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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
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
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
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
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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.
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.
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:
- Please explain how and why the council has come up with these permits?
- Please explain Councils Business model and who came up with it and please explain why?
- Please show us a profit and loss on the so called business model if in fact council actually has one?
- Has the council even thought of the ramifications of all this nonsense ie potential upset and or violence when enforcing permits and moving on sunbakers or families enjoying picnics in our permits specific location?
- What is the council doing with the revenue they raise from this impost?
- These are public assets paid for by us local ratepayers and we have every right to use these public assets and take photographs
- Is the council going to recruit staff to police websites and facebook and Instagram and kik and all other social media of today and in the future of local photographers and interstate and overseas photographers for any images of Cairns parks and beaches now and if so how many new staff will you need and how much is it going to cost us ratepayers to pay these website trawlers ?
- Will the Cairns City Council allocate this big brother job to the people they have sent to Port Douglas that are now out of a job?
- Council needs to explain to ratepayers how they are going to manage and police all of this idiocracy
- Is Cairns City Council aware of our declining destination wedding business into Cairns and surrounding regions?
- Is Cairns City Council aware we are losing weddings to destinations like Bali, Fiji, Thailand, New Zealand and Vanuatu because of our rules and regulations and costs?
- Please explain how these council permits are going to attract more destination weddings to the Cairns region?
- Please explain why this is a good decision by council to apply permits for weddings in public areas?
- What other councils in Australia or anywhere else in the world have instituted permit fees such as the ones they are making us pay? Have they had success in attracting more weddings because of the permits?
- Why can’t we hire the space at the front of Angsana Resort & Spa/Far Horizons? Why is it off limits to other couples?
- Why should couples eloping pay the same price permit as those who have a group of guests? There should be an individual price for couples eloping.
- Why isn’t Palm Cove’s beach wedding structure better? Instead of 4 hour blocks could we make it 2 hour blocks? It will generate more weddings in our region.
- The council has mentioned that they will cordon off sections for weddings and move on sunbakers and beach goers. Why have we not ever seen a section cordoned off as yet?
- Who approves the wedding permit for the decking next to the Salt House?
- Wedding celebrants are rate payers so why can’t we utilize the grass areas out the front of Angsana if there is no wedding scheduled in the Angsana Chapel
- Please define a ‘Low Impact’ wedding ceremony?
- Where do we stand as a supplier when we have a permit? Can we or not move people along when we have a permit? Can we please have clarification on what we can and can’t do?
- In regards to other businesses setting up on the beach, what are the rules here? How do permits cross over?
- Why do photographers have to pay as much as a TV commercial crew?
- Why aren’t the council prepared to have a phone on weekends to help police the outdoor areas? Why aren’t they working on the weekends? We follow the rules and purchase a permit every time and then have to do the council’s work by moving people on (and other wedding suppliers who do not obtain the permit) How do you police this?
- I would like to know if the Cairns City Council can consider doing direct deposit or have credit cards facilities for bookings? A number of my couples are from down south or overseas and it is rather difficult for them to get the time to send through a bank cheque. Most of the time we end up having to do is: the couples forward the funds to me and I go to Cairns City Council to make the payment.
- Botanical Gardens
- 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.
- Auditorium is in full sun. Can we have shade cloths?
- Can we park in Goodwin Street? Can we have access to the side gate? (up the hill wedding)
- Why do we have to be out of the garden’s by 4:00pm? the Botanical Gardens shut at 5:00pm
- Bumping out – not enough time
- Wangetti – rubbish bins are dreadful. Can there be new bins introduced?
- Little Cove – 8 chairs only. Why?
- What are the differences between film and photography? What are the permits different?
- Why can’t we have yearly permits?
- On the night I spoke to the lady from the Cairns City Council, and she indicated that as a Videographer I would need a permit to shoot a function on council land, separate from the other parties involved. Is this true?We were told that there is a fee of $70.00 for the use of the council land for a small event such as a wedding. The question was “Who has to pay this fee? The wedding organiser? The couple? The celebrant? The photographer or the videographer?Well the answer came back as all FIVE. Yes that is what I was told by Brett’s council colleagues on the night.Why do ALL have to pay and how are they going to enforce this? (…oh I thought the bride paid it? No, i thought the photographer paid it etc…). The photographer rings the council and pays for the “plot” of land to use for the wedding and then the celebrant rings the council to be told no that’s already taken you will have to go elsewhere.Does this fee also stand for the photographer and videographer when they do a location shoot anywhere else away from the original ceremony area? And again is it a fee that has to be paid by all involved (Photographer, Videographer, Bride & Groom) for every location we go on the day? Admittedly I was told that the council were going to look into this but I would like Brett to make a formal comment on this issue
- What are the new licencing/permits that are now required for public parks and beaches? Please describe them. What is to be done to get an approval? What is the cost?
- How many chairs are allowed on the sand area on the beach off the Palm Cove Jetty end? Same question for the sandy beach area at the front of Aloha & Villa Paradiso?
- Can you please confirm if there is a secondary application we should be lodging as well as the current one online as there is only one form to download onb the Cairns Council website?
- Can temporary structures such as an arbour be erected on the Jetty end, out the front of Aloha & Villa Paradiso? Please confirm the cost to access the public power boxes and the most direct way to obtain a key to these?
- At most beach ceremonies, a portable PA system is used to play anywhere between 1 to 5 songs during the ceremony. As this is amplified music, is this likely to be rejected upon consideration?
- What systems does the Cairns City Council have in place to eliminate or decrease double bookings?
- May you please confirm capacity limitations for the beach area in front of Aloha & Villa Paradiso as well as Angsana Resort & Spa/Far Horizons?
- My question would be: does the Cairns City Council differentiate between large groups and small intimate groups? If I have a wedding which is only, for instance, 9 guests including the bride and groom, do they need a permit? If so, are they to be charged the booking fee as well even though it is a small group? For a large wedding of perhaps 100 guests I could understand the need to book and pay for covering cleaning fees etc… I also understand the requirement to book ahead of time, just in case there is another wedding in the same location, but the fee is really my query?
- Thank you for giving us the opportunity once more to address the Cairns Regional Council re: issuing permits for beach frontage and parks in regards to wedding ceremony usage.
Patricia Andrews did address the celebrants earlier this year at a meeting, which was very much appreciated, and addressed some of the issues raised at question time.
It would be appreciated by all involved with weddings in Palm Cove, celebrants, suppliers and couples, if the Cairns Regional Council could rectify/amend the policy of the present restricted booking procedure that is in place near sweet Creek mouth of Palm Cove on the lawn foreshore. This area epitomizes the ‘tropical beach wedding’ most couples envisage as a romantic quiet spot to exchange their vows. The public should have the opportunity to share this space. There should also be a policy of equity in the payment of permits for use of designated areas.
A couple of points:
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: email@example.com
Author: Register Your Wedding with the assistance of Tropical North Queensland wedding suppliersPosted 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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Melanie Blight xoxoxooxoxxoPosted 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
A wedding is always a beautiful occasion, an intimate special day full of emotion and tenderness as you say your vows to one another.
But weddings can also be fun, reflecting your style as a couple.
Mel and Gary, chose to be somewhat irreverent and outrageous, despite their obvious commitment and celebrated their union in full chicken suits.
See their wedding poem below, what an original statement!
Rooster and Hen
Today we are here and the weather is sultry.
We won’t wear formal, but prefer to wear poultry.
We share a bond of love and fun,
hence wearing a chicken suit in the hot tropical sun.
The heat has not affected our minds,
Today is not about the past,
today is the day that binds,
a union which will last.
We will stand here side by side,
In our suits of fluff and feathers.
We will offer you our pride,
and our commitment in all endeavours.
We will travel together as one ‘till the end,
a journey through life as each other’s friend.
We won’t let the hard times ruin the fun that we seek,
but will fondly recall the day we kissed with our beaks.
So grow old with me, my dearest friend
and share my life – one rooster, one hen!
So, remember, you can be very original and even outrageous if you’d like.
The advantage of having a Civil Celebrant is that you can have a wedding which reflects your personal style as a couple, typifying your uniqueness.
Author: Anne Spragg – Civil Celebrant
You can contact Anne on 0448 126 120 to discuss your special day or visit her website at: www.portdouglas-celebrant.com.au
Posted by Anne Spragg Port Douglas Celebrant in Cairns Wedding Funnies, Uncategorized, Wedding Celebrants, Wedding Dresses
Wedding suppliers and couples need to know the facts…
The Cairns Regional Council is now responsible for issuing permits in regards to wedding ceremonies and receptions held on a beach in the Cairns area.
The beach area is defined by the ‘area from the top of the beach right down to the spring low tide mark’.
This rule applies for all beaches between Bundaberg and the tip of Australia at Cape York.
If you are planning on having your wedding on a Cairns beach you need to apply for a permit.
To apply for a permit click here.
If you are planning on having a wedding on an island or a coral cay, then the ‘Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service’ is the body to contact to obtain a permit.
Visit their website at www.nprsr.gld.gov.au
If you are a business you need to visit www.business.gld.gov.au.
If you intend to have a ‘Low Impact Wedding Ceremony’ on a beach, the good news is you don’t need a permit at all. For more information on what criterias make up a ‘Low Impact Wedding Ceremony’ please visit www.nprsr.gld.gov.au
We are currently compiling a list of questions/comments or concerns of behalf of anyone affected by the above rules and regulations in order to present them to the Cairns Regional Council.
If you would like your questions/comments or concerns put forward to the Cairns Regional Council, please write to us by Friday 25th October 2013 at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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