Emma Bailie named Celebrant of the Year 2020 at the Northern Ireland Wedding Awards

Celebrant of the Year, Emma Bailie

We’re delighted to announce that Emma Bailie was named ‘Celebrant of the Year’ at the prestigious Northern Ireland Wedding Awards which took place at the Crowne Plaza Belfast last week.

These were the fifth Northern Ireland Wedding Awards but this was the first year that wedding celebrants were recognised in a specific category.

Emma was one of six Humanist Ceremonies wedding celebrants shortlisted for the award, along with Claire Taylor, Jean Barrett Quinn, Karen Bell, Fleur Mellor, and Liz Peel.

Liz, who was the highly commended runner-up at the ceremony told us, ‘We certainly put humanist wedding celebrants on the Northern Ireland map!’

Emma Bailie with Eamonn and Caroline. Photo by Creative Flux.

Emma trained as a celebrant after her own humanist wedding and says:

‘It’s amazing to have the choice in how you wish that special day to be conducted! Being able to offer that experience to others is important to me. Having a tailored ceremony that reflects you both as a couple is truly wonderful.’

Emma Bailie receiving her award from Paulo Ross. Official photo by Northern Ireland Wedding Awards.

On winning the award, Emma said she was:

‘Really chuffed to bits and still surprised!

‘Thanks a million to all of the fabulous couples who nominated me.. you were my pleasure!

‘Big thanks to my friends and family who have supported me immensely with my celebrant journey including my little one and husband who have been very patient, considering my workload.’

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