A Stand-up Celebrant

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With more than 150 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.


p.s. Melbourne.



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Who takes care of the legal mumbo jumbo?

A Stand-up Celebrant

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?

A Stand-up Celebrant

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?

A Stand-up Celebrant

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?

A Stand-up Celebrant

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?

A Stand-up Celebrant

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.


(139 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!

A Stand-up Celebrant  

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 :)

20 Mar 2021

Paul was one of, if not the best decision we made for our wedding. He had the perfect mix of funny one-liners and romantic stories that had all of our guests laughing in hysterics one second and then gushing in tears the next. We were told countless times by our friends and family that he was incredible and we have no doubt that our ceremony will be one that everyone remembers for a long time to come because of him. Would recommend Paul a thousand times over to anyone looking for the world's best celebrant!

14 Mar 2021

Paul was an absolute dream to work with, making us feel comfortable and at ease from day dot. Our guests couldn't stop raving about our entertaining, humorous and 'perfectly us' ceremony, which is a testament to the way Paul put together and told our stories... he truly took the 'coal' we gave him and made it into a diamond. Many wondered whether Paul was a friend of ours, as it just felt like he knew us... not just in what he said, but also in how he said it. In the lead up to the wedding, Paul was understanding and flexible when it came to changing the date and script details, and was at the ready to step-in like a superhero when our audio system began flailing right before the ceremony. If you want a unique, funny and personal ceremony like no other, look no further; BOOK HIM NOW!

13 Mar 2021

Paul was fantastic! Throughout the whole process he kept us informed of what he was doing and what we needed to do. The ceremony itself was excellent, funny and relaxed. So many of our guests commented on how good it was! We would highly recommend getting Paul to be your celebrant. Thanks Paul for playing such an important part of our special day!

5 Mar 2021

Paul was the best! From the start he was so easy to get along with and helped us with any questions we had along the way. We had so many of the guests telling us how great he was. He made our ceremony so fun and that’s exactly what we wanted!

1 Mar 2021

Paul truly made our ceremony special, from the get go he made an effort not just to tell our story, but to get to know us a couple and deliver a beautiful and equally hilarious ceremony. With just the right amount of laughs to heart-felt moments, we would not recommend anyone other than Paul to deliver a superbly special ceremony. I recall reading the draft of what he sent us, sitting in my car laughing and crying and knowing instantly I'd made the right choice. My only criteria was that our officiant had to be well spoken, and easy to listen to- Paul checked all the boxes!

28 Feb 2021

Paul was the perfect celebrant. Warm, considerate and got nothing but raving reviews from all guests and of course the couple! Couldn't be happier. Thankyou!!

21 Feb 2021

Paul is just simply amazing! He did lighten up our wedding in the most entertaining way! Would definitely recommend him to anyone who'd like a non-boring wedding!

20 Feb 2021

Paul was incredible! Right from day one! He was easy going, funny, and so helpful. Come the wedding day me and my husband were in tears of laughter, we had sooo many people come up to us and say how amazing he was! He made our night, and made it a night we will never forget! If I could give Paul 100 stars I would! You were perfect for us, and thank you so much for being a part of the best day of our lives!

12 Feb 2021

Paul was absolutely amazing! He told our story of how christina and I met in the best way ! Everyone was raving on about how amazing he was! Funny and amazing! Thank you Paul!

6 Feb 2021

Amazing funny guy and great for couples that want humour in their ceremony !! Everyone at our wedding raved about Paul and his I incredible script he personalised for us. Get ready for some laughs on your wedding day as this guy delivers !! And apparently guarantees no rain at your wedding haha Thankyou Paul for everything you were amazing we will never forget our special day and you were part of that !! Dana and Andrew AKA cheeky monkey and princess donuts

30 Jan 2021

The best way to review Paul as a celebrant is to mention how many guests we had come up to us afterwards commenting on how much they enjoyed the ceremony - his style fit perfectly with the light hearted and fun approach we wanted for our day. If that isn't enough, dealing with him in the lead up was an absolute pleasure - prompt to respond, made everything clear and simple for us, and let us focus on the millions of other things we had to get done - couldn't recommend him more highly!

23 Jan 2021

We contacted Paul to be our celebrant after seeing him conduct our close friends' wedding and loved his casual and fun approach to their wedding ceremony. During the process Paul met us to chat about our relationship and get details to make our ceremony personal and meaningful to both of us. We really enjoyed the whole process and our ceremony was the perfect balance of sentimental and funny. All our guests commented on how much they loved the ceremony and how personal and unique it was. Thanks Paul for making our special day perfect.

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