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A Stand-up Celebrant

Rating
5.0
Excellent
(197 reviews)
 
Service Area
Melbourne
Business Hours
24/7
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A Stand-up Celebrant, also known as the hilariously talented, passionate Paul Bonadio, is a Melbourne-based celebrant famed for his perfect mix of humour and sentimentality. Paul boasts a comedic, storytelling approach, not shy of romance and sincerity. After years spent on the stage as a stand-up comedian, Paul’s natural charisma, confidence, and professionalism are undeniable.

 

If you’re looking for a Melbourne-based marriage celebrant who knows how to truly entertain your guests while sharing your love story in the most beautiful, heartfelt way, Paul Bonadio is the man for you. Boasting several years on the stage as a stand-up comedian, alongside some of the greats such as Fiona O’Loughlin and Dave O’Neil, Paul knows how to keep an audience engaged

Paul has performed 436 and counting lively, emotive ceremonies since 2016 — each with their own spoonful of sentiment and bucket loads of laughter. He’s also written features for some of Australia’s most beloved artists, including Jimmy Barnes, The Rubens, Bernard Fanning, and Gareth Liddiard. If these accomplishments don’t scream experience, passion, and professionalism, Paul’s natural charm, thoughtfulness, and love for legal paperwork (yep, you heard correctly!) may convince you. 

You can expect a lot of laughs, tears, and unforgettable moments when working with Paul. He even offers several useful features, including a Pimp My Celebrant outfit choice, a LOVE to LOLs ratio, and an online ceremony builder to ensure a smooth, enjoyable experience tailored perfectly to your ceremony desires, needs, and requirements

 

“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 that Paul was the guy for us from the get-go. He did such a good job. In fact, 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, sentiment, and embarrassment. It was exactly us. If there were an option to give more stars, I'd give Paul all the stars. Every. Single. One.” — Kate H. 

 

What you’ll love about working with A Stand-up Celebrant for your Melbourne wedding:

  • Perfect blend of wit and sentimentality. Paul has a knack for lighthearted, fun ceremonies filled with stunning, emotive moments and, of course, some incredibly witty and personal jokes. He’s all about creating an unforgettable ceremony you and your guests will remember for years to come. 
  • LOVE to LOLs Ratio. From roaring belly laughter to sweet, heartfelt giggles, the choice is yours. Paul’s comprehensive and clever LOVE to LOLs ratio allows you to select the perfect amount of humour or tear-filled “aww’s” for your ceremony. 
  • Pimp My Celebrant. Paul boasts several innovative features, including his famed Pimp My Celebrant tool. This feature allows you to select from a sophisticated selection of Paul’s outfits for him to wear at your wedding. You’ll be spoilt for choice, with a sneaky “Bogan Classique” option he added for kicks and giggles — not realising that some couples actually prefer that look! 

 

Highlights of working with A Stand-up Celebrant Melbourne:

  • Fun, vibrant ceremonies with the perfect blend of sentiment and humour 
  • Years of experience as a stand-up comedian and writer
  • Several useful tools and features 
  • Experience performing 436 ceremonies 
  • Fully vaccinated 

 

What’s your ‘My Celebrant Buddy’ option? 

Paul’s My Celebrant Buddy option allows you to choose your own celebrant, whether your best friend, relative, or funny mate from university, and he will take care of all the legal requirements. He also offers access to his learning centre and a series of lessons for ceremony building, including script examples, music advice, and more! 

Can I have readings during the ceremony?

Paul has a super handy online ceremony builder that allows you to quickly and easily create your perfect ceremony with as many readings as your heart desires. 

Can you play music for the ceremony?

While Paul encourages hiring a live band or DJ for your wedding, you are more than welcome to use his quality PA system for music. 

 

“Paul Bonadio was incredible to work with. We could tell that he was exactly what we were after for a celebrant from our first meeting. 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. Thank you so much, Paul, for making our ceremony so memorable.” — Natalie C. 


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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.

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.

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

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!

14 May 2022

Paul was wonderful! Our ceremony was the perfect mix of sentimental and funny. He captured who we were so well and we couldn’t have been happier!

9 May 2022

It was our absolute pleasure to have Paul as our celebrant. We chose the Celebrant Buddy option. He guided our Buddy through the whole process. Our wedding was absolutely perfect? Thank you Paul

22 Apr 2022

Mum says Paul was the highlight of our wedding day... thanks Mum. We had many twists and turns due to Covid but Paul was so flexible and great about everything. Paul truly was a huge part of what our wedding vision was, as capturing our silliness, humour and essence was really important to us. He did such a great job that wedding guests are still asking us if he is a long time friend or how he knew us- because he really did sum us up so well! If we ever do this again, we know where to go.

12 Apr 2022

We found Paul on easy weddings and were so excited by his reviews and profile but unfortunately he was unavailable on our date. All was not lost though! Paul told us about his amazing celebrant buddy service. We got to have one of our best friends perform the ceremony which made the day even more special. Paul was lovely to work without throughout the process for us as well as our friend. Paul then made the long trek out to Shepparton so we could sign the papers later that day. Would highly recommend working with Paul in either capacity. x

9 Apr 2022

What an amazing person and a fantastic Marriage Celebrant, from the first meeting to the last words spoken he was nothing but honest and very funny, the way he brought our story to life during the celebration was nothing less than perfect. After the ceremony there was only compliments from family and friends. I would definitely recommend Paul (Stand up Celebrant) for your perfect wedding

27 Mar 2022

Reviews from our friends was he knew the story in and out and he felt like our close friend. Did so well in execution and handling the event on the day with our coordinator and venue. Loved his specialty in his humour, wit and expertise in writing. I loved that he spent the extra time getting to know us too to perfect our story. Thanks for a great ceremony, Paul!

19 Mar 2022

We loved having A Stand-up Celebrant marry us! Right from the get-go Paul was friendly, approachable and his take on a wedding ceremony was perfect for us. We wanted to make our guests laugh and that was accomplished at every turn. We had a few people ask us if Paul was one of our friends, which just goes to show how well he got to know us and our story. Highly recommended.

11 Mar 2022

The reviews are all true! Paul was hands-down one of the best choices we made for our wedding. We have received so much fantastic feedback about him. He completely set the tone for our wedding and had our guests snorting with laughter. 10/10.

5 Mar 2022

OH MY GOD!!! Paul, what can we say other than you were absolutely INCREDIBLE. We cannot explain how many people came up to us on the night and asked where on earth we found you and how amazing you were. A lot of people thought you were a past friend of ours with how naturally you spoke about us and presented yourself through the ceremony. You honestly made our day, and set it off with a bang! It was exactly what we we wanted, we wouldn’t change a thing. You’re bloody good at your job that’s for your sure!!! To anyone on the hunt for a celebrate LOOK NO FURTHER, Paul is guy and will not disappoint! Paul, thank you again for making our day unforgettable! Truely amazing. Ebony & Griffin

26 Feb 2022

From the moment one of Paul’s videos found it’s way into my insta feed my husband and I knew instantly we’d found the perfect celebrant. Bringing the perfect hilarious storytelling of my husband and I’s life together. We wanted our vow renewal ceremony to be an experience for everyone and Paul gave us that. Paul went above and beyond all of our expectations and honoured to have had him play a major part in our special day. Highly recommended

26 Feb 2022

Paul was great, he really got to know us & our love story on our initial meet. He was able to put it all together in a light hearted script with plenty of laughs from the guests! But he also didn't stray from the romantic side, adding in lots of beautiful moments. Many guests thought that Paul was a friend of ours because of how well he put together our love story in such a personal way. Thank you!

25 Feb 2022

Having Paul conduct our wedding ceremony was one of the highlights of our wedding. From the beginning he made the whole process enjoyable and easy. We are sooo honoured to have Paul marry us. Paul you are AMAZING, thankyou so so much for being part of our special day.


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