The Celebrant Talk Show

The Celebrant Talk Show

A regular talk show on being a marriage celebrant, the Australian marriage laws around celebrancy, and the art of running a celebrant business, hosted by the editors of the Celebrant Institute, Josh Withers and Sarah Aird


May 1, 2023 48 mins

Josh wrote an article on the Celebrant Institute website which received lots of feedback, and Sarah had some thoughts on it. Here's the link to the edited article, and the archived version from before this podcast episode.

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A terribly poor recording of the Celebrant Talk Show with Josh and Sarah this week, Josh's laptop got drunk.

Topics on this episode include:

  • Does ageism exist in celebrancy?
  • Being a celebrant with a disability
  • Email systems and we're changing them and email is hell
  • Changing the Marriage Act of 1961, Josh's 2023 project.
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October 5, 2022 46 mins

Josh is moving to Mexico, Sarah's still not at rest but she has found a spectacular little trick for funerals using iMovie. Still no movement on the NOIM video witnessing push, and we're meeting with the AGD next month.

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July 12, 2022 75 mins

We know, we know, we've been away for a whole year, but we're back! In this episode we talk about where we're both at in July 2022, and the major things that have happened in celebrancy and at the Celebrant Institute in the last 12 months:

  • new forms released 1 September 2021
  • changes to compulsory OPD
  • new Cert IV in Celebrancy released
  • new PD options released
  • amazing meeting with the Marriage Law and Celebrants Sec...
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We're tired, and we know you are all tired too. In this episode we catch up on each other's news, and chat about value (and how it's difficult to articulate!) and how OPD is going in 2021.

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After a six month break from podcasting because our world's got crazy and busy, we talk about what was keeping us busy. Namely, reschedules and postponements and cancellations of weddings, and how that's affecting the whole industry.

Plus we go over our 2021 OPD - ongoing professional development - program in great depth. You're going to love it! Go to to see the whole offering.

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It's time to life up our heads from managing, or surviving, in our wedding celebrancy business, and to actually lead our businesses to a place where they bring us joy and happiness again.

This episode of the podcast is with someone who helps people like us do things like that, Heidi Thompson from Evolve Your Wedding Business. Heidi is hosting the Wedding Business CEO Summit later this month and Josh is speaking at the summit on aut...

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October 31, 2020 76 mins

After meeting with the Marriage Law and Celebrants Section of the Attorney-General's Department, Josh and Sarah bring you all the updates to marriage forms, OPD in the years ahead, signing NOIMs online, plus we've got some helpful tips on social media content and live streaming wedding ceremonies.

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September 30, 2020 22 mins

Sarah chats to Tasmanian celebrant Kathleen Pavlic-Ryan about the brand new online registration system available through Births, Deaths, and Marriages Tasmania!x

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August 27, 2020 80 mins

After five months of fighting for wedding vendors affected by COVID-19 lockdowns, cancellations, postponements, delays, booking fees, deposits, contracts, and the wasteland that is the wedding industry in August 2020, Kathryn from Hallet Law joins the podcast to talk about it all, and about her new service contract product which you can get from

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August 1, 2020 83 mins

In today's Celebrant Talk Show podcast episode recorded Saturday August 1, 2020, we talk about how branded face masks should in no way be a thing, giving terrible advice to couples about COVID-19 lockdowns, preparing for the aftertime, how to make a customer journey, our new Celebrant Institute membership software (Memberful), and can celebrants act as a JPs in their community?

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It’s been 7 weeks since marriage equality finally became a thing.  Australia has figured out that all people are actually just people…So what is the LGBTTQQIAAP alphabet soup? Today S & J take a detailed look at CRM systems and processes and hash out the customer journey they take their couples on. There are heaps of tips and hints that may add some value for you and your clients. Feel free to steal, and if you have a...

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June 5, 2020 72 mins

Legal help, cancellations thanks to COVID-19, OPD over Zoom update, how to become a travelling celebrant, and how to get audio to videographers, all in this podcast episode with Sarah and Josh.

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April 21, 2020 54 mins
Recorded on April 21 in the year of COVID-19, live on Facebook and here in the podcast. Talked about how OPD has moved to webinar, how business is in the era of the coronavirus, do we need business cards any more, and what to do if you're now doing a small wedding instead of a big wedding. --- Send in a voice message:
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As everyone else in the world is doing, this episode we're talking about the coronavirus, aka COVID-19. How is it affecting the wedding industry? How is it affecting us specifically? Get in touch if you want to tell us how you're feeling: --- Send in a voice message:
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March 6, 2020 67 mins
Thank you again for listening! This episode we chat about: • Sarah's exciting news • Privacy implications of hiring a virtual assistant • That old chestnut: thoughts about charging for travel and how to do it As always we welcome your thoughts and feedback at!. --- Send in a voice message:
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January 11, 2020 58 mins
It's our first episode for 2020, and in this one we chat about: • the Celebrant Institute's new partnership with Pod Legal • the pros and cons of leveraging the bushfire crisis (or any other charitable cause) for business purposes • what happens when a party changes their name before the marriage but after the NOIM has been lodged • a reminder that celebrants are not the police or the immigration department or anything other ...
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November 25, 2019 98 mins
It's a month until Christmas and here we are again with another episode of your favourite podcast! This episode Josh and Sarah chat about the latest newsletter from MLCS, our thoughts about OPD into the future, our obligations in an online environment, not stressing too much about the smaller details of the marriage paperwork, and how to bring the magic to every single ceremony. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.sp...
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October 17, 2019 64 mins

On todays episode, we discuss our seat at the big table with MLCS, caping celebrant numbers, and the new survey that was written to coerce celebrants into doing less OPD, the implications for the industry and what you can do about it. We also look at the celebrants obligations in an online environment and we finish the episode discussing the inclusion of children at ceremonies.  

1.30 Preshow banter

6.23 MLCS inclusion for Cel...

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September 20, 2019 64 mins

A wide variety of celebrant chat in this episode! Celebrant Institute turns one (happy birthday!). We recap our first year and what we have accomplished. We discuss Glenn’s feedback from our previous episode plus general discussion on industry updates.

0.40 Sarah’s nicknames

4.00 Global Climate strike

8.50 1st year anniversary for Celebrant Institute!

14.11 Sarah is now training through CI

16.37 Community over competition and raisi...

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