There is simply no mistaking it, the 80s were full of multiple genres of music. From the pop music of Michael Jackson and Madonna to the synth pop of Animotion and the Pet Shop Boys over to the hairbands with Poison and Bon Jovi.  We cannot forget 80s hip-hop either, as it was huge back then. The 80s were a party. The 80s were fun. The 80s were happy. This is exactly how you want the vibe of your wedding reception to be, so sprinkling in some of your favorites from the 80s is always a great idea. This list is ONLY 50 songs. Feel free to add your own into the mix. I am actually shaking my head right now knowing that I am probably leaving off some big ones, but I'll let you do your research on the 80s and add your favorites in. These are 50 of the biggest songs from the 80s that are heard all over Charleston at wedding receptions. Perhaps I will do a Part 2 with another future blog post. Turn up your speakers and have some fun and go back to the 80s.

The dinner music portion of your afternoon or evening should include non-abrasive music that allows for good conversation and socializing among you and your wedding guests. Your DJ should adjust the volume of the music accoridngly. Brides and grooms tend to go in numerous different directions when it comes to selecting music for this portion of the evening. Some couples go for a light country, or perhaps the tried and true jazz standards like Frank Sinatra or even Motown. Soft rock is a genre that maybe your parents listened to (chuckle), and maybe that's why it's often overlooked when selecting wedding music. Back in the 70s and 80s, there were numerous romantic songs written that are just perfect for dinner at your Charleston wedding at Lowndes Grove, Kiawah, or the Carriage House at Magnolia Plantation.

Love them or hate them, all of us (including myself) may look at boy bands as a guilty pleasure, but they are popping up more and more on Charleston wedding playlists in recent years. Perhaps they are being added for nostalgia purposes or maybe some of them are just plain catchy and nice pop songs. I'm certainly not afraid to admit it, but while I was in high school in the late 80s and early 90s, I did not mind hearing New Kids On The Block blaring out of the crackling speakers in my old hatchback car or old Chevy pickup. Putting a few of these on your wedding playlist is sure to liven it up and mix things up, and add some fun to your wedding reception in Charleston, whether it's being held over at the Seabrook Island Club, downtown at the Historic Rice Mill, or ove rin Mt Pleasant at Harborside East.

Not selecting the right DJ for your Charleston wedding can potentially ruin the most important day of your life. But, for whatever reason, even as we approach the middle of 2017, the DJ is in most cases the last to be hired. While the flowers, decor, and food are certainly of great importance, brides and grooms need to make it a point to make booking the DJ one of the first vendors that are booked "right" after your venue. Waiting until the last minute has many consequences, one of which is that the great DJs have a tendency to book up sometimes as much as 12-18 months in advance. The old saying is true in selecting your wedding DJ. "Haste does make waste." Interview your DJs, thoroughly read their websites, and read over their reviews before hiring them and signing any contracts.  These are 3 of the common mistakes seen in the Charleston area when hiring the wedding DJ.

If you've read over a lot of my blog posts, you know that I really like to mix it up. You might also know that I used to host numerous 80s request shows on the radio here in Charleston and love 80s music. Do you love 80s music? It certainly is being overshadowed right now by a wave of 90s nostalgia, so what better place to bring the 80s back thna on my blog. Charleston weddings sound excellent with an 80s vibe and some of your favorite 80s tracks. I think we'll do something like this each and every Throwback Thursday. It's really hard to think about DJing a wedding or event without sprinkling the 80s in. Enough talk though right now. Buckle up, let's now take a time warp back 30 years ago to April 6, 1987. What were we listening to? What was the number 1 song in America?

Brides and grooms frequently ask me what types of music I play? Well, I love to play all types of music, but are totally interested in helping you make the perfect playlist for your wedding day which results in memories that are sure to last a lifetime. I just said "totally" so does that mean I am showing my 80s side? I might be and I certainly would not turn down an 80s infused wedding playlist. I grew up in the 80s and love all 80s music. I have had lots of couples book me for my forte in 80s music. Recent consultations though with brides and grooms have seen a bit of a different approach with creating their playlists. Brides and grooms I speak to these days want something different. They don't want their wedding to sound like all the other weddings they have been to. How about a modern rock playlist spanning from the 80s through the mid 2000s?

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