Interview with Celebrant Emma Tomlinson
Emma Tomlinson is an authorised Civil Celebrant who proudly calls the Mornington Peninsula home.
Having been a celebrant for over 8 years and looking after mostly wedding ceremonies along with naming ceremonies, commitment ceremonies and renewal of vows ceremonies, she prides herself on being very approachable, relaxed, organised, fun, spontaneous, and creative .
We asked her a few questions about challenges within the industry, the future of the wedding industry and what makes her business different.
Hi Emma, firstly can you tell us a little about what you do as a civil celebrant?
I marry people in a memorable, relaxed, lighthearted, engaging way! I love all things weddings, especially the ceremony and I love working with couples to create exactly the type of occasion they have imagined; to start their day exactly the way they intend it to go on! I love to be organised yet spontaneous, serious yet fun, traditional yet interesting, and most of all I love meeting couples and hearing their story and recreating this into an 'event'!
I pride myself on being very approachable, relaxed, organised, fun, spontaneous, and creative . I like to personalise all ceremonies so they are completely engaging, memorable and I like to ensure that the ceremony is the perfect beginning to set a wonderful mood for any celebration! I am constantly trying to improve what I do, to differentiate one ceremony from the next. The business has grown predominantly through word of mouth and venue referrals which is a great testament for me.
Can you describe one of the most challenging aspects of managing a wedding ceremony?
The biggest issue with a wedding venue is "the back up plan"!! Weather is one of the very few things we have no control over at a wedding, and I have had a number of ceremonies where the weather has been unkind, and we have had to persevere regardless! We have been known to move a ceremony inside, back outside and back inside again in the space of a few minutes..... and this is always a great challenge! However as long as this is taken care of in a responsible and lighthearted way everyone is happy at the end of the day!
What do you see for yourself and your business in the near future?
Having spent the majority of my life on the Mornington Peninsula I know what a fabulous area this is not only for a growing family to live but also for the amazing growing wedding industry. We have the most gorgeous locations, venues and service providers at our fingertips and the Peninsula is equal to any reputable region when it comes to food, wine and diverse, spectacular scenery and locations. I look forward to continuing to grow my business, and to continue working with amazing colleagues and suppliers to ensure that we offer the best of the best in our region. I love learning new and different ways to improve on what I believe is a solid framework
What do you see coming in future trends within the industry?
Very intimate, casual, yet personal and meaningful weddings are becoming more and more popular - with a superb location/venue and just the couples closest friends and family enjoying a delicious lunch or dinner following a gorgeous ceremony in a beautiful location.
Weekend getaways are also popular, with couples inviting guests to stay at a property for not just a day but a night or two to really make an adventure of their big day!
What wedding tip you would like to share with potential brides?
My biggest tip to my couples is to do it your way. In ten, twenty, fourty years time I think it is much more important to be able to reflect on your wedding day as having been a beautiful reflection of you as a couple - particularly your ceremony. If you have always imagined a short, sweet ceremony surrounded by your closest friends, barefoot in the sand - do it!
If your ideas involve a gorgeous chapel with a quartet, a large number of guests, a five course banquet and a tribe of bridesmaids then this is what you should have! It is your day and I think it is so important not to conform to trends and ideals and just to simply have what you want, what makes you happy, and what will be a wonderful memory for you both in years to come.