A Stand-up Celebrant

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(131 reviews)
 
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Melbourne
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9-7 weekdays
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Paul Bonadio is A Stand-up Celebrant from Melbourne with over 100 five-star reviews. Being a Wedding Celebrant gives Paul the opportunity to combine two of the things he does best - stand-up comedian and natural storyteller. He aims to create a ceremony that perfectly blends sentimentality and humour while making it a day so fun that even your mother-in-law will smile.

As a young Celebrant I stand for fun, laid-back ceremonies with lots of chuckles and an equal dose of 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 finding the Gameboy key in A*mazing. 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 also have LOTS of options available for weddings in the corona era.

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.

I've married more than 300 couples since November 2016 and loved EVERY single one #truth


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

pps. I also have an option called 'My Celebrant Buddy' - this lets you choose EXACTLY who you want to be your Celebrant (your best friend, your sister etc). I take care of all the legal elements and support them with the rest. And it starts at just $490 (plus GST). 

ppps. well done on reading this far :)


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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 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 :)

1 Jun 2017

My husband and I could not recommend Paul enough! All of our guest were commenting on how special and different he made the ceremony. I all I wanted was for the celebrant not to be stuffy or tell our story awkwardly - Paul was hilarious and told our story better than we could tell it ourselves. If you are planning on getting married in Melbourne, 100% ask Paul to be your celebrant. He is worth every cent and was in communication with us all the way through, making sure we were prepared. He also saved the day when I forgot my fabulous new iPhone 7 didn't have an AUX jack (cheers Apple) so he was able to play the ceremony music on the speaker from his own phone. Thanks for everything Paul!!

A Stand-up Celebrant  

Thanks so much Emma. Hope you and Robbie are loving wedded life and overindulging in degustation menus and the champagne life :) If you're ever back in town let me know and we'll catch up!

4 Mar 2017

We really wanted a laid back, fun and casual ceremony, and Paul absolutely hit the mark. He made the whole process super easy for us, and managed to capture our relationship perfectly in his wedding script. Our guests have all said it was the best ceremony they'd ever seen.

A Stand-up Celebrant  

Aw shucks! Thanks Bianka. You two are amazing. Hope Benson recovered from his bee sting and that Palmer can still nail a handplant kick flip :)

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!

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!

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.

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 :)

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.

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!

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!

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

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...

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!!

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!

26 Jan 2020

Paul was absolutely fantastic. The service he provides is unique and he's great at presenting it. In our case, i was chosen by close friends of mine to be the 'celebrant' for their wedding with Paul there to support me along the way. The tools he was able to provide me were amazing and the support was constant and very much appreciated! He helped shape an absolute cracker or a ceremony and it's something i'll never forget.


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