brides will either love or loathe.
It is called the Wedding Hostess and it revolves around a character called ‘Gloria’ who performs a comedy routine to keep the party going in between the dinner and the dancing. Now it’s not just a random woman getting up and cracking a few Knock Knock jokes, the routine is performed to perfection by actress and comedian, Julie Kinsella.
Julie has been the Wedding Hostess for about six months and in that time has been booked for hen do’s and weddings across the North. In her previous life she was playing a Hollywood movie star at a murder mystery event at the Grand Opera House in Belfast. One the guests asked her if she would consider bringing that character to her daughter’s wedding as a surprise, to keep the guests amused while the band was setting up. She loved the idea and the rest they say is history.
The guests are an important part of the show and there’s plenty of opportunity for them to get involved. Julie gets the inside scoop on the guests from the bride in advance, which makes Gloria’s act very interactive. There’s even the chance for a couple of the more daring guests to star in their own soap opera.
Julie must have been inspired by the weddings she has worked at, as this year she will be training as a wedding celebrant. So if you are having a non-religious ceremony in your home, in a posh hotel or even on top of a mountain, Julie is available to give you a blessing.
For every couple their wedding day is the most important day of their lives, so some might be wary about trying something so unpredictable. With this in mind, I initially had my reservations about sharing this novel idea with Belfast Times readers, but I can’t help but like Julie. She’s smart, amicable and most of all funny! For those couples wanting something different for their big day, that gets their friends in on the act – Julie or Gloria could be the perfect booking. Remember you heard about her here first, but no doubt you’ll be seeing her on many You Tube clips in the future!