A Stand-up Celebrant

(145 reviews)
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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.


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.


(145 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 :)

9 Jan 2021

My partner and I were so happy with Paul, he did such a amazing job, he really set the mood with a fun and laid back ceremony and so professional at the same time!

2 Jan 2021

Even though Paul couldn't be at our actual wedding, he worked with us to find a solution and was incredible throughout. Paul conducted an intimate ceremony for us on the banks of the Yarra that was absolutely perfect. He was, funny, charming, and really put us at ease allowing us to enjoy the moment. I would gladly recommend him to anyone looking for the Celebrant, not just a celebrant.

1 Jan 2021

I cannot even begin to explain how amazing Paul is. From the first draft he sent us after just a few questions asked I was absolutely blown away! Paul is super professional yet laid back and definitely funny. He still manages to hit those heart strings and makes you cry, but then will have you laughing again a second later. We had numerous people ask if Paul was a friend or family member as his dialouge was so personal and encapsulated our story perfectly. I couldn't recommend Paul any higher and if there were more than 5 stars i would give them. Thank you for being such an important and perfect addition to our day, having you as our celebrant was one of the best decisions we made!

21 Dec 2020

Personalised, special and hilarious - Paul was amazing in helping us create an experience that had the perfect balance for our wedding ceremony. He was extremely supportive in helping us plan for the day and had fantastic tips along the way for how we could turn the day into something unforgettable and unique. He also had constant communication leading up to the big day and was great in helping us with some of the challenging parts that came with it. Paul was amazing on the day, his calm demeanor ensured that everyone felt relaxed and at ease. He also worked with our photographer and venue to help us find a magical location. We would highly recommend Paul’s services to anyone wanting to create their perfect and memorable wedding day.

20 Dec 2020

Paul was fantastic! He made us feel so relaxed and at ease with all the work in his hands. From our first meeting he was funny, easy to talk to and it felt like we knew him as a long time friend. He captured out love story perfectly and had all our guests laughing and telling us how great he was! We're so glad we found you Paul thank you so much for being part of our special day!!

19 Dec 2020

Paul is an amazing celebrant. He met with us and we felt so comfortable chatting to him about our relationship and how we wanted the ceremony to go. He guided us through the process and wrote us an beautiful script and ensured everything was exactly as we wanted it to be. Highly recommended if you want a fun personalised ceremony that all your guests enjoy.

18 Dec 2020

Paul was absolutely amazing. He had been the celebrant for a couple of our friends, so when we were planning our wedding we knew we wanted him for ours! All our guests commented on how terrific our celebrant was. The script he wrote for our ceremony was personal, meaningful and had everyone laughing. He was always very warm, professional and flexible. We couldn't recommend him enough.

12 Dec 2020

Paul was so easy to deal with throughout the process. He trained our best friend to be our celebrant on the day and married us legally before the wedding at our house. Highly recommend!

5 Dec 2020

We booked Paul and his "My Celebrant Buddy" services for our wedding in early December. Throughout the whole process, Paul was phenomenal - easy-going, super helpful and made the process seamless, despite the uncertainty of COVID. Thanks so much Paul, you're awesome! Adriana & Richard Allan

28 Nov 2020

Would highly recommend Paul! We were looking for someone who was laid back, relaxed, fun, but also professional - and we got just that! Paul is helpful, supportive, and keeps you on track to be ready for your big day. He's calm and composed on the big day, which definitely helps settle the nerves. Paul was accommodating and easy to work with - we would highly recommend him to anyone whose looking for an amazing celebrant who knows how to tailor his approach to suit what you're looking for.

21 Nov 2020

Paul was awesome! So easy to work with and hilarious. We also had to reschedule our wedding a few times due to Covid and ultimately decided to elope and Paul was so accommodating of all our changes.

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!

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