The city that has in it that popular bar that got it's own TV show back in the 1980s, a Hall Of Fame quarterback in Tom Brady, the Bruins, the Celtics, Paul Revere, and Samuel Adams has been having it's share of brides and grooms come on down to the number 2 wedding destination in the country to get married. Both Boston and Charleston have histories that played a major role in American history. Perhaps it's the people of Boston that see Charleston as a city just as rich in beauty and a wonderful place to get married? Either way, in my continued salute of Charleston, South Carolina as a top wedding destination in America and in most cases, the world, this post is dedicated to musicians and bands from the Boston area. Newly engaged couples that come from major metro areas across America to Charleston sprinkle their playlists with songs from their home cities. Even if you aren't from Boston, have some fun with this blog post and see the talent and fun you could be adding to your playlist from Boston. 

Ranked #2 in the country and very high up in the ranks for the world for destination weddings, the allure of Charleston as a wedding destination continues to be stronger than ever. The combination of fine dining, rich history, beautiful beaches, as well as plantations and gardens make it irresistible to recently engaged couples all over the country, including those couples living in and around the greater Philaldelphia area. Destination couples that hire Mike Bills Entertainment tend to bring a piece of their city to Charleston. That "piece" of their city or town is generally related to the music of their area. I've seen lots of couples place artists and bands from their geographical location into their playlist. Today starts another blog series that you are not going to want to miss, especially if you are a destination wedding couple coming to Charleston to get married from some of the major metropolitan areas across America. Today, we begin with the greater Philadelphia area. There isn't a wedding season that goes by that I don't see web inquiries from the Philadelphia area. A most memorable couple from the Philaldelphia was "Reese & Courtney". Check back through some of the more recent blog posts to see a real wedding playlist from their epic day at Boone Hall in April 2014. It should be no surprise that the birthplace of American Bandstand is going to come with it a hot bed of musical talent.

In my continuing desire to make the wedding music you choose about YOU and your fiance and the music YOU want to hear, I am kicking off a blog post series spotlighting some great ideas for musically themed cocktail hour playlists. The cocktail hour can really be whatever you want it to be; from bluegrass vibes to a laidback reggae chill vibe to a soft rock or even Motown vibe. What about a "Beatles" vibe, yeah he said an ALL "Beatles" cocktail hour? There is no denying it, the Beatles were probably the most influential band of the rock era. If you want pop, psychedelic, and just plain old rock, the Beatles had it all and then some. This list is composed of the classic tracks spanning their history, and also includes tracks from each of the band's member's solo efforts. Remember, it's YOUR wedding. The music should be about you, your musical tastes, as well as your friends and family. This is just one idea for a cocktail hour, as the possibilities are really endless and infinite just like your imagination.  The music you choose for your wedding is one of the most important decisions you'll make. If you are newly engaged and have begun the search for a wedding DJ for your very special day in Charleston, I invite you to read over this blog and my website and check back here in the coming days for more excellent ideas for your wedding playlists. 

The music of Motown continues to be a mainstay even in 2017 on wedding playlists all over Charleston. Depending on your selections, multiple vibes can be created by adding some of these Motown tracks into your wedding playlist. That vibe is timeless and can be enjoyed by all ages and is a safe bet for your DJ to throw into the mix. Whether you want to sprinkle some slower songs in during dinner, make a popular Motown song choice for your father / daughter dance, or get the party cranked with fun and happy-go-lucky Motown party favorites, Motown is an excellent choice. It makes for that classic Charleston wedding sound, whether you are at an elegant reception at the Daniel Island Club, the Creek Club at I'on or an intimate affair at the Historic Rice Mill.

Well, we've reached the first full weekend of May and there's a little autumn chill in the air, but since we're the in the midst of another wonderful wedding season in Charleston, and since it'll soon be VERY HOT for several months, there is no complaining here from me. I actually just got done stealing about 5 days during this busy and hectic wedding season by taking a little rest and relaxation out on the Florida Gulf Coast in a lovely place called Destin, FL. I strongly recommend Destin for a laid back experience away from Charleston. And hey, since it's a quiet, laid back area on the Florida Gulf Coast with white sands on the beaches that resemble sugar, it might be a choice for your honeymoon. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g34182-Destin_Florida-Vacations.html 
As we cruise through early May, here are the Top 10 biggest songs being requested and played at weddings around Charleston this spring in both the Top 40 and Urban / Rap charts. At last post, Ed Sheeran was at the top of the Top 40 charts with his mega hit "Shape Of You", but he's dropped a tad to #2.  Ed Sheeran has a second song in the Top 30 and "Castle On The Hill" sits at #15 and is slowly moving up the charts into the Top 10. Ed Sheeran will be coming to North Charleston in September. I would say get your tickets, but it's been sold out soon after the tickets went on sale. "Castle On The Hill" may move up, but it's not nearly as catchy as "Shape Of You". The Chainsmokers continue to occupy a few spots in the Top 10. They are holding strong at #5 with "Paris" and at #3, it's their collaboration with Coldplay "Something Just Like This"

Perhaps this blog post will inspire wedding planners and coordinators all around Charleston to supply a bunch of Bic lighters for folks to hold up at their tables or even during send-off while they listen, especially after you take a look at this list of songs I am about to show you. Power ballads, which have their early roots back to the late 70s became more mainstream during the 80s and 90s. They were songs that conjured up feelings of love and loss, but for the sake of this blog post and since wedding receptions are meant to be positive, we shall look at this list of songs that make us go "ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh" and think about love. Don't think these songs are too out of the norm to be played at your wedding. Allow this list to serve as a trigger of more ideas for songs you might want to hear. Remember, more and more brides and grooms are looking for their weddings to sound different from all the others they have been to in recent years.

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