and welcome to Married by Sam

My name is Samantha Dawson and I am a professional Marriage Celebrant and Justice of the Peace situated in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. I have been appointed by the Attorney General’s Office and have completed the required legally requirement of the Certificate IV in Celebrancy with annual ongoing professional training. I have been privileged to be a part of over 300 weddings to date and that includes Sydney, Alice Springs, Queensland and Darwin to name a few! I am a passionate Marriage Equality supporter, gay friendly Celebrant.

Do you want a celebrant who:

  • will listen to all your ideas?
  • will assist  with writing  your ceremony and give you easy suggestions?
  • is up to date with the latest legal requirements?
  • is available and offers a rehearsal and reasonable fees?
  • will dress and look the part for your wedding?
  • is fun, happy, enthusiastic, colourful and professional?
  • makes you feel relaxed on the day and will take the worry out of your ceremony?
  • who has a state of the art PA system with USB connection, Cd and microphones to hear the ceremony clearly?

If you answered Yes to any of the above


I promise to bring to you my own style of fun and enthusiasm with a light hearted, yet highly professional attitude to all our dealings together. My services include:

  • Weddings
  • Same Sex Weddings
  • Naming Ceremonies
  • Renewal of Vows

My fee includes:

  • Supply & lodgment of all legal documents
  • Telephone & email consultations as required
  • A powerful high quality wireless PA system
  • Application forms for the official marriage certificate from births, deaths and marriages and name changes
  • Samples of vows, readings & alternate ceremonies.
  • Professional laser printed marriage certificate
  • Beautifully printed copy of your wedding ceremony
  • Secure & confidential record keeping
  • A full rehearsal so you can feel confidant on your wedding day
  • Celebrant arrival at least 45 minutes prior to ceremony time
  • Supply of signing table & tablecloth & featherpen as required

As your celebrant, I will work closely with you to make your ceremony special and memorable. I offer a collection of written sample ceremonies, ideas on symbols and rituals, readings and poetry.

I provide a friendly, professional service and am happy to accommodate your wishes, whether you are interested in a short and simple ceremony, something more traditional or something completely different! I encourage the inclusion of your own ideas and words and will be very keen to get to know you both to ensure your ceremony reflects the two of you and your relationship as well as that of your families and friends.

I live in Coffs Harbour on the Mid North Coast but am willing to travel and I would LOVE to be YOUR Celebrant!

Areas I cover are from South West Rocks and Kemspey in the south, through to Macksville, Nambucca and Bellingen and on to Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Yamba in the north. I have also officiated in every State and Territory in Australia.

Email me: sam@marriedbysam.com.au

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Thank you so so much Sam for your absolutely BEAUTIFUL ceremony. You were the perfect...

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I have had the honour of being asked to marry close friends again in the NT outback at Gorrie Station! To give you an idea this it is literally 100...

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