The cy­ber wed­ding plan­ner

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

YOUR per­fect wed­ding day is one click away.

Lo­cal wed­ding spe­cial­ists, from cel­e­brants and florists to re­sorts have joined forces and cre­ated a web­site for wed­dings.

Civil cel­e­brant Natasha Kol­losche is a mem­ber of­dingsport­dou­ and said form­ing the web­site has helped spread the word about wed­dings in the Dou­glas re­gion.

“The web­site gives them re­gional in­for­ma­tion and ac­cess to each of our mem­bers own web­sites,” Ms Kol­losche said.

“For us, it is about net­work­ing within the in­dus­try and be­ing able to pub­lish our ser­vices, like in a wed­ding mag­a­zine, col­lec­tively as a group.”

The on­line cam­paign has a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional fo­cus, en­cour­ag­ing en­gaged cou­ples to tie the knot in our re­gion.

“I of­ten say we keep the econ­omy run­ning, de­spite the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis, wed­ding numbers have held steady,” she said.

“Lo­cal wed­dings make up around 10 per cent of our wed­dings, which in­cludes the whole Cairns re­gion and so we fo­cus on cap­i­tal cities.

“With the web­site, it means it’s not that hard to or­gan­ise your wed­ding from some­where else.”

Perth cou­ple Greg and Danielle Allen de­cided to tie the knot in Port Dou­glas and or­gan­ised ev­ery­thing on­line.

The cou­ple hopped off a cruise ship and was mar­ried at the Sher­a­ton’s Crys­tal Wed­ding Chapel on Au­gust 10 with 50 close friends and fam­ily.

“I had to or­gan­ise ev­ery­thing over the in­ter­net be­fore I went on a cruise ship, I had to leave it and I couldn’t freak out be­cause it was out of my hands,” Mrs Allen said.

“I didn’t know what the chapel and re­cep­tion looked like un­til I went there and got mar­ried.

“It was ter­rific, ex­actly what we wanted, we wanted some­thing a bit more re­laxed and per­sonal and Natasha per­son­alised the whole cer­e­mony.”

On­line and on song: Danielle and Greg Allen’s with Cel­e­brant Natasha Kol­losche

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