Sam Lavery : The Celebrant

(54 reviews)
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Fun, super awesome, modern ceremonies that will keep your guests entertained and phones in pockets!

Hello, my name is Sam and I am a young Marriage Celebrant based in Melbourne (but I travel far and wide)

I love weddings, when done right it is the most fun someone can have, that's a fact (I'm pretty sure it is). I have been to heaps of them, both as a spectator and professionally (I even like them so much I got married myself!).

I have a really simple approach to the ceremonies I put together;


1. Modern: We have all sat through an “old school” ceremony that goes for 3 hours, it's tough work. I specialise in modern, fun and entertaining ceremonies. If you want a Pope Francis style ceremony I am probably not your guy.

2. Funny: Just like life, weddings should have some funny moments. I want you and your guests to laugh. I was a stand up comic in Melbourne for several years so I am happy to chuck in a few jokes when appropriate! But don’t worry, the chuckles will be balanced out with the beautiful, authentic and sentimental moments of your story as a couple.

3. Memorable: Most of all I don’t want your guests thinking “Could I get away with checking the footy scores?”. I want your ceremony to be entertaining, I want it to tell the story of you so well that they have no choice but to be as present as Tibetan monks!

Essentially, I am saying I want to put the best-ever ceremony together for you.

If this sounds like a plan, lets chat!



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Do you have your own PA system?

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant

Sure do, its a great one also, battery powered, so it can be used anywhere. You are also more than welcome to use it for your music for the walk down the aisle etc :)

Do we have to do any paperwork?

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant

Absolutely not! Part of my job is to take care of all of the boring / important paperwork. I will then lodge it after the ceremony, easy!

What is the process if we want to book you?

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant

You can contact me through this website and we can meet for a coffee or a "night coffee" (wine) and have a chat about your big day, what you are after and some of the things i offer. If that sounds good it is just a matter of filling out some basic paperwork (which i do for you :) and a deposit. Easy done!

Do you MC weddings?

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant

I do indeed, this is an additional service. I approach this similarly to my ceremonies. I make it personal, entertaining and essentially keep the night moving in the right direction! (no drunk uncles cracking bad jokes here)

Can you help us with our personalised vows?

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant

You bet I can, I have seen some awesome examples and you are more than welcome to bounce ideas off me, its part of the service.


(54 reviews)
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10 Apr 2021

We are so so happy that we had Sam as our celebrant and MC at our wedding. Of all the feedback we have received since our wedding, the most common thing that we hear is how great our celebrant was. This is mostly because Sam has an amazing talent for crafting a story that is somehow equal parts heartfelt, personal and completely hilarious. Sam is so engaging and had our entire audience hooked. He spoke so well about our love story that multiple people even thought he must have been a friend of ours. Sam was also a great MC and gave us the ability to sit back and relax. He was very professional and kept everything running smoothly. We couldn’t recommend Sam enough!!

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant  

Thanks so much Georgia, I had so much fun being part of your big day!

26 Oct 2019

If you have clicked on Sam’s profile, do yourself a favour and book him in for your wedding. As soon as we met Sam for coffee we knew he was the one! Haha Sam was relaxed, easy going and informative, and just made us feel so at ease with such an unfamiliar process. On the day of our wedding he blew us away. We were really hoping for a relaxed and fun vibe for our ceremony to set the tone for the rest of the day and Sam was incredible. He was hilarious and engaging and our guests loved him. We had so many guests asking us if he was a mate of ours because it seemed like he knew us so well and was so comfortable with our story. Sam, thank you so much for making our day incredible!

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant  

Cass & Chris, you guys were so fun to deal with! Hope the honeymoon is a cracker :)

27 Apr 2019

From the start we loved Sam. We met him in person where he really got to know us as a couple and even things from that first meeting he discussed during the ceremony which made it so personal. My husband and I were both very nervous about the ceremony and speaking in front of so many people but Sam made us feel so comfortable and engaged with us both so well which gave us the confidence to deliver our vows. We had a lot of entertainers throughout the night but it was Sams ceremony that everyone kept commenting on. “Where did you find him?” “Guys, your celebrant was awesome, how does he know you so well?” “Sam was so funny, that was the most entertaining ceremony I have ever been to.” Overall we couldn’t recommend Sam highly enough. He really made our day so special

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Thanks so much Kate and Tom! You guys were phenomenal :) You also both go for a great football team!

16 Apr 2021

Sam was just hands down absolutely amazing! Really made our day be the best it really could of been. It felt like we had known Sam for years. His so professional in what he does definitely knows how to get the best out of you. We can’t thank him enough or recommend him enough.

2 Apr 2021

If you’re looking for a celebrant, look no further than Sam. He made the process so simple, and when he sent through the draft of our ceremony we barely changed a thing, he’d nailed it! Our ceremony was so fun and light hearted, but still so special and intimate. Would recommend him time and time again. Thanks so much Sam, you’re a legend!!!

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Thanks Stacie!

27 Mar 2021

Sam was our Celebrant and MC his warm, loving, fun and cheeky vibe. He made us so at ease with the entire process. All we and our guests felt was overwhelming joy and laughter during our ceremony and reception we would 100% do it all over again.

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant  

Thanks Sarah, you folks are the best!

21 Mar 2021

We were lucky enough to have Sam officiate at our recent wedding and he was nothing short of sensational on every level. We met with Sam a couple of times prior to the wedding and liked him immediately. He is personable, professional and insightful. He produced a brilliant wedding script ,draft before the wedding and together we crafted it to what we wanted it to be. Sam was clear and concise and professional all the way though in making our arrangements for such an important day which was very reassuring and refreshing. He turned up on the day, on time looking a million dollars and delivered us the most wonderful, emotionally engaging and entertaining wedding script. It was everything and more that we could have wanted. Our guests were blown away and the feedback has been unanimously positive. We could not thank Sam more or recommend him more highly.

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant  

Thanks Lisa :) I had a ball!

13 Mar 2021

Can't rave about Sam enough! I've always been a bit sceptical of celebrants, here's a stranger standing in front of you talking about your lives as if they have known you two for years. BUT Sam's ceremony did not feel like that all, he made the whole experience quite organic and the stories quite enjoyable. Everyone who watched/witnessed the ceremony kept raving about how good Sam was. Thanks again Sam!

13 Mar 2021

Sam was such an amazing celebrant. The perfect amount of funny whilst keeping things romantic. Sam has been an absolute pleasure to work with and Daniel and i cant thank him enough for helping tell our story. Our entire family raves about our beautiful ceremony. Thank you for your outstanding work, we will have these beautiful memories forever.

12 Mar 2021

From the very first chat we loved Sam. We met him via video where he was super fun and personable ! After COVID we finally got to meet him in person and that’s when he really got to know us as a couple and even things from that first meeting he discussed during the ceremony which made it so fun and just perfect. My husband and I were so happy with how Sam engaged everyone at the ceremony and that made us feel so comfortable speaking in front of everyone. We had a lot of comments throughout the night about Sams ceremony ! “Where did you find him?” “Guys, your celebrant was awesome, how does he know you so well?” “Sam was so funny, that was the most entertaining ceremony I have ever been to.” Sam made our day really special and we could not recommend him enough to anyone

8 Mar 2021

Sam brought a real personal touch to our ceremony, adding in his own hilarious flair whilst still creating sentimental moments. In the lead up to the wedding, Sam worked closely with us to draft up a very personal, funny and heartfelt script. Sam had so many additional ideas that we hadn't yet thought of and also helped us with writing our own vows. We couldn't recommend Sam more, he is a true professional who know how to break the ice with your guests and have them tearing up at the same time!

5 Mar 2021

Sam was amazing throughout the whole process, he made it a breeze! He made our ceremony so personal to us as a couple and vibrant. We can’t thank him enough for creating the vibe of our wedding to be joyful and fun!

4 Mar 2021

Honestly incredible! We wanted a relaxed ceremony that was about us and how we are as a couple and Sam couldn’t not have covered that criteria off more perfectly! We were both over the moon with his service and we have already received so many compliments on Sam’s ceremony from many of our guests. Would recommend to anyone and everyone! What a superstar!

2 Mar 2021

Sam was amazing! He was organised, easy, stress free! All our guests commented how great our celebrant was. We had our three children involved in our ceremony and Sam was fantastic managing our whole tribe! The Groom was a little nervous at the start of the wedding and having Sam there to chat and relax with before everything began put him at ease and he keeps talking about how I did such a good job picking Sam the celebrant! I had received a few quotes from other celebrants and Sam was the most reasonable and the fastest at getting back to me. Really happy we had Sam with his gentle, positive and humorous energy! Thanks Sam ! Xx

20 Feb 2021

Sam was the perfect celebrant from the moment we met him to the day he married us. He is so friendly he put us at ease straight away. We were blown away by what he wrote for our ceremony script, from the personal questions and getting to know us as a couple he really captured our relationship so perfectly. He was always available to answer any questions we had and made sense of the legal side of getting married. We couldn't recommend Sam more highly and hope many more couples get share in the experience of having Sam as their celebrant. Thank you so much Sam!

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