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Michael Graeme Barnes
Hello and Welcome to my website!

Hello and Welcome to my website!

I have been involved in the Wedding industry for over 20 years and I am confident dealing with couples to ensure their Ceremony is relaxed, enjoyable and most of all, memorable.  We will tailor a Ceremony to your needs with all the help, advice and support along the way.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions on 0418 139 714 or at michael@michaelbarnes.com.au

Best wishes Michael.

I have conducted over 250 wedding ceremonies over the past 7 years.

*Please make sure your celebrant has updated their sound system to meet the new government frequency requirements


Best Wedding Processional Song: Burn Your Name (Powderfinger) - Sung Live at Brand & Emma's Wedding in 2011

Funniest Wedding Moment: the bride and groom had written some of their own vows. The bride said in her vows "I accept the fact the we will have red-headed children"! The guests laughed for five minutes 

Wettest Wedding Moment: Sky High Mount Dandenong - half way through ceremony it started pelting down. The parents and a few guests ran into the rotunda with myself and the bridal party, the other 100 guests headed for the hills! The photographer deserved a medal as he stayed and stood in the rain and worked his way around the rotunda not missing a thing........drowned rat.....well done 

Smallest Wedding: Amberleigh in Lower Plenty - 10th of October 2011 - 8 guests, including me. Cath and Wayne

Largest Wedding: Private Home in Berwick - 10th of October 2011 300 guests, including me, Rob and Cathy

Most Embarrassing Moment: I left my pants behind and it was looking like I may have to perform the ceremony in blue track suit pants, however I found a replacement pair from a local suit hire place in Croydon - they saved my life!......it is a long story 

Best Wedding Ceremony: Leigh and Michelle - October 2009 - Perfect Couple, Perfect Venue, Perfect Ceremony, Great Guests and Great Fun! I even stayed for the reception after a guest pulled out at the last minute.

Best Venue to Work at: Ballara in Eltham: they do everything for the couple and the Celebrant - total professionals (even have microphones built into the walls) 

Hardest Venue to Work at: the Botanic Gardens Melbourne - Parking is hard and it is a long walk with loads of equipment

Most Beautiful Venue: Alwynne Gardens Yarra Glen

Hottest Wedding Day: 45 degrees at Potters Cottage, Warrandyte. Inadequate cooling 4th January 2013- I looked like a water feature as did some members of the bridal party 

First Every Wedding as an Authorised Marriage: Denise and Siade 

States I have conducted weddings ceremonies: Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia
Furtherest I have travelled to conduct a wedding: Ballina Beach Resort Ballina – near the NSW/QLD border – dear friends Brett and Nicolet

First And Only Funeral (so far): my dear friend Peg 

ABIA Finalist 2010, 2011 and 2012     

5th March 2016

Hi Michael!

Thank you for this, and thank you so much for everything on Saturday, we couldn't have asked for a better ceremony and several family members complimented you and how professional you were (an aunt particularly liked the way you turn off your mic during our vows, she'd never seen that done before).

Thank you also for the bottle of wine, we will enjoy it together in the coming weeks!

The reception was a lot of fun! We both wish the day could have lasted forever. Everyone says it will go fast and neither of us dreamed it would be so true.

Emma and Chris

27th February 2016

Hi Michael, 

Thank you so so much for everything!!!! Everyone is raving about you, ourselves included.

It was perfect thanks to you!

Thank you for the information and I think you will be getting a few calls from our friends very soon. 

Bianca and David.

9th January 2016

Hi Michael, 
Thank you for your wonderful work yesterday.  

The ceremony went so smoothly and was everything that Ben and I had hoped for! 
Thank you for the links that you have sent through.
Thank you also for the gift that you gave us.
Rochelle and Ben 

4th April 2015

Hi Michael!

Thank you so much for a perfect ceremony and evening, you were fantastic as usual and we will be recommending you to any engaged couples we come across :)
Have a great day! Vanessa and Jason

Hi Michael,

Thank you so much, you wre fantastic!  You eased both of our nerves and spoke so very well and we could not have asked for a better celebrant.

After the wedding so many people commented on how wonderful you were.

Thanks from the bottom of our Hearts - Ingrid and Peter :-) 28th March 2015

Adam & Melissa - 6th of February 2015

Thank you Michael- you were awesome! Really appreciate your work- the poem was excellent!

Thanks for being part of our amazing day.


Melissa & Adam 

KEN & WENDY - 12th April 2014 

Ken and I just want to say thanks so much for performing our wedding ceremony 
last night.  You made as feel right at ease and relaxed.  We are also so glad you stayed on and I  was particularly happy to have those dances with you!!!!!!! Thanks for the lovely card and gift you left for us, we didn't see it till we got back to motel and looked at all our lovely gifts.  We couldn't have wished for a better celebrant and had many complimentary comments about you last night and again today when we caught up with family and friends AGAIN LOL!  One big party week.  So thanks again Michael

22nd March 2014: 

Thanks so much for everything Michael, it was a great night and the ceremony was beautiful.
Thanks for calming my nerves also :)
Thank you! 

Hi Michael,
Justin and I cannot thank you enough for helping making our day so special!!
We had so many compliments about our Celebrant/MC and would highly recommend you to anyone.
Thank you again,
Tegan and Justin - 4th October 2014


We just wanted to say thanks so much for your great service on our wedding day.

It was perfect!

I have passed your card to a few friends who have asked for it :- )

Thanks again Emma and Phil - 1st February 2014

See more Testimonials on my Testimonials Page.............  
All Inclusive Service Fee 
Two planning meeting
All legal paperwork completed and lodges
Marriage certificate (presented on the day)
Complete ceremony booklet and guide
Full choice of ceremonies
Funny personalised poem written by Michael
(optional, click on the Poem Tab to see an example)
Ribbon and pouch for Tying the Knot Ceremony (if req'd)
Michael's travel costs (up to 2 hours)
Public address system for Michael and Readings
Lectern for any readings
Sound system for ceremony music (for CD player/iPod, battery powered)
Wedding Day - Checklist
A Ceremony that meets your needs
A relaxed and professional ceremony
Complete ceremony provided before the wedding day

Ingrid and Peter 2015