Heidi Thompson, host of one of my favourite business podcasts, the Evolve Your Wedding Business podcast, invited me onto her show to talk about, well talk about a lot of things that I hope would be super beneficial and enjoyable for people in the wedding biz!
You might have noticed the same thing I’ve noticed lately while scrolling around Facebook. Or maybe you haven’t because you’re not friends with as many wedding photographers or videographers as I am. Everyone in the wedding industry is pushing for unplugged weddings.
I’m a very lucky boy, I’m the first marriage celebrant in Australia to be awarded a WIPA Three Diamond award! What’s WIPA? It’s the “Wedding Industry Professionals of Australia” awards ran by the very excellent WEOA! What’s WEOA? WEOA stands for “Weddings and Events of Australia” and it’s an industry body that represents the professional end of the wedding industry.
A crazy and weird and amazing idea when it comes to changing your name through marriage
Brides, photoshopped, throwing cats.
I took Britt for a little getaway to Rainbow Beach, the Ocean Palms Resort, and I credit time away the secret to our succes
I was recently a guest on a new Wednesday night Queensland wedding talk show, hosted by Ellyse Sainty on Periscope. More info at wedvid.com.au. The good news for you is that you can watch some of the segments in this post!
You're so lucky to be in the middle of such a personal and professional industry, the wedding industry. Whether you're a bride or groom, an interested onlooker, or one of the hard working vendors I'm lucky to rub shoulders with each day, you know how personal, intimate,...
My friend Steve Molk makes a really fun podcast called 'Humans of Twitter' where he interviews humans from the social network, where you can follow me @joshuawithers, him at @molkstvtalk and the podcast @humansofthis. Listen to me spill my guts on who I am, where I'm from and...
Britt's driving the car right now, I'm in the passenger seat, and we just tried to merge back onto the highway after a quick toilet stop. Normally a road trip wouldn't make its way onto the blog, but this merge resulted in a small dosage of road rage and now I'm thinking about...
I'm slowly catching up on emails this week and finally got to a sweet email that Scott and Angel sent me after their wedding: The only feedback my husband and I have is...to keep doing what you do! You know you have an incredible celebrant when the words that he used in...
Is there a link between celebrating marriages and re-inforcing male privilege that leads to domestic violence? Many in my community are terribly saddened by the loss of a young mum's life at the hands of domestic violence. Two lives in Australia are lost every week as a partner...
Justice Anthony Kennedy,authored the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. He closed his ruling and opinion with one of the most beautiful passages you’ll likely read in a court case. I totally teared up, and it’s a passage I’ll be incorporating into many marriage ceremonies.
I think that the most important aspect of the wedding day is that moment where you become husband and wife, your wedding vows. So I want to help you write amazing and person wedding vows!
News reports today that some time in August, I’ve seen reports of 11th and 18th, a marriage equality bill will hit parliament and every single individual political gets the chance to vote on their own. They won’t have to look to mum and dad to find out how they’re allowed to vote.
A big long list of all the traditional things that marriage celebrants say but aren’t required to.
“The last wedding in which Josh Withers unquestioningly included a few old-fashioned marriage traditions was his own.”
Alyce Kirkwood guest blogs for me today, sharing her adventure in changing her last name after her wedding!
Britt just shared this article on Facebook about Zoe Saldana’s husband taking her last name, as opposed to the traditional, wife taking her husband’s last name. Boy, internet commentors are lovely people aren’t they!
I am putting a call out to the wedding industry worldwide: we need to change. We need to give the sexist wedding industry the middle finger and move into the modern age we’ve been afforded.
I love a good piece of Simpsons in any wedding ceremony. I’m researching for an upcoming ceremony and found this nugget out of an episode where normally Homer is only quoted.
I’m sitting in a class full of Sydney wedding celebrants and just asked what the most common weird question they get asked was: will you do a nude wedding?
I met up with Alex and Lisa yesterday, and Alex asked me the best question
I'm on a flight to Bali writing this and have just gotten around to watching The Imitation Game, a movie about a Professor that stops a war. I'll let you research or watch the movie to learn more about Alan Turing's remarkable, extraordinarily influential, but depressingly...
Nerd weddings are my favourite. And it has nothing to do with Superman cufflinks or walking down the aisle to the Imperial March. It’s actually crazy simple and that means this will be a crazy simple blog post:
At 8:40pm on Monday night, the 18th of October Married At First Sight debuts on TV and I’m pretty freaking excited.
“Does a marriage have to be consummated to be legal?” I was asked recently. Do a bride & groom have to sleep with each other?
1997 was a good year in Australia, the year that Rebecca and Travis were married on Home and Away, and Sia performed at the beach wedding. What the?!?!
This is a simple invitation to the bridegrooms of Brisbane to come and make a bow tie, drink beer and play poker. Simple.
Britt spends all day working with wedding vendors, photographers, venues, florists and other professionals as part of her role creating elopements in The Pop-Up Wedding. We figured that her experiences might help you in choosing people to work with in creating your marriage celebration.
Monday, May 18 on Channel Nine. Bring on this crazy social experiment. So glad I'm in it!
Everyone thinks you need a rehearsal when you don’t. Well, you might need one if your wedding is a show that everyone needs tickets to. Or if it’s an epic production. Or if it’s a show-off.
Every corner I turn in life there seems to be a plethora of people telling other people why things can’t be done. I’m really proud to have so many friends that question that ridiculous idea every morning before breakfast. James Day is one of those people.
Raoul and Rosie created an amazing Mexican wedding fiesta at Lightspace and surprised all of their friends with a marriage ceremony. An incredible atmosphere to celebrate a surprise wedding ceremony in!
Last night I watched some other celebrants on YouTube, because I realised I've never paid much attention to what others do. It turns out I do things quite a bit different. So I thought it would be worth a blog post to explain what I talk about in a wedding ceremony. I'm an...
My friend Michelle makes jewellery and hair pieces. I'm not going to pretend to know anything about this world as I wear a gold band and the rest of my swag comes...
Normy from Divine Studios sat down with me recently and asked me about what I did. You'll see more of this video series coming soon, but here's a little drop on why I became a celebrant. Click play and enjoy 🙂 https://vimeo.com/126576652
This might be shocking news for those that hope to hold a wedding and then never need to do anything more for their relationship: a wedding maketh not a marriage. Read my thoughts on my appearance on Married At First Sight.
I just read this article on Offbeat Bride and had to share it. There's some really good points to think about when a friend is doing something, photography for example, that you'd normally pay $6000 for, for free. Read the whole article here, but I liked these little pull...
I just met with Stefan and Sarah who wanted to assure me that they wouldn't drink before their wedding ceremony because another marriage celebrant at a different wedding had told all of those bridesmaids and bride at a different wedding that they weren't allowed to have any...
Have you been struggling with your wedding budget? These money-saving tips are thanks to and by, The Onion … and in case you don’t realise straight away, they are a joke. Enjoy!
If you click this link to the Channel Nine website you can find out which celebrant you know might be on television real soon! 9jumpin.com.au/show/married-at-first-sight/latest/pretx/credits/ Here's a promo video for the show, coming soon on Nine - or you can watch on Facebook...
You might remember years ago I hosted the world's first Twitter wedding. Well Ikea have stepped up the game and have launched the extremely gimmicky, but a little bit cool and futuristic 'Wedding Online'. It's all in Swedish, as is the video below. I'm betting on this remaining...
Once upon a time, a boy met a girl, she gave him her hand & he held it tight. Together, they set off down the unknown path in front of them. Sometimes they walked slowly; sometimes at a quicker pace. Sometimes they ran so fast it felt kind of like flying. Whenever he...
The television news shook the Brisbane wedding industry this Easter weekend as Nine News reported that The Bridal Centre had closed down. The shop had made a Facebook post, but it’s since been removed and a new Facebook page rallying the troops/brides has emerged.
This will be a short but exciting blog post. Short, because there's no use repeating what everyone else is saying. Mic.com blew the trumpet, and Bustle added GIFs, you can order it online here and there's a Kickstarter for the next issue! Feminism and weddings might not...
The purpose of this post was to point out that diamond engagement rings are a lie – they’re an invention of Madison Avenue and De Beers.
From time to time I invite friends to guest blog on this blog, and today's post is one of those. If you're entering into marriage with love and good looks, but no communication, then Connie thinks you might need some help and education. I hope you enjoy Connie's article and if...
You're the funny, loud, guy or gal that the bride and groom asked to MC their wedding reception? I was that guy a long time ago and now I'm that guy professionally. So hopefully I can offer some helpful tips! Don't stress about it too much, it's just a really awesome party. But...
A friend joked recently that I need to work on "retaining clients", that I should go into the divorce business as well. As funny as that is, and despite my line that I don't really want "repeat business", I think there's room for more of something here: divorce ceremonies....
I feel like every third Facebook post these days is a rant about the wedding industry and how we're snobby, rude, expensive, illegal, or dodgy. And more often than not the Facebook posts are not wrong, there's lots of losers out there. Losers is a pretty tough call, but in my...
Five things I think every groom should have in mind leading up to the wedding. Please note the list is completely exclusive of all of the normal boring wedding planning tips!
If you’ve got a spare hour, fire up your Googles and do a search for pop-up wedding. It’s quite an honour to have so many people loving the idea, but there’s always one question we get: what is a pop-up wedding. We honestly get an email every hour or two asking the same question. It’s a valid question, so don’t feel bad for asking.
I'm marrying Caitlin's mum, to someone else of course, and when we met recently to chat about their wedding and create their ceremony, her mum hands me this yellow envelope with a note and $5.80 in silver and gold coins in it. The note reads: Dear Joash, I am pritty...
A wedding fair I am hoping to go to in the near future asked on its application form who my target demographic is. Before you read on, stop for a second and think about how you would be described in a demographical sense.
A short and quick tip today on how you can broaden your horizons, your view, your idea, of what a wedding is and can be: see other weddings more. So here's how I can help you do that today. I know everyone already gets my current weekly email from my blog, and my blog is fine,...
I see soooo many - like 95% - of my couples planning their own weddings. Most couples “want to do it themselves", which is cool, but I see the majority of them tired when it comes to the big day. So where does a wedding planner come into the equation? I asked my friends at...
I have a tendency to play 90s playlists on Spotify, I like wearing my PJ's past midday, and I'm a sucker for a good steak sandwich. And although those oddities (and not so oddities) make me quite the individual, there is one major redeeming feature of the 1981 Josh Withers...
Aleisha McCormack, host of the awesome wedding radio show/podcast, Save The Date, recently invited me on to just ramble on about creating weddings that just scream “freakin’ weekend”. In English that means “really cool”.
How much does a photographer cost, and other terrible questions!
I'm always on the look out for new and different wedding readings and I love this one! It's called "I Like You" and it's an awesome children's book that fits right in at a wedding. It's by Sandol Stoddard Warburg and you can get it now on Amazon. At Nicole and Lee's elopement...
Last year Britt and I desperately wanted to get to New York for a few weeks, and we did! However on the way home, Britt's husband (a real idiot!) misunderstood a few things and the Kayak travel app also misunderstood a few things and we got home 24 hours late and home with...
It’s really exciting to make your own wedding plans in a destination like Bali. There’s the benefits of fewer guests, and the guests that do come are really into you guys and will no doubt make for a great party. But the biggest question that couples ask, or that some couples forget to ask is: how do I get legally married in Bali?
There have been a plethora of articles and TV news segments recently about deceiving wedding industry professionals and tell them that you’re having a party instead of a wedding.
If you’re wondering how to have an unplugged wedding or what the different options are, here’s the spiel
Today’s blog post is almost word for a word a copy/paste from Seth Godin’s blog. But he blogs about business, and I’m blogging about weddings.
Australia Day is a great time to reflect on what makes this nation great, so I want to bring something unique and meaningful to the Australia Day conversation this year and tell you the story of how Australia has been one of the most progressive countries in the world in regards to marriage.
I’m late to the Interstellar party, but my tardiness led me to something awesome last night: I saw it on IMAX with my friend Steve and it was stellar, crazy, immersive, moving. There’s a scene in the movie where the team have to make a decision on where to go. I’m not wanting to give away the movie so I’ll leave details out, but the making of the decision takes the team through a logical and scientific conversation that starts to factor in love.
Shannon and Jeff harnessed the power of lip syncing music videos to tell their friends and family that they are engaged to be married!
Instead of exchanging rings, why not do something different and put your own wedding ring on.
Valentine’s Day is the best day to get married on. Let me explain why. It’s not as cheesy and soppy as some would imagine.
A few weeks ago Britt and I asked our couples to start supporting Plan Australia’s campaign to eradicate child marriage. So many people have jumped on board and said yes. It’s so encouraging. Not that you guys would listen to us, that’s lovely. But because it affects real girls, who in their young life have been forced into marriage.
Social media, be it Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, ello, Google+, LinkedIn, or that new fang-dangled network that wasn’t even invented when this was written, is such an amazing way to share your story. After all, that’s what we’re here for, creating, telling, sharing, an awesome story. Every day is a new page and your wedding ceremony, a new chapter.
I’ll be at the Sydney wedding fair, Love on the Lawn, making time for Sydney couples to meet me to be the celebrant for their wedding!
Last year (doesn't it feel cool saying that) I sent out an email to everyone on my email list, if you're not on it, subscribe here, and proposed a crazy idea: What if I hosted an event for all of the like-minded brides and grooms that are creating awesome weddings. So many...
At Lindsay Bishop and her fiance’s wedding, they invited friends to bring a wedding reading. The first reading is a powerful message from the great poet, Hugh Anthony Cregg III. The second from Method Man.
A quick survey of last year’s weddings tells me that 11% of wedding ceremonies had enough chairs for everyone to be seated. There’s nothing wrong with making people stand, but there’s a human brain thing that everyone is missing. Read on.
2015 is going to be a great year. I can say that confidently because my calendar is mostly full before the year has even started, which is a crazy and awesome blessing for a small business owner. Britt’s running pop-up weddings around Australia and even internationally.
All the things you should tell your wedding celebrant before he or she marries you.
Gold Coast wedding celebrant, Josh Withers, debunks the myths behind wedding traditions and what you can, or should, do with them.
Shocked by the reality and largeness of children being forced into marriage, we’ve decided to do something, to make a change in this world.
When I saw Ellie and Spike’s wedding on the wedding planning subreddit of reddit.com, a little bit of nostalgia and a little bit of nerd in me pushed me to contact them to see if I could talk about their wedding on this blog.
There’s a pretty big problem with perfect weddings, perfect wedding days, and all that rubbish. I should start by saying “sorry”.
While Britt and I were in New York City last month we caught up with our favourite wedding photographers in the states, Luke and Mallory, and they took a few pics as we hung out for the day.
Speaking to a group of people that don’t have to listen to you is a great honour and as a celebrant I’m lucky enough to do this daily. I never forget the great responsibility I have when I pick up that microphone.
Winter fell on a Saturday this year, and for a few moments, a few of us had to put a jacket on. It was on this stunning Springbrook winter day that James and Amy pledged to spend the rest of their lives together.
The Colonel’s chicken has got nothing on a superb wedding! Put these 11 secret ingredients in and pan and fry until golden.
If there’s a phrase I would pay to never hear again, it would have to be “it’s the bride’s day”. The common myth is that the wedding is all about the bride and what she wants it’s got nothing to do with the groom.
A few holiday snaps from our USA trip!
Prevent awkward moments in your ceremony and use this handy guide to figure out how to stand in a wedding ceremony.
Sydney talk radio station 2GB chose this little blog as “Blog Of The Week” recently, so I spoke to Andrew Moore on air about what makes weddings simply amazing today!
When I see numbers like 15,021 I wonder, what would I say if everyone was seated in front of me, and I had their attention for two minutes. What would I say to 15,021 people that are thinking about getting married?
I've just read a great blog post by John Saddington on his journey creating Desk, a Mac app for bloggers, and the app I now use to write these blog posts. John’s thing was that he created something that he wanted, an awesome writing app, and then he wanted other...
When they first met, Chris though Jade was a bitch, and she thought he was crazy. Years later, they call each other husband and wife. Life’s crazy like that sometimes.
Every single wedding venue on the planet needs to click the two very important links in this blog post so they can be found on Google Maps and Apple Maps.
I’d like to introduce you to a talented friend of mine that makes iPhone wedding films in Brisbane, Australia. Plus she’s giving one away!
A common conversation I have with brides and grooms is “what side do I stand on?”. I really dislike this question, only because it implies there’s a correct side and an incorrect side for a bride and groom to stand on in a wedding ceremony, which there isn’t. They’re just sides, not battle stations.
Weddings are happy. They’re awesome little things. But sometimes expectation, tradition and weird shit gets in the way. Here’s a guide to avoid that.
If you are considering booking Josh as your wedding celebrant, you best consider this warning first. Very important info!
Every family has it’s own traditions and culture, mixing those in a new marriage can be triky. Anabel tackles the big issues of celebrating Thanksgiving with a European partner.