Hello there! You wouldn't really know it, but the autumnal equinox (the beginning of the Fall season for those of you who are not weather nerds) happened a few minutes past 4 o'clock on Friday afternoon. You wouldn't know it because we had tmeperatures in the 80s with a bit of humidty still. It's certainly not July or August Charleston humidity, but there is enough to keep us from giving the air conditioner a much needed break from this summer. The beginning of Fall coincides very nicely with the start of the Fall wedding season here in Charleston at Mike Bills Entertainment. "Katie & Paul" will have a huge gala at the Francis Marion Hotel tonight and then we move over to the magnificent Creek Club at Ion on October 1 for "Katie & Ricky". Be on the lookout for more upcoming "real wedding stories and playlists" about these lovely couples and many more to come up on the blog in October and November as the season in Charleston really gets cranked up.

Aside from being the true professional wedding DJ, one of the true loves of my life is music from the 80s. I still believe that even in 2017, there is still a hunger and desire to celebrate the music of the 80s. The 80s were comprised of so many different genres and subgenres of music. From the happy pop and dance music to synth pop and New Wave to Goth Rock and hard rock, the 80s had it all and then some. Let's not forget the endless list of one hit wonders! Having grown up in the 80s, and hosted many radio shows, my study and knowledge of 80s music is definitely above average. I believe that being a professional DJ has just as much to do with musical knowledge and exploration as playing the right song at the right time. I've been asking some of my friends who happen to be in the millenial age group about 80s music and most all of them have told me that they love a lot of music from this era. The desire is there now for me more than ever to get out and about in the lovely city of Charleston to spread my love of 80s music. The 90s might be a little hotter right now than the 80s, so I will be happy to also do a 90s music mix for you as well. The itch to do this has actually been there for many many months and I am now ready. An 80s or 90s night nostalgia night at your local Charleston area establishment could easily add another fine dimension to the monthly entertainment at your establishment or venue. Perhaps you have a Sunday brunch you'd like to increase patrons? Maybe you would like some nice upbeat alternative or new wave 80s to create a chill vibe for your establishment? You'll want to hire a mature and polished professional event DJ who will keep your guests there by creating a perfect ambiance.

Let me first begin this post by congratulating all the brides and grooms and wedding vendors in the greater Charleston area who had their wedding spared by the wrath of Hurricane Irma.  While the greater Charleston area ended up getting a strong tropical storm, things could have been LOTS and LOTS worse had the city seen a direct hit by a Category 4 or 5 hurricane. I lost some sleep last week thinking about the weddings that could be ruined by a major hurricane like Irma. But, let's all breathe a sigh of relief right now and keep our fingers crossed that we can make it through the rest of the Fall wedding season without any cancellations caused by a hurricane or natural disaster.  You know one of the biggest questions I get from bride and grooms is when the optimum time is to do their first dance. The first dance is absolutely one of the biggest moments of your entire wedding day.  Should the first dance be done before dinner or after dinner?  Each option has with it some benefits and drawbacks and we'll discuss both in this post.

Charleston wedding vendors, as well as brides and grooms who have had their wedding planned for this weekend and in the coming weeks can breathe a sigh of relief. Throughout the past week, I know I have personally lost some sleep in regards to the track of this incredibly catastrophic hurricane. For a few days there, it looked like one of the top wedding destinations in the country and world (Charleston) was going to be in the crosshairs of a major strike by the incredible power of Category 5 Hurricane Irma. No Category 5 has hit the United States since Hurricane Andrew did in August 1992 when it ravaged the Miami, Florida area. As I write this post, the South Carolina coast is out of the danger of catastrophe that we could have been looking at had this track not changed. Tropical storm conditions are looking to move into the greater Charleston area with heavy rains and coastal flooding possible. My thoughts are down in the great state of Florida as Irma sets her sights on the southwestern coast of the state near Naples and Key West. The storm looks to move up the entire Florida peninsula, with major cities like Tampa and Orlando in it's path. Let us keep the people of Florida in our prayers over the coming days. 

Here we are at the unofficial end of the summer of 2017. I sure hope it's been an incredibly great summer for you. It's been another incredible summer season of weddings in Charleston and as I'm in the midst of another Labor Day weekend, I am beginning to get ready for the upcoming Fall wedding rush in Charleston. In previous blog posts, I've talked about the longevity of "Despacito" and it's stake on being the song of Summer 2017 (especially on the dance floors of Charleston weddings), and it remains at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on this Labor Day weekend. "Despacito" is a Spanish word meaning "slowly", but it's rise to fame on the dance floors at Charleston weddings has been anything but slow. It's video reached 3 billion views on You Tube in just a little over 6 months after its debut. Justin Bieber had been travelling in Colombia back in the spring and he had heard the song in a club and it wasn't too long after that Erika Ender and Luis Fonsi received a call from the pop star about cutting a remix. The Labor Day weekend means just a few more beach days for brides and grooms in Charleston, and my calendar is booking up now with in-person consultations for my upcoming Fall wedding season. This means some definite playlist creation and music gathering sessions on the horizon. I love meeting with my clients to discuss music. You should always meet with your wedidng DJ for an increase in peace of mind as your big day arrives.

Your eyes are NOT playing tricks on you, I promise. That's right you read it properly. "The perfect 80s "Rock" Cocktail Hour Playlist. Before settling down into dinner and after the ceremony, this is another cocktail hour playlist designed to loosen your guests up rather nicely and what better way to do that than with some of the best 80s rock on the planet. Mike Bills Entertainment is the one DJ company in Charleston who has a strong affinity to the 80s music genre and it's many sub-genres. From the hard rock and glam metal scene to 80s alternative rock to just straight up classic rock, this version of cocktail hour playlist has all of that and then some more. Remember, this 80s Rock Cocktail Hour playlist is just one of the many avenues you could go for the cocktail hour playlist at your Charleston wedding.

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