IT’S been another big year for the weddings industry in Port Douglas.
From venues and caterers for receptions, to photographers and stylists, the nuptials just keep coming.
Celebrant Natasha Kollosche, co-founder of the Port Douglas Wedding Professionals, said 2013 has been a great year.
‘‘I have seen the number of weddings booked in Port Douglas and the surrounding region steadily increasing over the past seven years with 2013 no exception,’’ she said. ‘‘Based on my forward bookings, I believe 2014 will be another busy year.
‘‘Friday and Saturday are without doubt the busiest days but it is important to get the message to couples that they can marry any day of the week here as all their guests are on holiday too – there is usually more variety with locations and suppliers for couples who choose mid-week weddings, particularly those booking closer to their wedding date. It is also important that we keep marketing the region as one of Australia’s premier destination wedding locations as there is competition from other destinations both here and abroad.
‘‘The reason couples love marrying in Port Douglas is because there are so many wedding professionals. We are all very mindful of ensuring the couples as well as their family and friends are treated as VIPs as they are sure to return again and again and spread the word that Port Douglas is a fantastic wedding and honeymoon destination.’’
Chairman of the Port Douglas Wedding Professionals Rob Cooke estimates there are annually 700-800 weddings in Port Douglas and surrounding areas.