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December2013 Archive

New Council Regulations Hurting the Cairns Wedding Industry in 2013 and Beyond

December 31, 2013 9:28 PM

 

In September this year Register Your Wedding held their quarterly wedding networking event at the Cairns Hilton Hotel (click here for more info on September’s Wedding Networking evening) and we saw over 100 of the Cairns Wedding Suppliers turn up for a bit of fun and education.

 

At each one of these networking evenings we like to invite a few local wedding suppliers and an industry professional that can offer some advice or educate all of us about their business. These evenings enable everyone in the local wedding industry to network and get to know each other and get to know each other’s businesses and in turn they can then give more qualified advice to couples on who they would recommend they contact for specific wedding services should they be asked the question.

Cairns City Council Charges to Hold Weddings on Cairns Beaches, Parks and Gardens

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This networking event at the Hilton Hotel Cairns was a very important meeting for the industry as the Cairns City Council has this year come out with special permits that wedding suppliers and couples have to apply for and pay for if they wish to marry or be married in any public space in the City of Cairns, Cairns beaches and the parks and gardens around the Cairns City region.

Not all of these weddings do get the permission to have their nuptials in the location of their desire due to the period of time it takes to process the permits, weather issues and last minute changes, other couples booking the same region for a similar time and all sorts of other reasons.

Cairns is recognised as one of the top three destination wedding venues in Australia and these new council regulations have really started to hurt an already suffering industry and it is now pushing our Melbourne and Sydney couples to hold their weddings in Bali, Thailand, Fiji, Vanuatu and lots of other idealic tropical places that have no such permits or fees to hold wedding on public beaches and in public parks and public spaces.  The restrictions on the things you can and cannot do at your destination wedding in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland have become a big topic amongst couples we see and other wedding suppliers see at Wedding Expos down south.

Cairns City Council Parks and Garden Councillors Invited To Attend Wedding Networking Forum

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Brett Spencer and his assistant Patricia were invited along to talk to all of the wedding suppliers and clear up some of the permit and licencing questions and to discuss what the fees are actually for and what they actually give the couple and the wedding suppliers.

Prior to this event Register Your Wedding suggested to our attendees to write down the questions they had so they could ask Brett and Patricia on the evening the detailed specifics.  On the night  Christina introduced Councillor Brett and he got up on the podium and spoke eloquently about the reasons the Cairns City Council feels they need to control the number of weddings in public areas within the city of Cairns and the Cairns northern beaches and then it was question and answer time for the wedding supplier attendees.

And the Cairns Wedding Industry Suppliers Became Feisty

Wedding photographers, wedding celebrants, wedding caterers and outdoor wedding planners had lots of questions for Brett. The whole topic of outdoor wedding permits and fees and licences became very heated on both sides so Christina from Register Your Wedding had to cut short the Q & A to save Brett and Patricia from further comments and get him down off the podium.

Christina then arranged in private with Brett and Patricia to have everyone that has a concern about these council regulations to send them to the team at Register Your Wedding so we could collate them on behalf of the wedding suppliers in bullet point form and then make an appointment and sit with Brett in his office and go thru each one.

We relayed this message back to the wedding supplier attendees and asked that they send all of their questions and comments to Melanie and Sophie at Register Your Wedding and that we will submit them to Council on their behalf and relay the response back at the next event in 2014.

If you would like more information about the concerns expressed by the wedding industry suppliers in regards to wedding permits and regulations, please click here.

Christina also asked Brett and Patricia if they would be able to attend our next event so they can respond directly to all of the co-ordinated questions we had gathered for them and Brett had kindly agreed to do so.

Things Have Now Changed The Councillor Has Gone

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Brett Spencer is no longer the Manager of Parks and gardens so Christina has been speaking with the Deputy Mayor Terry James about the problems and concerns  that everyone in the wedding industry has about these new complicated licences and permits and he has said that he would very much like to attend and take a look at all of the questions we have collated from the wedding suppliers so he may pass it onto the new person responsible and so that he can also attend and respond along with  addressing  it with our Mayor Bob Manning.

Deputy Mayor Terry said he is concerned these regulations are stopping couples from choosing Cairns as a wedding destination as it hurts many other businesses along the way. The Cairns and Tropical North Queensland wedding industry has been calculated to be worth over $95 million dollars annually so it’s not a small bit of business we are worrying we are losing to other destinations Christina said when she was talking to the Deputy Mayor.

Register Your Wedding Is Very Busy

At the last Cairns and Tropical North Queensland wedding industry function we held at the Angsana Resort and Spa in December we advised the 90 or so attendees that we had collated all of their questions and that we had been speaking with the Deputy Mayor because Brett Spencer was no longer responsible for the permits.

We advised everyone we would be handing these over to MOD Films, Wed In Paradise and Angelique so they can pursue  and represent everyone at any meetings they would like to set up with Deputy Mayor Terry James as we could no longer spare the time to do this ourselves as Register Your Wedding has some big expansion plans for 2014.

At the time Christina also advised everyone that we could no longer co-ordinate any more wedding industry events for 2014 again due to the upcoming plans we have going into 2014.

We have sent an email advising the above mentioned persons the contact details for Deputy Mayor Terry James and we have also included the questions that were collated on behalf of the Cairns and region wedding suppliers so they may take it from here should they wish to do so.

We also have here in our blog for all of you to see for yourselves the questions all of your peers had sent to us to submit to the Cairns City Council on your behalf.

We urge you all to pursue your meeting with the council and see if you can make it work for our wedding couples, yourselves and the requirements of our city council.

Should you require a hard copy of these questions just get in contact with either Ms Melanie or Ms Sophie at Register Your Wedding and they will be able to email these to your office.

We wish you all the best and thank you all for attending our networking events and we look forward to continuing our strong business relationship into the future.

We will continue to be out there Spreading the Love xoxoxo

All the team at Register Your Wedding

Posted by Sophie Tabouel in Business Promotion Opportunity, Cairns Wedding Expo, Cairns Wedding Funnies, Cairns Wedding Gift Baskets, Engagement Notices, Happy New Year Brides and Grooms, Pre-post Wedding Tours, Uncategorized, Wedding Accommodation, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Caterers, Wedding Celebrants, Wedding Day Announcement, Wedding Decorators, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Entertainment, Wedding Expos-Bridal Fairs, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Hair & Makeup, Wedding Networking Event, Wedding Notices, Wedding Photographers, Wedding Planners, Wedding Shoes, Wedding Talk, Wedding Theming & Music, Wedding Transport, Wedding Venues, Wedding Videographers

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Cairns Wedding Industry Questions Cairns City Council Over Permits and Fees – Dec 2013

December 31, 2013 8:32 PM

Beach Wedding

In September the Cairns wedding industry got together at an event at the Cairns Hilton Hotel  (to read all about it click here) for their quarterly networking event. There were around 100 attendees and on the night they raised around $200 for the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island.

Save The Sea Turtle

 

This was an extra special event as the whole industry had been talking about the onerous council permits and licences that are required if you wish to be married in a public place within the boundaries of Cairns City.

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We sent an invitation to Brett Spencer who headed up Cairns Parks and Gardens as the Manager and he kindly accepted and came to the event with his assistant Patricia as our guest speakers.  Brett addressed the wedding suppliers on the councils wedding permits and then the wedding suppliers asked questions of the councillors. You can read more about the evening here.

Cairns Wedding Suppliers Questions To Cairns City Council

We have set down below a list of all the questions that we had collated over a number of weeks after this event so that they could be submitted to the Cairns City Council on behalf of the wedding industry in a more formal and organised meeting.

Please read here all of the questions the wedding suppliers of Cairns wrote for submission to the Cairns City Council.

Questions to the Council:

Palm Cove Beach Wedding

 

Gardens Wedding

  1. 1 hour  set up is not enough time. It is only a 15-20 minute window as guests arrive 30 minutes early to weddings. Setting up while guests start arriving looks bad. No wow factor.
  2. Auditorium is in full sun. Can we have shade cloths?
  3. Can we park in Goodwin Street? Can we have access to the side gate? (up the hill wedding)
  4. Why do we have to be out of the garden’s by 4:00pm? the Botanical Gardens shut at 5:00pm
  5. Bumping out – not enough time
  6. Wangetti – rubbish bins are dreadful. Can there be new bins introduced?
  7. Little Cove – 8 chairs only. Why? 

Beach Wedding

Palm Cove Jetty Wedding
Palm Cove:
There should be a ‘first in, first served’ policy in hiring beachfront locations on public lands.
All persons/entities hiring a public area to pay the same fee. There should be no exclusions.
On the 29th January 2013, an email was sent to me indicating that the Council would be ‘taking bookings for the area adjacent to the Angsana Resort & Spa from the 1st march 2013 on a ‘first in, first served’ basis. This has not occurred.
A more concise explanation should be available re: any zoning or re-zoning of public land that may have been done.
The public should be informed of the reason for a company having exclusive use of public land.
Map of public and private land – area from mouth of Sweet Creek to Veivers Road – to be presented at a meeting for further clarification; see coloured map: property of the Cairns Regional Council of 25 May 2011 Plan No. Na / Sheet 1 of 1. There is a COPYRIGHT on the map so I dare not to attach it. This map shows the definite Property Boundary, Road Reserve and High Water limit. It is important that this mpa is exhibited for discussion at any meeting.
1 Hour Permit:
1 hour booking at the Botanic Gardens to be extended please to allow reasonable time for setup, ceremony, congratulations, photos and pack up time.
In spite of Council stating that beach permits are for 2 hours, in June (11/06/2013) I had a ceremony that only had 1 hour allocated on the beach at Clifton Beach. Copy available.
Cairns Harbourside Area:
Clarification of just what areas around the Salthouse near the Pier are controlled by (a) Port Authority and (b) Cairns Regional Council.

If you have more concerns you would like to be brought up, please email us: info@registeryourwedding.com.au

Author: Register Your Wedding with the assistance of Tropical North Queensland wedding suppliers

Posted by Sophie Tabouel in Business Promotion Opportunity, Cairns Wedding Expo, Cairns Wedding Funnies, Cairns Wedding Gift Baskets, Engagement Notices, Happy New Year Brides and Grooms, Pre-post Wedding Tours, Uncategorized, Wedding Accommodation, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Caterers, Wedding Celebrants, Wedding Day Announcement, Wedding Decorators, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Entertainment, Wedding Expos-Bridal Fairs, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Hair & Makeup, Wedding Networking Event, Wedding Notices, Wedding Photographers, Wedding Planners, Wedding Shoes, Wedding Talk, Wedding Theming & Music, Wedding Transport, Wedding Venues, Wedding Videographers

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A really BIG thank you from all the team at Register Your Wedding

December 22, 2013 1:54 PM

Thank you to all the Cairns Wedding Suppliers who have made it a very very special and busy 2013 in our beautiful Wedding destination.

The Cairns Wedding Industry Networking and Forum evenings this year have been a huge success which is thanks to all of the Cairns Wedding suppliers support and attendance.  All four events have had a wonderful response and we received some really good feedback from you all.

 

Hilton Networking Forum

September Networking evening

 

As mentioned by Christina at the Wedding Industry Christmas Party at Angsana Resort and Spa  Register Your Wedding has had to unfortunately discontinue from organising these events due to being busy with the growth and expansion of our business.

 

Cairns Wedding Industry networking

Cairns Wedding Industry Christmas Party

 

Throughout next year and beyond we will continue to heavily represent our beautiful region and the fabulous local wedding suppliers we have come to know over the last few years.

We have so many new exciting developments for Register Your Wedding which are in progress and we look forward to sharing it with you all in the near future

Thank you for all your support and feedback throughout the year and we look forward to seeing you all at the New Year’s wedding expos and events.

 

Register Your Wedding

 

And don’t forget we have hundreds of couples who have registered their weddings and the way you can get to them to promote your business ahead of others is by posting on our Facebook page and blogging your little hearts out on our Register Your Wedding website.

Couples are all over the internet and this is where you should be spending all of your time to make your business known to these couples

Always remember if you need any help with anything we are here to assist you –  just give Melanie a call

 

Keep Spreading the Love with us! 

Best regards,

Melanie Blight  xoxoxooxoxxo

Posted by Sophie Tabouel in Business Promotion Opportunity, Uncategorized, Wedding Accommodation, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Caterers, Wedding Celebrants, Wedding Decorators, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Entertainment, Wedding Expos-Bridal Fairs, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Hair & Makeup, Wedding Networking Event, Wedding Photographers, Wedding Planners, Wedding Shoes, Wedding Talk, Wedding Theming & Music, Wedding Transport, Wedding Venues, Wedding Videographers

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Cairns Wedding Industry Gives Christmas to Underprivileged Kids

December 20, 2013 3:41 PM

The Cairns Wedding Industry Christmas Party this year was a wonderfully themed Black and White evening held at Angsana Resort and Spa Palm Cove. It was a fantastic turn out with around 90 Cairns Wedding Industry gals and guys dining and relaxing together after a very busy destination Wedding Season for 2013.

Cairns Wedding Industry Xmas Party

Picturesque lanterns and gorgeous crystal centrepieces made for a magical setting. A big thank you to Nick and Dianne from Audio Visual Solutions for their beautiful lighting, Deb from By Design Weddings and Events for the table and Christmas theming pieces, Russell Harris for entertainment and Ben from Far North Photo Booths for the funny photo opportunities.

Cairns Wedding Industry Christmas Party

This Christmas the focus of the 2013 Cairns Wedding Industry party was to give Christmas gifts to the kids in our community who are less fortunate. Our charity of choice was The Salvation Army which was founded in 1865 and is present in 126 countries. The organisation runs global charity shops, operating shelters for the homeless, and providing disaster relief and humanitarian aid to developing countries. We are so please and happy to say that over 100 Christmas presents were donated to the Salvation Army for children aged 9-14 years in Cairns and surrounding regions. The Salvation Army staff were absolutely delighted when they picked up all the gifts. It was great to see the smiles on their faces!

Cairns Wedding Industry Christmas Party

Angsana Resort and Spa auctioned a one bedroom pool view suite for one night in their newly refurbished beachfront resort with the proceeds of the auction $320 also going to the Salvation Army!

Children less fortunate will now receive a gift on Christmas day because of the Cairns Wedding Industry’s kind and generous gifts and donations.

Cairns Wedding Industry

The Cairns Wedding Networking and Forum events have been organised over the last 12 months by Register Your Wedding in conjunction with the assistance of Angsana Resort and Spa, MOD videos and Wed In Paradise.

Register Your Wedding has a goal of uniting the industry and bringing together all the Cairns Wedding Suppliers to get to know each other via these networking events and also to get to know each other’s respective businesses and in turn have the local knowledge of all businesses to assist with the questions our incoming couples may ask and help point them in the direction of the appropriate destination wedding experts.

The evenings were a great platform to catch up and learn about each other’s companies and to be informed of new and exciting suppliers and developments happening within our busy Wedding destination.

We thank you all for attending and we hope you got a lot from these events and we look forward to seeing you all prospering thru 2014 and into the future

Spreading The Love xoxoxo

Posted by Sophie Tabouel in Wedding Networking Event, Wedding Talk

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Wedding Suppliers Christmas Party In Palm Cove 2013

December 5, 2013 10:31 AM

Tonight is the night all of the Cairns and Tropical North Queensland wedding suppliers get together to celebrate another great year gone by and mingle and talk about all of the lovely couples they have married and helped to plan their dream wedding in beautiful North Queensland.

The theme funny enough is Black and White not really sure how we came up with this colour scheme for Christmas but it sure makes it easy for everyone to dress in the theme as we all have those colours in our wardrobes.

We have had 70 RSVP”s so it is sure to be a fun night for everyone to get together and relax. Today’s weather in Palm Cove is at it’s most picture perfect so it will be nice to celebrate in the warm weather on the beach under the Palm trees at Angsana Resort and Spa.

On that note we would like to thank our host General Manager Nicholas Mason and Wedding Co-Ordinator Angie Schesser for providing tonights venue and for supporting our wedding industry networking events your support is greatly appreciated.

Register Your Wedding has had a very successful year and we will share some of the Cairns and Tropical North Queensland wedding statistics we have gathered for the year here with you

How Our Couples Heard About Register Your Wedding

45.5% of our couples found us on the internet
22.3% found us at a Bridal Show we attended
10.9% of Friends told couples about RYW
8.3% Heard About Register Your Wedding from Wedding Suppliers
4.3% Accounted for Other Social Media
3.5% found us on Facebook
2.8% were recommended by their Travel Agent
2% Found us in Bridal Magazines
.4% Found us in the newspaper

Where Did Our Couples Come From?

603 Australia
1 Czech Republic
1 Georgia
1 Italy
6 New Zealand
3 Singapore
1 Switzerland
9 United Kingdom
10 United States of America

We have been gathering all of the Tropical North Queensland wedding statistics since the launch of www.registeryourwedding.com.au on 12th December 2011 and the graphs and pie charts make for very interesting reading that’s for sure

Well Merry Christmas to everybody and we look forward to sending you lot’s of gorgeous happy wedding couples your way and wish you and your families a very enjoyable festive time together over the summer holidays.

Oh and do not forget to keep posting on our Facebook page and our Blog pages so that you and your business stands out front and centre for all of the couples to get to know you and your style and services.

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Posted by Christina in Business Promotion Opportunity, Cairns Wedding Expo, Cairns Wedding Funnies, Cairns Wedding Gift Baskets, Engagement Notices, Happy New Year Brides and Grooms, Pre-post Wedding Tours, Wedding Accommodation, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Caterers, Wedding Celebrants, Wedding Day Announcement, Wedding Decorators, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Entertainment, Wedding Expos-Bridal Fairs, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Hair & Makeup, Wedding Networking Event, Wedding Notices, Wedding Photographers, Wedding Planners, Wedding Shoes, Wedding Talk, Wedding Theming & Music, Wedding Transport, Wedding Venues, Wedding Videographers

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