Variety is the spice of life. I like a little variety when it comes to DJing weddings here in lovely Charleston. My aim as a professional wedding DJ has always been to help couples create their own personal soundtrack for their wedding day. This day (which is the biggest of their lives) should include music solely about them. I met Kate with her mom back in June and they introduced me to a new and quiet place to meet clients over in the Mt Pleasant area. Vintage Coffee Cafe During our initial meeting Kate briefly mentioned that her and Jon would want to hear a tropical house playlist during their cocktail hour after their ceremony at Coleman Hall & Chapel in Mt Pleasant. At the time, I took notes, but it wasn't until I met Jon with Kate in early September at one of our consultations that I learned a little more about tropical house. I've always been a big fan of house music, as Charleston used to have a pretty nice house music scene with some great DJs spinning all sorts of house at various areas around downtown Charleston. I knew there were many different sub-genres of house, I am just glad that Kate & Jon allowed me to get more acquainted with the tropical house genre. These are some of the tracks that got played during their Sunday, October 15, 2017 wedding and some I will be adding into my future cocktail hour playlists and receptions.

In a recent survey of Charleston brides, (both destination and local) the value that a DJ has the potential to provide is becoming even more important. Brides and grooms should NEVER have to worry about a thing on their wedding day. Since the entertainment you choose on your wedding day is going to make or break one of the single most important days of your life, you need a professional wedding DJ who provides value. 
Value is defined as follows.  "the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something."
How much is it worth to a bride and groom to have a true, professional, polished wedding DJ at their ceremony and reception? Some of the thoughts below are just a few of the many things that run through my mind the day of YOUR wedding ceremony and reception. 

If you are a music connoiseur like I am, you probably know that the past 24 months have been extremely difficult in terms of the passing of many iconic musicians. From David Bowie to Glenn Frey to Prince and George Michael, and so many more, the loss has been truly great in the world of music. And now, as we extend our thoughts and prayers to the people of the great city of Las Vegas after their horrific tragedy, another American icon in the world of music has left us way too soon. Tom Petty passed away on October 2,2017 in Los Angeles, just 18 days shy of his 67th birthday. His family and bandmates were by his side. He had just wrapped up his 40th anniversary tour with his legendary band the Heartbreakers. His influence is VERY far reaching. John Mayer tweeted. "I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted to know what it felt like to fly. "you belong somewhere you feel free"

If you have not read over my blog post from this past summer (Why You Should Hire Me To DJ Your Wedding) then please go ahead right now and take a look.  One of the things I explain in it is the decision I made to focus solely on the "music" for your wedding reception. While my company prides itself on doing that ONE thing and doing it well, (music), I still have a great appreciation for lighting and will recommend some of the best wedding lighting vendors in Charleston. The amount of time and money you have spent on decor and planning deserves to be seen, and there is no better way to accomodate that need than to employ an entertainment ocmpany that specializes in uplighting. Even string lighting can turn an average event into an elegant masterpiece with very little resources (only a fraction) of your total wedding budget. You've spent hundreds, and in some cases thousands of dollars on place settings, your cake, and other amazing decor. Professional wedding lighting will make it all pop and be seen in awe-inspiring fashion.

The inspiration for this blog post came to me as I was listening to some old radio airchecks (shows) from an all request Totally 80s show that I did at various stations around Charleston. I remember it, it was actually an 80s Girl Power weekend way back when and the 80s were jam-packed with a huge amount of female talent, both from a solo artist standpoint, as well as all-girl bands. The ladies of the 80s that show up on this post are women of rock, women who showed up on the Top 40 and R&B charts, as well as new wave and alternative genres. Some of the women that appear on this list were some of the most influential ever and extended well past the 80s into the 90s and beyond.

In keeping with my promise to prospective Charleston brides to continue to keep this blog one of the freshest and most diverse in the greater Charleston area, I am here to give you yet another great playlist idea when it comes to planning the perfect mix of music for your Charleston wedding. As you get the planning underway at the Daniel Island Club or Harborside East, what about a 70s Soft Rock Cocktail Hour? Pretty groovy idea, huh?  Actually, I was not thinking you'd get your guests to pull out the platform shoes or the bell bottoms, or even the leisure suit, but for a different chill vibe, consider a playlist comprised for soft rock artists from the 70s. Truth be told, I was 6 years old when the ball dropped at midnight on December 31, 1979 so my memories of 70s music when it was released are a little foggy. I did not learn an appreciation for the decade until I heard the music being played as I got older and we had oldies radio hit the Charleston area. Soft rock artists like Elton John, Dobie Grey, Styx, and the Little River Band, just to name a few.

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