If you are planning a Melbourne wedding next year, you have a lot of decisions to make.

Some will be easy, whereas others might be more difficult to narrow down.

If you don’t know where to start when choosing your officiant, we have put together a list of our favourite marriage celebrants in Melbourne.

Word of mouth recommendations are a wonderful way to narrow down your choices, but not everyone has people who can make recommendations for them.

You might not know anyone in the area, or you might be the first of your family to get married.

Don’t stress if you don’t have friends in Melbourne who can recommend a marriage celebrant for you – because we know the very best ones and can be your trusted source for word of mouth.

Whether you are looking for someone traditional who keeps everyone calm, or modern who gets all of your guests laughing, or a romantic soul who brings tears of joy to everyone’s eyes, we have the recommendation for you.

Check out our list of the best marriage celebrants in Melbourne and the surrounding area; you are sure to find one that you love.

In no particular order, here we list the editor’s Top 20 choices for Marriage Celebrant in Melbourne

1. Charis White

With a background as an opera singer, you know everyone will sit up and listen to Charis. With a smooth confidence in public speaking, she is also a romantic at heart, and just loves being able to tell a couple’s personal love story.

Attentive to detail and incredibly organised, Charis’s skill and professionalism in the planning stages and on your wedding day itself will delight you, and put you at ease.


2. Yvonne Wood

Yvonne understands that a marriage ceremony, while fleeting, is one of the most important moments in your life. You want to be able to remember this time, both what was said, and how it made you feel.

Yvonne is skilled at making all of the participants fully experience this magical moment, and she creates unforgettable ceremonies. You will still be touched by how she made you feel for months and even years after the event.


3. Fiona Garrivan

Every wedding ceremony should be unique, because every couple is unique. Fiona has become one of Melbourne’s most loved marriage celebrants because she crafts original and inspiring ceremonies for each of her couples – ceremonies that perfectly capture the love and personality of this special pair.

Her process is stress-free and simple, making everyone feel calm at what can be quite a nerve-wracking moment. And even more than that, she will ensure everyone completely enjoys themselves on your big day.


4. John Beck

John has repeatedly won awards for his expertise and natural talent at officiating marriages. Year after year, couples who have tied the knot with his guidance vote him one of Melbourne’s very best.

He is a wordsmith at heart, and will work with you to craft your story and help you choose the perfect vows and readings. His mind is filled with knowledge and ideas to help you figure out exactly what you are trying to say.

John will make you a wordsmith too.


5. Anthony Cribbes

When you want a wedding that is out of the ordinary, choose Anthony Cribbes. With a love for his job and for putting colour and light into every moment, only the most interesting wedding celebrations are created by this talented man.

A great ceremony should be the highlight of your whole wedding day; after all, this exact moment is why you have all gathered. Anthony makes this moment a standout experience of feelings, fun, laughter,and love.


6. Tony Bugden Ceremonies of Choice

Tony from Ceremonies of Choice has a background in teaching, and you can see he is a master at calming an unruly crowd. A warm and friendly celebrant who makes everyone comfortable, he will work closely with you to put together a unique ceremony that is truly yours.

Organised and professional, as well as incredibly funny, all of your guests will go away raving about how beautiful your wedding ceremony was. You will feel so at ease with Tony, and he will tell your story so well, that guests will think he has known you for years.


7. Paul Bonadio

Described as the stand-up celebrant, Paul comes from a background as a comedian, and he is a complete natural with a microphone. He is a gifted orator and storyteller, and will put together the perfect ceremony for you as a couple and to keep everyone entertained.

For the couple who wants their ceremony to be modern, different, and anything but traditional, this is the celebrant for you. For surprises and extra special touches around every corner, Paul is your man.


8. Erin McMahon – Sweet Wonderful You

Erin from Sweet Wonderful You is describing how you feel about each other – but her business name is also the perfect description of her services as a celebrant. There are serious and official bits to every service, but the essence of a wedding is what defines the two people saying ‘I do,’ and what brought them together.

Erin will guide you in telling this story, and will have all of your guests nodding, smiling and sighing in agreement with the romantic tale that she weaves. Fun, genuine, sweet and simply wonderful.


9. Benny Roff

Benny crafts fun wedding days for interesting people – there is nothing mundane or cookie-cutter here. Highly awarded for his personal style and natural ability, you will be in safe hands when you choose Benny as your wedding officiant.

Easy going and a consummate professional, Benny is also a writer, performer,and entertainer. For the couple who wants to laugh until they cry.


10. Erin Rollason

Erin creates dream wedding days that are stylish, unique and hassle-free. For couples who need a little help and guidance, and someone who just oozes calm, talk to Erin.

Her primary goal is for you as the couple to enjoy this special day, and your feelings are the focus of how she works. She works closely with her couples to build personal, one-of-a-kind love stories that will make every guest there share in your love and joy.


11. Mike Larkan

With a knack for ‘forecasting’ the best conditions to make an unforgettable ceremony, the lovable television weatherman Mike Larkan is a celebrant favourite. With a genuine personality and an outgoing nature, Mike loves meeting new people and making a beautiful day a reality for them.

Mike is one of Melbourne’s favourite event hosts. He loves having the chance to give back to the community and host weddings as well. He is charismatic, entertaining, and always full of laughs and smiles to make the day a positive experience.

Style: Entertaining, charismatic, energetic


12. Trevor Rice

As someone who loves to enjoy all that life has to offer, Trevor loves sharing this enthusiasm with happy couples. Celebrating life and love is truly the perfect occupation for Trevor, better known as Trev. He is passionate and vibrant as a wedding host.

Trev is a qualified civil celebrant and has many years experience in the business. He is well known for his positive smile and elegant voice which projects around the room or outdoor space for the ceremony. Trevor suits any style and listens to what his clients want.

Style: Vibrant, passionate


13. Sean Whelan – Marry Me Sean

A romantic poet and a charismatic rock star all at once, Sean Whelan brings a certain flair to wedding days. He is a personable guy and loves connecting with couples to find out what makes them special together. He provides a comfortable and relaxed vibe throughout the whole process.

His great personality and nature ensure he performs many weddings a year. He has performed weddings in every state of Australia in just three years! Sean considers each wedding he is part of a true honour and privilege.

Style: Relaxed, charming, fun


14. Jan Mason

With the ultimate focus of making sure the ceremony belongs to you and your style, Jan Mason is professional and personalised in her approach. She organises and presents with a fun, easy going, and relaxed manner. Throughout all the planning stages, Jan listens closely to what you want.

Jan is experienced and confident. She can talk you through all the finer details and provide insightful advice. All the while, she will factor in exactly what you want and do her best to deliver. Jan makes each step of planning a wedding ceremony stress free.

Style: Stylish, characteristic


15. Kelly Della Bosca

With experience and insight, Kelly Della Bosca is welcoming of all cultures, customs, and religions for ceremonies. She has a caring and empathetic nature combined with meticulous organisational skills. Kelly is always available throughout the planning stages.

Kelly is enthusiastic and devoted to each client. She works closely with each couple to provide a poignant delivery and ceremony that will be remembered. Kelly is able to provide modern technological equipment and high quality audio.

Style: Professional, enthusiastic


16. Naomi Korolew

Promising to deliver your wedding your way, Naomi Korolew is an excellent listen and attentive at planning. She believes that the spotlight should be on your and your partner throughout the whole ceremony and will always draw attention your way.

Naomi is experienced in hosting a range of weddings. She is professional when it comes to formal events, laid back ceremonies, and elopements. With a fresh and modern style, Naomi appeals to a wide audience and connects easily with people.

Style: Modern, fresh


17. Joel Redman

Embracing his role as a celebrant to reflect a day which embodies your love and affection for one another, Joel Redman is a qualified civil celebrant. He proudly supports a range of ceremonies, including same-sex ceremonies around Melbourne and Geelong.

Joel loves finding the unique characteristics of each couple and amplifying these for the day. He works closely with clients to create a day which is special to you and your loved ones. Joel performs each ceremony with respect, dignity, and a wide smile on his face.

Style: Professional, personalised


18. Nat Sproal

With heart, soul, and a dash of rock ‘n roll, Nat Sproal brings something different to the wedding celebrant scene. She is warm and genuine in her personality and slightly cheeky as a wedding host. Nat ensures each ceremony is full of good vibes and happy hearts.

Nat is confident in her approach, calm in her delivery, and creative in her planning. She has a background in nursing of 20 years and sure knows how to talk to anyone! Nat is a creative writer and cruisy public speaker, delivering great speeches for the ceremony.

Style: Charismatic, confident


19. Michelle Kiernan

A happy and positive person, Michelle Kiernan brings the best characteristics to her role as  a wedding celebrant. She is a born storyteller and a passionate memory maker. Michelle is enthusiastic and passionate about meeting new people and engaging with their love.

Michelle provides a guiding insight to details of the wedding ceremony. She also has many modern ideas for a personalised ceremony. Michelle is focused on making wedding ceremonies stress free and enjoyable from the start to finish.

Style: Bubbly, warm


20. Julie Dutton

Understanding what an important milestone this in your life, Julie Dutton is a caring and sympathetic wedding celebrant. She takes extra care to make sure all details are personalised and a true reflection on what you and your loved one a beautiful couple.

Julie, better known as Jules, is laid back and friendly. She takes pride in the privilege that is to be part of your special day. Julie is adaptable with her style to suit your needs. She caters towards all music tastes, readings, and even pets if you want them involved.

Style: Flexible, personal, friendly


21. Julia’s Celebrant Agency


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23. Andrew Redman Marriage Celebrant


24. Wendy McRae


25. Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant


26. Megan Thompson


27. Fiona Garrivan Marriage Celebrant


28. Elisa Westein Celebrant


29. Debra Holder Celebrating Your Life


30. Jane Austin – Let’s Get Married!


31. Margaret Collier Celebrancy


32. Lexie Gloger – Can Do Ceremonies


33. Kathryn Eternal Flame Ceremonies


34. Benn Stone Celebrant Melbourne Cityside Celebrant


35. All You Need Is Love – Mark Doggett




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