DJs for Weddings in Georgetown, SC and throughout the Carolinas
Backup equipment is essential at any event, and especially at weddings. As Pat Taylor, Music on the Strand Wedding Disc Jockey Extraordinaire often remarks, if your DJ doesn’t have backup gear, and something malfunctions, you could find yourself sitting on the floor in a circle singing “Kumbayah.” Not good! Make sure your Georgetown Wedding DJ has back up gear, on site!
We provide innovative Disc Jockey Entertainment throughout the Georgetown Area, and will help design and deliver your DREAM WEDDING—from the most elegant formal reception, to an exciting full-throttle celebration! Being YOUR wedding DJ is our full-time job. We are: well-prepared with extensive planning completed for YOUR event, fully-experienced serving brides and grooms for decades, well-equipped with new and modern gear all backed up on site, fully-insured providing you with complete coverage, members of the American Disc Jockey Association delivering what is promised and striving for perfection. Call us! We look forward to furnishing references and inviting you to visit one of our events.
Georgetown, SC, As the state’s third oldest city, dates back to 1729 when the town was laid out by Elisha Screven. The four-by-eight block grid is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This area is bordered by Wood, Church, Meeting and Front Streets, with Front Street running alongside the Sampit River. A bustling seaport in colonial times, tall masted sailing ships laden with goods from Europe docked here and left with the trade products of the lowcountry – indigo in the mid 1700’s and rice, cotton and lumber in later years.
Georgetown’s Hebrew cemetery (c. 1772) was begun by South Carolina’s second oldest Jewish community. The older graves in the center of the cemetery has graves that are turned toward the east so that those buried there would face Jerusalem. In later years, due to lack of space, graves were laid perpendicular to the cemetery’s wrought iron boundaries. The cemetery is usually locked, but it is easily viewed from the sidewalk at 400 Broad Street.
Built circa 1750 with old brick from British ships’ ballasts, the Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church was twice held by enemy troops; British troops during the Revolutionary War and Union troops during the Civil War. Legend has it that horses were quartered in the stall-sized boxed pews of the church sanctuary during these wars. Badly damaged and pillaged during the Civil War, Prince George’s altar was rebuilt and installed with English stained glass saved from a decimated plantation chapel. The churchyard of Prince George borders Broad, Duke and Highmarket Streets. Sanctuary tours conducted by docents of the church are Monday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. from March thru Oct. Donations welcome.
At the intersection of Front and Screven Streets, one sees the c. 1845 town clock and clock tower bell, over which –according to local tradition– a feisty Georgetown lady spread a Confederate flag during the Union occupation of the town harbor during the Civil War. The Rice Museum is located in the Old Market Building ( circa 1842), below the clock and bell tower. The museum features dioramas depicting the production of rice and indigo as well as artifacts from these operations, maps and other exhibits. Rice Museum opens Mon – Sat 9:30 a.m.-4:30p.m. 546-7423. Admission.
After the Civil War, Georgetown’s former slaves founded Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The new denomination incorporated African tradition with Methodist and Episcopalian elements of the churches they had attended as slaves. The church became the hub of the post Civil War black community. The original 1866 building was replaced by the present church, located at 417 Broad Street, in 1882. The church is only open for services or guided tours with advanced reservations. Donations welcome.
The Kaminski House was built on a bluff with a panoramic view of the Sampit River. Located at 1003 Front Street, it was the home of Confederate sea captain Thomas Gaddett. Owned in later years by Naval Commander and Mrs. Kaminski, they willed the house to the City of Georgetown. Kaminski House is filled with antiques collected by the Kaminskis. Among this collection are distinctive Charleston-made pieces, a fifteenth century Spanish wedding chest, a Chippendale dining table, and a locking tea stand. There is an observation deck overlooking the river and a gift shop in the old butler’s quarters. Tours Mon. – Sat . 10 a.m.. – 4.pm.
Surrounding the Rice Museum is LaFayette Park. An oasis of flowers, herbs and other greenery is lovingly tended by a local garden club. Adjacent to the park is Harborwalk, a 1,000 foot long, 12 foot wide boardwalk at waters edge. Underway is an extension that will double the length. Behind Harborwalk are the back door entries and pastel awnings of the charming Front Street shops, restaurants and upstairs residences. The restaurants all have a harbor view, some open to seabreeze dining.
On the street side, the pace is unhurried. Unique shops, restaurants, homes and museums line the well-kept, lantern-lighted street. An added attraction is the Strand Theater. This art-Deco building is in the League of Historic American Theater listings. The marquee is original, and the 40’s-style box office was built for the movie “Made in Heaven.” A local theater group, The Swamp Fox Players, uses the Strand for performances.
Be sure to wander off Front Street in the 220 acre historic district. The district is compact, and light blue markers identify the historic structures. A walk or drive through the live-oak lined streets will be well rewarded. Guided tours by tram, horse-drawn carriage or on foot are also available for expanded narratives.
Adapted from an article by Michelle O’Connor, Lake Arrowhead Weddings
• When a bride is selecting an outdoor location for her wedding, what do you suggest to her regarding a bad weather back up plan?
There are many lovely outdoor wedding locations – beach weddings, lake front weddings, forest weddings, mountain weddings, garden weddings…the options are endless! With any outdoor wedding, it is vital that the bride and groom work with their coordinator or wedding company to establish a backup plan in the event of bad weather. Please remember to make sure, if indeed there is going to be beautiful weather, that there is still provision for shelter from the sun and any unexpected weather changes for your DJ! Some DJs carry their own canopy. Inquire ahead of time! If the wedding location is on the grounds of a hotel or inn, coordinate ahead of time to have a banquet room ready for you in the event of inclement weather. This option may cost a little more, but it will save you worry and potential heartache later! Another option is to plan to have only the ceremony outdoors and the reception inside (or inside with an outside portion). In the event of inclement weather, you can simply hold the entire event in the room you planned to have the reception in – without incurring extra costs! This is by far the most “secure” and least expensive way of having an outdoor wedding, and one of the easier backup plans. If your outdoor wedding will be held in an area with no building nearby (or a building too small to hold your guests), such as in a forest clearing or in the garden of a private estate, consider using a tent for the reception. In the event of bad weather, you can move the ceremony and reception into the tent. Be sure the tent is water tight and sturdy! Whatever backup plan you select, be sure you tell ALL of your wedding vendors (especially those that require lighting and electricity) of your plan ahead of time. They may bring up alternate concerns you have not thought of and can help you solidify a great backup plan. After all, your wedding vendors are professionals, and have likely had experience with this sort of thing before.
• Can you give us an example of a wedding you’ve planned which had to be relocated due to weather and how you worked with the indoor option to create a memorable event?
Last January we had an intimate outdoor wedding planned for approximately 55 guests. The bride had her heart set on an outdoor wedding in the mountains in the winter! She loved the lakeview and wanted to bring heaters outside so all could enjoy the atmosphere. That morning it began snowing – and did not stop until late that night! This was a destination wedding so most of the guests were already in accommodations nearby. The bride and groom did not let this spoil their day! They had many gorgeous photos taken outside in the snow, the guests loved it, and everyone enjoyed a lovely ceremony and reception inside with a snowy lake as a backdrop. Both fireplaces were roaring and the beverages flowed. The Lake Arrowhead Weddings staff had a job to do! We had to figure out what to do with all the guests while we moved all the ceremony seats (that were supposed to be outside) after the ceremony to make room for the reception dinner seating and tables! We asked everyone to adjourn to the great room for appetizers (not part of the original plan) while we speedily setup for the reception – the guests didn’t even know this wasn’t the original plan! Given that the bride had purchased one of our outdoor wedding packages, she didn’t even have to worry about plan B. We simply asked her if she liked our plan (which we discussed with her well before the wedding day) and that, in the event of inclement weather, we would just implement it without further distracting her on her wedding day. She was able to sit back and enjoy her day without worrying about what to do about the weather and where to put her guests.
• What special advice do you have for outdoor brides in regard to dress, veils, makeup?
If you are planning an outdoor wedding in the summer, and you think it will be hot – wear a light gown so that you do not overheat and sweat unnecessarily (not becoming in photographs). If your dress does have a train, be sure to consider what the ground you will be walking over is like. Is it dirt that will turn your train brown? Is it grass? Is the train heavy enough to where the grass might stain it? Using an aisle runner can help with this, but, in a windy outdoor setting, if not secured, the runner will come loose. Be sure to solidly secure your aisle runner before the ceremony if your location is windy. Also, consider consulting a professional makeup artist and your photographer about your makeup plans. The shimmer powder that is so popular today can, if applied too liberally, and photographed in sunlight, produce a slight glare in your photographs. You will also want to use makeup that holds up nicely, even if you do sweat (or “glow” ) a little. You want you makeup to hold up well during the outdoor sunlit ceremony, and through the reception, without looking caked on or streaking. If your outdoor location may be slightly windy, as in many places in Georgetown, opt for a veil that can be secured behind your head before you walk down the aisle (or don’t wear one at all). You do not want your veil floating in front of your face and moving about during the ceremony. A bride (or officiate or bridesmaid or groom) swatting at and moving your veil around during the ceremony does not make for elegant photographs.
• Do you have any special advice for brides which take a boat wedding package in regard to dress, shoes, decorations?
For those brides having a boat wedding, be sure to plan accordingly. It is a good idea to bring along some motion-sickness medication (available over-the-counter), or take some ahead of time if you have a tendency to be affected by repeated motion. If the wedding will be proceeding into the night, be sure to bring a shawl or other decorative piece to help keep you warm. The air is typically colder over water, and as night falls, you may get chilly. You can have an informal or formal wedding on a boat, depending on the time of day and the decor and style of the boat. For more informal weddings during the daytime you may opt for a gown with a shorter train and veil. For more formal evening weddings, you may choose to wear a more embellished gown with a longer train (be sure the train bustles well for ease of dancing later on) and a longer veil. Whatever style your dress, wear shoes that have the look you want, but that are also comfortable! You will be walking and dancing most of the reception. Another option is to have only the ceremony or only the reception on the boat, while having the remainder of the wedding at your favorite hotel, inn or country club.
Adapted from an article written by T. Shaw
Getting there can be half the fun when you choose wedding transportation that is as unique as you are. Here are some ideas for transportation that is customized to your wedding tastes and theme.
1. If you have a large bridal party, why not rent a car or SUV? Hire a family member to play driver maybe you have an uncle who would be willing to don a top hat and chauffeur you and your party to your reception.
2. Have a blast from the past and use a classic car. Talk to friends of the family from whom you could borrow one, or contact your local historical society.
3. A hot-air balloon can be a fun way to arrive to your summertime reception.
4. Arrive on horseback. Talk to a local Georgetown stable about renting a pair of white horses for the afternoon.
5. A couple that enjoys golfing can arrive on a golf cart. You might even be able to get a few putts in before your reception!
6. For a country-themed wedding, arrive on a tractor.
7. If you are getting married in the winter, consider arriving at your destination on skis.
8. Rent a motorcycle.
9. A bicycle built for two can be even more romantic when its used to arrive at your wedding reception.
10. For a beach-themed wedding, think about arriving on a dune buggy.
May your Georgetown, SC wedding plans go smoothly. Music on the Strand’s DJ ENTERTAINMENT looks forward to being a part of your special day!