But Will the DJ Come in Costume?
Updated: Apr 4, 2018
A crisp, clean suit and tie or tux is my standard attire for any wedding or special event that I DJ/MC. Sometimes, however, the event I'm working has a very specific theme and my clients encourage me – or politely ask – to dress accordingly. I've donned Hawaiian shirts at luaus, costumes to Halloween parties, and festive company-color-coordinated ties for holiday galas, but ¦when I was asked if I would dress like a Renaissance folk musician, that I admit, I had not done before.
Me and the staff at Newcastle Wedding Gardens
It was actually fun to "play the part," and not only did the bride and groom, Natalie and David, love it, the guests did as well. Below are some photos from their beautiful wedding day, captured by Rick & Lee of Siegel's Portrait Design.
The Renaissance theme started with the pre-ceremony, where I played a collection of Renaissance music in the background as the guests arrived. It set the festive tone for the day.
Natalie and David had a Handfasting during their ceremony. Handfasting is an ancient Celtic custom in which a couple comes together at the start of their marriage relationship. Their hands, or more accurately, their wrists, were literally tied together. This practice gave way to the expression “tying the knot” which has come to mean getting married or engaged.
The Renaissance theme continued through the reception in the Red Horse Barn. Beautifully illustrated Tarot Cards were used as table numbers and Renaissance era instruments were a part of the floral centerpieces! More clever details dreamed up by wedding stylist and Newcastle Wedding Gardens proprietress, Georgia Barron.
"Has anyone seen the Wedding Sword?" Yes, in lieu of a traditional cake knife, Natalie and David cut their wedding cake with real sword. Watch out for the sword-wielding bride!
After dinner I started off the night with Natalie and David's first dance, “World of Stone” by Blackmore's Night;perfect music for their Renaissance-style wedding. Did you know that Blackmore's Night is a British/American traditional folk rock duo formed in 1997, consisting of Ritchie Blackmore (formally of Rainbow) and his wife Candice Night?
It was definitely an enchanting wedding which I was honored to DJ/MC, in Renaissance costume no less. Congrats Natalie and David!