Jonelle McDonell

(28 reviews)
Service Area
Sydney & Surrounds
Business Hours
By appointment
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Jonelle McDonell is a professional, witty, caring marriage celebrant offering heartfelt, personalised ceremonies to couples throughout Sydney and beyond. She boasts fresh, unique ideas, a beautiful story-telling approach, and a warm, relaxed atmosphere. For an energetic, articulate celebrant who isn’t afraid to try something new, Jonelle McDonell is the celebrant for you!

If you’re on the hunt for an easy-going, warm celebrant who will share your unique story in a sincere yet vibrant way, you’ll love working with Jonelle McDonell. She offers sprinkles of wit, a big, caring heart, and a genuine love for all things weddings! Whether you’re after an intimate, simple gathering, a traditional ceremony with all the bells and whistles, or something a little more modern, Jonelle can accommodate. 

As a detail-oriented person, you can rest assured knowing she has everything covered. She’ll even provide you with a fun series of questions to get to know you better before crafting your one-of-a-kind ceremony. She welcomes any and every idea and will offer her own expert tips, guidance, and support along the way

Jonelle strives to create emotional, heartwarming, fun moments for you and your loved ones to remember. She will connect with and read the crowd, ensure everyone remains engaged and entertained, and not hold back on the sentiment. For a memorable, seamless, romantic ceremony experience, look no further! 


“Thank you so much, Jonelle, for the most perfect ceremony. Thank you for making the whole process smooth and stress-free. Your friendliness, sense of humour and warm presence helped create a magical ceremony. We will 100% be recommending you to both our friends and family. Thanks again!” — Bonnie C. 


What you’ll love about working with Jonelle McDonell for your Sydney wedding:

  • Her story-telling approach. If you’re looking to take your guests on a real, heartfelt journey, you’ll love working with Jonelle. She aims to retell her couples’ love stories in a beautiful, sincere, and thoughtful way. No matter your story, she can bring it to life with fresh perspectives and understanding. 
  • Unique, personalised ceremonies. When working with Jonelle, you’ll have the opportunity to share as many ideas and wishes as you’d like. Jonelle strives to create truly magical, one-of-a-kind experiences for each and every one of her couples. She will ask you questions, offer advice and fresh concepts, and ensure she perfectly captures the essence of your relationship. Whatever style of ceremony, rituals, and traditions you’re after, Jonelle can accommodate. 
  • Her warm, fun energy. Jonelle boasts an easy-going, caring, witty personality you won’t want to miss out on. She will add her own spark to the merriment of the day without stealing focus while also maintaining excellent standards of professionalism. Upon meeting Jonelle, you and your guests will feel instantly at ease and connected. 


Highlights of working with Jonelle McDonell Sydney:

  • Professional, warm, fun personality 
  • Beautiful, heartfelt bespoke ceremonies 
  • Excellent people skills 
  • Same-sex friendly 
  • Fantastic advice and guidance 


How often can we speak and meet face to face? 

Jonelle prefers to plan at least two face to face meetings. If required, she allows for more catch-ups — whether in person or via phone or email. 

Do you travel outside of Sydney? 

Jonelle loves a good road trip, so, wherever your wedding takes you, she is more than happy to travel there. Travel fees may apply depending on the location. 


“Jonelle delivered a beautiful and memorable ceremony. She painted a beautiful picture through the story of the life my now-husband and I have built together. Jonelle was very easygoing and professional throughout the process. Highly recommend.” — Michelle J. 



(28 reviews)
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29 May 2021

Jonelle did such a beautiful job officiating our wedding. She spent time really understanding us and our relationship and tailored everything to suit the tone of the day perfectly. We had a long and complicated history that we didn't want to gloss over (most of it within the horror year of 2020 which was also meant to be our wedding year) and Jonelle told it with such care and compassion without making it feel too heavy and sad. It was wonderfully relaxed but also romantic and intimate, and we received many compliments from our guests about how beautiful the ceremony and Jonelle's story-telling was. Thank you so much for helping create the most magical day ever!

28 Sep 2019

Let me start by saying we definitely made the right decision by choosing Jonelle to marry us. From the first Skype call we knew she had a great vibe and when we met her it was just like hanging out with a friend. Jonelle made what could be a daunting experience so easy; explaining the process so simply and making us comfortable and drawing out our stories so easily to create the perfect script that had the perfect mix of laughs, tears and ahhh moments for our guests! She was always available when we needed her and we had no doubt whatsoever that she would deliver what we asked for. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone else we know who gets married!

Jonelle McDonell  

Your wedding was a lot of fun but hanging out as mates in the lead up was my highlight because you are both super awesome. Enjoy married life xoxo

18 Aug 2019

Thank you so much Jonelle for the most perfect ceremony. Thank you for making the whole process smooth and stress free. Your friendliness, sense of humour and warm presence helped create a magical ceremony. We will 100% be recommending you to both our friends and family. Thanks again xx

Jonelle McDonell  

Everything about your wedding just sang LOVE is in the air. Thank you for the honour of being your Celebrant.

6 Nov 2021

Jonelle was personable, well-spoken, funny, fun and professional from our first online meeting through to our wedding ceremony! She went above and beyond checking in on us throughout the lockdown period and exceeded all expectations with her delivery at the ceremony!

18 Apr 2021

Jonelle delivered a beautiful and memorable ceremony. She painted a beautiful picture through story of the life my now husband and I have built together. Jonelle was very easy going and professional throughout the process. Highly recommend .

6 Mar 2021

After meeting with us Jonelle created a personalised script for our wedding ceremony which exceeded our expectations. During our ceremony Jonelle was engaging and very relatable making us along with all of our guests feel comfortable and relaxed. She listened to what was wanted and created her magic. What more could a couple want!

13 Feb 2021

It was such an amazing experience for the two of us on our wedding day and we couldn’t thank Jonelle enough for all she did for us. It was exactly what we had hoped. Funny, loving and intimate! Jonelle makes you feel so relaxed and comfortable and the experience is one we will never forget. Thank you again for your amazing communication and professional online services. We truly appreciate all that you did for us. Highly recommend!

13 Feb 2021

The best part about our wedding was having a personalised experience that we were given by Jonelle. She was so thoughtful and caring throughout the whole process. Her witty sense of humour made for such a wonderful and heartfelt story of our journey. We are so glad that we booked Jonelle and highly recommend her!

8 Feb 2021

Jonelle was the most incredible celebrant we could have imagined having for our wedding. She was extremely flexible and understanding during COVID times, which is no small quality to ease the extra stress this created. From the very first facetime meeting with both of us, we knew Jonelle was the person we wanted to marry us. She is so down to earth, really getting to know us as well as sharing her own experiences, tips and tricks. She used her research in to our relationship to write a beautiful script, however also prompted us to edit it so we were completely happy, which we did, making the ceremony personal and tailored to us. There were laughs, jokes, a bit of free-wheeling, the legal sections, and even making sure the groom didn't sneak-peek the bride until she reached the top of the aisle! Would recommend to anyone

Jonelle McDonell  

Aw! 🥲🥲 i have tears of happiness just reading your words. Thank you, thank you, thank you 💜

8 Nov 2020

Now that our wedding has come and gone, our guests are not talking about the cake, dresses, drinks, hair or make up, they are all talking about Jonelle and our ceremony. Jonelle created a lighthearted ceremony, full of joy, happiness and of course love. Jonelle made the entire process easy and tailored the ceremony to us. We couldn't recommend Jonelle enough !

31 Oct 2020

We could not recommend Jonelle more highly. She's personable, relaxed, and exceptionally helpful. For us, she was perfectly suited as we wanted a fun, relaxed atmosphere and this exactly what we got! She can hold a crowd well and yet brings just the right amount of sentiment. Loved having her marry us and be a part of our special day.

18 Jul 2020

From the moment we met Jonelle, we knew we were in great hands. Jonelle made all aspects of planning our ceremony easy. Our service was full of love and laughter, reflecting on stories we shared with her from our time together. Thank you Jonelle, for being so professional and down to earth. We will definitely recommend Jonelle for any event that needs a celebrant - she is fantastic at her job and will not disappoint.

8 Feb 2020

Jonelle was amazing and we absolutely loved having her as our marriage celebrant. She is very bubbly and fun and made us feel comfortable with her from the moment we met. She made our ceremony so special yet so fun and had all our guests laughing and crying! My husband and i are so grateful that we had to pleasure of Jonelle officiating our marriage!!

26 Oct 2019

Jonelle was an absolute pleasure to work with and made our wedding planning that little bit easier. Jonelle created a personalised wedding website for our guests to accept or decline invites which saved us money and made it a quicker and easier way to get our guest list sorted- the guests loved it also!! Jonelle really captured our story and our guests had so many compliments about our ceremony, all thanks to Jonelle. I would definitely recommend Jonelle for such a special day- she is amazing at her job and she will did not disappoint.

Jonelle McDonell  

I was honoured to marry you both and enjoy your day with you and your guests. Thank you for making my job easy and enjoyable.

25 Oct 2019

Jonelle was great, from initial consultation through follow-up post our wedding day. From the beginning she was on the same page as us and worked to develop a ceremony that fit who we are. Discussions and meetings were always productive and left us with a good feeling leading into the day. The ceremony was beautiful and we had numerous comments from our guests about the amazing job she did. We would both happily recommend Jonelle to anyone seeking a celebrant. Thank you for helping make our day one we will remember forever. - Ophelia & Max

Jonelle McDonell  

Well you guys are 1 in a million. So many cool stories to be told and so many more i know are to come. Enjoy being husband and wifey xoxo

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