My Celebrant Buddy

(20 reviews)
Service Area
Australia wide
Business Hours
24 x 7

If the thought of your best friend officiating your ceremony has you giddy with excitement, then you’ll love the unique service of My Celebrant Buddy. Created by celebrant Paul Bonadio, My Celebrant Buddy offers couples the chance to have a friend or family member marry them - minus months of training! Paul will handle the legal aspects himself, and prepare your friend so they're ceremony-ready.

With the help of My Celebrant Buddy, couples across Australia are veering away from traditional celebrants in favour of being married by beloved friends and family members. This means their beautiful wedding ceremonies are special, personalised, heartfelt, and officiated by someone deeply important to them, as opposed to a celebrant the couple has just met. So how, pray tell, do they do this? My Celebrant Buddy. 

My Celebrant Buddy is the highly-rated business of an excellent marriage celebrant with more than five years of industry experience, Paul Bonadio. Paul is charismatic, hardworking, friendly, and oh-so-easy to work with! When you book his service, My Celebrant Buddy, Paul will assist in the ceremony planning process and take care of the legal aspects of your wedding (this will be completed either on the day of, before, or after your wedding) while your chosen celebrant does the talking. Paul will train your chosen marriage celebrant by way of lessons (including how to write a fun, sentimental ceremony script and tips on public speaking), and give them all the insight and resources needed to prepare a dreamy ceremony that you’ll remember forever. 

With a person you know and love at the helm of your wedding ceremony, rest assured they’ll be able to weave personal touches throughout your ceremony. Such as funny stories about your time together, in-jokes (although be warned, you may want to pick a friend who won’t tell the cringy story of how you first met!), or sweet anecdotes you may have never heard before. With someone you love writing the ceremony script, the possibilities are endless!

This exceptional and creative idea is a relatively new concept, but appreciated by engaged couples nonetheless. Their beloved friend or family member can officiate their wedding without the months of training, necessary licence, and Attorney-General approval, ensuring a one-of-a-kind ceremony that wedding guests and couples alike will appreciate. So who will you pick to be your celebrant? Your dad? Sister? Or - if you’re feeling really brave - the best man!

“Paul offers a really unique, personable and amazingly different celebrant service with his 'My Celebrant Buddy' and was the perfect addition to our wedding. Paul was super professional, assisted with our every need and that of our friend we chose to ‘marry’ us and made our wedding that much more special.” Tash

What you can expect when working with My Celebrant Buddy for your wedding:

  • Your choice of celebrant. With My Celebrant Buddy, you can choose whoever you’d like to be your celebrant, including beloved family members and hilarious friends who you just know will have your guests engaged and laughing.
  • Lessons and support. Paul will give your chosen celebrant fun, comprehensive, lessons so they’re prepared for your big day. This includes ceremony script samples, templates, and advice on where to stand. Conveniently, these lessons are delivered online, so your celebrant doesn’t need to travel and can fit in lessons with their schedule.
  • Personalised ceremony. Your celebrant will be able to write a completely bespoke ceremony script full of personal touches. And as they know you both as a couple, this will be way more meaningful and intimate than if a professional writes the script.
  • Legals taken care of. With My Celebrant Buddy, you can ask Paul to take care of the paperwork and legals before, during, or after your wedding ceremony.

Here’s what else you need to know about My Celebrant Buddy.

  • Lots of experience. Paul has been a highly-sought after marriage celebrant for the past five years, and has plenty of advice and wisdom to offer your chosen celebrant.
  • Australia-wide service. My Celebrant Buddy is available nationwide, so whether you live in Perth, Sydney or otherwise, you can enjoy being married by a loved one.
  • DIY and backyard weddings. My Celebrant Buddy is ideal for all styles of wedding, but it’s especially true for DIY and backyard weddings.

“One of our favourite parts of the wedding was the ceremony! When we found out about Paul's My Celebrant Buddy' business we were sold. We knew exactly who (a friend) we wanted to be our celebrant and Paul allowed that to happen. The whole process of working with Paul was so easy, from the first coffee catch up through to the wedding day.” Katherine


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So wait - I can choose ANYONE to be my Celebrant?

My Celebrant Buddy

You can! I take care of all the legal paperwork and train your Celebrant Buddy to create an amazing ceremony.

Who takes care of the legal paperwork?

My Celebrant Buddy

I complete all the legal obligations for those getting married in Victoria. If you’re getting married anywhere else across Australia, I’ll source a local celebrant to complete the legal paperwork.

What are my options for the paperwork?

My Celebrant Buddy

You've got a few options....

  • OPTION A) - Legal paperwork is completed the week prior to your ceremony (meaning you are legally married before your wedding day)
  • OPTION B) - Legal paperwork is completed either before or after your ceremony so you are officially married on your wedding day.
  • OPTION C) - Legal paperwork is completed during your ceremony.

Get in touch for prices.

How are the lessons sent to my Celebrant Buddy?

My Celebrant Buddy

They are brough to them via the MCB Learning Centre. It's brought to you by an easy-to-use and interactive Learning Management System. It will help your Celebrant Buddy build the most awesome ceremony imaginable (in a short amount of time).

Who should I choose to be your Celebrant Buddy?

My Celebrant Buddy

Anyone! Usually it's someone who special to you - whether it be a brother, sister, friend, grandma. even the next-door neighbour.  


(20 reviews)
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12 Dec 2020

Paul was so easy to deal with throughout the process. He trained our best friend to be our celebrant on the day and married us legally before the wedding at our house. Highly recommend!

5 Dec 2020

We booked Paul and his "My Celebrant Buddy" services for our wedding in early December. Throughout the whole process, Paul was phenomenal - easy-going, super helpful and made the process seamless, despite the uncertainty of COVID. Thanks so much Paul, you're awesome! Adriana & Richard Allan

28 Nov 2020

Paul is an absolute legend. He makes the day very relaxed and easy going. He put in a lot of work to make the day fun for us and our guests. Couldn’t recommend him more highly

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!

My Celebrant Buddy  

Hahaha Bernie I'm legit gonna write 'good hype man' on my gravestone! The best. I'm so glad I created 'My Celebrant Buddy' because it suited you two - and your chosen celebrants - perfectly. Well done!

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

My Celebrant Buddy  

Hey Rach and John! My pleasure! Couldn't think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning with you and your fam! So glad Greta nailed it on the day, too. Hope to catch up soon

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!

My Celebrant Buddy  

My pleasure Nish! The reaction to both of you and Al was one of the best I've even seen! Such a cracking night and can't wait to catch up again soon.

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.

My Celebrant Buddy  

You're an absolute natural, Al. Can't wait to do it all again!!

13 Dec 2019

One of our favourite parts of the wedding was the ceremony! When we found out about Paul's 'My Celebrant Buddy' business we were sold. We knew exactly who (a friend) we wanted to be our celebrant and Paul allowed that to happen. The whole process working with Paul was so easy, from the first coffee catch up through to the wedding day. Paul helped our friend deliver the most amazing ceremony that was incredibly personal to us and is something we will cherish forever. We could not recommend him more highly!

My Celebrant Buddy  

Thanks Katherine! I'm so glad 'My Celebrant Buddy' suited what you were after. You and Rob were awesome and, boy, how much of a natural is Adam?! He absolutely NAILED it! Great stuff.

26 Oct 2019

Paul was amazing. He communicated with our ceremony celebrant, who was in Sydney, the whole time. He even came to our house to perform the legal documents with our friends which made the whole thing very special. He is a lovely, happy and accommodating person who did a great job. Thanks Paul!

My Celebrant Buddy  

You're welcome Jo! So glad it all went smoothly and it was an absolute pleasure meeting the family!

30 Jun 2019

We used Paul's "celebrant buddy" service and loved that we could have a close friend of ours perform our ceremony while Paul made sure that the legal marriage was handled behind the scenes. Paul was really easy to communicate with and also provided our buddy with templates, tips and questionnaires for putting together the ceremony script. Thanks for making this such a smooth process, Paul, and for your help on the day with the PA system too!

My Celebrant Buddy  

No problems Rhoda! Getting to know you and Stanly was awesome and I'm so glad it all went so smoothly (and hilariously!).

21 Apr 2019

Thanks so much Paul - we had an excellent day and really appreciate how simple of easy the whole thing was! Would highly recommend! Best regards, Peter

My Celebrant Buddy  

Thanks heaps Peter - right back at ya! Hope all is well.

17 Mar 2019

Paul was an absolute pleasure to deal with. He made every step of the process clear and simple to follow, and from our first meeting he made us feel comfortable, which eased any nerves we had about the ceremony. Paul managed to capture and convey our story perfectly, which really made our ceremony feel personal. We received so many compliments about Paul from our guests, and we really couldn’t have been any happier with how the day went. We would highly recommend Paul for a fun, down-to-earth and relaxed wedding.

My Celebrant Buddy  

My pleasure, Fiona! So glad you enjoyed it. Fun, down-to-earth and relaxed weddings is what it's all about :) Hope you two are doing great.

15 Mar 2019

Paul offers a really unique, personable and amazingly different celebrant service with his 'My Celebrant Buddy' and was the perfect addition to our wedding. Paul was super professional, assisted with our every need and that of our friend we chose to ‘marry’ us and made our wedding that much more special. He supplies you with all the tools you need to create a really fun and personal ceremony and we would refer him to all of our family and friends in a heartbeat.

My Celebrant Buddy  

Thanks so much Natasha! So glad you enjoyed My Celebrant Buddy. Such a cracking day in the heart of Richmond :) Take care out there!

19 Jan 2019

Paul was an absolute delight! He was super fun to work with and was so helpful throughout the process, answering all our questions. On the day, Paul did a fantastic job, setting a great mood for our guests and we received heaps of great feedback. Thanks Paul!

16 Jun 2018

He was absolutely awesome from start to finish, could not fault him at all!

My Celebrant Buddy  

Thanks Ben. From Mulgrave to the big steps of Panama it was awesome! Hope you are enjoying this year's playoffs (go Nuggets!). Cheers Paul

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