Russ Macumber Celebrant

1 5 5.0 (69 reviews) 
Service Area
Melbourne & Surrounding Areas  View Map
Business Hours
By Appointment
03 9498 4046


Chris M.

20 Oct 2017

My partner and I wanted to find a modern celebrant who had a relaxed vibe and friendly nature to deliver our no-frills ceremony. Russ absolutely filled this brief and them some! He has an extremely friendly and engaging personality which made us feel really comfortable from our first meeting. From that moment forward, Russ felt like one of our friends not just some awkward adjunct to our wedding day. The planning and prep process was very stress-free. Russ was not overbearing and merely facilitated what we wanted to include in the ceremony. In saying that, he still proposed some unique ideas that ended up making our ceremony really memorable. Russ' performance on the night was exactly what we wanted - an entertaining and informal delivery, while still feeling very genuine and heart-felt. We would not hesitate to recommend Russ to any couple that want a ceremony that they will remember forever. 10/10

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

thank you soooo much chris! what a legend! i loved hanging with you guys so it was 1000% my pleasure to deliver on the day for you 2

Ben J.

12 May 2017

If you're after a wedding ceremony that could be almost as good as ours ;) - then Russ is your man! He delivered an incredible, fun and loving ceremony that was peppered with in-jokes and personal touches. He's able to do this as he takes the time beforehand to really get to know you, ensure you are comfortable and ready and truly commits himself to giving you a ceremony that you and your guests will never forget. Our guests raved about him! And we can't thank him enough

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

my favourite part was the bit where everybody kissed! ;-)

Alaina M.

3 Mar 2017

Russ was absolute magic. Words cannot express how truly special he made our wedding day. We couldn't have asked for a more AWESOME and RAD wedding celebrant!

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

thanks so much alaina - you and aaron made it easy! any ceremony with salt'n'pepa and beyonce references is a win for the human race

Alex I.

17 Apr 2020

Russ was awesome! He got to know us and he really put his soul into delivering a ceremony that reflected us, our love for each other and our personalities. Not only that, Russ guided us through each step leading up to the wedding and Its just amazing how comfortable he made us feel on the big day. It was like being married by your best friend and we cannot thank him enough for being our celebrant!

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

alexey! legendary couples deserve a legendary ceremony. thanks for choosing me!

Katie J.

4 Feb 2019

It's clear that Russ genuinely loves weddings. He was interested to hear our story and create a ceremony unique to us. Russ sat down with us, recorded us talking about each other and used this to create a personal ceremony. It felt like Russ wanted to get to know us and be an active part of the day. His approach is relaxed and helps keep the nerves under wraps. His experience shows with the little things that perfect the day. We were so thrilled to have him be a part of our day.

Fiona N.

1 Dec 2018

Russ was amazing as our celebrant! Although weddings are typically filled with many formalities throughout the day and night, we wanted our wedding to feel relaxed and enjoyable. And Russ was there to help us get our wedding off in the right direction. Before the big day, we met up a couple times and this is when Russ really got to know us - our personalities, our stories etc - so that he could deliver a personal ceremony (which was awesome by the way). On the actual wedding day, we were nervous, but with Russ's easy going nature, we were able to feel more relaxed so that we could really be ourselves up on that altar, and enjoy everything as it unfolded. Thumbs up all round from us and all our guests!

Lauren B.

27 Oct 2018

Russ, thank you so much for everything. Amongst all the planning and coordinating of our wedding you were a rock. From beginning to end you made the process so fun and easy. You are so down to earth and really relatable. Thanks again. Lauren & Russell

Simon W.

6 Oct 2018

Russ! Your funny and chilled personality is infectious and this made us feel extremely comfortable from our first catch up. You really made our wedding ceremony special and our friends and family agree that you were awesome :D

Lisa H.

29 Jun 2018

Russ was so great to work with, we felt like we were just catching up with friends rather than a supplier. He made our whole process easy and fun and really took care and time in preparing the perfect ceremony for us. We’ll miss catching up with Russ! Fist pump!

Jess W.

21 Apr 2018

We were really after a fun, entertaining celebrant who could capture our personality and our vibes perfectly ! Russ did just that! Not only was her super accomodating and helpful, he really brought some humour and fun to our ceremony. We had so many family members and friends tell us that our ceremony was the best one they had ever been too! Honestly we found Russ on easy weddings website and we were not dissappinted, We highly recommend him to everyone! His reviews are 100% the truth!

Emma B.

6 Apr 2018

Russ is the man! I have no words to describe how simply amazing he is! We we not at all worried about are ceremony running smoothly because we knew Russ had it covered! Fun, relaxed and very organised and prepared! All our guests loved him and he gave us the exact ceremony we dream of!

Jasmine S.

23 Mar 2018

Russ was absolutely AMAZING. 5 stars doesn't even begin to do it justice! From our first meeting we knew it was going to be a great fit, because we'd found someone who was super chill, easy to talk to, and obviously loves his job. This definitely all translated on the day, and we couldn't have dreamed of a better ceremony. Apart from the fun side, Russ was also super organised with everything, and it really made the whole process so easy and smooth. We had SO MANY PEOPLE coming up to us on the night saying how fantastic they thought Russ was, and how the ceremony really set the tone for the rest of the night (i.e., a cracking good time). Thank you again!!

Maria M.

16 Mar 2018

Russ was truly excellent from our very first interaction through to the follow up post wedding. He was the PERFECT balance of professional, organised, informed and HEAPS OF FUN! Russ promised that the ceremony would absolutely set the right tone for the rest of our wedding - and it did. It was a true love fest packed with the good times and party vibes. Many of our guests commented that they thought Russ was a friend of ours because of how well he seemed to know us and speak about us during the ceremony! I cannot recommend him enough!

Elisia B.

10 Mar 2018

Russ was an absolute pleasure to work with. From our initial meeting he had a great energy and understood what we wanted for our special day. His meticulous attention to detail gave us so much confidence, we left all the legal bits in his capable hands. Our meetings went smoothly and our day was exactly what we wanted! He is funny, charismatic and presented a great ceremony which was personalised especially for us. We couldn't have been happier with our choice of celebrant! Thank you Russ!

Jordan B.

16 Feb 2018

We're still lost for words at how amazing Russ was. On our quest to nail down the right celebrant we just didn't feel that "click". Enter: Russ. After our first meeting, we knew he was the right fit for us! Easy going, down to earth, AMAZING taste in music and a great sense of humour, but most importantly, he put us both at ease. Lending his sage advice wherever it was needed, the entire process was void of any stress or headache. We lost count of how many people commented on what a great job Russ did. Many thought he was part of the family -which is testament to how much effort he put into everything! There was laughter, happy tears, and so many smiles. Russ also sorted out all of our official papers, lending his help wherever needed. The only downside to the whole process was when our meetings with Russ had to stop. Both my wife and I are very much looking forward to having Russ involved when we re-knew our vows! Thanks Russ, from the bottom of our hearts! We're so glad we could have you part of such an important chapter of our lives! <3

Michelle P.

2 Feb 2018

Loved Russ! He was so relaxed and made us feel at ease, loved having our pre-wedding pub meetings. Just an all round great guy with a great sense of humour! Highly recommend him!

Holly V.

24 Jan 2018

My husband & I wanted a fun, relaxed and happy ceremony for our wedding. From the first meeting with Russ, we were very impressed and knew that he could provide exactly what we were after. During the lead up to our wedding, Russ was friendly, yet professional and very helpful and attentive. The ceremony was nothing short of perfect. Russ really captured our story and made us both feel relaxed on our special day and the happy vibes were definitely present. Russ definitely played a big role in kick starting what was a perfect day for us. We had lots of guests comment on how great the ceremony and celebrant were. Thank-you! Mr & Mrs Vittorio

Nick S.

14 Jan 2018

Really great guy with lots of charm and easy to work with. We were looking for a celebrant with a difference, relaxed, modern and humorous and Russ delivered! We had many great comments on him afterwards, a lot of our friends thought he was our mate cos his delivery was so nicely personalised. He doesn't just read from a script and had the ability to make the ceremony flow really well.

Jo B.

13 Jan 2018

If you want a ceremony which is fun, personal and to the point - Russ is your man. He made everything so easy and it was great to have someone who got to know us and make the ceremony so personal. Love your work Russ!

Alyssa W.

5 Jan 2018

We couldn't be happier with our beautiful ceremony delivered by Russ! It was exactly the chilled out vibe that we wanted to portray with some beautiful heartfelt stories and laughs! Our guests were so impressed! Russ, you made us feel so calm and relaxed during our wedding and throughout our whole planning process - we can't thank you enough!

Angie W.

10 Nov 2017

Russ is the absolute bomb! He made our ceremony so personal and funny at the same time. We had regular check ins and meetings leading up to the wedding and communication was so easy. Our guests loved Russ and raved about how amazing he was. So glad we chose Russ, you're a legend!

Stefani M.

5 Nov 2017

My now husband I and I wanted a totally relaxed ceremony that was casual, fun and heartfelt and Russ certainly delivered! He was so lovely from the moment we met him and took care of everything in a no-fuss kinda way, which is just what we wanted. Not only did he do all of this, he helped keep our surprise engagement-turned-wedding under wraps, which made for such fun on the night. Absolute legend!

Mollie D.

27 Oct 2017

We could not recommend Russ more! His relaxed but heartfelt style made our ceremony so incredibly special. The process with Russ from the start made us feel comfortable and confident that our ceremony would incorporate all the important things to us whilst still being fun! And MAN did he deliver! Thanks for making it so amazing!

Lydia B.

6 Oct 2017

Russ is a genuine, down to earth, laid-back, all-round wonderful person. He delivered a fantastic ceremony that was so 'us' and had really listened to everything we said. So many guests asked whether Russ was someone we already knew, that's how comfortable we were with him!

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

thank you lydia! exactly the kinda feedback that affirms for me that i'm on the right track :-)

Ezra K.

1 Oct 2017

Russ is an absolute superstar. He really got to know us, and ensured our surprise wedding was US!!! What made it better was that he dropped in some references which the crowd loved, and was unique to Bec and I. I highly recommend him, he is a world of fun!

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

EZ! thanks for this dude, i loved getting to drop NBA references, jay-z tidbits, and of course leading a singalong to the backstreet boys is something i won't forget soon!

Amy T.

15 Sep 2017

Russ, you are a superstar! We can't thank you enough for the excellent service you provided. From our first meeting together, through to the ceremony itself, your approach was positive, personal, and professional. You took so much care in ensuring that our ceremony was just as we wanted it; relaxed, fun, and touching. Your service gave us an amazing start to the rest of the celebrations with our families at our wedding, and for our future lives together. We would absolutely recommend you to others! Thank you once again. Amy & Joel.

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

cheers amy! this was a special one for me given you guys first connected at my very first wedding! and i'm always happy to marry off one of my 'handsome strangers' brethren ;-)

Nadia W.

31 Aug 2017

Russ is a fabulous celebrant! He delivered a personalised, professional and beautiful ceremony. He was organised and assisted in making our day amazing! Highly recommended!

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

thank you nadia! it was fun hanging with you and matt from the first skype through to your first kiss as hubby and wifey :-)

Dilge H.

9 Jun 2017

We can't thank Russ enough and couldn't have asked for a more perfect ceremony. Russ made the whole process stress free and was always there to guide us along the way. His easy going and friendly nature was exactly what we were looking for in a celebrant. We have had so many complements about Russ and the ceremony from our guests at our wedding, especially in regards to how personal and unique our ceremony was. Thanks once again Russ for making our special day perfect! We wouldn't hesitate to recommend you! Thanks Dilge and Josh

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

dilge! you and josh rock! from our first meeting at the nott we had a good vibe so i was stoked to pull it off for you on the day :-)

Georgia M.

18 May 2017

Russ, you were brilliant. From our first meeting with you, we knew you would able to set the relaxed and fun vibe for our ceremony that we were after. We had a lot of compliments from friends and family about how engaging and entertaining you were. Thank you so much for all of your help and support throughout the process. We cannot recommend Russ more highly!

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

cheers georgia! i had a blast from our first skype (i'll never forget matt getting changed out of his celtics ray allen jersey...only to jump on skype and see me in my sixers iverson jersey!) through to the big day!

Simone H.

28 Apr 2017

Russ is really one of a kind. My husband and I are so grateful that we found a celebrant like Russ - he's genuine, warm, grounded, and he really has an interest in people and their love for each other. We highly recommend Russ! Mr and Mrs Cohen :)

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

woo - thanks simone! i loved playing a part in the surprise!

Kim H.

22 Apr 2017

Russell was the most laid back celebrant, his sense of humor made us feel at ease. Highly recommended!

Louise I.

10 Mar 2017

From the first meeting with Russ we had such a great rapport. . We are not a young couple, however we didn't want dull and boring. Russ delivered a very personalised ceremony in a professional way. It was happy and vibrant as well as beautiful and sentimental. We had so many positive comments from our guests saying how they enjoyed the ceremony. We can highly recommend Russ as your celebrant. Louise & Robert Ives

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

thank you louise, it was my absolute pleasure!

Bec W.

21 Oct 2016

Russ was awesome. Couldn't recommend him highly enough. He made a lot of effort in getting to know Mick and I as a couple, and brought it to the ceremony. Friends and Family thought he was a friend of ours. Awesome and easy to deal with.

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

cheers bec & mick! we clicked from the get-go so i'm stoked that showed in the ceremony. this was a really fun and easy one for me too

Maria T.

17 Oct 2016

Russ was amazing! We had so much fun during a process that i always thought would be fairly boring. We also got some great feedback from guests who also felt the ceremony was very personalised and fit us well. Thank you for making our ceremony such a fun and personal experience.

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

maria! so glad to hear i managed to make this process fun and UNBORING! you guys adding a live performance owl during the ceremony was a nice first for me! :-)

Bonnie C.

14 Oct 2016

If you want someone young, down to earth with a fun outlook on love and marriage Russ is your guy. We couldn't give a higher recommendation. Our first moments of being a married couple wouldn't have been half as special if we went with anyone else.

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

TEAM SHABON! thanks for the props, i couldn't give a higher recommendation for how awesomely fun it was hanging with you from the get-go!

Kayleigh F.

7 Oct 2016

From start to finish, Russ was just absolutely amazing. We cannot fault him at all! As soon as we met him, we knew that we wanted him for our ceremony without even having to discuss it. In the lead up to the big day he listened to everything we wanted, reviewed our vows to make sure they were perfect, and was always happy to help whenever we had any queries. Our actual ceremony was amazing - laid back, full of laughs and absolutely perfect. Russ has his own way of running the ceremony, and I thought it was amazingly clever and would love to see it done that way more often. Our friends and family were full of compliments and we would recommend him to anyone (we are already advising friends to let us know if they want his details). Russ, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for an amazing, memorable, and giggle-worthy ceremony, we wouldn't have had it any other way!!! Mr and Mrs Malthouse (YAYYYYY!)

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

BOOYA! wow, thank you soooo much mr and mrs malthouse for these amazing words.

Laura B.

23 Sep 2016

Russ - what an amazing dude! From the minute we met him we both knew that he was the celebrant for us. We loved his relaxed, funny nature and his love of music & sneakers! The process was super easy and stress free and the ceremony was an absolute dream. Russ was able to capture us perfectly and made getting married so fun. His vibe fitted us so well that many of our guests thought he was a friend of ours - couldn't recommend him more highly :)

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

you guys are the best! thanks laura & donny.

Claire P.

9 Sep 2016

Russ was an absolute gem to organise a ceremony with. He knew exactly what we wanted for the ceremony and made sure it was kept light, humorous and joyful.

Abbi L.

8 Jul 2016

We cannot thank Russ enough for the most brilliant, fun and easy going ceremony on Saturday (9/7/16)! All our guests have commented on how heart felt and fun our ceremony was, and how it wasn't a long and boring one either! He kept us calm, cool and collected throughout the ceremony and was just wonderful.

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

thank you abbi! you are reece made it simple by being such a chill couple to work with. :-)

Jessica L.

15 Apr 2016

Russ is fun, down to earth and is really good at what he does. He delivered a very memorable and personalised ceremony for us. His stories about us were so great, our guests actually thought he was one of our groomsmen. We can't recommend Russ enough!

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

hahaha i LOVE this thanks jess! say hey to your husband for me :-)

Rebecca L.

15 Apr 2016

Russ put together a simple and beautiful ceremony for our wedding. He is really friendly, professional and also very helpful leading up to the big day with any questions we had. We have Russ to thank for putting together a ceremony that we will now remember for the rest of our lives. I highly recommend! Thank you Russ!!

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

thanks bec! you guys were so fun and chill and i really loved putting it together with you and delivering on the day. so stoked to know you dug it!

Sara P.

8 Apr 2016

My husband and I are SO happy we chose Russ to be our celebrant. He did an amazing job and we highly recommend him to anyone who wants a fun and fantastic ceremony. Russ felt more like a good mate than a celebrant. He was perfect!

Russ Macumber Celebrant  


Isobel F.

1 Apr 2016

We recently had Russ officiate our wedding, we were drawn to his young, vibrant and easy going manner, and we were both absolutely blown away on the day. His modern values resonated with both of us and he was able to make my husband feel calm when he was about to burst with anxiety. He simplified the whole legal daunting part and breathed that fresh fun vibe into our ceremony which is exactly what we wanted. We would both 100% recommend Russ to anyone looking for a wedding celebrant.

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

thanks isobel! so happy to hear this. got me right in the feels!!! :-) :-) :-)

Matt B.

26 Mar 2016

We cannot rate Russ highly enough! This man made our wedding so special. From the first moment we met him we knew he was perfect, and did he deliver or what! The quintessential professional but with cheeky charm. He made us feel so calm and relaxed during our ceremony which created such joy and happiness, with some good laughs in the mix too! Recommending Russ is not enough but you would be absolutely crazy to even think of having anyone else cement you as husband and wife on your special day. You're an absolute legend Russ...we'll never forget what you did for us :)

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

Matt! What a legend, thanks for these words. I can honestly say the feeling in most definitely, 1000% mutual. So much fun man, I'm so stoked to have met you guys and they you were so happy :-) :-) :-)

Anne B.

11 Mar 2016

For my husband Tom and I, Russ was an excellent celebrant. He is direct and kept everything simple. The ceremony was arranged exactly as we liked, not traditional, very personalized. Upon first contacting Russ, we needed an extra letter as evidence for a visa application. Russ has a 'can do' attitude and simply worked out what the legalities are and wrote the appropriate document. He accommodated a change of wedding date with no fuss when the visa took longer than expected. All in all, we found Russ very supportive, and were happy that he was part of our special day. We both highly recommend Russ.

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

thank you anne! i loved getting to know you over the (unexpected) extended period and was so pumped to finally meet tom and watch you 2 together after the hurdles. it was a fun process and the evening itself on the beach there was perfect.

Tina V.

5 Mar 2016

Russ was fantastic. Excellent communication, I could not fault him. We didn't want a conventional ceremony and he worked with us to plan that and it all went very well.

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

thanks tina! it was my absolute pleasure pulling off the big SURPRISE(!) for you guys. so much fun.

Amy W.

4 Mar 2016

We only met with one celebrant before we got married. Right from the get go we knew that Russ was perfect for us! He is chilled out and casual with just the right amount of professionalism. This meant that we trusted him with every single aspect of preparation for our wedding ceremony. On the day, he delivered a flawless ceremony that captured exactly what my husband and I are all about. We both thought that standing up in front of 100 guests was going to be nerve wracking but neither of us were nervous at all. I believe this is because we had such a great celebrant standing there with us and guiding us through one of the biggest events of our lives! Both of us would recommend Russ to any other young couple looking for a fun and memorable wedding!

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

thank you so much amy! you guys rock, it was my absolute pleasure to deliver your ceremony.

Alexandra H.

26 Feb 2016

Russ was totally awesome from start to finish - friendly, relaxed, 'cool', flexible and importantly, fun. Everyone commented on how great our ceremony was. Thank you Russ

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

thanks ali! can't beat a love story that starts at the hanging leg raise station! say hey to your husband and little lucy for me :-)

Amy & Brent R.

20 Feb 2016

Russ was really good. He was very accommodating to the requests that we had. Russ spoke about everything that we wanted him to, and he added a really beautiful sentiment about how he believes marriages work, that I 100% agreed with! As he spoke about love, all our guests just listened to him. Russ was amazing with communication - he was very detailed with the information I needed to be able to change my name and do all of that stuff! He sent me an email with all the instructions and links and numbers of contacts I need which was great when you have no idea what to do, it was all very easy.

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

thanks amy! we clicked from the get-go so i really enjoyed putting this together for you 2. that "one of us, one of us" moment in your ceremony is something i will never forget. priceless. say hey to your husband and l'il ida for me :-)

Cassandra K.

24 Jan 2016

Russ was really great. Really easy, friendly and down to Earth. We could relate to him being a young couple. He had a modern day-approach to how he delivered the ceremony. He made it so personal, and he made it sound like he had known us for a while. He chucked in a joke here and there and it was really nice that we could have a laugh and the guests could have a laugh. The way Russ spoke it was 'young' enough that all the guests could understand what he was saying. All the meetings have been really relaxed and comfortable and we didn't feel like we didn't need to impress him. He's really well spoken and professional.

Russ Macumber Celebrant  

THANKS CASS & CHARLIE! much appreciated, it was awesome to get to know you guys and share your story with your friends and family :-)

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