Over the past decade, Charleston, SC has grown by leaps and bounds and has seen a tremendous growth in it's food and beverage scene. Perhaps its the consecutive annual awards by the likes of Conde Nast Traveler that have caused this explosion of new, hip, and chic hangouts and establishments that have shaped Charleston into an even more social and foodie city. With these awesome new establishements and venues comes the need for an amazing hip and chic soundtrack to go with the amazing views and weather that we've come to know in this beautiful city of Charleston.  Aside from being one of Charleston's top wedding DJs, my obsession with 80s music is way up there with my obsession to helping brides and grooms create the absolute best playlist for their most important day here in Charleston. With the 80s in our rearview mirror (but far from being forgotten), I wanted to bring together my collection of the some of the more familiar 80s tracks (all in an extended 12' version), and some of the tracks that when you hear, you might say oooooooooooh. As a child growing up back in the 80s, I remember quite fondly what it was like to turn on the radio, and MTV for that matter and see videos that would end up creating lasting images for a lifetime. Back in the 80s, we didn't have Spotify or You Tube, so the DJ you heard on the radio or Casey Kasem on Sunday morning were some of the only sources to hear new music. There were also some specialty shows like Solid Gold and American Bandstand that offered more live performances, but for the most part your favorite radio station was a popular place where listeners first heard about new music.

You've been planning your perfect Charleston wedding for months, and in some cases, years. After all the planning and preparation that has gone into one of the biggest days of your life, there is only one word that comes to mind when describing what your day should be; "fun". While I've certainly talked in previous posts about how important it is to hire the right Charleston Wedding DJ and entertainment and how that will certainly give you the best chance of having an awesomely fun reception, there is one more dimension you might add to your big day. A photo booth. Employing a photo booth at your wedding is one of the best ways to really get you and your guests engaged and having a blast at your wedding reception in addition to the best soundtrack I'll help you create.  As you may have read in my previous posts, I don't offer any upgrades. Click HERE to read this post from last summer to get a little more caught up on who it is I am as a Charleston wedding DJ.  My aim is to continue to keep that laser focus on all my brides and grooms in creating the absolute perfect soundtrack for the biggest day of their lives. I want to continue to do ONE THING and do it excellent. In recent months, I had been thinking about adding a photo booth company to my preferred vendors list. Back in December, I connected with Melissa Ingersoll of Lowcountry Photo Booth at a networking event and what she was doing really caught my eye.

The culmination of another Charleston engagement season is upon us. Valentine's Day is now just a day away, and that day itself is actually in the Top 10 as one of the most popular days to propose. These past few days have been so warm here in Charleston and certainly have had me smiling about the spring wedding season that is just around the corner. Warmer weather just feels so much more romantic to me than cold weather. If you've read over my blog, you have a pretty good idea just how big an impact the perfect soundtrack that is created will play on your upcoming Charleston wedding day. But before we get to your big day in the Holy City, how did you envision the big moment that will turn into that wonderful day?  Music is powerful, and the right choice of song could make for a powerful and beautiful moment during your proposal. The type of song that you might choose to play during your Charleston wedding proposal is really going to depend on your mood. Some proposals are going to go down the very sappy and romantic love song route, whereas other proposals are going to be more funny and light-hearted. 

She'll be in town tonight and this is a date that I have had circled on my calendar for quite a few months now. Live at the Gaillard Center downtown in Charleston, SC, it's world renown jazz pianist and singer, Diana Krall. Billboard magazine named her one of the best selling jazz artists of her time. Her voice is very rich and sensual, and in my humble opinion one of the best in history out of all female jazz musicians. I am giving Diana some time on my blog this weekend because her music would go perfectly at a black-tie Charleston wedding down at the Hibernian Hall or the historic Gadsden House, or even the Governor Thomas Bennett House. If you are just hitting my website and blog for the first time, welcome! If incorporating other jazz musicians into your Charleston wedding playlist is something you are interested in, you might check back at an earlier post from a few weeks ago about my smooth and sexy like silk jazz cocktail hour for Charleston weddings as well. It's only a few posts back behind this one.

They say "hate" is a strong word, so when it comes to the Charleston wedding DJ business, we'll make it a little less dramatic and refer to those songs that we "dislike greatly" as Do Not Play songs. Wedding DJs all around Charleston and the rest of the country have made their reports and the votes have been tabulated, as to which songs were placed on Do Not Play Lists all over Charleston and in the rest of the major wedding markets across the country for all of 2017. If you just landed on my blog for the first time, welcome to my website and blog that was professionally designed for the modern bride in mind.  You probably are hitting a lot of DJ sites out right now if you just got engaged over the holidays or will be in the next few weeks. The Do Not Play List is one of the most important discussions that you should be having with your prospective wedding DJ as you plan your 2018 or 2019 wedding.  It's YOUR wedding, so the music that you choose for your wedding playlist should reflect your musical tastes. If you are thinking about designing a special theme for your cocktail hour, check back over my blog for many playlist ideas. One of the biggest parts about making your wedding music about YOU is making sure the DJ you hire does not play the songs you don't like.

She'll be here next Saturday night. She has one of the beautiful female jazz voices in modern jazz music history. Her name is Diana Krall. She has a very smooth and sexy voice and I cannot to hear it live and in person downtown at the Gaillard Center. In preparation for Diana Krall, I decided to throw together another cocktail hour playlist alternative when planning the music for your upcoming Charleston wedding. Today's iteration of the cocktail hour has to do with the smooth and sexy like silk sounds of smooth jazz.   The sounds of smooth jazz are perfect for a cocktail hour that's located right next to the water.  I am picturing this smooth jazz cocktail hour to go very well as a way to relax after your wedding ceremony and soak up a few rays of sun, especially if your wedding reception is held downtown at the Historic Rice Mill or Harborside East. Imagine, if you will, you and your guests socializing during your cocktail hour right on the water as the sun sets. It's the perfect soundtrack for your guests to socialize and sip cocktails down by the water in Charleston.

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