The Celebrant Talk Show
By Josh Withers and Sarah Aird
The Celebrant Talk ShowAug 28, 2020
Open up the old internet and just toss some stuff in there. People love it.
Email is the worst
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.
Maybe it will inspire some of us to rest
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.
Happy Podcast New Year!
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 Section - email firstname.lastname@example.org with your examples of why being able to witness signatures on NOIMs over Zoom should be made permanent
We're hoping to release more regular episodes in the coming months - let us know if there's anything you think we should talk about!
We're not going to charge you more money, it's ok
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.
Advanced OPD topic on how to skin a rabbit
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 www.celebrant.training to see the whole offering.
Be the CEO your wedding celebrant business needs you to be
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 automating your customer journey.
Celebrant Institute members and Celebrant Talk Show listeners get a free ticket to the summit by clicking here!
Was the tinsel an acknowlegement?
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.
Tasmania (BDM) gets the internet
The one in a hotel room with a lawyer
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 hallettlaw.com.au
Preparing for the aftertime
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?
I think I've already mentioned this on the podcast
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 any further tips suggestions or questions email or send a recorded voicemail message to: email@example.com
Luna's debut on the podcast
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.
A terrible time to buy a business
Karen would like to talk to the Coronavirus manager
I'm a CEO now!
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org!.
Do not murder
• 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 than celebrants
As always, let us know if there's anything you'd like us to chat about on a future episode!
The one with the solid tangent
Written to elicit a response
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 Celebrant Institute
15.55 Capping celebrant numbers
33.46 The survey that was written to elicit a response
45.27 Recap of electronic environment questions
50.27 Children at weddings
Are we finished being angry at Glenn yet?
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 raising the industry standard
24.57 LGBTQI Awareness
27.17 Are we still mad at Glenn for his feedback?
29.11 Signing the certificates
41.06 Can we have the rings please?
45.05 High heels for presence
48.56 Continue to develop
51.15 CoCA update
62.38 Say yes to all the things and be a good human
Ladies and Gentlemen and Everyone Else!
Remember: this is only Glenn's opinion! We're not suggesting anyone has to do anything Glenn says. But it's always good to be open to new ideas and new ways of thinking, so we hope listening to Glenn will at least make you stop and think about what you do and why you do it.
Glenn talks about the MarBecca method; you can find out more about that here: www.markferrell.com/
You can connect with Glenn here: gmeventgroup.com.au/
Let us know if anything Glenn says resonates with you, if you've changed the way you do something because of something he said, or if you're completely offended and hate every word that came out of his mouth! We always want to hear from you at email@example.com :)
On the off chance that no-one knows what this sentence is about
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 course Sarah went on (http://www.silvercelebrants.com.au), and the new fact sheet about celebrants’ obligations in an online environment, plus an exciting announcement! As always, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or topics you’d like us to discuss in an upcoming episode!
What a time to be alive! The Marriage Act 1961 has finally aligned with the Electronic Transactions Act (thanks Josh)! and this ep chats about what this means for us.
Paying your Annual Registration Fee and why pricing yourself out per hour or perhaps why you can’t are also discussed in this episode.
Other awesome content re the MLCS fact sheets and Sarah has some wonderful advice for funeral celebrants.
You can’t miss this one!
03:00 – Sarah’s fav podcast. This podcast will kill you. https://thispodcastwillkillyou.com/
04:10 – Why it’s impossible to price yourself out per hour.
12:40 – Why do you have to pay your Annual registration fee? Why such a big deal?
19:15 – What do the MLCS do with the funds from the Registration Fee?
27:45 – MLCS Fact sheet regarding Celebrant obligations in an online environment
28:25 – Accepting the NOIM, Date and place of Birth electronically! - What a time to be alive! (Thanks Josh)!
30.20 – Sighting evidence of identity electronically.
33:40 – The Electronic Transactions act
34:07 – What is a Commissioner for Declarations?
36:15 – Children of previous marriages – Australian Bureau of Statistics
41:50 – Conference chat - DJ Alliance of Australia https://www.djaa.org.au/
52.22 – Doing the Cert IV with Sarah and Lifeskills Training https://www.lifeskillstraining.com.au/
59:00 – Silver Celebrant Funeral training – Robyn O’Connell https://www.silvercelebrants.com.au/
Sarah is pretty riled up
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:
• outcomes from the May meeting between the Marriage Law and Celebrant Section and representatives of celebrant associations
• the disaster that is the Victorian BDM marriage registration system, and what's currently going on with it
• why join or stay in an association?
• what advice would you give to an aspiring celebrant?
Wow! This episode really explains all the things!
To join an Association OR why you possibly wouldn’t….. ? J
It will have you counting your blessings you are a member of the Celebrant Institute and thanking the universe there is now an RTO lead by one of the best! https://www.lifeskillstraining.com.au/
Lastly, valuable advice to aspiring celebrants. So much gold in this ep! You’ll love it!
04:35 – Why would an experienced celebrant attend training?
07:38 – John Slater – Sydney Funeral photographer https://www.johnslaterphotography.com/
07:38 – Why would you have a funeral photographer?
12:30 – Silver Celebrant Funeral training – Robyn O’Connell https://www.silvercelebrants.com.au/
14:30 – More on why would you attend a Training Seminar?
16.57 – The second you make the statement that you are at the top of your game, that’s the direct indicator that you haven’t. Dunning Kruger Effect https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect
20:30 – Forms review chat
23: 45 – Celebrants working in an Electronic Environment
24:54 – Why do we still need to sign two copies of the Marriage Certificate plus Form 15 when we upload the MC to BDM thus not requiring two copies of the MC?
33:57 - Victorian BDM online – RIO Software https://my.rio.bdm.vic.gov.au/ This is the part where Sarah gets riled up re delays in registration! (In relation to the VIC BDM System) J
46:10 – Data entry changes in RIO (VIC BDM)
49:15 – Celebrant Associations – What is their purpose? Why we ARE or ARE NOT a member of an Association.
49:54 – Is the Celebrant Institution an Association?
50:06 – What is the Celebrant Institution and what do you do?
52:00 – AFCC Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants https://www.afcc.com.au/about-afcc/
53.50 – AMC Australian Marriage Celebrants https://www.marriagecelebrants.org.au/
55.23 - International College of Celebrancy Association of Alumni and Friends – ICCA
56.35 - Association of Civil Marriage Celebrants Victoria https://www.acmcv.org.au/
59:43 - AFCC Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants https://www.afcc.com.au/about-afcc/
64:14 – AFCC Training strategy– The main reason Sarah was riled up this episode!
69:48 - Considering becoming a Celebrant? Advice for aspiring Celebrants
The emotional bit, with Vickie Musni, personality trainer
Money, money, money
God bless the Facebook Groups
You gotta know when to fold 'em
These vows are bad, I'm out
• Josh's baby and new house!
• Sarah's new training job! (talentedtraining.com.au/)
• paying your celebrant registration fee
• marriage statistics (www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3310.0)
• Dubsado, Tave and Xero
Is that wedding today?
- wedding planners
- receiving identity documents electronically
- Celebrant software: which package is better?
- the importance of paying your registration fee as soon as you receive the invoice
- what happens when a party isn't consenting?
Let us know any thoughts!
The one about the wedding porn
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 new online system (spoiler alert, it's coming "soon").
00:04.14 Consolidating photos, systems and using Dropbox.
00:11:45 Expecting something for nothing, and why its not OK. Value those that assist you with their intellectual property, and how.
00:32:35 The Celebrant Institute progress, what's on there currently.
00:41:16 The what, when and how of Social media as a celebrant.
00:48:49 What's coming up on The Celebrant Institute, and a call out for questions.
00:52:50 Victoria BDM update.
00:55:24 Electronic lodgement in Queensland BDM is coming.
00:56:18 Why you must still get three documents signed.
We don't think you're smart enough to get two emails in the one day
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 period, so we don't discuss that in the episode. Sarah will write more about that change soon; suffice to say she's fighting it because she believes it's a mis-interpretation of the Acts Interpretation Act.
In this episode we launch The Celebrant Institute: what it is, why we're doing it, and why we hope you'll support us!
As always, please check in at email@example.com if you have any questions or anything you'd like us to talk about in future episodes!
00:01:08 Josh and Sarah catch up on each others news
00:04:00 Shout out to Annie Moz and the Unholy Matrimony launch
00:05:18 Why terminology is important, and why what we say matters
00:10:18 How does a new Celebrant get their first clients, and should they offer a discount to get those first bookings?
00:22:54 Is it worth listing on aggregate sites such as Easy Weddings, PolkaDot bride, Celebrante etc
00:25:40 Why you must track where your enquiries come from
00:28:40 If you have a question please email us
00:28:59 BDM online systems updates, what's new and what we need to know
00:46:2 Electronic signatures, the guidelines, and the electronic transactions act
00:49:36 New guidelines were published on Tuesday 3rd July 2018
00:52:46 The Celebrant Institute launch!
I've watched celebrants read a newspaper
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.
1.30 Advice and tips for anyone using a microphone
3.00 Sarah talks about her experience of conducting Eurydice Dixon’s funeral
14.10 Josh discusses IGTV
29.58 Sarah & Josh discuss Legal’s only/Registry Style/Paperwork only weddings and what makes them legal.
54.33 Copyright for Marriage celebrants
60.00 Discussions around exhibiting at wedding expos
A tribute to the greatest episode in the world
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 questions on the NOIM through an updated Compulsory OPD booklet- the new Marriage Regulations 2017- the new Draft Guidelines on the Marriage Act.
1.20 Is there such a thing as wedding season
3.00 – Sarah and Josh’s ramblings
6.29 Josh & Sarah discusses Pa systems
14.19 Wedding industry conference
15.30 Josh’s enquiry process
22.20 Josh & Sarah discuss their marketing process
26.45 Changes to the legislation
31.15 Changes to the code of practice
37.40 The New Guidelines
53.00 Changes to the sex and gender item on marriage documents.
"Gay weddings" are not a thing, they're just "weddings"
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 LGBTQ+ women in love.
Together Josh and Tara discuss a range of topics that people within the LGBTQ+ community face on a daily basis and how the language we use is vitally important when connecting to couples. The need to be authentic in what we share, do we use the correct language on our paperwork, no longer using the Bride & Groom tag etc are all parts of the whole.
With the legalisation of same-sex marriages in Australia on the 9th December in 2017, weddings among the L.G.B.T.Q + the community have been on the rise. So, when as a guest or vendor you find yourself working or witnessing their vows, it might be helpful to know-how you say something could offend the couple you so dearly love as you celebrate with them. Labelling same-sex couples as different from any other wedding is the root of the cause. The qualifier to describe the wedding signals that it’s unlike a wedding of a heterosexual couple. It feels exclusive. BUT it is a legal marriage like any between a man and a woman. A same-sex couple and a straight couple both say the required vows and sign the same marriage paperwork to be recognised as legally wed. So why has it taken time to get the language briefly and clearly expressed?
In this exclusive interview, Tara and Josh discuss the subtle differences of meaning, expression, or sound when engaging with couples. No matter how couples identify it is up to us to ask the question, how do you present yourselves?… what pronouns would you like me to use? Don’t just assume. This session also discusses the language used when addressing guests, the need to be inclusive to all.
The burning issues that came out of this podcast:
1:05: Begin by honest conversation, not assumptions. Taking responsibility on how to make a spouse feel with conversation/language
6:20: Gay weddings "it's just a term"
7:35: People as a whole, not just colour culture or sex
10:05: Genders/defunct idea?/scientific explanations. What pronouns do we use? *transgender *non-binary *no gender"
18:15: Relationships within marriage. What should we name our clientele, language to be used in ceremonies, celebrant paperwork-do you need to reword?
25:00: An open discussion on promoting business to the L.G.B.T.Q+ community. Remove Bride + Groom from advertising...don't make assumptions... be inclusive, equality is the sentiment.
31:35: If using a styled shoot be authentic and open, everybody doesn't want to be a poster-person.
33:40: Before December 2017
36:18: Life experience 2018, challenging for a time
We're not so desperate anymore
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 Sarah do because a well-told presentation will stick in their audience's brain for years to come!
2:17: Victorian/Melbourne Death Scene. How's life in the funeral industry? why celebrants must diversify their roles within the industry, not just rely on one form of industry work. Figures from Springvale Botanical Cemetery show the drop-in funerals for February and March. With no apparent reason, the bottom fell out of this market. there is a reoccurring issue. and you can bet that the same time the following year it was reversed. We need to think about the way we market death! Weddings have changed “enormously” in the past decade, and for the better, with people taking greater ownership not only of their ceremonies but also their marriages. Civil celebrants, for example, have overseen the majority of weddings in Australia since 1999. Similar “exciting developments” have been slower to show in the funeral industry. Now we see families looking for a celebrant who fits in with who they are. However, many are at the whim of a Funeral Director. Which says to us, don't just rely on this form of recommendation. to produce a sustainable business!
7:40: Custom design coffins: https://expressioncoffins.com.au - Josh talks to a Graphic artist on the work that she is doing within the funeral industry, designing beautiful wraps for standard coffins. These wraps are designed with the deceased in mind. Their personality certainly shines through.
10:00: Templates of forms. Official Certificate of Marriage and DONLIM template - the lovely Peter Willington was good enough to design some writeable PDF templates for the OCM and DONLIM, and the use of Adobe Acrobat versus Adobe Reader.
12:00: Technology, love it or hate it! Facebook information that we all should know about.
23:00: How to tackle a second wedding. When already legally married how you approach the conversation with couples as to why you can't have a second "marriage ceremony." The legal implications for celebrants, the nuances of this situation and the ramifications of your actions. Legal issues - wedding days = Marriage Act and consequences explained.
35:00: Marriage equality. NOIM descriptor was not clear, Sarah has since updated information that has been clearer in this podcast. Descriptor question is a tricky one, and we talk about how Sarah's advice in an earlier episode wasn't strictly on point.
45:40: Cancellations verses refunds.
It's the Mabo of the thing
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or even record yourself asking us your question and send us the audio file!
Imagine that you're on a date with Facebook
Sarah answers all of Josh's stupid questions about marriage equality and what it means for marriage celebrants
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 population. There's so many questions to be asked about marriage equality and what it means for celebrants, so we hope you enjoy this episode - Josh is sorry for his terrible audio quality, it was recorded in a Brisbane co-working space which was noisey and echoey, sorry!
Is Australian society now doomed? Is my marriage now less valid?
This episode answers so many crucially dumb questions, you can’t afford to miss it. (Even if it is just for the giggle).
4.47: The biggest change after Marriage Equality – 7th December 2017
5.25: Previously only 3 categories of Celebrants.
A – Religious officiants of a recognised Religion.
B – State and Territory Officers (registry weddings),
C – Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrants.
6.47: The added 4th category after Marriage equality, D – Religious Marriage Celebrants
7.70: Jedi Warriors
8.10: What are Religious Marriage Celebrants?
9.26: Can new celebrants become a Religious Marriage Celebrant?
9.57: What if I have a moral objection to same sex marriages, but I’m not religious? (If that is a thing)?
12.25: When did Marriage Equality become legislation?
17.26: The first same sex marriage in Australia.
20.56: Shortening of Time chat
22.25: Civil Union information
24.15: What if you were married overseas before legislation changed? Is that now recognised in Australia?
26.35: Do I need to get divorced if I was married overseas but it wasn’t recognised in Australia at the time?
28.20: Can I use old NOIM’s that refer to parties as Bride & Groom?
32.26: Where can I download a NOIM?
34.33: NOIM info – Party 1 and Party 2 on the NOIM – which person do I put first?
34.50: NOIM info – Description of Party – What descriptor do I use?
37.00: NOIM info – Sex (Should be Gender) – Male, Female or X?
42.00: Official Certificate of Marriage
47.50: Form 15 – Canprint marriage.infoservices.com.au
50.44: Can we still use the words Bride/Groom/Husband/Wife in our script?
51.33: What does one month mean? 30 days? Or 28? Or……????
52.40: Monitum – how has this changed since Marriage Equality?
53.45: Legally binding vows
55.14: Why does it say spouse in the vows but partner on the NOIM?
56.34: What do you say for the pronouncement? I now pronounce you?
59.00: Saying “I do”
62.39: Celebrant Suite – Ron Byron and Ivan Conway
Top ten tips for new celebrants
The one where we throw eggs at Sarah's house
This episode also dives deep into what price to charge your clients, and why? Everyone has an opinion on this and want to ask the question, but the conversation is taboo right? Not on this podcast! Undercutting, undervaluing our profession, but more importantly encouraging you to charge what you are worth, are just some of the topics we chat through today.
1.00: Rain event/Consider your back up plans! (inclement weather)
1.22: tattersallsclub.com.au/ Tattersalls Club Brisbane City.
Massive Grand old Ball room. Well priced and beautiful backup option for outdoor weddings in the event of inclement weather $250 (Weekend rate). Good for Summer wet weather backups.
2.15: Community Park Hall across the road from Centennial Parklands Sydney, in the event of inclement option $185 www.centennialparklands.com.au/venue-hire/functions ??
4.00: Ceremony and reception at the same location is the norm? Or close by? Are guests going to have a good time travelling if at different locations? Consider your guests.
4.30: McLaren Vale Pennys Hill Winery (reference) www.pennyshill.com.au/
5.52 www.petethecelebrant.com.au/ (reference)
6.45: 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics - chat - Nerdy numbers stuff- An industry in need of help. Annual marriages reached new low. ABS actual data cubes.
14.00: Money. What we charge. To chat about or not to chat about it...
15.50: Opening up the conversation
16.20: Celebrant pricing conversations - The background.
17.00: Price fixing conversation (ACCC) - The history / Dally Messenger.
20.00: Why our conversations are NOT price fixing
21.00: Karen's points and opinion on the subject- Melbourne Celebrant
(Highlighting the variety of products and levels of pricing in the handbag industry - to compare with celebrants in celebrant industry)!
27.30: Karen highlights the different reasons people become celebrants and what factors may contribute to their price.
36.48: Karen's respectful request for us to stop howling at each other for devaluing our profession by undercharging, without knowing all the circumstances. ?
37.15: Josh and Sarah dive deeper into money - knowing your worth.
39.35: Pricing Tips- What should I be charging? Where to start? Charging an hourly rate?
47:17: Celebrant.fm (reference)
47.22: Tenielle Nuske Adelaide Celebrant reference
48.20: Charging an hourly rate?
52.10: Charge what you are worth, what covers your bills, and what you are proud of.
55.46: Feeling comfortable with your fee
57.02: Sarah's price points
59.35: Josh's pricing structure
59.56: Alex from Time With Alex
The only podcast banned by the AFCC!
Seriously though, here's another sweet podcast episode, enjoy!
• Emily asks for a podcast episode with top tips for new celebrants, we'll release it soon!
• Marriage celebrant matters, the AGD newsletter is out and boy is it fun/boring. We deliver a blow by blow recap of this industry-defining PDF file.
• CoCA comments "we don't want the right to discriminate" in the SMH
• Send in your feedback - why are you, or are you not, a member of an association
• The Marriage Act (legislation) has not changed yet, so we can't accept notices (NOIMs) for same sex couples until the marriage act allows us to. On the 23rd of November the current statement is "celebrants are currently not able to accept a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) from same-sex couples."
• BDM (Births, Deaths and Marriages) chat on the new Queensland BDM online marriage registration system, NSW's Lifelink and Victoria's Marriages online, and why you might want to, or not use them. Facebook post to the new forms in beta release from the Qld BDM. When the new Qld BDM online system goes live, you'll access it here.
I've never seen marriage paperwork fly like that
In follow-up Evie writes in on the topic of titles for the individuals booking celebrants, and Sean asks how does Josh sign marriage paperwork on an iPad.Topics covered in this talk showAFCC advertising in the "Qantas magazine".Stat dec required for proof of date and place of birth.Listing your pricing and packages live on your website for the public to see.WTF?!? "CoCA does not support the September 2017 guidelines and position paper on the Conflict of Interest and Benefit to Business because the Policy does not uphold the professionalism of celebrants and the consultation process was flawed."
I'm not a scientist, it's way above my pay-grade
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 Marriage (Queensland) Arrangement 2017, why the marriage industry needs to start being less heterocentric now, and Josh is not a scientist.
0:00 Sarah and Josh have made a thing (podcast). Please send your questions.
2:45 Josh makes a boo boo – a lesson in rebranding.
25:36 What we think marriage equality will mean for celebrants (recorded pre-postal survey).
44:38 How the Marriage (Queensland) Arrangement 2017 will affect the Marriage Act 1961.
48:32 Making the wedding industry less heterocentric.
We accidentally started a podcast
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 introduce the world to their very particular sets of skills; skills they've acquired over their celebrant careers; skills that make them a delight for people like you.
0:00 Josh & Sarah decide to start a podcast.
1:35 Chit chat: Josh discovers how expensive it is to plan a holiday in less than a week; when exactly is "wedding season"?; and the one thing Melbourne wedding expos always seem to forget.
6:27 The change to the Conflict of Interest Guidelines.
22:00 Introducing Josh and Sarah.