Through choosing a venue, narrowing down a guest list and worrying about family dynamics, a marriage celebrant can often be just one more item on a long to-do list between finding a florist and hiring a DJ.

But, marriage celebrants set the tone for your ceremony and will be the person binding you and your partner for life. It’s important to choose a highly skilled person who you trust.

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Getting married in Yarra Valley? Below are the top ten marriage celebrants to help you tie the knot on your big day.

 

1. Andrew Redman

Andrew Redman

Voted Best Male celebrant in Victoria and the 2018 winner of best male celebrant in Australia, Andrew Redman in a highly lauded professional in the bridal industry.

Recognizing that modern couples are moving away from traditional ceremonies, Andrew works with couples one on one to tailor a ceremony that fits their needs. With options for simple ceremonies, legal only ceremonies and more, his services come in a range of prices lengths to suit different budgets.

VIDEO: Andrew Redman Celebrant

 

2. Julie Byrne

Julie Byrne

Having performed over 650 ceremonies, Julie Byrne brings a great deal of experience to her role as a wedding celebrant. She has a relaxed, fun style and likes to get to know her couples to design a ceremony that works for them. Couples who have worked with her note her calm, stress free demeaner was lovely.

Generally, her fees range from $790 and $900, depending on ceremony length and other details.

VIDEO: Julie Byrne Celebrant

 

3. David Schneider

David Schneider

One of Melbourne’s most sought after celebrants, David Schneider has been voted Victoria’s male celebrant of the year in the last few years through multiple wedding industry awards. As an experienced professional, he offers a flexible style and can be as formal or informal as the couple desires.

In particular, his attention to detail is unmatched in the industry and will help you elevate your ceremony from good to great. He conducts over 100 ceremonies per year and is a full-time professional celebrant. David’s fees range from $1000 to $1200.

VIDEO: David Schneider Celebrant

 

4. Fionna Garrivan

Fionna Garrivan

Fionna Garrivan prides herself on her engaging and heartfelt style, which offers romance while avoiding cliché. She has been conducting ceremonies since 2010 and has gained a lot of experience in that time, making the process feel relaxed and stress free.

Couples have commented on her engaging and memorable style. Her pricing varies depending on whether you need an elopement full or full ceremony, as well as length.

 

5. A Stand up celebrant

A Stand up celebrant

Looking for an engaging storyteller? As a stand-up comedian and full-time marriage celebrant, Paul Banodio is the right choice for couples looking for someone to captivate the room. He likes to hear your personal story and weave it into the ceremony for a day your guests are unlikely to forget.

He offers the unique opportunity to choose what he wears if you like, and as a comedian he can make your ceremony humorous, sincere, or any combination of the two. With experience marrying over 120 couples, he knows how to deliver a wedding ceremony you will love.

VIDEO: Paul Bonadio Celebrant

 

6. Jennifer Kent

Jennifer Kent

Jennifer Kent is a warm, kind and creative celebrant who likes to tug at your guests’ heartstrings by telling them your story. She has over 15 years of experience in the industry and is genuinely excited by each love story she hears – a sincerity that shines through in her ceremonies. She can give you a quote if you reach out.

VIDEO: Jennifer Kent Celebrant

 

7. Celebrants Victoria

Celebrants Victoria

Celebrants Victoria is a collaboration between two of Victoria’s most respected celebrants in the wedding industry – Ron Ghallager and Geoff Conrau. Both bring a career’s worth of experience to make your day magical and memorable.

Each have a flexible style that can cater to the couple’s needs, with Ron a charismatic, experienced performer and Geoff promising a “touch of magic”, both emphasize designing a ceremony that incorporates your story and traditions. Fees range from $550 to $880 depending on whether you are looking for a short elopement or full ceremony.

 

8. Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant

Barbara Beames Friendly Celebrant

Barbara boasts experience with an impressive 800+ weddings. Featured in Easy Wedding’s top 10 wedding celebrants in Melbourne for April 2019, she is highly respected in the wedding industry. Her style is to deliver a ceremony both magical and elegant, and will work with you to tailor the ceremony to your specifics.

Her relaxed and friendly manner will make the planning process and day-of a breeze. Send her a message for a quote.

VIDEO: Barbara Beames Celebrant

 

9. Marry Me Helley

marry me helley

Helen Williamson is a super energetic and vibrant marriage celebrant with a great sense of humour. She is passionate about wedding and loves being a marriage celebrant.

She spends the time to get to know the couple in love personally, as she endeavours to make the ceremony an unforgettable experience for them.

You can expect Helen to go the extra mile to make your ceremony the one you always dreamed of. Her personally written ceremonies come from the heart and deliver the perfect blend of fun, love, care, romance and a few wonderful surprises!

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10. Paul Atherton

Paul Atherton offers a relaxed, fun and friendly style catered to each couple’s unique tastes. He has been a celebrant since 2007 and has transferred to doing this full time for the last two. As a result, he has amassed a lot of experience that translates to excellent ideas that will give you a seamless, beautiful ceremony on your big day. Inquire directly for a quote.

 

11. Kaye McGrath

Kaye Mcgrath offers flexibility and experience. She has a charismatic, relaxed style and can help with the entire ceremony – even with planning music. Whether you are looking for a traditional style or something more unique, she can accommodate what the couple is looking for. Reach out to her for a quote.

 

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Conclusion

Your marriage celebrant is an important choice because they oversee the most important part of the day – the actual marriage! Finding someone who understands your needs and fits with your style is important in capturing the true magic and romance of the day.

Many of Melbourne’s  (and Yarra Valley’s) celebrants promise a friendly and relaxed demeanor and flexibility.

When choosing the perfect one for you – pay attention to the subtle details. Do they have experience performing and is being engaging important to you? Do they seem to have a knack for humour or lean towards the more sentimental side? Finally, don’t be afraid to meet a few in person before you decide. And always remember – this is an exciting time, have fun!

 


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