A Stand-up Celebrant

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(134 reviews)
 
Service Area
Melbourne
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9-7 weekdays
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With more than 100 five-star reviews, Paul uses his knack for comedy and storytelling to create customised wedding ceremonies that perfectly blend sentimentality and humour — ceremonies so fun even your mother-in-law will smile.

As a young Celebrant I stand for fun, laid-back ceremonies that blend laughter and sentimentality. It's my full-time job. It's what I do.  

I want your best friends to cry with joy. I want your uncle to choke on his chewing gum with laughter.

For me, weddings are like hitting a triple-word score with two q’s and a z. It’s like slapping down a draw-four wildcard. It’s like beating Rainbow Road on Mario Kart. It’s like… you get the picture.

I have some cool features like 'Pimp My Celebrant' - which lets you choose exactly what you want me to wear! 

I’m Melbourne based. I live in Collingwood but can travel from Geelong to Yarra Valley to Mornington and beyond. I do weddings in Melbourne. I live in Melbourne. I’m repeating the word Melbourne because it’s great for Google search.

Get in touch and let's chat about your big day. If you think I’m your guy, then let’s create the best darn ceremony ever.

Cheers,
Paul

p.s. Melbourne.


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Who takes care of the legal mumbo jumbo?

That’d be me! I actually kinda enjoy the paperwork. I know right? Who enjoys paperwork? This guy!

Can I have readings during the ceremony?

Yup! I have an online ceremony builder which lets you easily and quickly create the structure of your ceremony. Pretty neat huh!

Can you play music for the ceremony?

While I would recommend you have a few musos or DJ do their thing, you are MORE than welcome to use my PA :)

What’s this Pimp My Celebrant thing?

Well, it lets you choose exactly what you want me to wear! There’s a number of classy options to pick from. Plus there’s also Bogan Classique, which was a joke costume until couples actually started picking it for their day. Oh boy!

So are you just gonna roast my partner and I up there?

No of course not! My ceremonies are fun, light-hearted but with a lovely mix of sentimentality. I’m soon creating a feature called the ‘Love & LOLs metre’ – it will let you pick the perfect mix of chuckles and awwws.

Reviews

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10 Apr 2020

We originally had our wedding booked at the Old Treasury Office but it was cancelled due to Corona. We googled celebrants in Melbourne and Paul happened to live in the building opposite us, after a phone call we knew we had found a match. In a very short space of time, Paul managed to deliver a witty, personal ceremony which made our day extra special. We ended up holding the ceremony on our balcony with my parents as witnesses, Paul and my husband's family on zoom from the Netherlands. Despite Corona regulations, and social distancing, Paul accommodated our wishes and thanks to him, we had a wonderful memorable wedding day!

A Stand-up Celebrant  

One of the most unique - and most fun - ceremonies ever! I still have great memories of that day on your balcony, and thoroughly enjoyed sharing a drink with both of you and your fam. Every time I run past your place along the river I think of that day! Lots of love, Paul

7 Mar 2020

Absolutely amazing!! Paul was our celebrant and while I might be biased I do think it was the best ceremony I've been to. We didn't want a traditional boring or religious celebrant, we wanted a celebrant who reflects our personality and values and Paul was exactly on point! Paul provided the perfect balance of being sentimental, humorous and entertaining. Paul captured our story perfectly with many of our guests asking if he was a friend of ours. Paul was so easy to work with and he made us feel really comfortable along the entire way. Thank you!

A Stand-up Celebrant  

Hey Kate - so glad you thought it was the best ever. I had an absolute ball - from that first beer in Richmond and right up until the ceremony in those gorgeous gardens. Perfect. P.s. please pass on my well wishes to Gary, that handsome, BBQ cookin' son of a gun.

10 Jun 2017

Paul was incredibly professional, right from the get-go. At our first meeting he made the effort to ensure we fully understood the whole 'wedding process', then he got right into getting to know us better. Both my new husband and I found him charming, funny and warm. To us, it felt like we had known him forever. Then - the easy questionnaire! Wow. Paul has set up an incredibly easy questionnaire that not only was easy to complete but made my husband and I laugh and reminisce already. This questionnaire translated into a script that was prepared by Paul (in a super timely fashion, no less - from memory less than a week), which perfectly captured the essence of our relationship. We barely made any edits to it, that's how spot on it was! Paul even attended our wedding rehearsal - even though this wasn't something we agreed earlier. What a legend, On the day, Paul was on time and helped with the boys greeting guests and getting set up. The whole ceremony went off without any hiccups. He spoke so well and every one agreed it was the most heartfelt wedding ceremony they'd been to in a long time. Most people commented that they thought Paul was a friend of ours, that's how well he captured our relationship! Honestly, I can't recommend Paul Bonadio highly enough. JUST BOOK HIM!

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Hiya Sheridan - thanks so much for the kind words! Adored every single thing about your ceremony, and it was the perfect example of why I love this job. You two are absolutely amazing people and such a pleasure to work alongside :)

14 Nov 2020

We can’t thank Paul enough for how special he made our day and all the time leading up to it! Starting with the ceremony script, Paul has this amazing ability to listen to you talk about yourselves for half an hour and then put together a hilarious and heartfelt script almost straight away. The script was completely personalised and not only included us and our story but the people we love too. Due to COVID we ended up having to cancel and replan our wedding multiple times, eventually ending up with a very small 10 person ceremony. Paul was upbeat and flexible all the way through and by the time our wedding came around he felt like our 11th guest and we were so happy to have him there. We live streamed our wedding and had about 60 people online, most of the comments were about how wonderful Paul was!

7 Nov 2020

Highly recommended, Paul was amazing, made our days so special. Was very easy to deal with & so patient & flexible to our needs and requests

17 Oct 2020

Paul was fantastic. He was given hardly any time to prepare and still managed to deliver a service that was personal and fun. He did a stand up job!

20 Jun 2020

Here's how well Paul fit in at our wedding, My brother girlfriends asked "did you know Paul already, was he a friend?" Could not recommend him more highly!

A Stand-up Celebrant  

My absolute pleasure Trav. What a cracking night it was. So glad you found those rings, too! Oh boy. Looking forward to seeing you at the Builder's Arms soon ;)

15 Mar 2020

Amazing, people were asking how long we'd known Paul. He is an absolute professional and made both of us feel at ease. Couldn't be happier with our choice.

A Stand-up Celebrant  

Thanks Steve. I'm looking forward to a bowl of Jess' fluro green kale soup when the opportunity arrives! Haha.

10 Mar 2020

Paul is magical - he signed, sealed, delivered everything flawlessly! He set the mood right for our simple, picnicky wedding in the garden. He was very pleasant to talk to, committed, accessible and available. He has a great sense of humour which makes him very easy to elaborate our love story in such a gorgeous writing. Definitely the most memorable moment for Vince and I, thank you Paul for making everything very smooth for us :)

A Stand-up Celebrant  

Ahh it brings it all back! Thanks so much. Looking forward to catching up for another Moon Dog ale followed by a comedy show afterwards. My treat! Haha. Take care. Paul

8 Mar 2020

Paul was awesome. Super easy to work with, helpful with advice and processes and formalities and just a lovely person to have officiate our wedding.

A Stand-up Celebrant  

Right back at ya, Kara! It was such a pleasure plus your ceremony had the greatest sound setup I've ever seen (PLUS it was my first Madonna mic!). Please pass on my hellos to Jake!

7 Mar 2020

Paul was so awesome and easy to deal with. We went with the "my celebrant buddy" option and he was super present with our chosen celebrants even though they were located interstate. When Paul came to do the legals, he was super professional and our guests commented on how he was such a good hype man, keeping 130 guests entertained while we signed the documents. Warm, engaging and funny, we are so glad Paul officially married us. Thanks heaps Paul!

A Stand-up Celebrant  

Hahaha Bernie I'm legit gonna write 'good hype man' on my gravestone! The best. I'm so glad I created 'My Celebrant Buddy' because it suited you two - and your chosen celebrants - perfectly. Well done!

29 Feb 2020

Paul is the kindest and equally funny guy you could ever have to put you at ease on your wedding day. Nothing is too hard for Paul and he is always so organised, accommodating and sensitive to your needs for however you envision your day. Paul drove all the way to Lorne to marry us on the beach in the morning in a private ceremony with our family and friends. Months prior he met with us, did all the paperwork, ensured we were happy and everything was on track, and coached our wonderful friend to hold a commitment ceremony later that day with all of our family and friends. It was such a magical day and Paul was the perfect celebrant, he felt like an old family friend! We’re so grateful he was able to marry us and be apart of our day!!! Cheers, Rach & John

A Stand-up Celebrant  

Hey Rach and John! My pleasure! Couldn't think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning with you and your fam! So glad Greta nailed it on the day, too. Hope to catch up soon

21 Feb 2020

Paul was perfect for our wedding. He was easy to get along with and made us feel comfortable from the get go and met all of our needs. He was super funny & he has a super beard. Much love from us...

A Stand-up Celebrant  

Haha cheers Nick! Myself (and my beard) thank you back in kind :) Hope to catch up for a beer around Seaford soon.

8 Feb 2020

Absolutely Amazing. We couldn’t be more happier. Communication was amazing and so fast to reply. Our day was perfect and we had so many compliments on how much they loved our celebrant. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

A Stand-up Celebrant  

Thanks so much Allison!!

26 Jan 2020

I can't recommend Paul enough! He was patient, communicative, reasonably priced, professional and was invested in our special day. We hosted an engagement party that we turned into a surprise wedding and part of the surprise was having one of my groomsmen, Al to officiate the ceremony. Paul was able to make this happen through his brilliant My Celebrant Buddy service. Paul coached Al, assisted him make a script, and got all the legalities out the way so that Al could share his take on our story. Needless to say, the crowd went nuts!!! Thanks again Paul!

A Stand-up Celebrant  

My pleasure Nish! The reaction to both of you and Al was one of the best I've even seen! Such a cracking night and can't wait to catch up again soon.


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