Tim Barnes Celebrant

(11 reviews)
Service Area
Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges and Surrounds
Business Hours
By Appointment - 7 Days
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Looking for a Melbourne-based celebrant who stands out from the crowd? Tim Barnes is your guy. After performing a friend’s wedding several years ago, Tim discovered an unexpected love for being a celebrant and decided to make it his career. As a young, laid-back celebrant who specialises in creating memorable experiences, Tim is keen to make your wedding day comfortable and magical.

Tim Barnes is a young, enthusiastic, and adaptable celebrant who performs wedding all across Melbourne and the surrounding areas. Tim fell into the wedding biz after doing a mate’s wedding some years ago, where he quickly became addicted to the smiles, the tears of joy, and the laughter. He considers himself super lucky to have had a front-row seat to so many weddings worldwide and can’t wait for each new occasion on the calendar.


“We are so glad we picked Tim to be our celebrant. We wanted the atmosphere and mood of our ceremony to reflect our personalities, Tim made this a reality! Our ceremony was better than we could have dreamed, filled with love and a lot of laughter! We are so grateful for Tim for perfectly balancing sentiment and joy. Our day was such fun, largely down to the stories that Tim told and his natural style. Tim’s guidance, especially his support making our vows special and unique means so much to us.” Rachelle S


Couples rave about Tim’s ability to judge the feel of the day and adapt to make it a comfortable, enjoyable, and memorable experience for them and all their family and friends. Tim guides you through the ceremony on the day and in the months leading up to the altar. He ensures that the focus remains on you.


Interested in getting to know Tim? He loves chatting to couples over a coffee (or something stronger). He is always keen to understand how you see your wedding day unfolding in your mind so together you can work towards making it a completely magical reality!


What you’ll love about Tim Barnes Celebrant for your Melbourne wedding:


  • Personalised ceremonies. No two couples are the same, so your wedding should reflect the things that make you unique including inside jokes, funny stories, and touching emotions.
  • Need a hand with the dance? Tim has gone above and beyond with many couples by guiding them through their first dance!
  • His youthful energy. A charismatic and relaxed celebrant, Tim brings vibrancy and humour to each wedding he performs.



Highlights of Tim Barnes Celebrant:

  • Unique vows and personalised ceremonies
  • Provides professional PA system
  • Travels across Melbourne


Questions and Answers

How do we get in touch with you?

Tim Barnes Celebrant

Simply fill out the contact form below! If you'd prefer to talk over the phone, give me a call any time. I'm also available by text, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook. I love meeting new people and answering questions, so please feel free to reach out however you want!

What do you wear to ceremonies?

Tim Barnes Celebrant

I'm really comfortable in a suit or open collar, but I am happy to wear whatever is requested! I tend to take a few things into account when picking an outfit: the colour scheme of the wedding, what the groom is wearing and the formality of the occasion. I want to ensure I look the part and don't clash!

Apart from running the ceremony, what do you do on the Big Day?

Tim Barnes Celebrant

There are a number of 'behind the scenes' tasks that I am involved in before the ceremony starts. I arrive at least an hour before the ceremony. This allows me to become acquainted with the ceremony location, choose an appropriate place to set up my PA system and to introduce myself to venue staff. I also liaise with your photographers and videographers to ensure we are all comfortable with positioning. I am a friendly face for all guests and bridal party members and will help usher and direct as required.

What is your professional background?

Tim Barnes Celebrant

I have been a marriage celebrant since 2017. However, in addition to this, I have worked in logistics (a skill I have leaned on in planning weddings!) and done a lot of work presenting, MC-ing, voice-overs and writing. I have been focusing recently, on really honing my presentation skills and enhancing my vocal range. This is to ensure I can inflect the correct tone on your ceremony and ensure guests ride the experience closely. I am as comfortable MC-ing your reception as I am conducting your ceremony - adding a degree of polish and flexibility that has come about through experience.

What is your preferred way to meet?

Tim Barnes Celebrant

Certainly in-person. Whilst we have had to get creative over the years through Zoom and social media, nothing beats a coffee or a wine to discuss your vision for your wedding. There are lots of things to consider and real-time interaction, I find, is the most efficient way of ensuring we have alignment.


(11 reviews)
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15 Jan 2021

Tim was an incredible celebrant. From the first contact to the post wedding 'de-brief' he was professional but genuine and casual. We had Tim as our celebrant and also MC at the reception, he was able to set a really relaxed and enjoyable vibe and all the guests had a great time. Tim is one of those celebrants that you can tell genuinely enjoys being apart of people's special days. We are so glad we chose Tim and we would recommend him to anybody who was thinking about getting married. Tim was always happy to have a chat or to meet with us to give us a hand organising things. The way he approached things made the day really special.

3 Jan 2020

Tim was fantastic leading up to the wedding and also on the day! We couldn't recommend him highly enough. He made himself available throughout our planning process and was there to answer all our questions. He made sure to make the day about us and not himself! He is very attentive, easy to deal with and fantastic to work with.

Tim Barnes Celebrant  

Thanks for those kind words, Enida. You and Mensur did so well in the heat! Wishing you the happiest of Happy Ever Afters.

18 Oct 2019

Stop what you are doing and hire Tim as your celebrant! He did the most incredible job at our wedding and we cannot thank him enough. He helped us so much in the lead up to the day and then did such an amazing job on our wedding day. We had so many people come up to us and say they have never seen a celebrant as good as Tim. Book him in and have the best day ever like we did

Tim Barnes Celebrant  

Too kind, Nick - it was such a good day up there! All the best to you and Ellie!

24 Feb 2022

Honestly I can not recommend Tim enough!! From our inital zoom meeting due to being in lockdown, we knew straight away he was the one to marry us. His attention to detail, creativity and to his all round awesome personality you won't regret your choice! We initially met with Tim to be our celebrant, but after the warm and comforting feeling we got from him, we also asked him to be our MC for the night and all of our guests raved how much of a great bloke he is! Tim, Brodi and I can't thank you enough for making our day so special, and being there for us through every step before, during and still there afterwards.

18 Dec 2021

Tim was the perfect celebrant for us! He made our day so special - he's funny, honest and helpful. He took plenty of time to meet us and made us feel super comfortable throughout the process and ceremony. So grateful we got him as our celebrant!!!

26 Mar 2021

Tim was absolutely amazing!! We hired him to be our celebrant and MC well before covid hit and he stayed with and supported us the whole way through. I truly believe our day would not have been as good with out Tim, He went above and beyond in every way to make our day perfect. All of our guests have raved about how great they found him to be, he was so relaxed, funny and helpful all night! From helping serve pizzas to the bridal party and elderly guests to helping clear tables, all things that are not in his job description, yet he did with no hesitation at all just to ensure every thing ran smooth for us on our day !! We would 100% recommend him to anyone looking for a celebrant! We can't thank you enough Tim for everything you did for us❤️ The Osborne's

29 Feb 2020

Well, what can we say! Tim you made our evening absolutely perfect. From our first meeting to the handing over of the marriage certificate everything was easy. You were always quick to respond to any of my email or texts and always did so in such a friendly manner. You explained the process and the legal requirements very well and let us amend the ceremony so it was us! The friends and family all commented on you saying " you were friendly without trying to hard, you were personable and even put the nervous ones at ease" We knew we made the right decision. All you couples out there, if you need a celebrant Tim is the guy for you. Thanks again,

1 Nov 2019

We are so glad we picked Tim to be our celebrant. We wanted the atmosphere and mood of our ceremony to reflect our personalities, Tim made this a reality! Our ceremony was better than we could have dreamed, filled with love and a lot of laughter! We are so grateful for Tim for perfectly balancing sentiment and joy. Our day was such fun, largely down to the stories that Tim told and his natural style. Tim’s guidance, especially his support making our vows special and unique means so much to us. As a massive bonus, Tim taught our combined 4 left-feet an unbelievable dance that left people saying “but I didn’t know you could dance!” It went from what would have been an awkward shuffle to a fun choreographed dance that looked much more impressive than it was difficult! We couldn’t recommend Tim highly enough.

2 Feb 2019

When we approach Tim to be our celebrate we had no hesitation due to his authenticity and charisma. However, not only did Tim deliver on what we anticipated, he was a significant factor that our wedding day was truly memorable From being being the perfect celebrant, calming influence to meticulous MC - both Bonnie and I couldn’t recommend anyway higher than Tim. Trent Milvain, 2019

Tim Barnes Celebrant  

Hi Trent, Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure taking the marriage journey with you and Bonnie! All the best for a happy future! Cheers!

5 Sep 2018

Tim was fantastic. He took great care in understanding us both as individuals and as a couple. On the day, he was able to personalise his service to provide a relaxed, natural and uniquely "us" ceremony.

Tim Barnes Celebrant  

Thanks for the review, Ant! What a privilege it was to be there on your special day. I know the weather was touch and go there for a while, but looking back we wouldn't have it any other way. Just a beautiful day with a great couple! All the best to you and Nat for the future.

5 Oct 2017

Tim "Barney" Barnes was such an amazing celebrant! Before the wedding, Barney was such a pleasure to work with. He was so professional, responsive, and went above and beyond to help tailor the wedding to our particular needs. He made suggestions for our speeches when we got stuck; helped tailored the ceremony structure to our needs; sent us drafts of his script for our thoughts weeks in advance; and most importantly, he made the process easy and fun!! On the actual wedding day, Barney was all class - funny, professional, and charismatic. He was the perfect balance of funny & enthusiastic at the start of the ceremony, and then more serious for the formal parts of the ceremony. The whole time he was confident and reliable. We ended up getting multiple compliments all night from guest saying how awesome Barney was, and we couldn't agree more! 5 stars!!

Tim Barnes Celebrant  

Too kind, James! It certainly was a pleasure to be up there with you and Ellie to help you tie the knot. It really was the perfect day and you two make a legendary pair.

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