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The Celebrant Talk Show

40 EpisodesProduced by Josh Withers and Sarah AirdWebsite

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

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We're not going to charge you more money, it's ok

July 14th, 2021


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 …

Advanced OPD topic on how to skin a rabbit

April 8th, 2021


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 …

Be the CEO your wedding celebrant business needs you to be

January 15th, 2021


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 …

Was the tinsel an acknowlegement?

October 31st, 2020


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 …

Tasmania (BDM) gets the internet

September 30th, 2020


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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The one in a hotel room with a lawyer

August 28th, 2020


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, …

Preparing for the aftertime

August 1st, 2020


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, …

I think I've already mentioned this on the podcast

June 7th, 2020


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 …

Luna's debut on the podcast

June 5th, 2020


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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A terrible time to buy a business

April 21st, 2020


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 …

Karen would like to talk to the Coronavirus manager

March 24th, 2020


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 …

I'm a CEO now!

March 6th, 2020


Thank you again for listening! This episode we chat about:

• Sarah's exciting news
• Privacy implications of hiring a virtual assistant
• That old …

Do not murder

January 12th, 2020


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 …

The one with the solid tangent

November 25th, 2019


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 …

Written to elicit a response

October 17th, 2019


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 …

Are we finished being angry at Glenn yet?

September 20th, 2019


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 …

Ladies and Gentlemen and Everyone Else!

September 6th, 2019


Today on the podcast we're super lucky to be joined by Glenn Mackay, who is an award-winning wedding MC and DJ in SE Queensland. He's seen hundreds of wedding ceremonies while he's been playing the ceremony music, and …

On the off chance that no-one knows what this sentence is about

July 27th, 2019


Hello everybody! Thanks for joining us for another episode of The Celebrant Talk Show! This time Josh and Sarah chat about the annual registration fee (pay yours now!), the review of the marriage forms, the epic funeral …

Sarah is pretty riled up

May 30th, 2019


Hi everyone and thanks for tuning in once more! This episode we chat about:

• funeral training and why Sarah continues to attend it, even with her level of experience

• funeral photography:


The emotional bit, with Vickie Musni, personality trainer

April 22nd, 2019


A special guest, Vickie Musni, on the podcast this week to talk about the upcoming Celebrant Institute conferencewhere she's talking plus hosting a workshop on how personalities work themselves into your business. Get …

Money, money, money

April 17th, 2019


In this episode we discuss being a full-time celebrant, off the back of the results of the annual CoCA celebrant survey and a subsequent article on …

God bless the Facebook Groups

April 8th, 2019


Hello again everyone! Today Josh and Sarah are actually recording this from the same room! Amazing and awesome. We had a bunch of topics we planned to talk about, but instead it appears we ended up talking about the …

You gotta know when to fold 'em

March 15th, 2019


Get the low down on Sarah’s’ new Cert 4 in training with the Kick Start Session explained. Followed by the Marriage Celebrant Matters Autumn …

These vows are bad, I'm out

December 21st, 2018


Thanks for having us in your ears again! This episode we catch up on what's been going on in both our lives over the past three months, we follow up …

Is that wedding today?

September 22nd, 2018


Hello again and thanks for tuning into The Celebrant Talk Show! This episode we chat about:
- wedding planners
- receiving identity documents electronically
- Celebrant software: which package is better?
- the importance of …

The one about the wedding porn

August 8th, 2018


We chat about the importance of exchanging value and not simply expecting things for free, we give a rundown of what we've written about for the Celebrant Institute over the past month, and we talk a bit about Vic BDM's …

We don't think you're smart enough to get two emails in the one day

July 8th, 2018


We recorded this episode on 6 July 2018, before Sarah had a chance to read the fact sheet from the AGD about the change in the one month's notice …

I've watched celebrants read a newspaper

June 22nd, 2018


Sarah & Josh, chat about Sarah's experience performing Eurydice Dixon's funeral; Paperwork only, legals only, registry style weddings and the legalities surrounding them; Copyright for marriage celebrants.

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A tribute to the greatest episode in the world

May 29th, 2018


Sarah & Josh spend most of this episode talking about some major changes in the legalities of how we do our work:- changes to the gender and sex …

"Gay weddings" are not a thing, they're just "weddings"

April 23rd, 2018


As the introduction on the title address says gay-weddings are NOT a thing they are just weddings!!

This podcast features Josh and Tara Baker who is one of the brains behind Dancing With Her a publication for …

We're not so desperate anymore

March 26th, 2018


Delivered with love and setting the tone for what was is to follow in this Podcast. Immersing their audience in a story is something both Josh and …

It's the Mabo of the thing

March 2nd, 2018


We know it’s been a while, but welcome back to The Celebrant Talk Show!  In this episode we’re responding to questions from you, our lovely listeners. Feel free to send us your questions by email to, …

Imagine that you're on a date with Facebook

January 15th, 2018


It's January - the traditional enquiries season for the wedding industry. Sarah and Josh reveal what their business focus is at the start of each year, and discuss in detail their process for dealing with an initial …

Sarah answers all of Josh's stupid questions about marriage equality and what it means for marriage celebrants

December 22nd, 2017


Marriage equality has come to Australia! Finally! And it came in like a wrecking ball, changing everything for marriage celebrants whilst also delivering equality, love, and compassion to a large part of our …

Top ten tips for new celebrants

December 13th, 2017


On this special episode, Josh dials in from California to chat with Sarah about their Top Ten Tips for new Celebrants, as requested by Emily. But there are some tips in here for all celebrants, new or not!

• Network, …

The one where we throw eggs at Sarah's house

November 30th, 2017


Get your eggs ready folks, for once Sarah Aird says something controversial. Don't worry though, anything she said is not as bad as whatever Josh has …

The only podcast banned by the AFCC!

November 23rd, 2017


Welcome to the only podcast that's officially banned by the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants. We'd like to thank our families and our …

I've never seen marriage paperwork fly like that

November 6th, 2017


​Two marriage celebrants with wedding hangovers bring you this November 6 episode of the Celebrant Talk Show,
In follow-up Evie writes in on the topic …

I'm not a scientist, it's way above my pay-grade

October 26th, 2017


Josh discovers that not everyone (no-one?) likes a rebrand; Sarah discusses how marriage equality will likely affect celebrants; and why both Josh and Sarah think telling people to kiss is a bit weird. Plus, the …

We accidentally started a podcast

October 11th, 2017


And so it begins. In the very first episode, Josh and Sarah discuss the change in the Conflict of Interest guidelines for marriage celebrants, and …

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