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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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Unusual Wedding – Chickens Wedding! – 25th October 2013

October 23, 2013 10:43 AM

Unusual Weddings

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.

Funny Weddings

 

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

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Getting Married In Tropical North Queensland

October 7, 2013 12:57 PM
Beautiful Beach Wedding by Matthew Evans Photography

Beautiful Beach Wedding by Matthew Evans Photography

 

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

 

2Beach Wedding Photo

 

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: info@registeryourwedding.com.au

 

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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