Milestone Moments - Deirdre Fennessy

(24 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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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.

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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.

9 Nov 2018

Deirdre was extremely caring and supportive. She was also very professional. Apart from a few obligatory tears (for which she was prepared for with tissues) it all went smoothly. We and the guests thought it was a lovely ceremony.

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I'm always touched when couples shed a few tears. It does show how deeply the couple are connected with the meaning of what they are sharing together in their ceremony. Yours was a delight to have been a part of and a pleasure to have produced a tissue or two. You both were so connecting with the words you were saying to each other and it was lovely to watch. So pleased your guest enjoyed your ceremony.

2 Sep 2018

Deirdre was exactly what we wanted in a wedding celebrant. From the moment I first called her, she was so lovely and nice. She went above and beyond to help us plan our interstate wedding in just 5 weeks. We had the perfect wedding day and the ceremony was beautiful.

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It was a delight working with you both to make your wedding ceremony special, even though you were in Queensland and I in Melbourne. I sensed having special family members at your wedding ceremony meant a lot to you both and family and it was great that they were able to attend and share in your milestone moment. Your family was so lovely and made my job so enjoyable, making me feel like I was part of the family enjoying your celebrations after the ceremony. I wish you every happiness for your future together.

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,

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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.

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.

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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.

28 Dec 2018

It was great, she was just really gentle and kept us calm the whole way. She took us through the process in a stress-free way and it made everything go seamlessly.

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I'm so pleased we were able to make your special day happen the way you wanted. Your two gorgeous boys as ring bearers may not have carried the rings as you had wanted but they were a great hit and added a lovely addition to your ceremony. I wish you all a blessed future together.

18 Nov 2018

They were very good! She was very lovely to deal with and she updated us constantly and had a lot of ideas of what to do for our ceremony. She had a book complied of different poems and things we could use as well as personalising our ceremony to us. She was great to work with.

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Working with you both was such a pleasure to bring together your unique ceremony at such a lovely location. We had some laughs with your story as well as some emotional parts which made for a very heart warming ceremony that was a delight for me to be a part of. I wish you a blessed future together.

18 Aug 2018

Deirdre was easy going, really helpful and fun. If you want to write your own vows you can and we went with a section of vows she had. Deirdre helped out with our surprise wedding! I couldn't' speak highly enough of Deirdre!

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It was so much fun being involved in your surprise wedding. Your guests, thinking they were coming to your engagement party, were very surprised when they arrived at the chapel to commence the ceremony. I wish you every happiness for your married life together.

1 Apr 2018

Deirdre was very accommodating right from the get go. She made everything easy and stress free for us! She helped us create a ceremony that was just 'us'!

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It was a fabulous ceremony in the little old church at Nar Nar Goon. It was a real privilege working with you guys to create your ceremony the way you wanted. I wish you every happiness for the future.

10 Mar 2018

Deirdre was incredibly authentic. She was very professional and really seemed to understand what we wanted and was able to work with that. There was an immediate rapport with her. On the day, Deirdre was gracious with the ceremony running a bit late and although I was stressed she was waiting, she was not bothered at all. The surprise ceremony went really well. Everything was perfect!

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I'm so pleased that your surprise wedding at the 40th birthday party went so well. The game played to reveal the surprise was exciting to watch. You created a great family atmosphere with the children involvement. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your celebration.

28 Feb 2018

Deirdre was very friendly and very flexible. The ceremony was great with her help.

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It was a pleasure to make your ceremony happen the way that you wanted it to. Listening to couples desires are very important to me and being able to make it happen is a privilege that I value greatly, as it is your memorable moment that you want to be memorable for the rest of your lives.

24 Feb 2018

Deirdre was really patient with the little kids running around and was very patient with our surprise baby shower ceremony. She helped us with the planning. It went really well. Didn't have anything to. She was also lovely to talk to

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I love surprise weddings and yours Nicole and Cameron at your baby shower was fabulous! Only a very few people knew what was about to happen even when a stranger arrives with a speaker and other gear. It is always fun to experience the reactions of the guests. The reaction of your guests Nicole and Cameron was priceless. Thoroughly enjoyed bringing together your wedding experience. I wish you all the best for the up coming birth of your baby boy.

11 Feb 2018

As my wife and I had never been married before, we were not at all experienced in what to do! Deidre gave us great advice. All of the things she told us were used on the day and left us feeling calm and prepared. The guests loved our ceremony!

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Always a pleasure to have a couple who are very excited about their wedding and wanting it to be enjoyable for everyone involved. The location at Avalon Castle chapel gave a great setting for your lovely ceremony.

9 Feb 2018

Deidre was very lovely and accommodating. She answered all our questions, and concerns and was very open with us. I had no idea what I was doing and Deidre helped out a lot

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It was a pleasure to work with you Kyla and Ashley to give you a memorable day. The weather was a concern on the day but the rain held off and your ceremony was able to happen as you desired outside.

28 Jan 2018

We really appreciated Diedre's help. We loved her service.

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It was a pleasure to work with you and Doris to give you both a special ceremony under the trees at The Willows on St Kilda Rd. Your families were very friendly to me and wanted photos. A very happy time for everyone.

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