Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant

(88 reviews)
Service Area
Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, Berwick and surrounding areas.
Business Hours
9am to 8pm weekdays
10am to 6pm weekends
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If you want a celebrant who will make you feel like a million bucks on your wedding day, look no further than the brilliant Barbara Beames. She's warm, friendly and makes it an absolute pleasure to plan any style ceremony — whether casual or formal with all your favourite traditions. Barbara Beames has been trusted by 900+ couples and is recognised as one of Melbourne’s top celebrants.

A highly experienced and trusted wedding celebrant, Barbara is a warm, fun and bubbly wedding officiant who takes great joy in crafting your wedding ceremony just as you'd like it. Her many 5-star reviews reflect this, with customers testifying to how easy Barbara is to talk to, her fun personality, and her ability to conduct a beautiful and personal service. A firm believer that each couple’s story is entirely unique, Barbara is a proud advocate that each couple’s ceremony should be personally tailored.

“Barbara did a fantastic job. Only had to meet once before our Wedding Day, and it felt like Barbara knew us like the back of her hand. Would highly recommend for anyone looking for a celebrant. Thanks again Barbara” Bryce T 

What services does Barbara Beames offer?

Conducting all services with care, compassion and great attention to detail, Barbara offers celebrant services for all marriages, including same-sex weddings. She's also available for other important life events such as vow renewals and naming ceremonies. Her gift of perfectly matching phrasing and emotions to that of the individual couple, paired with her welcoming humour, ensures your ceremony is one that flows effortlessly and is memorable to all. Imagine a heartfelt service that is uniquely yours.

What you can expect when you book Barbara Beames for your wedding:

  • An experienced celebrant. Barbara Beames has officiated more than 900 wedding ceremonies of all sizes and styles.

  • Humour. Barbara’s services are warm and heartfelt, combined with a good dose of humour to keep things bright. 

  • Creative input. Barbara has officiated hundreds of weddings, spanning a wide range of cultural requirements, styles and guest list sizes. She's excellent at suggesting what will work well (or not) and has plenty of modern and traditional ideas up her sleeves. 

“Barbara made our wedding experience stress free, she was so hilarious to deal with and made our wedding so personal. We couldn’t recommend her any higher, she is a fabulous celebrant who made our wedding day as magical as can be” Belina Meyer 

Highlights of working with Marriage Celebrant Barbara Beames:

  • Free wedding rehearsal. As a rehearsal is included in the planning process (subject to availability of the venue), this is a wonderful opportunity for you and your wedding party to practise how the ceremony will happen on your actual wedding day.

  • Suggested readings. Barbara sources readings (religious and secular) and quotations which you can use for in your ceremony or just for inspiration.

  • Paperwork. Completion and lodgement of all required wedding documents.

  • General help. Unlimited consultation and guidance by telephone and email.

  • Sound system. A high-quality PA system can be provided with your wedding booking.

“Barbara was amazing from day 1 of planning our wedding, we had no idea how to go about it and having Barbara there for support made the entire experience stress free and fun. The entire experience was so easy, and the day ran so smoothly, we were able to enjoy ourselves without stressing about anything. We got many comments about how lovely, friendly and funny our celebrant was! Thank you so much, Barbara, and we can’t wait to have our baby girls naming ceremony next year with you. Extremely recommended!” Caitlin G


Easy Weddings Special Offer

Complimentary white wedding folder to keep all your important papers together.

Offer applies to all couples booked through easy weddings.  Its a great way to keep your wedding plans and paperwork in check.

Congratulations to you both on the most exciting news of getting married.  I would love to be a part of your special day.  Warm regards from Barbara.

Questions and Answers

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How far ahead should we book our wedding celebrant?

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant

You must book your wedding celebrant at least one month ahead and no longer than eighteen months away from your wedding.  It is a really good idea to contact me sooner than later as some wedding dates on the calendar book up very quickly.  A big congratulations from me about getting married!  I would love to be a part of your special day. leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.  How exciting for you both.  Barbara. 

Do I have to have a passport to get married?

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant

No, if you have a birth's certificate and a drivers licence that will be fine.

We would like to write our own vows is that possible?

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant

Yes of course you can, I can give you a sheet of vows as a guide to get you started.

Can I involve my friends and family in the wedding?

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant

Yes there are many ways you can involve everyone, you can have someone take you down the aisle, hold the rings, do a reading just for a start.

We were wondering if you do a rehearsal?

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant

Yes a rehearsal is included in the price, they can be a lot of fun.


(88 reviews)
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17 Jan 2020

From start to finish Barbara made this process as easy and relaxed as possible, she has an amazing personality that shines through and her dedication to her role means you are assured of getting the very best Celebrant for your wedding, nothing was to much trouble and we highly recommend her services, she is excellent and you will be glad you picked her.

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant  

Thank you so much Louisa and Gavin, your wedding was just beautiful. You looked gorgeous in that lovely dress. It was a lot of fun being skyped to your relatives in the U.K. Gavin you did such an amazing job organizing the wedding from so far away. Well done. It was a pleasure to be a part of your beautiful wedding. loved it.

3 Jan 2020

Barbara was lovely & put us at ease right from the start. She was amazing leading upto the wedding & ofcourse on the wedding day as well. She tailored the ceremony to suit us & it was perfect on the day. She was well organised, thorough & responsive during the process of writing the ceremony. She was fantastic on the big day ! She came and briefed us both right before the ceremony & it all went well without a hitch !

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant  

Hello Ira, thank you so much for your review. Your wedding was so lovely outside Avalon Castle in Cockatoo. Although the day was hot there was just the right amount of shade for us all. Your wedding dress was stunning, very elegant and form fitting it really suited you. Ryan looked a bit nervous until he saw you coming down the aisle and then had tears in his eyes. Lovely wedding, very special.

15 Mar 2019

Very friendly, relaxed, loves a good laugh, made our ceremony exactly what we wanted (short & sweet) and super easy service - she does all the hard work for you.

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant  

Thank you Melanie, your wedding was beautiful, you looked so elegant, so regal in that dress. Your husband looked so happy and handsome as well. Lots of laughter all around, the weather was lovely not too hot. Your photo's are just amazing, I will feature them on my wedding website. You are a great couple, all the very best for your future together. Great family and friends as well. cheers. Barbara.

30 Sep 2021

Barbara was really great to work with. She made our ceremony laid back and entertaining and I couldn't fault her.

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant  

You were both easy to work with as well, we had a lot of fun. Thank you so much for your lovely review. Your wedding was just beautiful and relaxed which is exactly what you wanted. Thanks again, Barbara.

15 Mar 2021

so kind looked after everything dindnt need to ever stress shes absloulty lovely

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant  

Thanks heaps for your kind words, so glad that you didn't need to stress about your upcoming wedding. Thrilled to bits, barbara.

16 Nov 2018

Barbara made everything so easy and so personal. My husband and I felt like we have known her forever. She was really engaging and made the ceremony suit what we were after and what we wanted. She couldn't have made the day more perfect!

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant  

Thank you so much for that review, I am thrilled to bits! I am so glad that you had such a beautiful day. You looked amazing Kate you really did, happy future cheers from Barbara.

6 Oct 2018

Down to earth - lovely personality, made everything easy, catered to our needs, We both feel very blessed to be married by her.

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant  

Thank you Tegan, what a lovely thing to say. You both were the most laid back couple ever, so relaxed and easy going. You both looked gorgeous. What a beautiful setting on the lawn with the river in the background. Loved it, amazing couple, beautiful setting and fabulous family and guests! And, to top it all off, the weather was perfect. cheers for a happy life together Barbara.

23 Sep 2018

Barbara was fun, happy, down to earth celebrant. We worked together to create our ceremony and it was exactly what we wanted! Highly recommend!

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant  

Thanks Steve and Katrina for your lovely review. You both were a fabulous couple. The sprinkles of rain didn't ruin your day, we just had it inside with a beautiful view of the city of Melbourne in the background. Amazing dress Katrina, you looked stunning. What a lovely wedding just as you planned. cheers. Barbara.

22 Sep 2018

I can honestly not recommend Barbara enough. Right from the start she was fantastic to communicate with. It felt like we were planing our wedding with a close friend rather then a stranger. Always great to get a hold of and have calls returned if she was busy. Everyone at our wedding were blown away with how Barbara conducted our ceremony. Both our mothers were touched with the Rose ceremony that Barbara asked if we wanted to have at our wedding. Honestly give Barbara a chance and trust me you wont be disappointed.

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant  

Hi Katrina and Steve thank you so much for that amazing review. You looked stunning in that lovely dress Katirna and Steve looked amazing too. It was a fabulous venue, The Sky High in Mt. Dandenong. I loved working with both of you, we created your stunning service together. I am so pleased that your relatives and friends loved what we did as well. I am delighted that your mothers loved the rose ceremony, it is a perfect way to involve them on the day. Cheers for your future together, Barbara.

8 Sep 2018

Barbara was friendly and helpful. She took calls out of hours and changed details at the last second when we requested.

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant  

Thank you so much for your lovely review. I was delighted to be your wedding celebrant, what a lovely day it was. You looked sensational! Good luck for your future together, cheers from Barbara.

11 Mar 2018

Accomodating nature and made the wedding really fun!

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant  

Thank you John, your wedding to Terri was just awesome. I loved it. To think you had met when you were teenagers, then you went your separate ways and 38 years later got together again and finally got married. It was awesome to see you both so happy, just awesome. Fabulous dress Terri, ceremony by the river was amazing as well. cheers. Barbara

28 Jan 2018

She was fun. Made it really easy. Great communication. It was very low stress. She has a very warm personality as well. She made us feel very confident

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant  

Wendy, thank you so much for your beautiful review. I am thrilled to bits. You looked a real picture in that perfect dress, I think you gave us all such a lovely surprise especially your groom. It was an awesome wedding, it was hot but under that big old tree it was just lovely. You are an awesome couple, all the best for a very happy future together, thanks heaps, loved it, Barbara

5 Jan 2018

Barbara was exactly what we wanted in a celebrant. She was relaxed, easy going, extremely easy to deal with and most importantly funny! All our guests raved about how funny Barbara was. Barbara was recommended to us and she definitely lived up to the expectation. Thank you!

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant  

Thank you Holly for your awesome review of me as your celebrant. You looked just beautiful in that dress, you were stunning. Your groom looked amazing as well. We had a lot of fun at your service, especially the part about some of the things that you love about each other! Lots of laughs and happy tears! Fantastic bridal party as well, loved your flowers, very fresh and unique from Barbara.

20 Oct 2017

She was just helpful and easy going. Great service!

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant  

Hi Sarah, I am so thrilled that you loved your wedding, so relaxed, great day and of course you all looking amazing! Barbara

6 Oct 2017

She was really really friendly, just made it all really fun and light hearted. I didn't realise at the time, she had also been the celebrant at a few family and friends wedding so she made it a bit special. We had a surprise wedding, she was really good at keeping everything under wraps.

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant  

Thank you Sofhie, I loved your review of me as your celebrant. I did see a few familiar faces at your wedding as I had married them as well. What a great surprise it was, it went off perfectly, cheers from Barbara.

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