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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


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

All the team at Register Your Wedding

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