CAIRNS & PORT DOUGLAS WEDDING VENUES
You are now officially ENGAGED and in the search of the dream wedding venue to say I DO!! If you are here it is surely because you are thinking of having your wedding in Far North Queensland, between all of the amazing wedding venues Cairns, Port Douglas, Atherton Tablelands, Mission Beach, or Palm Cove have to offer the choice is yours and it can be overwhelming.
Finding the perfect wedding venue that will host your biggest party ever can be seriously tricky.
Trust me, my wife and I been there and to add to it we decided to have a destination wedding in Malaysia!! You might want to start HERE, I break down in this blog everything you need to know to choose YOUR perfect wedding venue.
Cairns wedding venues are so unique it is hard to pick just one. Whether you opt for a Beach Wedding Ceremony, a Magical Rainforest Elopement, or a tropical Island Wedding you will be sure to find your dream wedding venue in Cairns & Port Douglas surrounding.
Find below some of our favorites.
Rainforest Grotto Port Douglas
Set in tropical Far North Queensland, the Rainforest Grotto Port Douglas is a venue second to none. An expansive lush clearing surrounded by beautiful mature trees and accessible via a hidden bridge & path creates an unforgettable experience for any event, big or small.
With no curfews or restrictions, immerse yourself in the possibilities of the Rainforest Grotto Port Douglas. From the wildest ideas to the simplest of settings, our team can accommodate everything from furniture hire, lighting, catering, florals, and transport.
Mt Quincan Atherton Tablelands
Luxury accommodation for couples with spectacular views of the Atherton Tablelands in tropical north Queensland.
Escape to Seclusion and Tranquillity
Romantic rainforest wedding on the slopes of an extinct volcano. Magnificent views of the crater and the Atherton Tablelands. Just 60 minutes from Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef
Misty Mountains Rainforest Retreat
Surrounded by World Heritage-listed rainforest and with nothing spared on luxury, Misty Mountains Rainforest Retreat is one of the most magical rainforest wedding venues in Queensland. The perfect wedding venue and honeymoon destination. Celebrate in the magical beauty of the tropical rainforest in Cairns.
Located in the beautiful Little Mulgrave Valley near Cairns, Laloli is a garden of love and laughter, an exclusive and private, traditional family garden that is simply perfect for romantic garden wedding venues or other events.
Surrounded by rivers and mountain ranges, it is a garden of intimate enchantment and romance, a uniquely special wedding venue in Cairns to host your BIG day.
Fitzroy Island Resort features several stunning ceremony areas including Welcome Bay Beach, our lush tropical resort garden, or for something a little more intimate – one of Queensland’s most photographed beaches, Nudey Beach.
This idyllic tropical island is within easy reach of Cairns in North Queensland. Whether you are local to Cairns or are looking for that perfect remote wedding destination, that is easily accessible for friends and family
Cairns Colonial Club
Tucked away in a pocket of ancient rainforest, Cairns Colonial Club's iconic Heritage-style offers a serene and tranquil setting for your wedding venue.
Conveniently located in City it offers lush tropical gardens and the traditional Queenslander style setting makes for the perfect location to host your wedding.
How To Plan a Beach Wedding in Port Douglas, Palm Cove, or Cairns.
Either you have your beach wedding ceremony in an exotic destination like Bali in Indonesia, Langkawi in Malaysia, or right here in Tropical Far North Queensland, it’s like a mini-vacation for everyone invited to celebrate your union!! So whether you’re dreaming of an elopement on the Great Barrier Reef Sandy Cay Cairns, a grand event with all your family and friends in one of our tropical beach resorts, choosing the beach as your Port Douglas wedding venue will definitely fulfill your fondest wishes. For most couples, a Palm Cove Beach wedding means a destination wedding, but for the lucky few who live near a beach, you’ll have a slightly different approach as you may have a larger guest count. Find below a few tips to help you start your planning journey!!
Not all of Cairns beaches are the same. Is it sand or pebbles? And is it coarse or fine? What color is the water? How vast is the stretch of beach? How busy is the beach? How windy is the beach? Is there natural shade for your guests? As a professional wedding photographer and videographer, I had the opportunity to capture many of Cairns beach weddings so do not hesitate to ask me if you have any questions or need a recommendation. Ideally, if you have the opportunity, visit the beach that you have in mind a year prior to your BIG day to have an idea of how it will be at that time of the year.
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You can have every detail perfectly mapped out, but the weather could have other plans, especially here in the tropics. We experience warm weather throughout the year, for me personally, it seems 10 months out of 12. For some, however, only a couple of months of the year bring extreme heat and either a rainy season or cyclone season. You'll have guessed by now that choosing a winter month would provide you with a more comfortable ceremony. less chance of rain and allow you to escape the cold if you are coming from further down south ;)
Make sure your chosen location has a wet weather plan so if bad weather does hit you a Plan B is always a good idea in case something goes wrong.
Choosing the best beach for your wedding ceremony involves a few things. Firstly, make sure the beach is accessible for everyone invited. Many people overlook the accessibility factor once they’ve found and fallen in love with the perfect beach wedding location. Don’t forget to think about your guests’ convenience, and how easy or difficult it is going to be to make it to the location. If some of your guests have mobility issues, you’ll want to consider accessibility access for them. This can also affect the ease of setting up and transporting chairs, tables, etc... That's where holding your wedding at a resort can be a great option.
There’s nothing more relaxing than listening to the waves crashing against the shore while sitting on the beach. When you’re trying to exchange vows, this is a completely different story, especially if you want to film or live strw\eam your entire wedding ceremony for all your loved ones that couldn't make it to the wedding (thanks COVID-19). To work around this, make sure your celebrant or the venue has a professional sound system and look into ways to get it powered up out on the beach if you are going for a remote beach ceremony location. Many beaches are public, so families and groups may be enjoying a picnic, strolling the shoreline, or going for a swim. Planning to have a mic and speaker for your ceremony ensures your guests can hear the beautiful words the two you will exchange.
I hope those few tips help to plan your wedding in Cairns, Port Douglas, or Palm Cove. If you have any questions, just hit that contact button and I will be happy to chat with you! I am looking forward to hearing from you and hopefully helping you plan for the big day.
All you have to do now is start planning your Cairns beach wedding.
Not sure how much coverage you need or what time should your ceremony and reception be?
Just a few recommendations to help you choose your coverage length and things to consider when talking to your Cairns and Port Douglas Wedding venues about the timeline.
After years of shooting weddings in Cairns and Port Douglas, I always find a good time to have your wedding ceremony is between 3 and 4 pm (May to Oct) and your wedding reception around 6:30 -7 pm.
1) Getting Ready: If you would like to capture all the key moments of your bridal and groom prep I would recommend starting your photography/videography coverage at least 2 to 3 hours before the ceremony. Plus additional time to factor in is the travel time between bride and groom locations but also the ceremony's location from the last getting ready place.
2) Ceremony: I will need at least 30 mins before the ceremony actually starts to take location shots, ceremony details, the excited guests, and the groom waiting for you. If you also have video coverage of the ceremony allow an extra 15-30 mins before the ceremony starts to set up audio and cameras.
3) After the ceremony: CONGRATULATIONS, the big group shot and smaller formal group photos will take approx 30 mins (depending on the size and the number of groups). Consider the travel time and transport logistics if you are having your Wedding Ceremony and Reception at two different locations.
4) Bride and Groom portraiture: I recommend at least 1 hour during the golden hour which is an hour or so just before the sunset, an hour and a half if you have videography in your collection. Ask your wedding photographer or videographer about awesome locations near your Wedding reception Venue, it will help you make the transition between locations.
5) Reception: I will need to be at the location 15 mins before the arrival of the bridal party. And the same as with the ceremony if you also have video coverage I will need an extra 15 mins before the reception starts to set up audio, lights, and cameras.