December is here and that means things are really starting to cool off here in the Holy City. The past few December's have seen some unusually warm weather here in Charleston, but unfortunately this year we seem to be chilly and a bit on the wet side. If you are like me and need to wait until after Thanksgiving to put your Christmas tree up and hear those popular Christmas songs for the first very time, this is the perfect post for you. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the Holy City these past few weeks. The Christmas Tree Lighting was held down at Colonial Lake about a week ago and it was quite the sight. The holiday decor is lining the streets of Charleston. The Christmas season has arrived in Charleston. Even in the Number 2 wedding destination in America, the Fall wedding season transitions into a season of wonderful parties and social events around the city. Corporate parties, as well as office parties are held at some of the most popular wedding venues like the South Carolina Aquarium and the Francis Marion Hotel. Back in August, I published a post that offered 5 Tips On Finding The Best DJ For Your Christmas Party. Feel free to click back over if you need a refresher. For now, one of the best Charleston wedding DJs is going into Christmas mode to spread some yuletide cheer for your Christmas parties.
Here it is another engagement season in one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. If you don't live in Charleston and have done a few Google searches on "destination weddings", you and your fiance probably have fallen in love with a lot of the beautiful imagery you've seen in some of the blog posts on some of the leading wedding websites. Charleston, SC is definitely no longer a secret to engaged couples. It's actually become the Number 2 wedding destination in the country. If you anticipate saying "yes" this season, let me give you an advance congratulations! I know you and your fiance are probably to the moon and back in love with each other. Even if you haven't quite popped the question yet, you probably have envisioned what you'd like the best day of your life to be like. Well, you have come to one of the most expansive and informative blogs that you'll find when it comes to finding the best Charleston wedding DJ for you and your fiance. Get ready to take some notes or save this post in your favorites. You'll want to come back to it as you weed through your selections as to who you hire to be your wedding DJ.
We're inside another engagement season here in Charleston. There will be lots of happy couples making that ultimate decision to spend the rest of their lives together. And after she says "yes", those couples will have make a decision to possibly get married in Charleston, which is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. But even as we near the beginning of 2019, the entertainment and / or wedding DJ still are being marginalized and tend to be placed on the backburner. There are lots of people out there that think being a wedding DJ in Charleston is ONLY about setting up some expensive equipment and pushing a button or two to play music. As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, I feel that I am obligated to continue to educate the masses that a true professional wedding DJ's job begins long before your wedding day. The DJs job begins as soon as you book their services, and consists of many hours of preparation before the first song is cued up.
Perhaps it was the announcement of the remake of The Lion King due out in theaters in the summer of 2019, or maybe it was because I heard his classic Christmas song on the radio recently. Elton John's music is consistently showing up on playlists all over at Charleston weddings. Truth be told, this particular blog post has been on my to-do list for a few months now. Over the years, I've seen the music of Elton John fit nicely into a cocktail hour or some of his slower ballads be perfect for conversations over dinner at many Charleston weddings. Elton John has sold an astonishing 300 million records, and has had over 50 Top 40 hits, and 7 straight Number 1 albums here in the United States. 21 years ago when Princess Diana was tragically killed in a car accident, Elton John rewrote "Candle In The Wind" and dedicated the remake of the song to Diana. The single ended up selling over 30 million copies and became the top selling single of all the time in England, as well as the United States. As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, music is my passion and my sole focus as a DJ. I hope you'll enjoy this post outlining some of the biggest hits from Elton John heard over the years at Charleston weddings.
The wedding DJ / entertainment you decide to hire for your Charleston wedding will single-handedly have the most impact on you and your guests and whether or not you have the time of your lives. Hiring your Charleston Wedding DJ is so much more than finding the lowest price and best bargain. If it were just that, I wouldn't have opened my business and carved out my niche as being only one of a few "owner-operated DJs" here in Charleston. As a matter of fact, I've seen polls on some of the leading wedding websites that show nearly 3/4 of all brides were not happy with the entertainment they chose for their wedding. They wish they had spent more time researching who their wedding DJ should be. You need to be totally comfortable with who is going to be executing the flow of your evening. As I put together the second edition of my Complete Guide For Selecting Your Wedding DJ for 2019, the inspiration for this post came to me and I felt it was important to give some of the recently engaged brides and grooms some questions to ask when they start the search for the best Charleston wedding DJ for them.
Here it is another Thanksgiving afternoon and as I can smell the turkey cooking in the oven, I am sitting back and are thankful for lots. I'm thankful for another year of tremendous growth for my DJ company here in Charleston. I am thankful for all the clients who have put their trust into my company during this year, and who have also put their trust into my company thus far for my upcoming 2019 Charleston weddings. I am thankful for all the time I have put into my website since the beginning of summer adding so much great and useful content for my prospective clients, but there is still much more to accomplish by the end of this year. I have begun getting together for my second edition of The Complete Guide To Selecting Your Charleston Wedding DJ. I plan to have it complete in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
As one of the top Charleston wedding DJs, it tends to be a pretty rare occurrance that I leave the greater Charleston area for a wedding. While I've been known to travel up the Carolina coast to Georgetown and Myrtle Beach, as well as south along the coast to Beaufort and Hilton Head, I tend to stay in Charleston, as that's where most of my clients are having their weddings. This was until earlier this year. :) Luciana & Ty had contacted me earlier this year about being the DJ for their wedding ceremony and reception up in Murrell's Inlet. Murrell's Inlet is about 97 miles from my home, and roughly 15 miles from the downtown area of Myrtle Beach. In some of my first correspondance with Luciana, she said she had read over my blog and really liked some of the content I had produced. With as hard as I work on this content, I was completely tickled by her words about my blog. Up until this point, I might have only had one compliment on my blogging, and actually back when that occurred, I was not nearly as active as I am now. What's that old saying? "Flattery will get you everywhere." I think that's how that saying goes. Well, flattery got me to drive all the way up to Wachesaw Plantation for Luciana & Ty. Be sure to read on to see how their beautiful wedding ceremony went outside on a crisp November day up against the Waccamaw River, as well as their very fun wedding reception with a lot of dancing.
Some exciting things have been happening over the past several months with my DJ company, Mike Bills Entertainment. Back during the summer months, I began a massive campaign to refresh a lot of the content on my website. This content refresh resulted in an increase in my ongoing music posts and playlist ideas, as well as a project that is still underway that found me heading out to some of the most beautiful Charleston wedding venues to create featured posts on my blog so that prospective brides who had not quite signed a contract with their venue yet could see some of the best venues that Charleston has to offer. As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, I'm always looking for ways to make securing your wedding DJ even easier. In this post, I'm very excited to share with you some new features and benefits and other awesome new things that you'll see when you hire me to DJ your Charleston wedding.
Part of creating the best and most memorable soundtrack for your Charleston wedding and all the guests you are inviting is making sure that all the parts of your big day are well-thought out and organized. From your wedding ceremony (if you should hire a DJ for this) to your wedding reception, I always tell my couples that since it's "their" day, and that they should make the music about "them". Your cocktail hour is an integral part of your wedding day and the right music for that time is a huge part of setting the vibe for the rest of your wedding day. While I let my clients know that this portion of their day has numerous options in terms of musical genre and feels, the vibe for a cocktail hour should be "feel-good" and relaxed, pleasant and smooth. After getting the big business done (your wedding ceremony) to make you a Mr & Mrs), your cocktail hour music should promote a chill vibe that allows you and your guests to relax and socialize with one another at some of the most beautiful wedding venues in Charleston.
Back in August (right before Labor Day weekend), I published a post outlining 5 Great Reasons To Get Married In Charleston. You may check it out by clicking that link, but one of the reason's I spoke of in that post was "Breathtakingly Beautiful Wedding Venues". With Charleston being a city of rich history and charm, and it's downtown area surrounded by bodies of water, there are no shortage of places to have your wedding where you are able to enjoy nice harbor breezes and sunsets. In today's installment of my Charleston Wedding DJ tour, (actually the 4th stop), we're required to travel over one of the symbols of Charleston that opened back in 2005, the Ravenel Bridge. Located in Mt Pleasant and on the Charleston Harbor with one of the best views of Charleston and the iconic Ravenel Bridge, we find Harborside East. Opening in 2010, Harborside East is located in the Motley Rice Building and has become one of Mt. Pleasant's premier wedding venues. Whether you are a local couple or one of the many wonderful couples coming to Charleston on an annual basis to say their "I Do's", Harborside East is the perfect wedding venue for the couple who wants a posh and upscale atmosphere at a very reasonable price, with a view that is simply priceless.