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 [email protected], or even record yourself asking us your question and send us the audio file!


00:00 Josh’s travel story: Plan to be early!


0400 All BDM’s (not NSW) … finally onboard online with Marriage Equality

0455 QLD online system kicking it!

0615 NSW Online System: Buzzfeed article outs NSW Govt for not being ready for Marriage Equality Same sex couples are filling forms out by hand

10:20 Lifehack: How to get around NSW system upload issues

12:20 NSW BDM wastes $$$


14:10 CRM (Client Relationship Management) systems: (Links: Zapier, Calendly, Todoist, Helpscout, 17hats, Dubsudo, Studio Ninja, Tave)

14:55 Josh’s touches on Studio Ninja

15:35 Who CRM’s are designed for

16:45 Do you really need a CRM? What is the alternative?


19:40 Are they legal or not? The in’s and out’s

21:30 Josh clarifies: What we as Civil Celebrants can/ can’t do 

24:20 How Josh does his Bali Destination Weddings

25:00 Don’t Overthink it – Australian laws irrelevant in Bali

26:25 Which date is the anniversary? Legal ceremony vs destination ceremony?


27:35 Jacqueline asks about scripting: Formula for the Couples Story

28:40 Sarah’s formula: What she loves, how she gathers info and delivery tips.

34:25 Josh’s Formula: Why he doesn’t tell the couples story.

40:05 Its the Mabo of the thing

42:00 Keeping the vibe 

43:15 Personalization: Sarah’s favorite bits


44:35 Andrea asks for tips in Public Speaking in Celebranting

45:20 Side bar: Words are less important than the Vibe

46:50 Tip 1: Rehearse Public speaking vs performance

47:40 Tip 2: Speaking ‘with’ not ‘at’ the crowd

49:45 Tip 3: Observe your peers vibe

53:00 Tip 4: Working it tough

55:50 Tip 5: Sometimes it is what it is

58:10 Tip 6: Giving permission

59:00 Tip 7: Popping Awesome: be authentic

60:04 Three Pre-Ceremony Things Josh does

1 Crowd participation

2 Relatable & safe

3 Be genuine

63:00 Creating the expectation of less than perfect (aka keeping it real!)

65:50 Its ok to be obvious!


65:40 Legal question: NOIM Biological Parents vs non-biological (step parents) and legal names. (Giving defective notice Section 104)

70:05 Documents required to confirm legal name change

73:00 Who can witness signatures on a NOIM?

74:40 Medical Practitioner (can witness NOIM) VS Allied Health Practitioner (can’t witness NOIM)

78:40 JP’s & the Police


79:45 Share the Celebrant.fm love! Like love or if you need any celebrant legal advice email or send a voice message to [email protected] 

81:00 Outro music