It is not difficult to understand the appeal of a Port Douglas Wedding.
Location and climate ensure it will be a very special day.
Over 600 couples a year choose Port Douglas as the place to have their special day.
Located just 65 kilometres north of Cairns International Airport, Port Douglas is popular with both Australian and International visitors as a destination to get married.
The only place in the world where two natural, world-heritage-listed sites – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest – exist side by side, what a perfect place for a wedding.
The breathtaking natural beauty of Port Douglas affords the happy couple many options for the wedding ceremony, be it traditional or the more unconventional.
For a traditional wedding in Port Douglas you can not go past the fully restored and historical St Mary’s by the sea.
A non denominational church makes St Mary’s in Port Douglas ideal for the conduct of weddings of any faith. St Mary’s by the Sea is centrally located in the township of Port Douglas and offers one of the most stunning venues for church weddings in The Douglas Shire. The church has a huge glass altar window which enjoys breathtaking views of the Coral Sea and rainforest clad mountains, this window is often left open to make the most of the spectacular surrounds.
The stained glass windows, traditional wooden pews and church bell which will be ringing on your wedding day all add to the charm of St Mary’s by the sea. Approximately, 400 wedding ceremonies are held at St Mary’s church in Port Douglas each year.
The Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas also has a wedding chapel called The Crystal Chapel on the Beach.
The chapel deliberately designed to offer a complete view of the beach and its surrounds. The walls are glass panels ensuring you a have a 360 degree view of the tropical environs on your wedding day in Port Douglas.
For the alternative wedding ceremony in Port Douglas, the options are numerous. The most obvious being the beach wedding. The long stretch of silky sand that is the famous Four Mile Beach is a truly tropical location for your Port Douglas Wedding. The Douglas Shire council did not charge as long as the wedding ceremony was not longer than approx 1 hour. Unfortunately this is not the case now that we are part of the Cairns Regional Council.
A simple yet elegant choice without getting sand between your toes yet still overlooking the stunning Coral Sea is to get married at RexSmeal Park. The park is also centrally located in the heart of Port Douglas and the local council also looks after the permit for hire, be it for the ceremony and or reception.
Another more exotic and unique way is to have your wedding in Port Douglas on board a sailboat whilst cruising out to Low Isle and the Great Barrier Reef. Port Douglas has many vessels in the inlet available for private charter. Ideal if you have always dreamed of sailing off to a tropical island for your wedding.