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The Celebrant Institute 2019 Conference

A 10 out of 10 learning opportunity for wedding celebrants

Sarah and I have got some big news for the Celebrant Institute in 2019! We’ve told so many people in person, over email and the phone, that we thought we best tell all of you as well: in August this year we’re partnering with Beat Mix, the premier DJ conference in Australia run by the DJ Association of Australia (the DJAA), to bring you the Celebrant Institute Conference on the Gold Coast, August 6-7 with optional OPD on August 5 and optional personality types workshop on August 8.

It’s two to four days of you being sharpened, encouraged, inspired, and driven to be the best celebrant you can be. If you don’t leave this week on the Gold Coast with bigger goals, improved sales processes, better business structures, a refined ceremony presentation, and a jump in your step, then you were in the wrong part of Twin Towns.

My promise to you is that this conference will easily pay for itself in the six months after you attend, if it doesn’t you’ll get a ticket to next year’s conference for free.

Monday August 5 // Optional OPD

9am-3pm with lunch included.

Complete your ongoing professional development with Australia’s best OPD trainer, Sarah Aird and QualTrain, in a special OPD session before the conference starts. See below for booking details.

Tuesday August 6 // Together

9am-5pm with lunch included

Day one is together with the DJs attending Beat Mix with topics that appeal to DJs and celebrants, talking sales and marketing, social media creation, and business operations.

Tuesday August 6 Evening // After party

On the Gold Coast we have the best parties, and this one is hosted by the best DJs from around Australia and New Zealand. Bring your 18+ card, and your dancing shoes.

Wednesday August 7 // Celebrants breakout day

9am-5pm with lunch included

Wednesday August 7: Day two is 100% celebrants only, with speakers from across the globe talking about the modern celebrancy movement, inspiring you to grow your craft, a marriage law update and live Q&A with Sarah Aird, a social media content creation session hosted by a Southern Cross Austero content creator who creates posts, videos, and podcasts heard by thousands of Australians ever day. Josh/I will be presenting a demonstration on how to ditch the red book and go paperless in the office and the ceremony in 2019. Finally, we’ll be hearing from an expert story creator to equip us with better storytelling skills for our marriage ceremonies.

Thursday August 8 // Colour Me Smart // Optional Workshop

Why should a business owner learn about personality types? Because people do business with people…and people have personalities. Being great at your craft just isn’t enough. To succeed in business, one must also understand people. Join many of your peers from the event world in spending a full day learning with Certified Personality Trainer, Vickie Musni. This brand new workshop is based on the concepts of her newest book, Colour Me Smart.

The following statement sounds a bit pretentious when everyone else says it, but it’s true, there are limited spaces and Celebrant Institute members have priority access before we open it up to everyone else soon.


Tickets are $500 for the two main dates. Click here to purchase. Tickets purchased before the end of March 2019 receive a $30 early bird discount.

OPD to be booked separately through QualTrain and use the code JWopd19 to get $40 off.

Colour Me Smart Workshop tickets available directly from Vicki.


Mantra Twin Towns

Located on the southern end of the Gold Coast on the corner of Griffith St & Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, the Mantra Twin Towns adjoins Twin Towns Services Club via an enclosed overhead walkway. Options include stylishly-appointed hotel rooms or spacious self-contained one or two bedroom apartments, all with balconies overlooking the beach, river, harbour or Tweed/Coolangatta CBD.

The following special rates are available for 2019 Conference attendees;

Hotel Rooms

Hotel Room (1 Queen Bed) for $169.00 per night

Hotel Deluxe Twin Room (2 Queen Beds) for $189.00 per night

Hotel King Room (Up to 2 persons) $159.00 per night

Hotel Rooms contain a kitchenette, ensuite and includes complimentary buffet breakfast!


1 Bedroom (Up to 2 persons) $169.00 per night

2 Bedroom (Up to 4 persons) $249.00 per night

All apartments are fully self-contained. Breakfast is not included.

For more detailed information and to book your accommodation, download and complete the Accommodation Booking Form and forward to Mantra Twin Towns by one of the methods detailed on the form.

Alternate Accommodation

Mantra Twin Towns is the most convenient option to the Conference Venue, however there is a variety of accommodation options available in the nearby surrounds, so feel free to explore these other options.

Note on conference financials: The Celebrant Institute, Josh Withers, Sarah Aird, will not profit at all from this conference. The two of us have actually purchased tickets ourselves, and our speakers are not being paid, you may have an opportunity to purchase products from them if you resonate with their message. The conference registration transaction occurs with the not-for-profit DJ association, the DJAA, the hosts of the conference, and they bear the financial responsibility for the costs of running the conference. Being our first conference we opted to partner with the DJAA who have been successfully running conferences for many years.