Paul Cochran - Melbourne Marriage Celebrant

(12 reviews)
Service Area
Statewide Victoria, Geelong, Melbourne, Daylesford, Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, Mornington Penin
Business Hours
By Appointment - 7 Days
Average Pricing
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Is your dream wedding ceremony relaxed and fun? Paul Cochran Melbourne Marriage Celebrant is the professional wedding celebrant for you. This Melbourne marriage celebrant focuses on curating a personalised service with elements of fun and the right amount of formality. You can trust Paul to guide you through the day with ease!

Selecting wedding ceremony services is an essential part of wedding planning. Paul Cochran understands that many couples feel nervous when preparing for the event, so he always ensures a lighthearted atmosphere. Though a wedding day is a milestone, it doesn’t have to be stressful!

A key aspect of Paul’s service is that he never double-books wedding celebrant packages. When you agree on a date, you can rest knowing that Paul won’t need to rush away from your wedding to get to another. He’s your professional wedding celebrant for the entire day! 

Paul is also more than happy to work with music. Though some marriage celebrants in Australia don’t, Paul can incorporate music before and during the ceremony to ensure it meets your vision. With his high-quality sound system and wireless microphones, anything is possible. 


What you can expect when you work with Paul Cochran

When you book a wedding with Paul, his wife, Deb, can also help. As part of the wedding ceremony services, Deb can help with any coordinating, photography, and general behind the scenes action. Like Paul, Deb is highly experienced in the ins and outs of wedding proceedings, so you can trust her to help the day move smoothly. 


What packages does Paul offer? 

Paul offers two different wedding celebrant packages. The Simple & Stylish Elopement Package starts at $480, and the Personal Customized Wedding Ceremony Package starts at $840. 

Both packages include:

  • Any necessary government information 
  • Lodgement of legal paperwork
  • A commemorative wedding certificate
  • Personal planning meetings before the big day

All services will adhere to Melbourne marriage celebrant regulations. Allow Paul to take the legal stress away from the day! Find out more about the marriage documentation in your consultation.


Highlights of Paul Cochran Melbourne Marriage Celebrant:

  • A celebrant service without pressure. Paul makes sure that the ceremony is relaxed and joyful, avoiding any extra worries. It’s a day to celebrate love!
  • Unlimited communication. Understandably, many couples have a lot of questions pre-wedding. Paul is here to answer them and guide you through the process with ease. 
  • Signing table and chairs. Paul can bring a decorated signing table and chairs to 
  • complete the ceremony if needed.
  • Rehearsal services. Paul is available for rehearsal ceremonies to ensure the day goes without any hiccups.
  • No double bookings. When you book Paul, he’s yours for the whole day.
  • Hand-crafted ceremony copies. Make sure you remember your day with a timeless copy of your ceremony.
  • Experience and passion. Paul has years of experience as a public speaker and Master of Ceremonies. 
  • A choice of services. Alongside wedding ceremonies, Paul also offers a renewal of vows and commitment ceremonies. You can also decide between two different wedding celebrant packages.


“Thank you so much for being our celebrant for our special day. Everything went beautifully, and everyone said what a lovely ceremony it was (even my mother). Thank you to your wife for doing a stellar job with the music & all the extras you put together for us (candles & bound copies of the service). Thanks again & best wishes” — Sarah + Henry


Easy Weddings Special Offer

Post ceremony gift bag

To help you to remember your awesome wedding ceremony, I will provide you with three copies of your wedding ceremony wording in beautiful hand made booklets together with a personalised Unity Candle with your names and the date of your wedding inscribed. 

Questions and Answers

What are our first steps?

Paul Cochran - Melbourne Marriage Celebrant

  1. Most quality Celebrants are busy, so please book me as soon as you have decided on your date, time and venue.
  2. Organise an appointment with me to commence planning the ceremony.
  3. Your Notice of Intended Marriage' (NOIM) needs to be completed no less than one calendar month and one day prior to marriage but it is strongly advisable to complete this with me as soon as you have decided on the date and time for your ceremony. I will supply you with a copy to complete upon confirmation of your booking or you can go on-line to download a copy.

What do I need to Provide?

Paul Cochran - Melbourne Marriage Celebrant

You are required by law to fill out a ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ (NOIM) form which must be received by your marriage celebrant no later than one calendar month and one day prior to your marriage date.

You will need your birth certificates (originals) and evidence that any prior marriage has been dissolved by either death or divorce. If either of you have been divorced or widowed you will need to show your celebrant the original Divorce/Death certificates. For divorce, a copy of the Decree Absolute can be obtained from the Family Law Court in the State where the Marriage was dissolved. (please note - this only apples to Marriages dissolved after 1975). For Marriages dissolved prior to 1975, a copy of the Decree Absolute can be obtained from the Supreme Court in the State where the Marriage was dissolved.

Also provide your Deed Poll/Certificate of Name Change, if your name has been changed other than by previous marriage. Photocopies are not acceptable and if any of your certificates are not available, you should contact the Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages for advice.

You can download the NOIM from the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, complete it exactly as instructed on the document and bring it with you to our meeting, together with the above documentation.

Names must be exactly as documented on your Birth Certificates. If you would rather me help you fill out the (NOIM) I can provide one for you at our meeting and we can fill it out together, you will still need to bring the same documentation as above.

Where can we get married?

Paul Cochran - Melbourne Marriage Celebrant

There are many beautiful and romantic wedding locations you can get married in. Parks, Botanical Gardens, Historic Trust homes, bush settings, universities campuses, even your own backyard. Some public parks and gardens require a fee for usage but many are free, although a booking through the local council or Parks Victoria is often necessary. I can advise you and assist with your booking requirements for your ceremony location. 

If you prefer an intimate marriage ceremony you may choose a hotel or restaurant venue, or perhaps on a beach for a sunset wedding.

Can we choose spiritual or religious wording and readings for our ceremony?

Paul Cochran - Melbourne Marriage Celebrant

Certainly. You are welcome to include any wording you feel reflects your beliefs or way of life.

What does the Celebrant do?

Paul Cochran - Melbourne Marriage Celebrant

  • Attends to all the legal paperwork.
  • Assists you to create a ceremony to suit your needs
  • Conducts a rehearsal if requested
  • Marries you in accordance with Australian law (called solemnizing a marriage)
  • Provides advice on other wedding arrangements and services as requested
  • Maintains professional standards through membership of a professional association and participation in mandatory training and professional development each year


(12 reviews)
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4 Dec 2021

Paul was such an amazing celebrant. We had no idea what to do or what to expect with planning the ceremony and Paul was so patient with us and helped us have the best ceremony we could ask for, with great feedback and tips and kept reminding us that it’s ‘OUR’ day so whatever we want he will do. nothing is to out there :) Thank you Paul for putting together our dream wedding, we legit couldn’t have done it without you - Jake + Stephanie

6 Nov 2021

My wife and I have nothing but positive things to say about Paul as our wedding celebrant. Paul made the whole process easy, clear and stress free. He helped us through each step with regular catch ups and also assisted in navigating our way through a Covid wedding! Paul provided us with so many options and suggestions to help tailor the perfect ceremony for us. Paul was totally professional in every aspect and was amazing on the day; he added a fantastic mix of warmth, sincerity and humour that was just perfect for our ceremony. We have had so many comments from friends and family since the wedding that Paul added so much to the ceremony and wedding day. If is not clear by now my wife and I could not be any happier with Paul as a celebrant and will gladly reccomend him to others.

21 Mar 2020

Paul is an amazing celebrant and a great guy! We loved having him as such a big part of our wedding day. Paul was fantastic at guiding us through the process leading up to our big day. He was the perfect combination of professional, funny and personal! We would highly recommend Paul! So many of our guests commented on how good the ceremony was after our wedding which is a testament to Paul!

Paul Cochran - Melbourne Marriage Celebrant  

Gee Emma, you made me blush! It was an amazing day for so many reasons and Deb, (roadie), and I were blessed to be a part of it. I will always remember the sound of the Murray River flowing past as you and James exchanged your vows in the sunlight, gorgeous.

31 Jul 2021

Paul was amazing from start to finish, he made us both feel very comfortable upon the first meeting and was very attentive during the lockdowns in Melbourne and each cancellation we had to deal with, we were so happy and so lucky to find such a great fit for our wedding in Paul and his wife Deb

2 Nov 2019

Paul was amazing! From the moment I contacted him, he was personable and enthusiastic in assisting us with our wedding ceremony. We felt immediately comfortable with Paul's honesty and the way he discussed his passion for marriage was inspiring. He gave us lots of ideas for the ceremony and we were then able to bring our own ideas and use some of Paul's to allow him to put together our ceremony. Although our vows were a little longer than Paul had suggested, he encouraged us to say all the things that were important to us. Paul took all our ideas and wove them with his own, into a most memorable ceremony. He was adamant the day was about us, and moved aside to allow it just to be the two of us as we read our personal vows. We cant thank him enough!

Paul Cochran - Melbourne Marriage Celebrant  

Your personal vows were awesome, as was the rest of your wedding ceremony in that beautiful little church in the countryside. Thank you so much for inviting me to be your celebrant on such an important day. The very best to you both. Paul

31 May 2019

Paul was a wonderful celebrant and we highly recommend him. He comes with his own roadie (in our case, his lovely daughter), and does everything to put people at ease. We were comfortable with him from the beginning, and found him really easy to communicate with. He supported us with many ideas and reading suggestions as we planned our service, and was very sensitive to our style. He injected a lot of humour into our service which we loved, and he took our entourage of small people in his stride. We also loved his 'journey to today' that he wrote for us, and the beautiful personalised candle. We had so many comments from our family and friends about how special the service was, and we thank Paul deeply for his important role in our wedding.

Paul Cochran - Melbourne Marriage Celebrant  

Thanks so much Fiona and Cameron, it was so lovely working with you to create your African inspired wedding ceremony. It was a wonderful day, I was so proud to be a part of it. The very best of wishes to you both. Paul

13 Apr 2019

Paul was wonderful to deal with from the start of our planning till the very end. Our guests had nothing but great things to say, he was funny, family orientated and great with our kids. Everything was taken care of, all we needed to do was sign the paperwork and pick our music. We would high recommend anyone who is looking for a celebrant to consider Paul for their special day.

Paul Cochran - Melbourne Marriage Celebrant  

It was so enjoyable working with you, Samuel and your blended family to create such a memorable wedding ceremony in the most beautiful surroundings at Marybrooke Manor. The Sand Ceremony worked so well to bring it all together at the end, a really lovely experience. Thanks for sharing your day with me. Best wishes to you both. Paul

25 Mar 2017

We were so grateful to Paul for being part of our wedding. We didn't allow him a lot of time to prepare for our wedding and it was made a little harder as we lived in Perth however nothing was an issue for Paul. Paul was a pleasure to deal with and completely took the stress out of arranging our ceremony. He made us and our guest laugh and enjoy what is a very special day.

19 Oct 2013

Paul was fantastic, with the planning of the Ceremony, and on the day he made it so special for us. So happy he was part of our day. Highly recommend.

3 Aug 2013

Our ceremony went smoothly thanks to Paul and all of his hard work and preparation. He guided us through the legal requirements and through writing our own vows to help make the most of our special day. I would highly recommend Paul to anyone looking for a celebrant.

1 Dec 2012

Fantastic approach and a lovely service. Every detail covered. We very comfortable with Paul.

26 Feb 2012

Guaranteed to not miss a beat, was ahead of me, made it clear and easy to understand, followed up on everything for us and made life easy.....easy to talk to, polite, friendly, was all round great guy and knows how to do his job well!!

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