I create awesome marriage ceremonies

My name is Josh and I lead a team that creates the world’s best marriage celebrations. We’re a team that are passionate about celebrating marriage in a really fun, meaningful, and enjoyable way. We are indulgent in our sense of importance that the wedding ceremony holds. Crazy about creating meaningful and memorable moments where two people enter as friends and leave as husbands and wives. We value integrity and truth over wedding tradition and truthiness. We believe that the marriage ceremony is the pinnacle of the wedding, not the pre-show, and that it deserves the best. We spend our every moment training to be the best.

We are champions of simple, valuable and secular marriage values: that marriage is simply a union between two people entered into for life. And most importantly that your marriage is your marriage to celebrate, create, and enjoy in your own way and no society, religion or celebrant has a role in defining your marriage, because it’s yours.

Meet Josh

Josh Withers

Hi, I’m a gadget-obsessed-nerd and Foo Fighters fan living on the Gold Coast with Britt, my awesome wife of two years, and we have the great honour of travelling this vast planet celebrating that marvellous union called marriage. We’re just two kids in love. I’ve spent the last decade creating engaging and fun radio, and now create weddings every day. I’m a bit of a nerd and love Kevin Smith movies.

I became a marriage celebrant over seven years ago after seeing the ceremony become the butt of everyone’s joke at the reception, hearing the celebrant laughed about, and seeing everyone look forward to the bar tab opening instead of the ceremony beginning. I’m not the wedding police, I’m not the guy that will usher in all of the wedding traditions. I’m 100% into creating an event where the two of you get married and everyone applauds and has a ball!

What do I do?

  • all legal paperwork and registration
  • an awesome, mindblowing, enjoyable and fun wedding ceremony that is the highlight of your wedding
  • If there’s people that can’t make it, I’ll live stream it to Facebook for free using a Mevo Camera
  • all planning meetings, as many as we need
  • Sennheiser LSP-500 loud and amazing PA speaker system with wireless microphone and bluetooth audio, perfect for plugging a band or an iPod into
  • a high quality audio recording of your ceremony if you’d like one for yourself or for your videographer
  • looking hot
  • a high five and selfie after the ceremony
  • the best wedding ceremony you could hope for
  • backed by the best celebrant service in the country, the Withers XYZ Celebrant Agency, so in the event of disaster or emergency we have other celebrants ready to help
  • no extra fees or travel fees or anything else to worry about – all travel expenses covered in my fee

 Packages from $1300

Things you should know

Our team

We’re backed by a great team. Between Josh and Brendan creating and performing ceremonies, Britt and Abbie in the office and on email for administration and our wider network of celebrants, we’re uniquely positioned to provide a really amazing celebrant service.

Why are we celebrants?

We genuinely believe that weddings should be awesome, in the true sense of the word, because it’s simply awesome and crazy that two people would fall in love, so it ought to be celebrated!

Immigration help

We’re unable to provide any advice or guidance on immigration or visas.

What if we're same gender?

Our team is wholeheartedly for marriage equality and we fight for it weekly. If at the time of your marriage it isn’t recognised by the government of the time, when it is recognised, we’ll legally solemnise it for you at that time for free because we’re not douchebags.

Live streaming

My package includes free live streaming to Facebook, yours or mine, if that’s something you’re into.

We need great wifi or 4G service, and if you want to stream it to your Facebook page your phone is required, and at the moment it needs to be an iPhone or iPad.

The PA system

You don’t find many celebrants boasting about their PA system. Ours is worth boasting about. It’s a Sennheiser LSP-500, and for crowds over 100 we bring two to make sure every single person in the crowd can enjoy the ceremony and hear your vows being exchanged. It’s battery operated, powerful, and it really whips the Llama’s ass.

How many meetings?

As many as we need, seriously, it could take one meeting or a hundred, we’re just interested in getting to know you and making a really good wedding ceremony.

What if our situation changes?

If our team is still available for your new date then your fees paid are transferrable. If your wedding is being cancelled we are unable to provide a refund.

Backup

In the event of illness or emergency, Josh has celebrants on his team that can provide backup services to each other, plus they have access to a wide network of professional celebrants.

Video recording

If you don’t already have a videographer, I can record your marriage ceremony on my Mevo camera!

It sits on a monopod and records the ceremony for you, and I’ll send you a Dropbox link.

This is an included/free service.

We make it special

We create a unique and meaningful wedding service for you. It’s no-one else’s ceremony and it’s designed to celebrate you and your marriage.

Notice of marriage needed?

Australian law says that before you can be married, we the celebrant must receive some paperwork from you before one month before the wedding. So if your wedding is less than a month away, we can’t marry you.

Can we hold your date?

We can only hold your date on receipt of your booking form and a deposit.

MC your reception?

If you need an MC for your wedding I can stick around after the ceremony and guide your party through to the end for $880. The bonus is that I’ll have my PA system with me so everyone can hear the speeches and they can also be easily recorded onto a USB stick!

Conflict of Interest

There are serious laws about marriage celebrants being in a conflict of interest with their own business interests or other businesses. I take these really seriously so you need to know that regardless of any other relationship or arrangement we have, my first responsibility is to Commonwealth Law.

This pretty much means that if at any point you do not reach the required standard for marriage (18 or over, not already married, not related, you’re both consenting and willing to enter marriage, and you’ve given a month’s notice via the NOIM) then under no circumstances can I, or will I marry you.

I don’t like jail ✌🏼

The Service Contract

Our service contract is fair and openly and honestly communicated. When you book us you agree to the following terms:

The Parties agree to retain the services of Josh Withers as their celebrant according to the following Terms and Conditions:

DEFINITIONS

“Consumer” means a consumer for the purposes of section 3 of the Australian Consumer Law.

“Couple” means Party 1 and Party 2 named in the Contract.

“Contract” means this Service Contract.

“Deposit” means $700.00 plus travel costs (if applicable).

“Josh Withers” means Withers XYZ Pty Ltd ACN 609 891 027 ATF The Snow Withers Trust including its employees, agents and contractors etc.

“Price” means the cost of the Services as specified by Josh Withers in the Tax Invoice.

“Services” means the services specified in the Tax Invoice.

“Tax Invoice” means the tax invoice supplied by Josh Withers to the Couple in accordance with clause 4.1.

ACCEPTANCE

Any instructions received by Josh Withers from the Couple for the provision of the Services constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

Where more than one Party has entered into this Contract, the Couple will be jointly and severally liable for all payments of the Price.

acceptance of these Terms and Conditions by the Couple, the Terms and Conditions are irrevocable and can only be rescinded in accordance with these Terms and Conditions or with the written consent of Josh Withers.

SERVICES

Josh Withers will provide the Services.

In providing the Services, the Couple acknowledge and agree that Josh Withers is only required to attend at the Ceremony for a minimum of one (1) hour and a maximum of two (2) hours unless otherwise agreed in writing.

Subject to clause 3.2, Josh Withers will endeavour to attend at the Ceremony at least thirty (30) minutes prior to the Ceremony Time and will leave no earlier than thirty (30) minutes following the Ceremony Time.

Josh Withers reserves the right to leave the Ceremony thirty (30) minutes after the Ceremony Time stated in the Contract if both or either of the Couple have not arrived or the Ceremony cannot proceed for any reason outside of Josh Withers’ control. In these circumstances, the Couple forfeit all monies paid to Josh Withers.

If Josh Withers is unable to perform the Ceremony in accordance with this Contract, for any reason whatsoever including due to an unforseen accident and/or injury, Josh Withers will advise the Couple as soon as practicable and make reasonable arrangements for another celebrant to perform the Ceremony.

PAYMENT TERMS

Price:

Subject to clause 4.2, at Josh Withers’ sole discretion, the Price will be as indicated on the Tax Invoice.

Variation of Price:

Any variation from the Services as directed by the Couple will be in addition to the Price and will be shown as variations on the Tax Invoice.

Payment for all variations must be made in accordance with clause 4.5.

Deposit:

The Couple must pay Josh Withers the Deposit.

The Deposit is immediately payable upon the Couple signing and returning the Contract to Josh Withers.

The Deposit is non refundable unless the Contract is cancelled by Josh Withers under clause 7.2.

Secure Booking:

The Services will not be secured until the Deposit is paid in full and the signed Contract is returned to Josh Withers.

Payment of the Price:

The Price (including any variations) must be paid to Josh Withers on the earlier of:

Four (4) months after the Contract is signed and returned to Josh Withers; or

Thirty (30) days prior to the Ceremony Date specified in the Contract.

If the Price is not received within the timeframe specified in clause 4.5a, Josh Withers may cancel the Contract by giving written notice to the Couple and retain the Deposit and all other monies paid to Josh Withers by the Couple.

Josh Withers is under no obligation to provide the Services (or any part thereof) until the Price is received.

VARIATION TO THE CEREMONY DETAILS

Proposed changes with notice:

If Party 1 and/or Party 2 propose a change to the Ceremony Details (as specified in the Contract), then Party 1 and/or Party 2 must notify Josh Withers of such change in writing.

In these circumstances, Josh Withers must make reasonable efforts to accommodate such change. However, if the new details conflict with Josh Withers’ prior commitments then Josh Withers may cancel the Contract and retain the Deposit.

Josh Withers must notify the Couple if the Contract is cancelled pursuant to this clause 5.1 within seven (7) days of receiving notice of the change to the Ceremony Details.

If the Contract is cancelled under this clause 5.1 less than six (6) months from the Ceremony Date specified in this Contract, the Couple will either:

Forfeit the Price, if already paid; or

Be liable to immediately pay Josh Withers the Price, if not already paid.

Proposed changes late notice:

If the Ceremony is to be changed to an alternative venue for any reason whatsoever including due to inclement weather, then Party 1 and/or Party 2 must notify Josh Withers of such change as soon as possible by telephone to ensure that he has sufficient time to travel to the alternative venue.

Josh Withers will not be held responsible for any delays in the Ceremony Time due to such change.

THE COUPLE’S OBLIGATIONS AND WARRANTIES

The Couple agree that Josh Withers has explained to them the legal requirements for entering into a marriage.

The Couple warrant to Josh Withers that:

They fully understand the legal requirements for entering into a valid marriage; and

They are legally able to marry each other.

The Couple agree to:

Complete and provide to Josh Withers a Notice of Intended Marriage within the timeframe required by law.

Provide Josh Withers with all original documentation requested no less than fourteen (14) days before the Ceremony Date including any accredited translation documentation requested by Josh Withers. If the Couple fail to provide all requested documentation to Josh Withers within the specified timeframe, Josh Withers is under no obligation to provide the Services and may cancel the Contract. In these circumstances, the Couple will forfeit all monies paid to Josh Withers.

Communicate all of their expectations to Josh Withers regarding the Ceremony no later than twenty-one (21) days before the Ceremony Date. If the Couple fail to provide any such details to Josh Withers within the specified timeframe, all decisions regarding the content of the Ceremony will be left to the sole discretion of Josh Withers.

CANCELLATION

Cancellation by the Couple:

The Couple can cancel the Contract at any time by giving written notice to Josh Withers.

If the Couple cancel the Contract, for any reason whatsoever, less than six (6) months before the Ceremony Date, the Couple will be liable to pay Josh Withers the Price.

If the Couple cancel the Contract, for any reason whatsoever, more than six (6) months before the Ceremony Date, the Couple will be liable to pay Josh Withers an amount equal to 50% of the Price.

Cancellation by Josh Withers:

Josh Withers can cancel the Contract at any time by giving written notice to the Couple.

If Josh Withers cancels the Contract, other than in accordance with clause 6.1, then all monies paid will be refunded to the Couple.

Josh Withers will not be liable for any loss or damage, including any consequential loss or damage, arising from such cancellation.

RELEASE AND INDEMNITY

The Couple and their guests (if any) agree to follow any directions issued by Josh Withers on the Ceremony Date at their own risk. Josh Withers is not liable for any personal injury or property damage that may occur.

The Couple unconditionally and irrevocably release Josh Withers from and indemnify Josh Withers against any and all losses, damages, claims, demands, costs or expenses that the Couple has suffered, sustained or incurred or may suffer, sustain or incur by reason of or as a consequence of the provision of the Services or Photography Services or any other term of this Contract.

If Josh Withers experiences any unforseen obstacles on his way to the Ceremony including by way of example only (and not limited to) traffic jam, mechanical problems, car accident, cancelled flight etc then Josh Withers will make all reasonable efforts and incur the reasonable costs for alternative travel arrangements in order to attend the Ceremony.

In these circumstances, if Josh Withers is unable to attend the Ceremony, then Josh Withers will:

Notify the Couple as soon as reasonably practicable;

Not be liable for any loss or damage, including any consequential loss of damage; and

Refund the Price, less the Deposit, to the Couple.

WARRANTY

If the Couple are Consumers then the Services come with guarantees that cannot be excluded under the Australian Consumer Law. The guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law are given by Josh Withers.

No other guarantees or warranties apply to the Services unless a further and additional warranty is provided, in writing, to the Couple by Josh Withers.

GOVERNING LAW

This Contract shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with Queensland Law and the parties submit themselves irrevocably to the Courts of competent jurisdiction of the State of Queensland.

Next Steps

Get in contact with the Married By Josh team to arrange a time to meet or Skype with Josh or Brendan, or if you’re ready to make a booking, ask the team for a confirmation code and head to the booking form and your date will be secured on completion of the booking form and once your retainer payment has been received.