Weddings

To host a wedding ceremony in a public open space managed by Mornington Peninsula Shire, you are required to apply for a wedding permit.

Additional conditions will apply in relation to COVID-19, as per restrictions outlined by DHHS. The Shire asks that permit holders familiarise yourself with the restrictions in place, ensuring plans remain in compliance at the time of the wedding. Please Note: Weddings on Shire land cannot proceed, at any time, with party numbers greater than the current DHHS public gatherings maximum, ie. 50 people. Couples are encouraged to pursue private outdoor locations should their needs require otherwise.

What locations are available for my wedding?

There are many beautiful locations throughout the Mornington Peninsula that may be suitable for your wedding. Some of these locations are not governed by the Shire though, instead by different entities, including Parks Victoria and Committees of Management.

  • For ceremonies on a back beach please contact Parks Victoria for your wedding permit on events@parks.vic.gov.au. Shire approval does not apply.
  • For ceremonies planned on Western Port Bay, approval must be sought from the relevant Committee of Management.
  • For all other locations please refer to the Committees of Management Map. This document will show you if the Mornington Peninsula Shire is responsible for your requested wedding location.  

 

Wedding Application Form

An application fee is payable upon submission of this online form. Please have your credit card ready before proceeding.

Apply and pay online

 

 

 

Application Fees

Low Season: 1 May - 30 September. A $250.00 fee payable upon submission of your application.

High Season: 1 October - 30 April. A $375.00 fee payable upon submission of your application.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Marquees

Temporary structures cannot be erected in public open space. Market umbrellas are allowed, these are to be weighted as pegging is strictly prohibited.

Food and Alcohol

Food and drinks can only be served to those patrons attending your wedding. 

Depending on your food service plans the food and/ or drink vendors you engage may be required to register on Streatrader, the online temporary food permit system. In some circumstances a Statement of Trade will need to be lodged, at least five days before the event. It is the Permit Holders responsibility to ensure this has been actioned by the vendor, if necessary. Visit Streatrader and Temporary Food Permits for further information.

If your wedding is conducted in an alcohol exclusion zone as per the Local Law Consumption of Liquor’, it is strictly prohibited to serve alcohol at your wedding.

Decorations

Materials such as confetti, rose petals or rice are not permitted as they can have an adverse effect to surrounding buildings, plants and trees.

Bali flags/arches/chairs

Two Bali flags can be used. These should be secured with weights as it is strictly prohibited to peg into any ground.
Naked flame torches are strictly prohibited 365 days of the year.
A limit of twenty chairs and one arch is permitted, arch to be secured with weights as pegging is strictly prohibited.

Car parking

Car parks cannot be reserved for any activity, local parking rules will apply and infringements may be issued.

Vehicles

Any vehicles, including bridal vehicles cannot enter any open space, beach or park.

Exclusive space

The Crown Land (Reserves) Act does not allow for exclusive use of the space or for an area to be physically cordoned off from the public.

Photography

Permission is not required from Shire, however, if you wish to ensure a particular location is available at the date and time you require, Shire recommends submitting the attached application form to ensure that no other weddings are booked into the space.

 

Enquiries

Event Permits Team
Phone: 1300 850 600 
Email: event.permits@mornpen.vic.gov.au