I create awesome marriage ceremonies
My name is Josh and I lead a team that creates the world’s best marriage ceremonies. Not those weird awkward ones everyone hates, but really fun, meaningful and awesome ones. Pretty much: we create marriage ceremonies that matter.
My ceremonies have been described as short, fun, meaningful, “awesome”, “the best”, with hints of coffee and citrus, a pleasing aroma, and a warm, tasty, chocolate aftertaste. Seriously though, couples, parents, grandparents, guests and vendors all give me 5 out of 5 stars when it comes to the most important part of a wedding or elopement: the ceremony.
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 at this thing we do – creating marriage ceremonies.
We are champions of simple, valuable and civil 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.
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 I love Kevin Smith movies. Even the bad ones.
I became a marriage celebrant over eight years ago after seeing a family member’s 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?
- legals • all legal paperwork and registration
- ceremony • an awesome, mindblowing, enjoyable and fun wedding ceremony that is the highlight of your wedding
- meetings • all planning meetings, as many as we need, hopefully in person or online
- sound • a Sennheiser LSP-500 loud and amazing PA speaker system with wireless microphone and bluetooth audio, perfect for plugging a band or an iPod or phone into, a completely wireless, battery-powered awesome sound solution
- video • a free internet live stream or 4K recording of the ceremony
- recording • a high quality audio recording of your ceremony that videographers love
- showered • looking hot and smelling great
- encouragement • a high five and selfie after the ceremony
- backup • backed by the best celebrant service in the country, the Celebrant.Directory, so in the event of disaster or emergency we have other celebrants ready to help
- simplicity in fees • no extra fees or travel fees or anything else to worry about – all travel expenses covered in the quoted fee when we email
Ceremony • ceremony fee is $1500 including GST (+ travel outside of Noosa to Byron Bay)
Ceremony + MC Reception • all the “speaking into a microphone” bits from start to finish $2,500
Ceremony + DJ & MC Reception • the whole deal, ceremony and MC plus the sweetest tunes from start to finish $4,000
Things you should know
We’re 100% unable to provide any advice or guidance on immigration or visas
Our team is wholeheartedly for marriage equality and we fight for it weekly and if at the time of your marriage it isn’t recognised by the government, when it is recognised, we’ll legally solemnise it for you at that time for free because we’re not douchebags
How many meetings?
As many as we need, seriously, it could take one meeting or a hundred, I’m just interested in getting to know you and making a really good wedding ceremony
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!
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.
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:
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.