Sam Dobson

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Weddings, Naming Days, Renewal of Vows


Fellowship of Professional Celebrants



Hi, I'm Sam

I’m an imaginative, creative and adventurous celebrant.

My mission is to give couples and families the freedom to step out of the box and have the wedding that they have dreamt about with no restrictions.

I encourage individuality and bring a relaxed and modern approach to my ceremonies which I conduct with warmth and empathy, incorporating joy and laughter with couples’ unique stories into my personally crafted ceremonies.

We are all unique in this world and we all deserve to celebrate this uniqueness and love in whatever way we please. I help couples by giving them the confidence and support to turn their ideas into reality. Encouraging them to shout about their love from the rooftops in whatever way is meaningful to them, whilst putting the control back in their hands.

Let’s together make YOUR ceremony individually unique to YOU.

Exciting times ahead x

What's my ceremony style?

With a passion for all things wedding related I will be as excited and enthusiastic about your celebration as you are. I love helping imaginative couples create memorable wedding days that don’t fit inside the standard wedding box.

Many of my couples start with saying that they have no idea when to begin so are looking for direction, advice and support. Reassurance is key that even if you are unsure of what to do that I have it all in hand. I will support and advise you during the lead up to your celebrations with as much guidance and suggestions as you need.

It’s a privilege to weave couples journeys into unique, memorable, personalised ceremonies which celebrate life’s milestones, and you can guarantee that I will put every ounce of energy that I have into making sure that your day is as special as you and your family are.

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Why choose Sam?

I’m fun, creative and love getting to know couples. I really do care that you have the best time of your lives, and I love telling YOUR story. Often surprising guests that I haven’t know the family for years as my scripts are so detailed, in fact that’s my goal!

It’s important that you have a connection with the person conducting the ceremony. So initially we can chat in person or over skype as I offer a no obligation consultation, you will know when you have found the right celebrant (a bit like finding THE dress!).

What do I offer?

Name change wedding


If you are looking for an imaginative and inspiring celebrant who is on a mission to create memorable, personalised and unique wedding ceremonies then you are in the right place!

I am making it my mission to make wedding ceremonies, fun, personal and unique, one ceremony at a time. After all, all love stories are unique so why shouldn’t all ceremonies be?

I listen to your love story and journey together and expertly weave this into a heartfelt, emotional wedding ceremony injected with both your personalities.

I leave your guests laughing out loud, understanding you more as a couple and asking how long we have been friends.

If this sounds like the sort of personalised and unique ceremony that you would be interested in having, then drop me a line as I’d love to talk through your epic celebration with you.

My ceremonies are full of personalisation and whatever is important to you both, and whilst following the same structure as a traditional ceremony they can be light-hearted or serious. I’ve had owls delivering rings and have suggested lamas as ring bearers! It really can contain whatever you want, and I’m very flexible with my style.

I encourage you to share with me your personal story, which I choose to do in the style of a questionnaire that can be filled out separately. This will form the base of your ceremony from which I compose your unique script.

I also produce a commemorative certificate that you both get to sign during the ceremony which gives your friends and family that wonderful photograph moment. This can also be adapted to include a section for two witnesses to sign and is exactly what guests are expecting to see during a wedding ceremony.

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Why choose Sam for your wedding?

I love helping couples who want to inject their distinctive personalities into their ceremonies. If you want your ceremony in a woodland , on a boat, in a hot air balloon or on top of the O2 count me in (of course, if your wedding is in a barn, hotel or back garden I’m equally happy – I just love a good celebration)!

I always recommend a rehearsal to help iron out any nerves and discuss the choreography.

Plus as I never book more than one ceremony a day, I am very flexible should an important family member be running late.

Naming Ceremony

Naming Ceremonies

Congratulation you’ve grown a tiny human! Epic news!

This really is cause for a celebration and a celebrant naming day offers a beautiful non-religious alternative to a christening.

If you are looking for an imaginative and creative celebrant who is on a mission to create memorable, personalised, fun and unique naming ceremonies then you are in the right place!

Every child is a blessing regardless of how they joined your family, be it biological, adoption, surrogacy, donor, or the merging of stepfamilies. All are life altering and are a cause for massive celebration.

They say it takes a village to raise child so why not throw a celebration to thank your village for all that they have done for you during this life changing time and ask for their continual support throughout your little one’s life.

Every naming ceremony is unique and personalised to the individual child. There is no pattern or script to be followed allowing the ceremony to flow how you would like it to, and they can be held at any time and in any location.

You might choose to include readings or poems and incorporate siblings in the welcoming, or even have a rousing sing song.

Perhaps you want a double naming ceremony to include an older sibling, no problem, double the celebration!

You may also wish to nominate non-religious godparents, friends or family members, who you would like to play a guiding role in your child’s life. This is the perfect place for them to publicly declare their promises to your child, and for you to choose a suitable name for them for this new role. Life mentors, guide parents, supporting adults or even odd parents the choice really is yours.

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Why choose Sam for your naming ceremony?

Although I might not have my own children, I’m proud to say that I have 18 nonblood related children who call me Auntie Sam, so I am well practiced in dealing with tiny humans and their unplanned requests or behaviours.

Over the years I have become experienced at incorporating children into ceremonies and have many suggestions of how to include them on their special day.

Ideas include:
• Guide parents sand ceremony
• Fingerprint tree
• Buddhist flags
• Guest message book


Renewal of Vows

Another year married to the love of your life is definitely a cause for a celebration in my book!

If you are looking for a celebrant who is on a mission to create authentic, memorable personalised Renewal of Vows ceremonies then you are in the right place!

Maybe you are celebrating a milestone anniversary after 10, 25, 50 years together. Or perhaps there is no reason at all. Any anniversary is cause to stop and appreciate what it is that you have together in a way that is important and significant to you both.

I work with you both to create a beautiful, and unique ceremony to celebrate the past, present and future of your marriage.

Each ceremony is written bespoke to you as a couple allowing for complete individuality.

We can incorporate readings and symbolic elements and I will give you examples of wording for the ring rededication (or new ring if you are extra lucky!).

If you would like to write your own vows I can be the impartial person for you both to bounce ideas off.

If you now have children together maybe you would like to incorporate them in a symbolic ceremony, and I can help advise you on these.

A vow renewal ceremony can take place at any time, in any location and there are no legalities involved, the only limitations are your imagination!

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Why choose Sam for your renewal of vows?

You may wish to renew your vows for any number of reasons personal to you. Perhaps you originally had a destination wedding with only a handful of guests and now you are ready to celebrate with as many friends and family as you can. Or perhaps you would like to have an intimate ceremony just the two of you to strengthen your love away from additional eyes. or to reaffirm your commitment to each other after a partially challenging time or a period of separation or illness.

Regardless of the reason, let me help you make it an epic celebration!


Unfortunately SDCelebrations is not available for Funerals.

Reviews for SDCelebrations

Total Reviews: 8

Average Rating: 5

reviews (8)


I can’t thank you enough

5 Stars
Charlotte Rouse Dunne

Naming Ceremony | 09/21/2019 | Missenden Abbey

Hi Sam,I keep meaning to send u a note to thank you for the girls naming ceremony in September. Our family are still talking about how amazing it was, how personal and how perfect it was for our particular family and story. I felt like Barry and I had had a blessing within the service as you were telling our story, made me realise how far we have come. We were on a high for days and still keep looking at the pictures, and in particular the sand ceremony you recommended was a personal favourite element. I can’t thank you enough you gave me so many great ideas and helped make the day more magical than I could have imagined.xx love me, Barry, and our girls xx


A memorable day…

5 Stars
Emmajayne Kingham-Johnston

Naming Ceremony | 05/04/2019 | Windsor

We knew we wanted to celebrate the arrival of our daughter and to appoint her life mentors to guide her through the life ahead of her. We hadn’t been to a naming ceremony before but believed it offered an ideal non-secular option. On contacting Sam we were reassured that our hopes for the day were realistic. More than that, Sam offered some poignant and lovely suggestions to include in the ceremony.We found the process of working with Sam easy and efficient. Sam brought together all the components and details of the ceremony in a draft that we were very happy with. Even so, it was warming to hear it read and watch it played out on the day.Sam kept the life mentors in check and accommodated a last minute reading. After the ceremony, Sam was exceptional in discussing her experience of naming ceremonies with our inquisitive guests and answering their many questions. For us and our guests, this was the first naming ceremony but Sam has left a positive imprint of this alternative to Christenings in their minds. Ultimately, this was a day we will remember and tell our daughter about as she grows up. A day that Sam played a fundamental role in making so special. We would highly recommend Sam to anybody thinking about such an event.


The Ceremony was so much fun!

5 Stars
Mrs Stacey Gualandi

Renewal Of Vows | 08/24/2018 | Long walk, Windsor, Berkshire

Hi sam,I must thank you again for getting our vacation off to an amazing start. The ceremony was just so much fun and I’ve gotten so much awesome reaction and feedback from my family and friends and of course social media. I am so glad that I found you and grateful that you were willing to do our vow renewal and make it such a big success. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Even though it was short notice, it came off without a hitch. You made it so special. I hope to be back in England soon. Perhaps we can do another vow renewal next year! HahaTake great care and continued success to you.All the best Sam!Stacey and MartyAugust 2018

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