6 Reasons why Port Douglas offers the ultimate destination wedding

Samantha Carver

Invites, check. Dress, check. Airline tickets, most definitely! In the world of destination weddings, choosing an exotic location is becoming a desirable option for lovebirds worldwide. And it doesn’t get more alluring than tropical Port Douglas. A picturesque haven nestled between two world heritage icons – the Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas is not only waiting to lend magical imagery to showcase your wedding, but likewise a bouquet of perks!

1. It's bad manners to keep a honeymoon waiting

Think of it as a mini-moon to start with, since you’ve already flown to paradise. With big city weddings, there can be a feeling of anticlimax after the big day. Yet with a Port Douglas destination wedding, there’s nowhere to go but more exotic locations! You could share your future dreams together wandering tropical Low Isles, or explore the ancient Daintree rainforest to seal your timelessness ahead. Fly the Great Barrier Reef by helicopter, dive among a jewel-box of coral, surf through a rainforest canopy, swim in crystal clear rock-pools. Combine the memories all in one place. 

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2. Reef, rainforest, deserted sand cay? Be 'sea' duced by choice

You may be partial to the rainforest as a fairytale setting, or perhaps boho beach bride is more your dream. Traditionalists will adore the oceanside setting of Saint Mary’s church. And for beach lovers, there is little to rival the azure coastline of Four Mile Beach. Or perhaps the Sugar Wharf landmark will enhance your big day with sunset views across the inlet. Not to mention a plethora of sailboats for seafarers who’ve always dreamed of dancing on the waves, literally! The wonder here lies in its limitless diversity & possibilities. Differing from the Whitsundays or generic tropical locations, Port Douglas offers a rare fusion of laid back village charm, modern traditions, and of course, magnificent world heritage legends just a stone’s throw from your hotel!

3. Tropical lattitude is the best attitude

The day you say ‘I do’ involves the most special dress you’ll ever wear. Yet it’s not a desirable option wearing it huddled under a heat lamp in a drafty reception hall. You can rest assured Port Douglas will come through for you with outdoor warmth, even in the colder months. You may also want to ditch the pre-requisite chicken or beef choice, and take advantage of fresh local produce in an imaginative tropical menu. And lastly, a destination wedding, with the town’s vibrant colors and breathtaking backdrop ensures never ending photo-ops for you and your guests.

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4. A destination vibe escapes your tribe

You might not have seen second cousin Kate since day-care, but she’ll no doubt expect an invite to your home-ground nuptials, not to mention leering old Uncle Al. Conducting a Far North Queensland destination wedding often cuts your attendee list by a third and solves inviting distant relatives out of obligation. Likewise, the accessibility of Port Douglas direct from Cairns Airport makes travel easy & ceases location arguments if your families hail from opposite ends of the country! Most importantly, since most guests arrive to enjoy the tropics a day or three beforehand, you’ll have plenty of time to catch up prior. Which means, the number of hours you would have spent dashing from table to table making small talk, will transform into quality moments with the ones who truly matter.

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5. Slap the extra cost with a flip-flop

Since we’ve already established you’ll significantly cut the guest list by destination vows, this doesn’t just mean you’ll be shedding the hangers on; it likewise means less costs! Big city weddings with all the trimmings can be enough to make your head spin. Whereas a Port Douglas wedding with a smaller, intimate theme, will entice you to go with the flow. The less spent on each absent guest allows you to spend more on a truly distinct wedding. You could use that extra cash for an extended holiday with your new official beloved, a more decadent menu, or a uniquely superb venue.

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6. Resting beachface

Unfortunately, planning a wedding is often synonymous with stress, but not on these shores! Port Douglas is a beautiful sanctuary, no mistake, yet an extremely resourceful one. From luxury and affordable accommodation, to breathtaking venues and celebrated caterers, ticking off the list is made easy. And with your nearest and dearest arriving, the last thing you want in your bridal trousseau is worry. Professionals such as Port Douglas Weddings, Dragonfly Weddings & Events, and Port Douglas Weddings & Hire can actually relieve you of the hard work by doing what they excel at. With your vision in mind, they’ll seamlessly arrange everything, including venue, décor, food, photographer and celebrant. So, you’ll have more time to spend with those you love, not to mention extra hours working on your tan!


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