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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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Ever wondered what us DJs do when we are not working Charleston weddings? Well, I cannot speak for other DJs in Charleston but I find myself with my face buried on other blogs and books spotlighting the music of yesterday and today.  I find myself constantly studying music. I am fairly active on Twitter and follow some of the great minds in radio programming and consulting. Having been a radio DJ before, I love to keep track of the latest breaking songs on all genres of radio.  I've been meaning to do this post for a very long time.  It's been on my blogging agenda for several months and whether it's a wedding or other special event I've been working, I had not had a chance to get it done.  Today's music spotlight on the blog puts the music of 1991 under the microscope.   If we flash back to 1991, you'd find a much younger Mike Bills getting ready to turn 18 and begin his senior year in high school.   Now, 28 years later, I can tell you that 1991 might be the best year of music of the entire 1990s.

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The fall wedding season is here in Charleston and pretty soon we'll be looking ahead to a brand new decade next year in 2020. I've been getting a lot of traffic to the website in recent weeks with brides and grooms having their wedding in 2020 so I thought I would put together a quick primer stating some of the 10 most important reasons to hire a professional Charleston Wedding DJ.  If you have made the decision to get married in Charleston in 2020, you are probably in the midst of planning a spectacular affair at one of the area's fine wedding venues.  Charleston, SC has so much to offer the modern bride and groom when it comes to getting married.  We've got some of the best wedding vendors in the country living right here ready to help you put together an amazing day.  You are getting married to the true love of your life. It was a truly perfect moment during the proposal. At that very moment you both began to draw a picture in yourmind of the perfect day. This perfect day would be full of your best friends and family, one of the most beautiful wedding venues and a delicious menu from one of the top caterers in the Holy City.  Hiring a professional wedidng DJ will be the cherry on the top of an absolutely perfect night, but it's not a decision to take lightly.

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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. 

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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. 

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If you are just hitting my blog for the first time, welcome! You've actually caught me at my 2nd stop on my exclusive Charleston Wedding DJ tour of some of the most popular and most gorgeous wedding venues.  It's hard to find a place in Charleston to have your wedding that is not rich with history and beauty. Charleston is one of the most romantic cities in the world with it's vast history and numerous other offerings making it a huge draw for couples coming here from large cities like Chicago, New York City, Boston, and beyond. As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, I wanted to add some more helpful content into my website to assist clients who might be searching for the ideal place to hold their Charleston wedding. 

Recently in between weddings and private events, I've been finding myself heading out to the beach to enjoy what has become a rather HOT Fall wedding season here in Charleston. While temperatures in the lower 90s are not totally out of the ordinary during the first week of October, they might be a bit of a downer for those brides coming down to the Holy City expecting some cooler Fall breezes.  Despite being in the thick of the Fall rush with weddings and other private parties, some of my focus has begun to flip calendars over to 2019. It's hard to believe we're only about 6 weeks away from the start of yet another engagement season here in Charleston.

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Do I have your attention? After the long Labor Day weekend full of fun music posts, I was reading over some internet articles and came across some startling statistics in regards to brides and grooms and how they actually felt "after" their wedding. The Knot had done some post wedding research and had arrived at these statistics. If 72% of brides were not satisfied with their wedding DJ, does that mean that those brides had bad DJs? My answer to that question would be not necessarily. While there are certainly still some bad DJs out there, the real reason why nearly 3/4 of all brides polled were not happy is because they hired the wrong DJ or the wrong entertainment.  Brides spend a lot of money on the most beautiful location and wedding venue, their food, and hire one of the finest photographers, but for whatever reason their wedding entertainment is still not given nearly the focus as the many other moving parts of their wedding day.

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Welcome to my website and blog! Where On Earth did the summer of 2018 go? Here we are on the very last day of August and we're moving into another long Labor Day weekend in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. While Labor Day weekend tends to be one of the busier Charleston wedding weekends, I am lucky enough to be off this weekend and are most likely going to head out to one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, Kiawah Island.  As one of the top wedding destinations in the country, Charleston, SC offers so much for brides and grooms and their families and guests. Travel & Leisure Magazine named Charleston, SC a top city in the United States once again 2018. Being one of the best Charleston wedding DJs who has been in the area for many years, there is so much to Charleston that can make getting married here one of the most beautiful experiences of a couple's lives.  You'll want to grab a pad of paper and pen and take some notes. You might even be reaching for your credit card to book a flight to see what Charleston is all about. Read on.

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The weather outside might be hot and humid with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, and you are probably just coming home from the beach and have sand in your shoes, or even grimacing about the return of more traffic when school starts back in a few weeks, but NOW is actually the best time to be thinking about choosing your DJ for your office / corporate Christmas party.  Before you know it, we'll be pouring the egg nog and putting up the mistletoe at Christmas parties all around the Charleston area. The "music" at your private company or corporate Christmas party should not be taken lightly.

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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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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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