Laurie Anne Davis and Thomas Harry Edwards Jr., both dating coaches, were married Saturday at Artists for Humanity Epi Center, an event space in Boston. Milliken, a friend of the couple who was ordained through American Fellowship Church, officiated. Two weeks later, she sent him a private message on Twitter asking if they could meet for drinks over the weekend while she was doing business and visiting family in Boston, where he was then living. Edwards planned to be with a friend in New York, where she lived, but decided it was worth his while get home early. “We spoke about how we got into our businesses,” she said.The bride, 32, is the founder of e Flirt Expert, which offers online dating coaching, in New York. “I saw a really cool opportunity to work with her,” he said. “She’s adorable, she’s funny, she’s sassy and definitely hot,” he recalled telling a friend. Edwards arrived at the bar in Boston that evening, Ms. “We talked about our own dating lives and families.” Five hours later, after shutting down the place, they stepped outside into the rain. Edwards opened an umbrella and, while walking her to her car, draped his arm around her shoulder. “That was a date, that was totally a date,” she recalled thinking, though she said she later realized that it actually was not.While dating coach businesses often focus on helping clients find healthy relationships, pickup artists traditionally have had a more aggressive philosophy aimed at getting clients to "hook up." Dating coach services can include one-on-one coaching, virtual coaching, seminars, books and other products, says Donovan.Prices can range from 0 an hour for coaching services to more than ,000 for group learning "boot camps" and other long-term programs.
Wygant hires an additional coach who helps out with his bootcamps and seminars.
And that's what wingmen do for their clients -- prepare them for the moment when it matters." Related: Dating Sites For -- and By -- Entrepreneurs The dating coach market is a mix of multimillion dollar dating businesses and one- or two-person operations that market themselves primarily through word-of-mouth and their websites, says Angel Donovan, a former analyst who co-founded Dating Skills
Among the types of businesses in this market are professional wingmen, dating coaches, relationship advisors, as well as professional pickup artists.
Newly-single, Keegan made a plan to initiate a conversation with five different women every day for three weeks and ask each for their phone number.
The experience led him to launch The Awakened Lifestyle, a dating- and social-consulting service, in 2007.