If I could narrow things down to one thing that is needed between brides and grooms and DJ in regards to the hiring and execution of their Charleston wedding it would be "communication". It is absolutely imperative that the bride and groom communicate what it is that they want when it comes to the creation of their soundtrack for what their wedding DJ will provide to them. Brides and grooms need to feel comfortable about who it is they are hiring too. As I've discussed previously and actually did some podcasting about, meeting your DJ is essential to the success of your upcoming wedding. When you meet your DJ (either in person or online via Skype-Facetime), you can begin to get a good idea of their personality, and it's important that you are on the same page. Brides and grooms need to remember that they are the boss of their wedding when it comes to the music, as they are the ones doing the hiring and writing the checks. When it comes to creating the perfect soundtrack for your wedding, when the bride and groom say "Jump", the DJ should pretty much say "how high".

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This is definitely a bit of an impromptu post for January 16, 2018. As I get deeper and deeper into this post, it's really too bad that it's not February 14, because the romantic music of Valentine's Day goes hand in hand with this lovely singer. I had logged into my Twitter account this afternoon @djmikebills and a friend of mine had posted that today is Sade's 59th birthday. It's really crazy how these things play out because I had begun planning a smooth jazz cocktail hour playlist that included a few Sade tracks, but I felt that since it was her birthday today that I should try to get a post up and online spotlighting her incredible work over the past 30 + years. Look for that smooth jazz playlist for your cocktail hour in the next week or so, but in the meantime I felt I would celebrate Sade's birthday because her music shows up very often on Charleston wedding playlists. Sade released her debut album back in 1984. "Diamond Life" sold over a million copies in the UK, and her music began to get airplay here in the United States.

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We've reached the middle of January now, and perhaps it's because the temperature only made it to 45 degrees today that I have caught myself numerous times today daydreaming about much warmer days. Reggae is definitely a genre of music that has me thinking of those carefree Charleston days of spring and summer. Reggae has it's origins dating back to the late 1960s coming from Kingston, Jamaica. Maybe it's the fact that the music came from that lovely tropical island that allows me to think about gentle summer breezes downtown at the Historic Rice Mill while at a wedding ceremony or maybe out at the Seabrook Island Club watching the sunset, and doing the same while out at the Creek Club at Ion, which might have the best sunset views in the entire Charleston area. Reggae seems to pop up quite frequently on many Charleston wedding playlists, but how about doing it for the entire duration of your cocktail hour? I love to mix things up for my clients and doing an all-reggae cocktail hour playlist would make for an amazing start to the music at your wedding.

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If you happen to follow my blog at all last year in 2017, you not only know that I am one of the most diverse 80s DJs in Charleston, but you also know that I used 2017 as a celebration of the 30th birthday of some of the greatest songs of the 80s, which were released in 1987. While 80s music is certainly not a requirement for your DJ to play at your Charleston wedding, it sure has been proven over the years to increase the fun factor for your wedding reception over at the Historic Rice Mill, The Seabrook Island Club, or even Harborside East.  We're now wrapping up the second full week of 2018 and it's time to begin my year-long celebration of the year that was 1988 from a musical standpoint.  This will be the first of many posts about 1988 and I am very excited. As I briefly glimpse at how things played out in 1988, the charts were exploding with artists like Whitney Houston, U2, UB40, George Michael, Rick Astley, INXS, and so much more. 

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We're wrapping up the second full week of 2018 and I'll say it again: Thank goodness the snowstorm has passed us. The case of cabin fever that I had was reaching mammoth proportions. It's looking to be another great year for Mike Bills Entertainment. Weddingwire has it's Couple Choice Awards that it bestows upon the Top 5% of wedding professionals in the country. I am proud and honored to receive this award for the FIFTH year in a row. I would like to take this time to thank all my couples who put their trust in my company throughout 2017 to provide them the exception wedding DJ "experience" that my company's reputation has forged and developed for Charleston since it's inception. The generous and kind words from my past clients fuel my passion for my business and motivate me to do even better for the future brides and grooms that make the decision to hire me to be the DJ for their Charleston wedding.  Truth be told, it's not really rocket science. It's really just a simple and easy formula for success. When you make the soundtrack to a couple's Charleston wedding all about them, a truly beautiful thing happens: The bride and groom have the time of their lives. Their guests have fun and are thinking about the time they had for years and years to follow. That's especially fun seeing the hundreds of dollars that will be spent on plane tickets to come to Charleston (if you are a destination couple). It's a proven formula that I cannot wait to provide to even more couples in 2018 and 2019 and beyond.

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How does that Christmas song go? "Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful....." Those familiar lyrics from the oh so popular Christmas song "Let It Snow". Mother Nature did just that, only 9 days after the Christmas holiday. Here in Charleston, SC, which is one of the top wedding destinations of the country, snow is a rarity and usually happens (where it accumulates) about once every 8-10 years. Charleston might get measurable snow once every 8 - 10 years, but the stretch of very frigid temperatures that have accompanied the frozen precipitation are pretty unprecedented, and something not seen in over 28 years. The average high temperature in Charleston in January is 59 degrees, and since New Year's Eve 2017, the city has not been above 40 degrees. This is a cold streak not seen since December of 1989. Thankfully it's rare, and it'll hopefully be another 28 years until this happens.

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This is actually my very first blog post of 2018. It's been a very busy first three days of 2018 in Charleston, and also on my website. Everyone who got engaged during the holidays is of course thinking about their Charleston wedding, looking for their wedding venue, and of course looking for their wedding DJ. And of course, if you've been reading any of the national headlines, you know that 90% of the country has been in a big deep freeze. Charleston, SC, being one of the top wedding destinations in the country just had the perfect setup for a very rare snowstorm. On this 4th day of January, we're still digging out of a beautiful, 5-7 inch blanket of white snow all over the Holy City of Charleston. And also, on this 4th day of January, the temperature just rose above freezing for the first time in over 42 hours and will very slowly melt off this pretty white blanket. I must admit that Charleston looks so pretty with a nice blanket of powder. The snow enhances the history and beauty and charm of the city. We'll probably be back to normal by the weekend as this unusually long cold snap for Charleston drags on and on. If you've been following me on Twitter @djmikebills, I have been really pushing that part of social media in recent months, as this is an amazing time of the year for a recently engaged couple to start planning and thinking about their dream wedding in Charleston. There's nothing like a few unexpected snowdays in early January to spend together in excitement about your wedding.

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No matter how old you are, everyone should remember those "coming of age" movie that were a huge of 80s pop culture that featured those Brat Pack actors and actresses. You know, the lovely Molly Ringwald (who I had a crush on) ;), Emilio Estevez, and the guy who looks to not have aged at all since the 80s, Mr. Rob Lowe. We also cannot forget Demi Moore, Anthony Michael Hall, Jon Cryer, and Matthew Broderick. These movies left those that watched them with so many indelible images, and they also came with some amazing soundtracks. Mike Bills Entertainment is not only a top wedding DJ in Charleston, but one of the most experienced DJs when it comes to 80s music. So, you know that any time I have a chance to blog about more 80s music I do it and LOVE doing it. This is actually my last official blog post of 2017 and over the past 12 months I've enjoyed looking back 30 years to the 1987. As the calendar turns over to 2018, I'll begin a year-long journey back to the year 1988. Be sure to check out this blog and my Twitter feed for some of the best posts for some of the best 80s music in Charleston. If you are heading out tonight in Charleston for New Years Eve, be careful and bundle up! It's going to be very cold. Now, let's get started on your Brat Pack Cocktail hour playlist.

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It's YOUR wedding. You are free to have as much fun as you'd like at YOUR wedding. In recent years, I've noticed some of the fun traditions like the bouquet and garter toss fading away in their popularity. The bouquet and garter toss, once staples at most Charleston weddings has been a steadily dying tradition.  Why is it dying? Perhaps, there are just some weddings where it just doesn't fit into the personality of YOUR guests? It's always been an optional "fun" activity to inject into your wedding. It's also always been my recommendation to throw both of them in the minutes after the dance party portion of your reception has begun. I can't quite put a handle on the origin of how or why these traditions have faded in interest. Maybe couples are seeing them as a little campy or cheesy? As we wrap up 2017, I am prepared to say that 60% of brides and grooms are opting to scratch the bouquet and garter toss. Read on to explore some of the main reasons that you might not want to do the bouquet and garter toss at your wedding.

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Today's post gets into the meat of creating the perfect wedding reception playlist for your upcoming Charleston wedding reception. It's a step-by-step approach and advice from a DJ himself. You are about to task your DJ with a pretty lofty goal; keeping your dance floor nice and full all night long. What makes this goal rather lofty is the fact that this DJ has not met any of your guests, so they don't know their likes and dislikes. It also is a lofty goal because no two weddings are the same. Each wedding has a wide variety of people of all ages, musical tastes, and etc. As a result, the playlist that gets created must incorporate a wider variety of dance-able and "familiar" music that spans multiples generations and satisfies multiple ages. For instance, if today I DJ a wedding and the bride is for instance, 25 years old, and her mom and dad are 50, it's a pretty safe bet that throwing some 80s classics are going to get them out on the dance floor. And, if her grandparents are also there, and they are 70, the DJ should be able to find some music so that they can also get a few dances in as well. These are all things that a professional wedding DJ needs to take into consideration. For me personally, the playlist should be mixed so that all guests get a chance to be dancing on the dance floor. If you are ready to begin planning your wedding reception dance music, then you are already halfway done if you have hired the right Charleston wedding DJ.

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