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Sunday, 07 November 2021 10:29

Alisha + Matt: Family And Friends At A Folly Beach House

If you speak with a lot of seasoned wedding vendors, they'll tell you the likelihood the way that modern brides and grooms are going to celebrate weddings might just be changing forever.  Even as wedding bookings begin to slightly increase as we edge toward 2022, I find myself asking the following questions: "How are weddings going to look in the future?" "Will there ever be a sense of normalcy in the industry again?" One thing is for sure, the guest lists have shrunk quite a bit during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Perhaps it's because modern brides and grooms want to invest more in a honeymoon to get away because they feel as though they have been locked down for so long? Maybe the modern bride and groom wants to spend less on their wedding because they want to buy a new home?  Maybe recently engaged brides and grooms can take some advice from Alisha & Matt.  Alisha found me back in March of 2021 by way of one of the wedding websites.  We set up a call and discussed exactly what her and her fiance Matt were looking for.   Their wedding would be small, and in today's day and age, that's completely OK. For those couples thinking about a small wedding, you'll want to read on.

Regardless of your reason why you'd like to have a small wedding, all you really need is your immediate family and closest friends there.   My experience has been that smaller weddings can be just as fun, (if not more) fun than weddings with 200 people. There are times where I have rocked out a destination wedding of 48 people for 4 hours and no one left the dance floor.  Alisha & Matt had visited Charleston at an earlier date and made a decision to get married on Folly Beach.  Over the years, I've found myself performing at numerous beach houses on Folly. This time I would be performing at 917 West Ashley Ave. Since I had never been to this house before I took a drive out to check it out in August, just to see what I was up against when it came to load in.  
917 West Ashley Ave Folly Beach

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Alisha & Matt were getting married on the afternoon of Friday, October 8.   As I do with ALL of my wedding clients, I make the effort to take time to meet them before their wedding day.  For more information on Why You Should Always Meet Your Wedding DJ Before Your Special Day <----Click HERE.  Meeting my clients beforehand not only sets them at ease, but also puts me into a more secure frame of mind.   Even though 95% of my clients don't live in the area, my track record is 100% in meeting all of my couples before their wedding. I've done it since Day 1 because it's the right thing to do.  When I met Alisha & Matt at the beach house, it put me at a greater ease because I would know exactly where I would be set up. Not having been to this particular beach house, I did not know where the electrical outlets were at. As is the case for most all of the buildings that are located near the water, electrical outlets are placed on the ceilings or much higher to keep them out of the way from getting hit by water should the area flood. 

I did not catch her name, but apparently when Alisha & Matt came down to the Charleston area to begin planning this beautiful Folly Beach wedding, they bumped into a singer who they really liked at Rita's and hired her to sing at the beach ceremony.  As you can see, there were storm clouds out in the ocean but they stayed there for the ceremony  and the rain held off until the very end of the night.

Alisha & Matt's COCKTAIL HOUR / DINNER MUSIC SELECTIONS
Alisha & Matt (along with their guests from Missouri) were huge country fans. You'll see that their music selections. Sometimes all a couple needs when they love each other and are getting married is a table set up at a beach house under the lights. Small weddings can be so peaceful.
Alisha Matt Cocktail Hour Folly Beach
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"The Rest Of Our Life" | Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
"Sun Daze" | Florida-Georgia Line
"Stuck Like Glue" | Sugarland
"All To Myself" | Dan & Shay
"Amazed" | Lonestar
"Faithfully" | Journey
"Dirt Road Anthem" | Jason Aldean - Ludacris
"Beyond" | Leon Bridges
"Better Together" | Jack Johnson
"God Gave You" | Blake Shelton
"Four Walls" | Broods
"Hello Darlin'" | Conway Twitty
"Margaritaville" | Jimmy Buffet
"Making Memories Of Us" | Keith Urban
"Jump Right In" | Zac Brown Band
"Montego Bay" | Bobby Bloom
"My Wish" | Rascal Flatts
"No Hurry" | Zac Brown Band
"Queen Of My Double Wide Trailer" | Sammy Kershaw
"Long Live" | Florida - Georgia Line
"Second Guessing" | Florida - Georgia Line
"Southern Girl" | Tim McGraw
"The Shake" | Neal McCoy
" Up Down" | Morgen Wallen / Florida- Georgia Line

Alisha & Matt's Special Dances

FIRST DANCE SONG: "Evangeline"  | Randy Houser
FATHER / DAUGHTER DANCE SONG: "You'll Always Be My Baby" | Alan Jackson
MOTHER / SON DANCE SONG: "That's What Mama's Are For" | Chris Lane
GROOM / DAUGHTER DANCE SONG: " Happy Anywhere" | Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani

Alisha And Matt First Dance On Folly Beach

When you are deeply in love with your partner, all you need is a first dance song played in the backyard at a wonderful house on Folly Beach. Your first dance song is a special moment and even more special when it's just the both of you with your closest relatives and friends. For more of the Best First Dance Song Ideas For Your Wedding Reception, <---Click HERE

Alisha & Matt's Dance Music Selections
With about 12 of the normal, tired wedding songs on their DO NOT PLAY LIST, Alisha & Matt chose great songs to dance to in the backyard for their wedding reception. For more information about Why Modern Brides And Grooms Should Have A DO NOT PLAY List <-----Click HERE

"Drunk In Love" | Beyonce
"Forget You" | Cee-Lo Green
"Can't Stop The Feeling" | Justin Timberlake
"Body Like A Back Road" | Sam Hunt
"Cheerleader" | OMI (Felix Jaehn Remix)
"Honey I'm Good" | Andy Grammer
"Low" | Flo Rida
"Hot In Herre" | Nelly
"PYT" | Michael Jackson
"Take Me Home, Country Roads" | John Denver
"Unchained Melody" | The Righteous Brothers
"Let's Stay Together" Seal (Al Green cover)
"Old Town Road" (Kue Remix) | Lil Nas & Billy Ray Cyrus
"Yeah" | Usher & Ludacris
"Trumpets" | Jason Derulo
"The Git Up" | Blanco Brown
"Ride Wit Me" | Nelly

Those were just a few of their dance music selections. Just 30 minutes before the reception ended, there was a brief shower that moved over the island. It would not dampen the spirits of Alisha & Matt and their guests. 
DJ Setup for Folly Beach wedding

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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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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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