About Us

The Golden Isles Wedding Association (GIWA) is a member based for-profit Trade and Marketing organization.

Mission Statement

The Golden Isles Wedding Association exists for the purpose of growing the wedding business in the Golden Isles. We do this by promoting the Golden Isles as a premier wedding destination and by advertising our members as the best resources for local weddings.

Vision Statement

The Golden Isles Wedding Association seeks to be a trusted, local network of reputable wedding professionals—to continuously improve wedding quality and strengthen the wedding industry in the Golden Isles.

GIWA Advisory Board

Beachview Tent & Event Rentals

Brooke Roberts Photgraphy

Emily Burton Designs

The Vine & Greenhouse SSI

Island Sound Entertainment

The King and Prince Resort

Straton Hall

Letter from the President


Thank you for your interest in GIWA.


I’d like to share some of my life with you to help better understand why your support is essential and why GIWA is vital to the future of the Golden Isles.


I’m a St. Simons Island native; I grew up on the Island and have spent most of my life here. After 9/11, I joined the United States Marine Corps and served 6 years in the infantry and participated in 5 combat tours overseas. After being Honorably Discharged, I returned home to the Golden Isles and started Island Sound. With the help of my team, we have grown to be the largest Wedding DJ company in the Southeast.


Because of our experience in markets all across the Southeast, spanning Florida, Georgia, The Carolinas, and even Ohio and Pennsylvania, we recognized that an association was essential, but more than that— one working hand in hand with local vendors, government officials, press, and couples planning for their weddings.


This is my home, my community. As a small business owner, husband, and father, my livelihood and the future of my family depends on continued growth of business in our area.


I would be honored for your business to join GIWA. GIWA focuses all of its attention on building up our local community. We are driven by our love for the wedding industry, our clients, and the beauty of our coastal home.


We proudly represent excellence; a team of vendors which have grown to be friends, who, together, are capable of making any wedding dream day possible. Please join us today.


Justin Henshaw

President, Golden Isles Wedding Association

Membership Has Its Benefits

The Golden Isles Wedding Association (GIWA) offers the most informative resources and the best access to the local, passionate, and reliable wedding professionals of the Golden Isles of coastal Georgia.


As the region’s official wedding association, GIWA is proud to represent a close network of wedding professionals whose businesses are driven by their love for the wedding industry, their clients, and the beauty of our region.


Every year, our members produce and direct thousands of weddings of every shape, size, and budget, making the Golden Isles the premier wedding destination in the Atlantic coastal market.


GIWA is pleased to represent excellence–a team of vendors–in actuality, friends and colleagues!–who, together, are capable of making any wedding dream possible.


Brides and grooms (and the parents and friends supporting them) can find knowledgeable answers and reliable service from each GIWA member. Whether you hail from our Georgia coast or would love to celebrate your union in our region, GIWA provides you with licensed professionals.


GIWA brings you this powerful network of the best talent in the area–meeting your wedding needs by providing you with wedding professionals you can trust.


Relax… and enjoy the planning process by letting the GIWA team work for you.