Josh Withers marriage celebrant

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What was your inspiration for the business?

My inspiration for starting our business is so simple: we believe that amazing marriages make for amazing communities, and you should start the way you want to finish, so when it comes to starting your marriage, it should be done with purpose, heart, truth, and authenticity. So that’s what we do, we create marriages in a meaningful, fun, and memorable way.

How did you go about starting up?

Like most businesses you start small and on the side, but one day my manager asked me to choose between being on the radio or being in marriage ceremonies, and it wasn’t a hard decision to make. We’d been working on our website for a while, and building a social media presence, and all we had to do was meet more people that wanted to start their marriage amazingly.

What are you offering that is different from the rest?

I’m really, really good at what I do. It sounds scandalous to say so, but I put every drop of energy I can muster up into creating marriage ceremonies that mean something. Wedding ceremonies that shine the spotlight on the couple being married, not the traditions everyone else parades around. I think that a marriage ceremony doesn’t need fluff and extra padding to make it look valuable and important, I think it already is valuable and important and all I need to do is focus the attention on that and the rest takes care of itself. I also have two cats that hate me, most celebrants don’t have two cats that hate them.

What gets you out of bed every day?

I get to spend another day adventuring with my wife, Britt. Business and work is a lot of fun, and I get so much out of being a marriage celebrant for other people, but my marriage comes first and I want our marriage to enrich mine and Britt’s lives. I figure if I can’t have a great marriage, how can I talk about marriage authentically to other people.

What do you love about your job?

I get to travel the globe speaking life into marriages. It’s pretty cool – I get on a plane and travel somewhere crazy then be the person who opens his lips and a little bit of air escapes and that air forms words and those words speak a marriage into life. Like, a marriage didn’t exist before I started speaking and now it does exist. How crazy!?

What does marriage mean to you?

I like the word Australian marriage legislation uses to describe and define marriage: union. It’s just two people, together, forever, full-stop. No ifs, buts, maybes. Nothing weird, or complicated. It doesn’t even have anything to do with sex, or kids, or homes, or land, or families. It’s just flat-out, us. All that other stuff can be a part of it, but at the beginning it’s two people in a union for life.

Tell us about your favourite experience as a business owner?

Being invited to do the thing I do, marry people, in far away lands. That still blows my mind. As I write this I’m looking at my passport that I didn’t even have before I was married myself, and now it’s full of stamps from the USA, New Zealand, Indonesia, Germany, Iceland and so many other locations. I’m so lucky!

What is one word of advice you would give to someone just starting out in the industry?

Do something that matters. If what you do doesn’t matter, and you’ll know because if you stop doing it no-one notices, then change your business so the thing you create has purpose and it matters. Don’t start a business because you saw someone else doing it and thought that’d be a cool trend to jump onto. Instead create a business that’s sustainable, and a business that matters. It’s the only commercial pursuit I would recommend.

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