In this episode of The Celebrant Talk Show, hosts Josh Withers and Sarah Aird discuss the current state of the wedding industry and the impact of COVID-19, inflation, and the “engagement gap” on wedding businesses. They also provide an update on the Attorney-General’s Portfolio Miscellaneous Measures Bill 2023, which includes amendments that would allow for remote witnessing of notices of intended marriage. However, the bill has been delayed in the Senate due to controversy over unrelated amendments to the Native Title Act.

Josh and Sarah share their personal experiences with the downturn in the wedding industry, with Josh noting a significant decrease in inquiries and bookings and Sarah discussing her efforts to improve her website’s SEO through blogging. They encourage fellow celebrants to create content that reflects their unique processes and personalities, highlighting the importance of being true to oneself and avoiding negative marketing.

In this episode we chat about the Attorney-General’s Portfolio Miscellaneous Measures Bill and how long it’s taking to get through Parliament. You can read Sarah’s articles about it here, here, and here.

We also chat about the state of the wedding industry worldwide and what we’re doing about it for our own businesses. You might want to read Josh’s article about the engagement gap.

Let us know how you’re keeping afloat in these difficult times.