Busy bells

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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