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We've made to Lucky #13. That's Episode 13 of The Mike Bills Podcast. In case you are wondering, it appears as though the upper respiratory infection that hijacked my voice earlier has passed. Thank goodness! It's nice to get back behind the microphone and talk about Charleston Wedding DJ stuff.  If the Number 13 is your lucky day, this podcast is for you, especially if you were lucky enough to get engaged over the holidays.  Engagement season is in full swing.  Website traffic has been through the roof over these past few weeks, as lots and lots of modern brides and grooms are checking me out. Thank you for your interest. Let us talk about the music for your wedding.  The wedding entertainment is what you and your guests will remember about your most special day for the rest of your life.  In 2020, there are so many wedding DJs popping up in Charleston claiming they are the best. They will also claim they are the most popular. Let me quote from the late Neil Peart, drummer of the band Rush. "I never wanted to be famous, I wanted to be good."  I agree wholeheartedly with Neil's quote, and I'll take it one step further: I want to make sure I am presenting myself as a professional wedding DJ. You as a modern bride and groom also need to make sure you hire a professional wedding DJ.

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It's still a bit surreal we are now in 2020. A new decade means a new era of nostalgia and a different historical perspective on music as we move further away from previous decades.  One of my passions as a wedding DJ is looking back and researching the best music of certain decades of music. For example, on social media when sharing my thoughts on music, I would use the hashtag #The80sAt30 when celebrating the 30th anniversary of a popular 80s record. Now, that 2020 is here, I've started to use the hashtag #The90sAt30 as we're now 30 years past 1990. It's hard to believe we'll celebrate 30 years from the debut of Wilson Phillips, and their single "Hold On".  Now that the 2010s are behind us, what were some of the greatest musical moments of the past 10 years? Which songs that were released over the past decade made an impact at weddings all over the country?  Which songs connected with brides and grooms in Charleston and look to stay on wedding playlists in the years to above? You'll want to read on as DJ Mike Bills, one of the top Charleston Wedding DJs explores some of the hottest and requested music at wedding receptions of the 2010s.

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Here we are at third Friday already in January 2020 and it's nice to be getting back to some sense of normalcy as it pertains to the Mike Bills Podcast. You are probably asking what happened? Well, somehow I contracted some type of upper respiratory infection that knocked my voice out for about 2 weeks and inhibited me from recording fresh new content. Hopefully you caught Episode 11 because it was a "Best Of" episode that offered up some amazing tips on how to find the best wedding DJ for your big day in Charleston or Savannah.  Episode 12 will end up being the first fully-produced episode of the new decade with fresh new content.  I'm still new to this podcast thing, but one thing is for sure, if I want to have continuity, I have to carry the hand sanitizer with me everywhere I go, as well as make sure I am getting my Vitamin C supplements.  It had been 3 years since I had caught anything like this, and hopefully it'll be another three or five years.  You know it's hard to believe that here in Charleston, where the city has become one of the top wedding destinations in the country, that my podcast stands alone as one of it's kind.  Don't look for this steady stream of content to end anytime soon! As a matter of fact, I have only just begun.

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You know it's a rare occasion that I get under the weather. As a matter of fact until early this year, I don't believe I've been ill for 3 years. But, as the calendar moved from 2019 into 2020, something hit my throat and upper respiratory area thus hindering my voice and the ability to record a new podcast.   But, you know what, I think you will appreciate this week's podcast. Since I've had such an issue with my voice in recent weeks, I decided to go back into my archives and find some pieces of production that you can listen to and find very helpful as you begin the search for the best Charleston Wedding DJ for your big day.  Episode 11 of The Mike Bills Podcast is the perfect, quick primer for those brides and grooms looking to secure a great wedding DJ for their Charleston wedding in 2020 or 2021.  

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I've talked about it in The Mike Bills Podcast and I've written about it numerous times on this blog. You can find millions of posts about how to find the right wedding DJ for your big day. And I must say that a lot of those articles are from reputable wedding DJs that I would have come play at my own wedding.  YOUR wedding reception here in Charleston is going to be the grandest of parties and should be looked upon as a gift to all your friends and family who have taken time off of work to travel to the Holy City to marry the man or woman of your dreams. All that being said, it is completely horrifying when I read articles about "being your own DJ" at your wedding.  Some of these posts tend to come from people who are trying to carve out their own niche online by telling you to be frugal when it comes to planning your wedding. I certainly tend to be pretty frugal, but there are certain things that I won't scrimp on. Is music important to you? Most of my clients LOVE their music, and the fact that I allow them to design their own soundtrack for their special day is something that they just eat up. It's YOUR wedding day, so the music should be about YOU.

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The inspiration for Episode 8 of The Mike Bills Podcast actually came at the expense of a recent inquiry for sort of a "last minute" wedding DJ booking. During the course of this inquiry, it became apparent that the bride and her mother had contacted another wedding DJ besides myself. While it's encouraged for all brides and grooms to shop around, it became quickly obvious that this prospective client had already begun talking to a DJ who was over HALF of the cost of my services. When speaking to the bride over the phone, she mentioned  the cost of the other DJ and that the ceremony music would cost them $50.00 extra.    Who are these DJs that think that charging $50.00 for ceremony music is acceptable, and more importantly "professional"?  Hearing these stories can be discouraging, not only for me as a business owner who provide a higher end service, but curiosity began to kill me as thoughts came over me as to how a wedding DJ could pull this off? Were they playing music off their phone and holding it up without any PA? According to the bride, there were going to be 100 people there.  As one of the top Charleston Wedding DJs, I could continue to speculate how ceremony music can be done for $50.00, or head into the production studio and record another podcast and tell you how it's REALLY supposed to be done. Episode 8 is online now and available at Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and IHeart Radio.  It's quickly become the perfect companion for engaged brides and grooms looking for a wedding DJ.  You'll want to read on to learn more about planning the music for your wedding ceremony.

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Doing a Google search in recent months for "Charleston Wedding DJs" has become one of the most terrifying things, especially for someone who is very active in the market at keeping their website updated with some of the freshest content. Of course, my web consultants who I have hired to maintain my website always preach to me and say "Stop searching for yourself on Google". It's a hard habit to break, especially when engagement season is getting ramped up and you are looking for some great brides and grooms to fill in the dates on your 2020 wedding calendar.  The biggest downer when you search for wedding DJs in Charleston is the vast amount of these listing sites that pop up in practically every single industry you can think of. They tend to occupy spaces on Google that websites like mine could be. When you look for a plumber, Home Advisor pops up.  Looking for a real estate agent? Zillow pops up. And if you are looking for a Wedding DJ, you've got The Knot, Weddingwire, and Gigmasters popping up.  The entertainment you decide to hire for your wedding has got to be top notch and have a personality that completely meshes with you and your fiance. You are not going to find that "personality" on any listing website. How do you truly know what you are getting?  They say that the cream always rise to the top.  Well, in terms of wedding DJs, the best do rise to the top. You need to do your research. Your guests have travelled to Charleston from all the country, you need to hire the wedding DJ who truly cares about the success of your big day in the Holy City.

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In case you missed the last episode of The Mike Bills Podcast (Episode 5), I mentioned that the Thanksgiving weekend was sort of the unofficial beginning of the engagement season. Between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day, upwards of 45% of all annual engagements occur. If you think you might become one of these lucky brides and grooms who expect to propose and say "Yes" this holiday season, then I would like to be one of the first wedding vendors to congratulate you. After you do say "Yes", don't panic. Please just take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. The man of your dreams probably just orchestrated the single most romantic moment in your lives and asked you to spend the rest of your lives together. You need to enjoy this moment to it's fullest before lifting any finger on your wedding planning. I've seen a lot of weddings over the years as a professional wedding DJ. I can assure you that there are lots of moving parts that make them the best days of your life. If you've spent just a few minutes on my website, my blog, or are intrigued by style from my podcast, then you have already begun to find out just how important it is to have the best mix of music is, as well as having the right wedding DJ for that matter. Should you decide to get married in Charleston in 2020 or beyond, I would love to be your wedding DJ.

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Mike Bills Entertainment has forged an impeccable reputation in Charleston over the years and has become one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs. It's been my belief from Day 1 that it is the "music" that truly matters when it comes to creating the overall vibe and feel of what will become one of the most special days of your life. While other DJs seems to be more interested in booking their next "gig" and playing with their twinkle lights or uplights, my focus will continue to remain solely on the music. You ever wonder what the best DJs do when they are not talking on the mic and spinning music? They are researching, researching, and researching even more. Their ear is on the radio, other blogs, and their eyes are on the Billboard Hot 100 charts seeing what is exactly trending. 

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The summer engagement season has come and gone here in Charleston.  Even though we're still in the midst of the peak of another active hurricane season, it was such a huge relief to get past Hurricane Dorian with mostly some minor damage here in the Holy City.  Believe me, seeing these hurricanes threaten Charleston in recent years is equally as stressful for me as a wedding vendor, as it is for my clients.  When you are spending a lot of money to have the best day ever you need to have at your disposal great content for your research when it comes to finding your dream wedding venue, as well as the best wedding vendors. Since Charleston has catapulted itself into being one of the top wedding destinations, there have been some great blogs that have emerged over the years. These wedding blogs are wonderful sources of inpsiration. Perhaps you just got engaged and needs some new ideas? These blogs are some of the best that have caught my eye that deal with Southern weddings, and even more importantly weddings right here in Charleston.

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Highly Recommend

DJ Mike delivered well organized and orchestrated results that made for a great wedding and reception! Couldn't have picked a better DJ to cover our event and truly appreciated his availability to pick up the job and execute in such a short time period. I highly recommend his services, overall great quality.

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Made Our Wedding Perfect

Before choosing Mike Bills as our wedding DJ, we looked at several companies and DJs and looked over the reviews for all of them. We chose Mike Bills because of the overwhelmingly great reviews he got and I am so glad we did! They were all spot on! Mike was great to work with, quick to respond, came to our rehearsal to do a run through with us.

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Professional and Creative

Mike was kind, courteous, professional, and creative! We thoroughly enjoyed working with him for our destination wedding at Folly Beach. We gave Mike minimal guidance and he caught on to our "style" quickly and efficiently. Our guests are still raving about the music selections, and how they were a great balance of new tracks and standards for everyone to enjoy.

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