Sam Lavery : The Celebrant

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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 lots of 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.


(41 reviews)
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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

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant  

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

30 Mar 2019

Sam was SENSATIONAL! We had so many of our guests come up to us after our ceremony and comment on how amazing our celebrant was. Everyone assumed he was a very close friend because when he spoke it felt like he had known us for years! We were blown away by the vibe he created at our ceremony, it was humorous and playful yet sincere and professional. We cannot recommend Sam more highly! If you are after a ripping ceremony, he is the man! Thank you Sam, you're a legend. -Nicole & Matt

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant  

Thanks heaps Nicole, You and Matt are absolute legends! All the best :)

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!

21 Jan 2021

Sam was absolutely awesome both as our celebrant and our MC. He made our ceremony relaxed, light hearted and most certainly played a huge role in easing our nerves. The entire process from meeting Sam to being finally married was an absolute breeze and completely stress free! He also nailed the MC role, adding humour, fun and giving an overall awesome vibe to the night! Thank you so much Sam!!!

16 Jan 2021

Sam was simply amazing! Our guests loved him and said they had never been to a ceremony like ours. He had the perfect combination of funny jokes and heartfelt sentiments. Go with Sam, you will have absolutely no regrets!

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant  

Thanks Samantha! I hope you and Billy had a sensational honeymoon!

8 Jan 2021

We had Sam as our Celebrant and MC for our wedding day. His knowledge, patience and detailed explanation of the whole process and legal documents around marriage is phenomenal. He led us through all the complicated steps plus our vows too. He was very approachable during planning and his humourous approach to tell our love story and well structured activities had made day perfect. We really appreciated his service and will recommend him 100%!

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant  

Thanks Vanessa!! You and Jing were great to work with, I had a lot of fun :) All the best!

7 Jan 2021

Sam is an incredible celebrant and made such a great contribution to our day. He was the perfect combination of humour, wit and seriousness and captured our story perfectly. We couldn’t of picked a better person to officiate our marriage and would highly recommend him. You know your onto a winner when guests say how incredible he is (and our still talking about it)

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant  

Thanks for having me Nicole :) I had such a fun day with you folks!

20 Dec 2020

Sam was an excellent Celebrant who did a wonderful job at our ceremony and of guiding us through the whole process. Sam has a relaxed, easy-going personality and a good sense of humour. Sam supplied us with examples of vows and worked with us to create a wonderful ceremony speech/story that received both laugher and tears! Sam made sure all of the paperwork was done and correct and that we understood how the day would run, what he would do, and what we needed to do. Sam gave us good feedback on our vows. On the day, Sam arrived early, set up quickly and made sure Tim was ready to go. Sam even played DJ for our precessional, going the extra mile for us was all too easy for him. If you want a professional, relaxed, humorous, and all-around gentleman as your Celebrant, Sam is your man!! Thanks Sam!

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant  

My pleasure Tim, thanks for letting me be part of your special day! :)

12 Dec 2020

Sam was incredibly easy to work with, and took the stress out of organising a wedding (even during a pandemic!) . He was prepared (iPad overheat shutdown during ceremony? no problem! Prior planning prevents poor performance), professional and his sense of humour had our guests in stitches. Feedback from all of our guests was overwhelmingly positive, with some even assuming he was a close friend! ('Wow Mark your celebrant was hilarious, you are so lucky to have such funny friends!) Every time we dealt with Sam in the lead up to the ceremony left us feeling excited and positive - he is warm, down to earth and was a stand out vendor. Feedback regarding how to approach vows was also invaluable. Would definitely recommend Sam in a heartbeat!

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant  

Thanks so much Mark, it was an absolute pleasure being part of yours and Steph's big day!!

2 Dec 2020

My wife and I had an elopement wedding in Daylesford, Victoria after we couldn't get married overseas as planned. Sam gave a funny, yet very touching and personal ceremony that made my wife and I appreciate what we have and what we've been through. Thank you Sam for being a great part of our big day!

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant  

Thanks for the kind words Hamdouna, I had a blast!

6 Nov 2020

Sam was kind and helpful from the outset, and was very flexible when we had to move our dates due to to COVID restrictions - twice! Sam went above and beyond what he advertises and really made our small ceremony feel special. Would highly recommend!

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant  

Thanks a bunch Edward, I really enjoyed being part of your big day :)

21 Mar 2020

Anyone who's been to a few weddings will know that a ceremony usually falls into one of two categories: (1) the formal/serious vibe; or (2) the laid-back/relaxed vibe. If you want number 2 for your big day, then we cannot recommend Sam enough. From the beginning, he took the exact approach we were looking for - very professional and thorough, while also not being too overbearing and keeping things relaxed and easy. The effort that he puts into building a ceremony and personalising the script was great and really shone through on the day. His delivery style in the ceremony was funny, energetic and engaging, without sacrificing the love/romantic aspects. A number of people who attended commented on how fantastic he was and wanted his details for their own weddings (it's a cliche line but this did actually happen). Thanks Sam for helping make our day so special! Kristen+Rob

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant  

Thanks Kristen and Rob, you guys were absolute legends and fun to work with :)

13 Mar 2020

Sam was fantastic. He was professional, easy to get along with and he told our story in a light hearted fun manner. Highly recommend Sam!

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant  

Thanks Mel! I hope the rest of the night was spot on :)

1 Mar 2020

Sam was one of the highlights of our day. Not only was he our celebrant, but he was also our emcee for the night. His laid back, informal nature suited us to a tee, He told our story perfectly in a funny, yet heartfelt way. He put us at ease through the whole process and was very accommodating. We had so many of our guests compliment Sam on the day and asked where we met him! So many people thought he was a friend of ours. Could not recommend Sam more. Thank you once again for being part of our day and adding something very special to it!

Sam Lavery : The Celebrant  

Thanks Melissa, you and VIshal are the best, I had a heap of fun on your big day :)

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