Port Douglas Wedding Ceremonies
With so many stunning locations to choose from, a Wedding in Port Douglas Queensland Australia will surely be one to be remembered. From barefoot on the beach, top hat and tails in a church, to casual nuptials under a tropical rain tree in a park, to a more formal environment in a luxury resort hotel, the Port Douglas region offers a wide variety of dream Wedding locations to fulfill any couples Wedding dreams.
After vows are said and rings are exchanged, Port Douglas has a superb variety of hotel, resort or restaurant venues to host a wedding reception to suit any budget and Wedding theme. Whether you opt for a formal meal in a five star restaurant or hotel, a buffet style affair, or a backyard barbeque on the beach front or a small gathering in your holiday house, Port Douglas Hotels, caterers, and Restaurants can accommodate any newly married couple's requests.
Port Douglas Wedding
Before making a firm decision on your Port Douglas wedding and reception venue it may be an idea to speak with our groups team at Cairns Holiday Specialists as they may be able to give you some valuable local advice that may assist you in your Port Douglas wedding planning and celebration arrangements.
The Cairns Holiday Specialists team can provide you with a list of all of the Port Douglas wedding suppliers and wedding venues so you can save time and money not having to search around for them on your own as they are all collated together on the one spreadsheet.
More reasons why you should contact the Cairns Holiday Specialists are:-
The Cairns Holiday Specialists are your local Port Douglas wedding specialists and can help and assist to make your wedding planning go as smoothly as possible and save you money and time along the way not only for the bride and groom but also for your family and friends.
Your Port Douglas Wedding
With the Cairns Holiday Specialists when you book your accommodation and tours you and your partner will receive the following benefits
- Discounts on Already Discounted Accommodation
- Discounts on Your Port Douglas Honeymoon
- Discounts on Port Douglas Tours and Attractions
- Free Port Douglas Wedding Supplier Registry
Your Family and Friends will also receive the following Great Holiday Saving Benefits when they book their Port Douglas holiday accommodation and tours with the Cairns Holiday Specialists
- Discounts on Already Discounted Accommodation
- Discounts on Cairns Tours and Attractions
All of these added holiday benefits for you, your family and friends help to make the attendance of your Port Douglas wedding that much more fun, affordable and easy to plan. Your family and friends that may be travelling from interstate or overseas will feel as though they are making their holiday plans with a friend and will also be thankful for the great holiday package savings.
The Cairns Holiday Specialists operate seven days a week and you can call in and see them for local advice at anytime during business hours. They can provide you with a register of all the Local Port Douglas Wedding Suppliers to save you the time of researching to find them yourself and they can also give you local advice on the most popular restaurants to visit, the best tours to do and attractions to see, they can even arrange all of your pre-post wedding group activities like:
- A Private Charter Sunset Sail for you and your wedding guests
- A Fishing trip for the lads
- A Spa Pamper Package for the ladies.
You just need to call them on (61) 7 4059 5959 and then you are in the hands of the Port Douglas Wedding Specialists and you automatically receive great savings on all of your wedding activities.
Your Travel Agent
If you prefer to make your Port Douglas Wedding and Honeymoon accommodation bookings thru your travel agent and still receive all the Wedding Bonus Discount Offers from the Cairns Holiday Specialists then that's no problem we are happy for you to do that.
Just choose your accommodation from the Cairns Holiday Specialists websites and then advise your travel agent of your request and have them contact the Cairns Holiday Specialists to make your wedding and honeymoon reservations and we will do the rest.
The same applies to all of your family and friends that prefer to book thru their own travel agent we are more than happy to accommodate them and further reward them and in turn save them money when attending your Port Douglas Wedding.
As the Cairns Holiday Specialists are a registered inbound operator and wholesaler your Travel Agent just needs to call the Cairns Holiday Specialists then book your accommodation requirements just like they would for leisure travel to any other destination.
It's that easy and you and your guests will still receive all of your Bonus Discounts and the extra benefits that the Cairns Holiday Specialists are providing.
Port Douglas Wedding Ceremony Suggestions
Port Douglas Chapels and Churches
• St Mary's By The Sea
• Crystal Wedding Chapel Port Douglas
• St David's Church - Mossman
• St Andrew's Church - Mossman
• St Andrew's Church - Mossman
For the couple who would like to incorporate a beach vibe on their Wedding day while maintaining a traditional element, Port Douglas boasts some of the most beautiful and elegant beachside chapels in the world.
With traditional wooden pews, stained glass lancet windows throughout and best of all, a church bell that will ring for you on your special day an ultra romantic spot for a Port Douglas Wedding is the historic St Mary's by the Sea. Touted as being one of the prettiest churches in the South Pacific, the beachfront chapel provides stunning views of the ocean through a large window directly behind the alter.
Originally built as a Catholic Church in 1880, St Mary's is affectionately known as the Historic Church by the Sea and is still maintained by the Port Douglas Restoration Society with no cost to the council and residents of Port Douglas.
This much loved timber church was rescued from demolition initially by some residents of Port Douglas, Virginia Donovan and Judi Piat. They formed the "Save the Church" group and then went on to form the Port Douglas Restoration Society with other local Port Douglas residents once the council gave them the land that the church currently has been residing on since November 11 1988.
Since that day St Mary's by the Sea has been lovingly restored to her former glory and her beautiful timber beams and planks of hickory ash and silky oak have had to be replaced over time to keep her looking polished and authentic. St Mary's By the Sea is now used year round for romantic beachside church weddings and Christmas carol services.
St Mary's by the Sea church is situated on the foreshore at Wharf Street Port Douglas next to the Rex Smeal Park and the road leading to Pier 319. The church is typical Queenslander style construction with white timber frames and old style exposed exterior studding and propped up to give it height by timber stumps.
This quaint old church has steeply pitched roofing of corrugated iron to give it that sense of space and height when inside. She is rectangular in shape with a cute little entry porch at the front for guests and another door at the side for the celebrant and the groom and groomsmen to enter. As the guests enter they are immediately taken aback by the view at the alter.
A huge glass window shows off the boats as they sail past and the rainforest clad mountains beyond the inlet making photography in this church absolutely stunning. The stained glass lancet windows add to the allure of St Mary's by the Sea along with the traditional wooden pews and church bell.
The pathways and colourful gardens around the church also add to the ambience of a tropical wedding and further enhance your Port Douglas wedding photographs.
St Mary's By the Sea can comfortably seat 80 guests although you may have to include extra guests standing at the back of the church totaling around 100 guests. 's by the sea hire: e Church is available for hire for one and a half hours.
Example: if you are getting married at 3 pm, you will have access to the church from 2.30 pm for your guests' arrival until 4pm
A perfect beach location for a traditional Wedding with a tropical twist. While a traditional organ provides a timeless sound, the views through floor to ceiling glass walls of beach and ocean on one side, and lush gardens on the other make for a truly unique place to wed.
Located in the gardens of the Sheraton Mirage Resort Port Douglas, the Crystal Wedding Chapel is a stunning spot for that intimate Wedding with breathtaking ocean views. And best of all, the resort has plenty of options for your wedding reception as well so you will not have to travel too far.
The Crystal Wedding Chapel on Four Mile Beach is set amongst lush tropical gardens and the floor to ceiling glass walled non-denominational Chapel on the Beach enjoys the most stunning views you could have ever dreamed of for your wedding day.
The beautifully built Crystal wedding chapel is a modern architecturally designed pristine white chapel with sloping roof line to keep out the suns rays and shade those extra guests that may be standing outside. With its bell tower, high ceilings, stained glass window inlays, the beach to one side, colourful tropical gardens displayed on the other it's just picture perfect for your stylish Port Douglas beach wedding ceremony.
This quaint little beachfront chapel can accommodate up to 50 guests in air-conditioned comfort and will provide the most memorable photographic and video graphic opportunities.
Beautifully complimented by over 130 hectares of lush colourful tropical gardens, two hectares of swimmable lagoons that weave in and around the resort rooms and beautiful sandy beaches the Crystal Beach wedding chapel is hard to overlook for prospective Port Douglas brides.
Construction of St David's Anglican Church commenced in 1912 and it took 40 long and hard years of dedication to build and complete this beautiful heritage hand cut stone church. Obstacles that held up the construction time were due to the First World War breaking out in 1914 and the Second World War in 1939 which then put pressure on sourcing building products like cement, and then a world wide economic decline which ended up as the great depression and a cyclone to add to that along with some flooding.
St David's church was finally completed in 1952 with the constant persistence of the local clergy and its hard working members. Today St David's Anglican Church in Mossman Queensland Australia sits behind an avenue of towering fern-clad raintrees that form a green archway along part of the Captain Cook Highway (Foxton Avenue) that takes road travelers out of the centre of Mossman toward Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest.
These trees and the beautiful archway they make are constantly photographed by the tourists that stumble upon them on their north bound journey.
The hand cut stone that was used to make this church was sourced from a local cane farm that was located beside the Mossman River and is complimented by the beautiful stained glass windows that feature mosaics of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The church bell was handcrafted from a piece of marble brought over from St Paul's Cathedral in London.
This quaint countryside church even has its own resident organist you may engage for your Mossman country style wedding ceremony.
Views from the church look over George Davis Park with cane fields behind, and views of the Great Dividing Range and the Daintree National Park in the distance.
Sunday markets in the church gardens under the 100 year old raintrees are very popular and a site to see.
St Andrew's Anglican Church was consecrated in 1989 by Bishop Anthony Hall-Mathews. An ultra modern church designed for the tropics, was completed debt free in 1989 on a two acre site just outside the main centre of Port Douglas.
A popular local's church for the usual Sunday worship and celebratory gatherings.
Port Douglas Wedding Reception Venue Choices
Outdoor Wedding Locations Port Douglas
Beaches, parks rainforests and waterfall locations are extremely popular venues for couples to choose for their Port Douglas wedding. Keep in mind that for an outdoor ceremony you may need a permit from the local council or a government agency; however your wedding celebrant or wedding planner should be able to assist you with this.
Rex Smeal Park Port Douglas
With the tide gently lapping on the beachfront and palm trees swaying in the cool breeze, Rex Smeal Park is a romantic tropical beach location to say "I do". Overlooking the Coral Sea, views extend up to the Daintree Rainforest. Not only will the park provide some magical memories on your wedding day, it is also a great place to be able to return to when celebrating wedding anniversaries and other special occasions.
With possibly the best views of any park from Cairns to Port Douglas, Rex Smeal Park is picture postcard perfect for you and your guests.
The views for a sunrise wedding are magical as they are for a Sunset wedding with magnificent vistas across the sea to rainforest clad mountain ranges and the Low Isles islands in the distance. The park has expansive manicured lawn areas bordered by swaying coconut palms that shade the waterfront fringes. Rex Smeal Park is located a short stroll from St Mary's Chapel and the main street of Port Douglas.
Rex Smeal Park Port Douglas is the ideal spot for an outdoor wedding ceremony, overlooking the ocean and across to the Daintree Cape Tribulation Rainforest. Facing north-west, Rex Smeal Park is protected from south-easterly breezes and boasts Port Douglas's most spectacular sunsets.
Port Douglas Beach Weddings
Four Mile Beach Wedding
Four Mile Beach has always been a favourite wedding spot for brides and grooms to be. The hard sand and picturesque surroundings make for the perfect beach wedding location. The headland makes a sensational back drop for wedding photographs and the trees that line the beachfront offer shade for the reception nuptials whilst overlooking the sea.
There is always action going on at Four Mile Beach from kite surfers to the south, children building sand castles and swimming in the ocean to power walkers and joggers passing by.
You will need your celebrant or wedding planner to arrange a permit for you to conduct your beach wedding ceremony on Four Mile Beach so be sure to give them enough notification that you wish to have a beach wedding ceremony on Four Mile as it is so popular.
Thala Beach Wedding
A special place between Port Douglas and Palm Cove offering the best of both worlds with private beach locations and tropical rainforest. Ask us about our complete Wedding Ceremony Package including Marriage Celebrant, Photographer, private venue and bottle of Sparkling wine!
Oak Beach Wedding
Oak Beach is situated in a little beachfront cove just a twenty five minute drive north from Palm Cove or fifteen minutes drive south of Port Douglas Queensland Australia. Oak Beach is comprised of a few private beachfront houses on a 1.5 kilometer stretch of palm lined beachfront.
This beachfront cove setting is private as not too many people know about this little gem of a location so your wedding will most likely be an exclusive event on the day with only you and your guests in attendance.
The sand on this beach goes from soft deep sand to flat hard yellow sand as the low tide comes along giving you and your guests long wide stretches of beach to gather. The beachfront is also lined with palm trees to also offer shade and a place for the signing table and chairs to be placed and a great possie for keeping your guests out of the sun.
Newell Beach Wedding
Newell Beach is also another little jewel of Port Douglas that is relatively unknown yet it is only 8 klms from the township of Mossman, a short 20 minute drive north from Port Douglas or one hour north from Cairns International airport.
With views over the ocean to low Isles and Snapper Island, a 3.6 klm stretch of beach, a 10 minute car ride to Mossman Gorge and 20 minutes from the Daintree Village Newell beach is the ideal beach location for your wedding as everything is so accessible but yet so private.
As with all Cairns north Queensland beaches palm trees dominate the shoreline giving that much loved shade from the beautiful Queensland sunshine.
For the ultimate Port Douglas beach wedding ceremony entrance why not arrive in a helicopter that lands in front of your guests on the beautiful tropical beaches (landings subject to approval for special events only)
Ask the Cairns Holiday Specialists to arrange this along with the permits for you to make your beach wedding entrance spectacular. Call them on 07 4059 5959 or email
Port Douglas Other Wedding Locations
On A Yacht
Ah the romance of it all, a beautiful sun setting in the west and you are sailing on board a luxury private charter boat with all of your friends and family there to witness your Great Barrier Reef wedding ceremony commitment to each other for the rest of your lives.
In Port Douglas there are a number of private charter sailing boats or motor boats you can charter for your wedding ceremony whether it be a casual morning wedding combined with a day of snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef or an intimate cruise with full wedding catering, the Cairns Holiday Specialists can make all of the arrangements for you.
Port Douglas Sugar Wharf
The Port Douglas Sugar Wharf is showcased in a lot of magazines and bridal articles as one of the most fantastic rustic places to hold a wedding ceremony and wedding reception under the stars in north Queensland. Conveniently located on the waterfront of the Dickson Inlet adjacent to St Mary's chapel overlooking the ocean and views across the water to the ancient Cape Tribulation and Daintree rainforest clad mountains.
This old weather beaten grey timber building was home to Ben Cropp and his "Shipwreck Museum" for many years but is now open to the public as a fantastic waterfront entertainment venue.
A wedding under the stars and both of you surrounded by family and friends in such a memorable location is a precious moment that no-one will ever forget.
With the natural beauty that is Port Douglas and north Queensland the Sugar Wharf deck is a stunning location for both your wedding ceremony and reception and only a short stroll away from the main street of Port Douglas and all of the hotels and resorts.
Weddings on Australia's Great Barrier Reef
Whether it's a small or a large gathering you and your wedding guests can celebrate your own private wedding on an isolated sand cay in the middle of Australia's Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas.
You can arrive in style by helicopter or by a private charter boat or both. The catering and celebrations can then be held on board the boat with finger food or a buffet or for the smaller more intimate gathering a private chef can prepare a three course menu with accompanying wines and beverages.
You could also choose to have a very informal wedding in the morning and then spend the rest of the day snorkelling the Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef amongst the corals and vast marine life.
Get some quotes from the Cairns Holiday Specialists for your Great Barrier Reef Wedding.
Hot Air Balloon Weddings
Just imagine floating around in the air and saying 'I do' with your friends and family in the same hot air balloon basket or a flotilla of hot air balloons soaring thru the sky in the early morning sunrise marking the beginning of a brand new day and a brand new life together as man and wife.
The piece and serenity of it all and the dawning of a new day setting the romantic ambience for that dream wedding ceremony.
Afterwards you can make your way to a nice restaurant for a wedding breakfast that would include a bottle of bubbles which is an old ballooning tradition.
Port Douglas Rainforest Weddings
Port Douglas is blessed with a plethora of idealic tropical wedding ceremony locations and none are more unique than in the surrounding rainforests that hide waterfalls, rivers and streams. Your wedding photographer or wedding planner would be able to reveal these locations for you and arrange any necessary permits you may just need to conduct your wedding ceremony.
There are a lot of other places you can be married in Port Douglas all you need to do is think about is the transportation of getting yourselves and you're guests there and how you would like your wedding photographs to turn out.
The Cairns Holiday Specialists can assistto make all of these arrangements fall into place without too much fuss at all which leaves you to enjoy your engagement time and actually enjoy arranging your Port Douglas wedding.
Call the Port Douglas wedding specialists on 07 4059 5959