Milestone Moments - Deirdre Fennessy

(3 reviews)
Service Area
Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne and Surroundings
Business Hours
7 Days
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Have you considered a beach wedding? Balnarring Beach on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula boasts many superb locations that will produce a memorable backdrop for your ceremony.

Exciting times are ahead for you as a couple with your engagement.  Congratulations.  So, I would like to keep you excited and hassle-free with planning your wedding.  As a celebrant, I adore working with couples in love, so let’s together make your milestone moment memorable.

If your desire is a small and intimate, large and unique, or somewhere in between, at a winery, residence, public space or reception centre, I will spend the time to get to know you and your wishes and provide you with the tools and resources that will make the planning process as hassle-free as possible and be an exciting experience for you and your guests. 

Have you considered a beach wedding?  Balnarring Beach on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula boasts many superb locations that will produce a memorable backdrop for your ceremony. To make your planning straightforward and hassle-free, I am combining with the especial Tulum Store and a professional photographer to give you a package to make your intimate celebration simple to organise.

How does this sound:- 

Celebrant - $650 (All legals and officiating at the ceremony)

Photographer - $500 (2 hours & 100 High Res Photos via on-line album)

Tulum Store Options- Light Refreshment Package $30 p/p, or

Lunch Package $48 p/p  (both minimum 9 – maximum 20)

Foreshore Permit - $50 (I can organise this for you).

You could combine my services with the photographer and elope at the beach.  (I would provide the extra witness plus the photographer). Whichever way you wish to celebrate your milestone moment, I provide a gentle reassurance to settle any nerves, big smiles, free hugs (may have to socially distance that one for a while), a tissue ready if needed and my genuine desire to see you have the most memorable ceremony.


So, to enable your planning to be uncomplicated, get in touch with me today, so I can answer your questions and start creating your dream ceremony.

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Milestone Moments - Deirdre Fennessy

The minimum notification is one calendar month prior to the ceremony. This is what is legally called lodging a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM). A NOIM cannot be lodged sooner than 18 months. Generally, both parties sign the NOIM together with the celebrant witnessing each party’s signature. If for some reason one party is not able to sign at least one month prior to the proposed date of the ceremony, one of the parties can sign with the other party signing in the presence of the authorised celebrant, before the marriage is solemnised.

Even though the NOIM only needs to be lodged one calendar month prior to the date of the ceremony, ultimately, making contact with the celebrant as early as possible gives everyone plenty of time to ensure lodgement is on time.


Milestone Moments - Deirdre Fennessy

Only if exceptional and limited circumstances exist, a PRESCRIBED AUTHORITY may approve an APPLICATION FOR SHORTENING OF TIME. These are limited to:

* Employment related or other travel commitments

* Wedding or celebration arrangements, or religious considerations

* Medical reasons

* Legal proceedings, or

* An error in giving notice.

If this is the case, you will need to make an appointment with the Prescribed Authority and take the completed NOIM and any other documentary evidence to prove your request such as, medical certificates, travel documents or letters of employment.


Milestone Moments - Deirdre Fennessy

To fill in a NOIM, a celebrant needs to have evidence of each party’s date and place of birth. This can be an original Birth Certificate or Passport (Australian or overseas). The celebrant also needs photo identification as evidence to verify your identity.  This can be a driver’s license, proof of age/photo card or Passport.  If either party has been previously married, the celebrant will need to sight the actual Certificate of Divorce, Divorce Order or Decree Absolute or the original Death Certificate of the former spouse.

If an original Birth Certificate or Original Death Certificate needs to be obtained, these can be acquired by contacting the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state or Territory of the birth or death. In Victoria you can apply online at If a party does not have their actual Certificate of Divorce, Divorce Order or Decree Absolute, they should request another copy from the court of issue.


Milestone Moments - Deirdre Fennessy

The marriageable age in Australia is 18 years for both male and female. A person under the age of 16 years is not able to marry under any circumstances and neither are two people under the age of 18 years. A marriage may take place if one of the parties is of marriageable age and the other between 16 and 18 years if:

* A judge or magistrate has made an order authorising the person to marry a particular person of marriageable age, and

* The required consents (usually parental) have been given to the marriage.


Milestone Moments - Deirdre Fennessy

Two people are required who are over the age of 18 years to witness the marriage ceremony and the signing of the Marriage Register and the Marriage Certificates. Witnesses can be family members, friends or anybody who is over 18 and understands English, otherwise an interpreter can be utilised.


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28 Dec 2019

Deidre was so professional and did a great job on our wedding day. The best thing about her was flexibility. And the reasonable price. Would recommend her to anyone,

Milestone Moments - Deirdre Fennessy  

We had great fun together preparing your special wedding celebration. And it all came together on the day with the weather being very kind to enable an outside celebration. I loved being part of your special day with your families and friends.

16 Mar 2019

Deirdre was fantastic to deal with from the very first inquiry right through to our special Day. Deirdre also gave us the great idea of doing a sand pouring ceremony, which we did and included our two children. The guests absolutely loved it. Thank you Deirdre we will remember this amazing day forever.

Milestone Moments - Deirdre Fennessy  

It was a pleasure to work with your family to create a ceremony to include your two children and giving you a lasting memory of your special ceremony with the sanding pouring. So pleased your guests loved it.

23 Feb 2019

Deirdre is a wonderful person to get along with. She is very professional and provides a lot of helpful advise during the process. Everything ran smoothly on the day. Glad to have her as the celebrant.

Milestone Moments - Deirdre Fennessy  

So pleased that our planning for your ceremony all came together on your special day. It was a pleasure to have worked with you both and your families to make your milestone moment memorable.

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