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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.



Questions and Answers

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.


(154 reviews)
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22 May 2021

Need a celebrant? STOP LOOKING NOW, YOU'VE FOUND HIM! Despite having the "we don't have to choose the first celebrant we meet" conversation, it was clear from the get go that Paul was the guy for us. He did such a good job, in fact, that as Seamus and I walked down the aisle as husband and wife for the first time, I actually received congratulations on choosing Paul before I got congratulations on choosing my husband. Paul's ceremony captured our relationship so perfectly and intimately, it was like having a long term friend conduct it for us. It was the perfect mix of laugh out loud, sentimental and embarrassing. It was exactly us. If there was an option to give more stars, I'd give Paul all the stars. Every. Single. One.

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 Nov 2021

6 stars! Paul was perfect. Exactly what we were looking for. Some were sceptical when we said we had chosen a stand up comedian as our celebrant but Paul was so sentimental and professional. We still get raved reviews from our guests about how hilarious he was too!

A Stand-up Celebrant  

Thanks so much Mel. You and Mick are so easy going and it made the whole day an absolute breeze (no pun intended for the blustery day!). Looking forward to a beer with you two soon :)

10 Jul 2021

Paul was the best celebrant! He was easy going, funny and made us feel relaxed as we were planning the ceremony and on the day. Our guests were raving on about how good our celebrant was. We highly recommend Paul as your future celebrant.

8 May 2021

Paul was incredible to work with. From our first meeting we could tell that he was exactly what we were after for a celebrant. He was very friendly and professional and very passionate about his work. Paul is also a fantastic writer and captured our story so accurately. He delivered our ceremony so well, in a way that was both funny and romantic. We honestly could not be happier. We have had so many guests asking where we found Paul and many asking if he was a mate of ours. We also had a number of people tell us it was the best ceremony they have been to! Thank you so much Paul for making our ceremony so memorable. Cheers, Natt & Cam

1 May 2021

All our guests absolutely raved about Paul and our ceremony. Everyone thought he was part of the crew as our bridal party were, which is exactly how we felt! Paul made the whole day a breeze even with my late entrance and crazy requests! Best MC and Celebrant Ever!!

30 Apr 2021

My husband are I tied that knot just over a month ago and were able to celebrate our day with a life long family friend conducting the ceremony. When I first heard of Paul's 'My Celebrant Buddy' service I was honestly gobsmacked that it was even an option! Not only did Paul answer all of our questions throughout the process, he supported our friend in creating one of the most incredible ceremonies my husband and I have ever heard (we're very biased). We were lucky enough to meet Paul on our wedding day for the marriage to be officiated and it was lovely to finally meet him in person. He is seriously as funny, sweet and kind as he is online. We couldn't recommend Paul enough, whether you choose him to officiate your wedding or utilise his 'Buddy' service, he will make every step of the way so easy!

24 Apr 2021

Right from our first email correspondence, my partner and I clicked so effortlessly with Paul. Easygoing and tremendously likeable, yet switched-on and professional – it’s a hard balance to find in your vendors yet Paul had exactly the right touch of these attributes the entire way through. From first chats, to developing our script, to the actual big day itself, he made the process entirely enjoyable. It’s a testament to him too that this feedback is repeated in so many of his reviews. When it mattered most on the wedding day, Paul anchored me to the moment with his perfect balance of sentimentality and chuckles from our guests. We had family members question whether we knew Paul outside of his celebrant role and whether we’d appointed a mate. I think that says so much about his ability to make the ceremony a warm and engaging affair, not a stilted formality!

17 Apr 2021

Finding the perfect celebrant is a daunting task, but you needn't look further than this stand-up bloke. From the get go we felt comfortable and confident in Paul's ability to deliver a warm and heartfelt ceremony, with just the right amount of humour. You absolutely nailed it, and we can't thank you enough.

16 Apr 2021

Paul was exceptional. From the initial contact through to the ceremony, Paul was professional, punctual, detail oriented, and an all-around awesome guy. He really helped make our day special and we really can't recommend him enough. Paul made the entire process simple, frictionless, and, most importantly, fun. Guests at our wedding thought Paul was actually a friend of ours due to his warmth and the cracking script he wrote for the ceremony. He was exactly what we wanted and he delivered in spades.

10 Apr 2021

Paul was amazing to work with. He was so chilled and made the process so easy for us. We chose to have our buddy as a celebrant and Paul provided us with useful information and tips leading up to the wedding to prepare our celebrant buddy. Thank you Paul for everything you've done for us!!

9 Apr 2021

We could not have been happier with Paul. He was absolutely amazing. As soon as we first spoke with him we knew he was the perfect celebrant for us. Anything too serious was going to be awkward and not what we wanted our day to be about. He made the ceremony more than a ceremony and told our story in the most humorous way. The feedback from our guests was amazing too. Everyone thought that he was a mate of ours based on what he said and how it was delivered. They also said (which I think was the best feedback) that the party started at the ceremony. On so many occasions its just the formalities that guests like, but are itching to move on to the party. Well in our case the ceremony was on the same level and that is all thanks to Paul! He is the best!

28 Mar 2021

We were really glad to have Paul as our celebrant and all our guests absolutely loved the ceremony! Paul spent the time to get to know us and our story. He had a questionnaire with a few questions about how we met - we wrote down a few points and he came up with a brilliant script for the wedding. Our guests loved it and some even commented that it was one of the best that they have heard for a ceremony! Highly recommended!

28 Mar 2021

Is six stars a rating option? Can not recommend Paul enough. The time, energy and effort he dedicated to our ceremony was incredible. We went for a '5' on the lol's scale and he nailed it. Paul also makes the whole process - which can be a little overwhelming for first timers - such a simple and enjoyable time.

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