One of the first things you want to decide upon when you’re planning a wedding after you’re engaged is finding and booking a marriage celebrant. They book as early as 18 months in advance, and the popular ones book quickly, so if there’s a particular celebrant that you have your eye on, contact them quickly!

Your marriage celebrant can help set the tone of the day and will keep your guests engaged, so you also want to be able to either meet with them face-to-face or speak with them over the phone. Without further ado, here are our favourite marriage celebrants in the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley area!

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In no particular order, here we list the editor’s choice top 10 marriage celebrants in the Dandenong Ranges Region.

 

1. John Beck

John’s an award-winning sweetheart of a marriage celebrant, and he used to be a wedding DJ and MC for 25 years, so he knows weddings in and out. He’s also got a great sense of humour, but he won’t be cracking jokes throughout your entire ceremony—there’ll be some beautiful, heartfelt moments as well that’ll make the toughest guest tear up.

Location: Wonga Park, VIC

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: fun, professional, energetic

Number of Weddings: not stated, but MC’d at over 500

Prices: contact for quote

VIDEO: John Beck Celebrant

 

2. Sharon Kershaw

Sharon believes it is of the utmost importance that you find a marriage celebrant that you feel comfortable and close with. She’ll write you a personalised wedding ceremony, and her 30 years of experience as an actress and songwriter means that it’ll be touching, elegant, and beautifully delivered. Past clients say she is so helpful and makes the wedding day go by smoothly.

Location: Lilydale, VIC

Years of Experience: 8

Style: classy, personal

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote

 

3. Damon Hughes

Damon’s a big fan of laughter and love, so you can be sure that your ceremony will be as engaging as it will be touching. He wants to help you create a wedding ceremony that will be memorable in the years to come in your married life, and he swears it’ll be totally awesome. His couples all rave about him, and even their guests loved him!

Location: Brunswick, VIC

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: modern, creative, personal

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote

 

4. Julie Byrne

If you want your wedding to be all about you, then Julie is a great choice. She serves the Dandenong Ranges, Yarra Valley and the Melbourne regions, and helps you plan out every step of your wedding ceremony. You can be sure that your guests won’t be yawning during the ceremony either, as she writes some of the most engaging ceremony scripts!

Location: Mount Evelyn, VIC

Years of Experience: 11

Style: fun, relaxed, professional

Number of Weddings: 650+

Prices: $790 – $900, discounts for midweek and morning weddings

VIDEO: Julie Byrne Celebrant

 

5. Sally Hughes

Sally is based in Melbourne but performs many Dandenong Ranges wedding ceremonies as well as a celebrant and a singer. She offers obligation-free first meetings to interested couples to see if you’re a good fit, and those who book her will be able to read over her ceremony script and make any changes they wish. She also offers micro-weddings and elopements.

Location: Melbourne, VIC

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: modern, personal, professional

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote

VIDEO: Sally Hughes Celebrant

 

6. Bianca Paliaga

Also based in Melbourne, Bianca is an award-winning marriage celebrant. Her clients rave about her and her ceremonies, and she is happy to include any rituals or traditions you’d like into your wedding. Bianca will also help you plan out the wedding ceremony so that you are completely blissful and stress-free.

Location: East Melbourne, VIC

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: fun, modern, relaxed

Number of Weddings: hundreds

Prices: contact for quote

VIDEO: Bianca Paliaga Celebrant

 

7. Paul Bonadio

If you’re looking for something a little different and the most important thing to you (second only to your love for your spouse-to-be) is a good sense of humour and entertaining your guests, you have to give Paul a call. He’s a stand-up comedian and a celebrant—and he’ll even wear whatever you want (he calls it “pimp my celebrant”).

Location: Collingwood, VIC

Years of Experience: 3

Style: fun, unique

Number of Weddings: nearly 200

Prices: contact for quote, off-season weddings discounted; registry-style $350

VIDEO: Paul Bonadio Celebrant

 

8. Fiona Garrivan

Fiona will make sure you and your personality shine out at your one-of-a-kind, tailored wedding ceremony. She dedicates herself to creating beautiful, fun ceremonies that will leave you feeling full of joy and completely stress-free. Her fees include unlimited contact with her (for midnight questions) and use of her PA system, and she also offers elopments.

Location: Nunawading, VIC

Years of Experience: 9

Style: modern, fun, creative

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote, extra for travel beyond 50km outside Melbourne

 

9. Charis White

Charis is a marriage celebrant based in Melbourne (but also serves the Dandenong Ranges area) and is absolutely beloved by her past couples. She’s performed hundreds of weddings, so she’s experienced, but not so many that she’s jaded—she still loves weddings just as much as when she started. She also loves a great G&T.

Location: Melbourne, VIC

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: genuine, touching

Number of Weddings: 550+

Prices: contact for quote

VIDEO: Charis White Celebrant

 

10. Samuel Miller

Samuel, or The Bearded Celebrant, is a beer lover, husband, and marriage celebrant that’s sure to have you and your guests cracking up at his dad jokes. If you’re looking for someone who’s got a great sense of humour and will keep your guests engaged, then look no further! He will tailor your ceremony to your and your personality, and make sure you have great memories of the day.

Location: Lilydale, VIC

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: modern, funny, unique

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote

 

Parting Notes

There’s no shortage of marriage celebrants in the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley region, but that doesn’t mean that you should just go for the first one that pops up on Google, nor the highest rated. Speak to a few celebrants that interest you based on their websites or social media, and “interview” them to find the one you feel the most comfortable with. Just because they’re highly rated doesn’t mean they will mesh well with you and your personality!