There is little in the way of tropical nuptials that doesn’t go with Port Douglas’ azure beaches, emerald rainforests and golden shores; including a sunny disposition for the soon-to-be-bride. Your Port Douglas wedding should be all daiquiris and delight, and we’ve got six ways to mellow your Bridezilla into Bridechilla!
Every bride prefers to have her signature on the design of the day. But arranging every detail alone can fluster the most serene of brides. So it may be worth your sanity to enlist the help of a professional – planner that is. Port Douglas has such a diverse and stunning array of florists, venues, photographers and celebrants, and there’s a number of local wedding planners to assist. Local celebrants Sarah Woods, Stephanie Milne and The Wedding Guy can inspire your nuptials and conduct your vows. And Dragonfly Weddings & Events, Port Douglas Weddings & Hire, and Port Douglas Weddings not only have access to all your professional wedding needs, but the ability to translate your perfect vision.
You’re about to pledge forever with your man – so it’s important to chill with the girls beforehand. Family, best-friends and bridesmaids; your ‘Bride Tribe’ has travelled to the tropics to celebrate with you. And the lead up to your destination wedding is the perfect time for hens on holiday! Soothe any pre-wedding angst and beat the heat with a sunset cruise on Sailaway. Laze by aqua luxury with a cocktail at the Oaks Port Douglas Resort. Or grab a group facial before heading out for some beach time. Little ones can also be entertained on your spa day by Busy Bees Babysitting.
We’re guessing you haven’t just chosen Port Douglas based on its picturesque allure, but glorious weather too. Which gives you every reason to break tradition, and adopt the town’s laid-back, yet progressive mindset when it comes to your wedding attire; because both barefoot bliss & sassy Stella McCartney sandals are encouraged here! You can likewise go with the tropical flow and ditch the three-piece suits in favour of lightweight gent-wear. Our balmy weather entices everything from bowler hats to boardshorts, thongs to sarongs, and sheer dreamy dresses. Choosing casual and classy will keep you cool in more ways than one!
Chances are, with a Port Douglas destination wedding, your family and guests will arrive a few days before. And what’s the best thing about being surrounded by your loved ones? They’re there to help! Take advantage of sublime eateries, such as the beautifully breezy Salsa Bar & Grill or Ospreys Restaurant at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, and organise a pre-wedding dinner. You could also spoil yourself & husband-to-be by staying some stunning, panoramic accommodation from Executive Retreats, and have your own intimate dinner party prepared especially for you. It will be the perfect opportunity delegate any last minute details. You’ll feel refreshed when offers of assistance come rolling in.
Port Douglas rarely observes tradition, not when local colour, culture & climes urge you to create your own! Like wedding favours, for example. The day of the sugar-almond is done, and the gifts in their place are magical as well as practical. For a humid wedding day, how about personalised paper fans for table gifts, or an inscribed face-cooling spritz? Embolised stubbie & wine coolers never go astray either. Or prior to your big day, send out a group message asking for guest’s shoe size, and present them all with a pair of handy thongs! Again, Port Douglas Weddings can help with unique ideas to manifest your colourful creativity, while keeping you & your guests chilled with the coolest mementoes.
Since you’re already in a haven most folk dream about, why not combine your special day with beginning your honeymoon too? There’s really no reason to add extra stress packing & planning a 5 a.m. flight to Hawaii, when the Great Barrier Reef, iconic rainforest and endless sightseeing activities are literally at your hotel doorstep. Best of all, merging the two most exceptional events of your life in one place will significantly lesson any budget anxiety. Hemingway’s Brewery is casually ideal for that ‘Just Married’, time-to-relax vibe.Keep the celebrations going with family, or explore paradise alone as a couple. Affordable island-hopping for two, anyone?