All over my wedding DJ blog, I've put a lot of emphasis on Charleston brides and grooms choosing their first dance song. I've published all sorts of ideas ranging from the style of your first dance to different genre choices for that very special moment of your day. While the first dance song is still probably one of the single most important songs of your big day, your last song of the night needs to be looked at equally as much. Your last song of the night needs some love and attention too. You will probably notice that your wedding day has flown by. It's gone by so fast that you probably won't want it to end, so at the end of the night you'll become flooded with all sorts of emotion. If you have done your due diligence and hired one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs, you most likely will be having the time of your life on this day and won't want it to end. You might even be tempted to ask your DJ just a wee bit longer. Be sure to discuss with your DJ how you'd like your night to end. If you have not began to give your last dance song any thought, you'll want to read on to get some great ideas on how to end the night.
It really should go without saying that the entertainment at your Charleston wedding should be your Number 1 priority. Besides the total cost of your wedding DJ, how is my company really different from all the other DJs in Charleston? My company has a business model that is quite a bit different than a lot of the other companies you'll come across as you search for DJs online. I decided when I became a wedding DJ that I was going to do what some of the great DJs have done in the past and continue to do today, and that is putting an emphasis on the designing the perfect soundtrack for a bride and groom's wedding day. From the wedding ceremony to the cocktail hour and dinner all the way to the time your dance floor begins to get full, the music has got to be perfectly curated and organized. And when you combine all of the above with the need to make all the necessary announcements and adhere to a timeline that your wedding coordinator / planner has created, being a wedding DJ is a tough and oftentimes "high pressure" job. But when you love what you do as I do, it does not feel like a job! :) The reward comes when I see all the planning play out and a couple has the time of their lives from start to finish.
As you search for the best DJ for your Charleston wedding that will go the distance in being the best fit for you as a couple, it's going to be blatantly obvious that you are going to run into a rather wide range in prices. Now I bet I know what you are saying. "Here comes Mike again with another long-winded post about Charleston Wedding DJ prices." Well, my answer to you would be "sort of". I'm always doing wedding DJ market research (95% of which is outside the Charleston area), and when I see something that can spin the importance of finding the best wedding DJ another way, I'm happy to share that information with my prospective clients. Engagement season has passed here in Charleston, but I still get pinged on throughout the year for bookings and oftentimes I get the question on why my prices are higher than other DJ companies here in Charleston. The answer to that question is not simple, but to get us started, I will tell you that I like to think I give my clients "extra service and attention". That extra service and attention begins with the fact I am an "owner-operated" DJ service, which means you'll work with me from the time you submit a contact form on my website through the contract process, as well as music planning until the last song is played at your wedding reception.
Being one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs has become a very rewarding passion of mine over the years. When a bride and groom hire me to be the DJ at their wedding, they are inviting me to be a part of one of the most special days of their lives. Out of respect for my clients, I'll never look at their wedding day as a "gig", but instead a day in their lives that I curate a soundtrack of music that fits their likes and allows for the creation of lasting memories for them and their family and guests. Millie & Adam found me online last year from Virginia. When Millie sent her signed contract over, I saw that her and Adam were going to be married at Brookland Plantation. Truth be told, I had to do a quick Google search to see where Brookland Plantation was located. Located on St Pierre Creek, Brookland Plantation sits on Edisto Island, and at one time was a part of Millie's family, when Dr. Charles and Betty Wannamaker purchased the land in 1968. During Millie's upbringing, her and her family would frequent Brookland Plantation for recreation, making for lasting memories on those family trips. It was during those early years that Millie formed those hopes and dreams in her mind that she would have her wedding at Brookland Plantation when she met the man of her dreams.
It's probably one of the busiest weekends of the year in the Charleston, SC area; Cooper River Bridge Run Weekend. Since it's beginning in 1978, the Cooper River Bridge Run has become one of the most popular 10K races in the country. It's actually a 10K race that Oprah Winfrey ran back in 1994. What else makes this weekend one of the biggest of the year in the Holy City? Well, the Charleston wedding season is well underway which means there will once again be a large amount of destination couples coming to town along with their family and friends. The Flowertown Festival takes place out in Summerville, and it normally attracts upwards of 200,000 people. The Volvo Car Open will be wrapping up another wildly successful year over on Daniel Island, and if that's not enough, The Lowcountry Cajun Festival is also happening! As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, I have always got music on the brain. I love helping brides and grooms make an amazing soundtrack for one of the biggest days of their lives. Even though I am not running the bridge, I wanted to create a great playlist of music for people needing a little boost in making it over the great Charleston landmark. You'll want to read on and have your Spotify ready to add these songs so you are prepared when the gun fires on the starting line.
Your days as a single lady are numbered. Thankfully you hired a top notch wedding planner, so all of your planning is just about done and well under control. You are only planning on getting married once so you want all the experiences that lead up to that incredible day to also be perfect as well. Charleston, SC is one of the top two wedding destinations in the country for good reason, but you've already decided you are getting married here. Charleston is also one of the best places to celebrate your last days as a single lady. It's time now to plan your last big party weekend: The Bachelorette Party Weekend. Like your carefully planned wedding day, your bachelorette weekend should also be a weekend where you don't lift a finger. It should be a weekend where Uber is your best friend, and Jack and Fireball are also your good friends. It should be a weekend where you and your besties are treated like queens in the most luxurious party bus and you wake up in your hotel room right on the beach with mimosas in your hand. What could possibly make this girls weekend even better? Music. You'll want to read on as one of the best playlists is organized for you and your besties by one of the top Charleston Wedding DJs.
You know one of the biggest parts in creating my brand as one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs was making sure that I provide all my clients a classy and fun experience. Being a "classy" wedding DJ for me has always meant conducting myself "professionally" at all times. The DJ should dress professionally, as well as talk professionally. Another part of being a "classy" DJ is keeping the playlist "clean". While some brides and grooms might be tempted to throw on some club-like music with explicit lyrics, I am here to say to try to keep those songs off of your playlist. Be considerate of your wedding guests, your parents, and your grandparents. Your Charleston wedding is going to be one of the most memorable days of your entire life. It's a wonderful time that needs to have with it an equally awesome soundtrack. You can have the time of your life WITHOUT the explicit lyrics. The last thing that brides and grooms want are F bombs coming out of their DJs' speakers and onto the dance floor at their carefully selected classy Charleston wedding venue. You'll want to read on for some of the reasons to keep the offensive lyrics off your playlist, plus I'll list a few of the "non-club" songs that will need a radio edit if you'd like added to your playlist.
You have just married the man or woman of your dreams. The ceremony was a bit formal and you and your guests shed a lot of tears of joy and happiness. Now that the ceremony is over, everyone is socializing and are awaiting the biggest party of your new life together while sipping on those signature cocktails. Your wedding reception is just minutes away. Your wedding day is meant to be one of the happiest days of your life. It's time now to kick off this amazing celebration with your friends and family with a fun and exciting grand entrance. Your grand entrance will set the stage and tone for the rest of your wedding reception. Feel free to use your imagination when it comes to choosing this song. Over the years, there have been lots of couples at Charleston weddings who have decided to lighten up the mood with a very fun and upbeat song.
The possibilities for the vibe for the dinner music portion of your Charleston wedding are endless. One of the most popular blog posts ever on my site was published close to 2 years ago and featured some of the best soft rock songs from the 80s. Due to it's extreme popularity, I eventually published a sequel to that post, as well as posts about 70s and 90s soft rock songs. As the new millenium began in 2000, a lot of the artists we once heard back in the 80s and 90s saw their airplay decrease for new and upcoming artists that are still heard from today. The soft rock charts during the 2000s saw quite a few country crossover songs from the likes of Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack, and Taylor Swift. Artists like Dido, Vanessa Carlton, Sherly Crow, and Colbie Caillat spent a lot of time during this decade on the soft rock and Billboard Hot 100 charts. As the 90s became the 2000s, Savage Garden would continue it's dominance at the top of the adult contemporary charts with their smash hit "I Knew I Loved You".
During this time of the year, I'm constantly getting inquiries from prospective brides and grooms who want to hire me to be their Charleston Wedding DJ. Oftentimes the "elephant in the room" is price. While I've certainly published many posts relating to price, it's still always a topic that comes up in conversation. The inpsiration for this blog actually came to me as I was dropping off some items at my neighborhood dry cleaning store. I had been making some small talk with the clerk and told her I had seen another store in a different geographical area offering prices that were significantly lower than what I was being charged. What do you think her response was? "Well, you do get what you pay for." Perhaps that particular store offering the lower prices specialized in "quantity", rather than "quality". After I walked out of the shop, I got in to my truck and immediately began to think about the age old debate of "quality" versus "quantity". As one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs, I started to think how that debate relates to many types of businesses, but especially my DJ company here in Charleston.