Paul Ockenden

Civil Marriage Celebrant

My name is Paul, if you are looking for a discreet, no fuss, beach side gathering, a full blown seated service for a few hundred guests or something in between - A creative and professional celebrant will enhance the experience.

Your Ceremony can include readings, songs, the exchanging of rings, rituals, music and so much more. I am there to guide you and add the necessary legal components. The ceremony that I deliver will be that special ceremony you wanted. Let’s have some fun with creating that truly beautiful ceremony by adding a little fun, laughter and a few happy tears which will give that added excitement and happiness to your day.

A perfect mixture of emotions that leads to the creation of a beautiful memory to cherish forever. Where 'blended' families need to be considered, I am more than happy to provide suggestions to ensure that people do not feel left out.

From the time you book me, I am here for you throughout the preparation of and during your ceremony. With the use of my comprehensive wedding manual, we will be working together to personalise your ceremony.

A few things about me... I am a Chef with a love of food and wine! I am a professional skydiver and video flier with over 1000 skydives. I am a licenced Open Water Scuba Diver. I am a keen cyclist and an official MAMIL!

I have a passion for life, laughter and games that is well known by those that know me I am available 365 days a year, (Subject to other bookings), at your convenience for weddings or ceremonies of your choice.

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Starting from $700

Fancy dress to formal, beaches to skydives and anything in between! I will help you put together your perfect Wedding and deliver it on the day

Starting from $600

Eloping? Whether it is grabbing a couple of random strangers to be witnesses or with friends/family, I can help ensure that your wedding works with this. Don't forget the 30 day notice period!

Starting from $300

As a father of three with no religious affiliations, Church style baptisms were not for me. If you want to discuss an alternative, please get in touch

Starting from $600

Hit a milestone? A special occasion? A life changing event? Or just celebrating love? These are special occasions that I am more than happy to help perfect.

Starting from $600

There are plenty of reasons for wanting a commitment Ceremony. Legal and personal. The outcome is similar to a wedding without being legally binding. It is the celebration of a bond between two people. I will help you put together your perfect day.

Starting from $600

Looking for something a bit more personal? Maybe a slightly fresher approach at a time of grief? Please call me to discuss


Paul was a terrific celebrant for our wedding. Before the day he helped us plan the format of the whole ceremony and gave some very helpful tips and tricks about timing, content, sound and the like. We went from having no real idea about what we wanted to say and do, to having a firm plan and a bunch of examples of what other people had said and done. Once we had a draft of our speeches/ceremony, he helped us review everything - he had endless patience. Paul really took a lot of the stress and nerves out of things for me. He was always calm and upbeat, lovely and real. We had another couple from our wedding ask for his details as well, and we since attended that wedding and it went every bit as well - Paul also demonstrated his versatility, as our wedding was very casual and our friend's was very formal - he can do anything. I couldn't recommend Paul highly enough.


Paul was the perfect celebrant, friendly, funny but serious enough when it counted. He happily met with us twice before the day and provided lots of material for our ceremony. He also brought his own sound system which was perfect for the outdoors. Couldn't have asked for anyone better.


You gave us everything that we could have wished for. Thanks for making our 2017 a fabulous year!!


We wanted to say a huge thank you for making our wedding day one to remember. You certainly were a calming presence on the day for us, but also helped us to have fun celebrating the day. Thank you for all your help leading up to the big day, to us it was so much more than filling in the paperwork, you helped us create a ceremony that was special and meaningful to us. We are probably biased but we thought it was the best wedding ceremony we have ever attended. Again, thanks for making our wedding day special for us.


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