Emma Wynne, 28
SOCIAL WORKER AND RADIO ANNOUNCER
Growing up part of a religious community, it was the done thing to marry young. But though she tried to make it work, Emma realised she needed to move on.
Why get married so young?
In the Christian church, it’s very common. You meet a nice guy and don’t sleep together before you’re married. You don’t live together or holiday together, so you sort of rush down the aisle. I was engaged at 19, married at 20. I always thought I’d be a young bride because that’s what you do.
Has it put you off marriage?
I’d love to get married [again but] I would go about it so differently. Marriage is a beautiful thing and I think it’s even more special when you have done all the good and bad of life and still want to make that public, legal commitment to each other.
Why do the show?
It’s funny. I was on the couch writing a speech for my dad’s wedding and thought, “Isn’t this weird. Here am I, 27, single, divorced and dad’s getting married.” It seemed all in reverse. I had the TV on and the casting call came and I thought, “Well that sounds all right.” I had tried different things, been on dating apps, had friends recommend friends. Nothing was working so I thought, “Why not give it a go?”
And how was it?
I’ve loved every minute of it. We had so much fun, laughing, having a great girl time and meeting some awesome men. And some not so amazing men. Just like real-life, you know?