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How To Plan a Beach Wedding in Cairns, Port Douglas or Palm Cove.

Whether 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 wedding venue in Port Douglas will definitely fulfil 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!!

Beach Wedding Cairns | Tulieve Photography

The Location.

Not all Cairns' beaches are the same. Is it sand or pebbles? And is it coarse or fine? What colour 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 before your BIG day to have an idea of how it will be at that time of the year. This brings me to...

Trinity Beach Wedding | Tulieve Photography

The Weather.

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 and less chance of rain and allow you to escape the cold if you are coming from further down south ;) Make sure your chosen wedding venue 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.

The Accessibility.

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.

Palm Cove Beach Wedding | Tulieve Photography

The Sound.

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 stream your entire wedding ceremony for all your loved ones that couldn't make it to the wedding (thanks to 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 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, you can check out some of the most popular Cairns Wedding Venues here.


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