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It's been a pretty busy summer for Mike Bills Entertainment and the post you are about ready to read should have been done a month or so ago, but I've had other more pressing content to get up and out to my clients.  I've really spent a lot of time dodging raindrops this summer here in Charleston. :) This post is Part 3 and the final part in a series as we take a look at the biggest songs of 1988. Here it is August 10, and if we stand on our tip-toes, we can see Fall. While I've been meaning to get this post for a while, you see that it aligns almost perfectly with the calendar from August 1988 going into the end of that year. Imagine this if you will; the average cost of a Super Bowl commercial back in 1988 was $645,000. Also, back in 1988, the CD outsold vinyl for the first time. Now, 30 years later, vinyl is making a comeback and outselling digital downloads. The music charts of 1988 were primarily pop and rock tunes with some great ballads, as well as glam metal. In Part 3 of this series, you'll see a surprisingly large amount of the selections that are highlighted in this post to be very "Charleston wedding" worthy.  Mike Bills Entertainment is one of the best Charleston wedding DJs who is also one of the best 80s music DJs in Charleston, and collector of 12 inch remixes. If you are feeling a little lost right now and need to play catch up, read on and I'll provide the links to the other earlier posts.

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Stop and close your eyes for a minute. Think about this. You'll soon be married to your dream guy or dream girl. You have decided to get married in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You have dreamed about this day for many years.   You deserve nothing less than perfection on your wedding day; from the venue to the caterer and everything else in between. As a professional wedding DJ who has forged an impeccable reputation as one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, I want to make sure that you and your family enjoy everything about your day from a musical perspective. I've mentioned in prior posts that your "wedding is never looked on as just another gig" as there is LOTS of activity that is performed behind the scenes to make sure everything is perfect. Your perfect wedding day and soundtrack begins at the time of booking and continues with preparation in the months and days leading up to your wedding day here in Charleston. Because Mike Bills Entertainment is comprised of just "one excellent wedding DJ", you'll have the chance to explain your vision to me without any middle men. Being a professional wedding DJ is something I take very seriously, and I hope as you are on your wedding planning journey that you review my website and see what it is I am all about. 

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Modern brides and grooms getting married in Charleston in 2018 might just be trending away from a lot of the normal overplayed wedding standards you've come to expect at any and all weddings. Your first dance song is one of the most special moments of your entire wedding day and the song that you choose should be romantic and set the stage for what will be the most memorable night of your lives. In a future blog post, I was going to spotlight some of the wedding standards and classics that will likely live on forever at Charleston weddings. While some of those are still used for first dances, and most likely will continue to be used for the foreseeable future, more and more couples are looking to "wow" their guests with something different when they take to the dance floor for their first dance. Trust me, you will want to read on with this post. There are some awesome songs on this list.

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When it comes to 80s music at your Charleston wedding, you normally see a lot of the pop artists get added into a couple's playlist. The more fun pop artists like Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, George Michael, Huey Lewis, Prince, and Culture Club created some of the most iconic pop songs. The lines were always a bit blurred throughout the 80s as to what defined "alternative" music. Alternative music had a different sound, and at times, a bit of an edge.  Back in the latter part of the 80s, "alternative" became more of a defined genre as shows like "120 Minutes" popped up on MTV and showcased the bands you did not hear on Top 40 radio.  Then, as the 90s began, there were more and more radio stations that signed on the air whose focus was solely "alternative music".  When I was in high school back in the latter part of the 80s, most of the bands you'll see on this playlist were considered "underground", and there was a bit of a Goth clique at my high school who were really into this type of music. As I have stated in all of my blog posts, the music that you decide that you would like to add to your Charleston wedding  DJ playlist should clearly define your musical tastes.  This 80s Alternative and Synth Cocktail Hour is just one of the many countless playlist ideas that you can consider for your wedding. Ok, let's begin the time warp journey back to the days of big hair and at times, black nail polish and lipstick. Turn up your speakers now.

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You know it's been a while since I talked about the father - daughter dance at Charleston weddings. As the years go by, tastes have a tendency to change as well as the choice of songs and genres. Here we are in 2018 inside another beautiful Charleston spring wedding season, the flowers are in bloom and the spring breezes are carrying those sweet scents through the air in the Holy City. While the year has changed and the music on the charts change, one thing that remains the same is that tender love between a father and her daughter during their dance at her wedding reception.  Depending upon the desired timeline of the bride and groom, the father - daughter dance usually occurs right after the first dance.  Doing the father - dance right after the first dance is a perfect time because ALL eyes are on the bride at this time. Your Charleston Wedding DJ will gracefully fade down your first dance and professionally fade in and announce everyone that a special moment is about ready to happen between the bride and her father.   

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She'll be here next Saturday night. She has one of the beautiful female jazz voices in modern jazz music history. Her name is Diana Krall. She has a very smooth and sexy voice and I cannot wait to hear it live and in person downtown at the Gaillard Center. In preparation for Diana Krall, I decided to throw together another cocktail hour playlist alternative when planning the music for your upcoming Charleston wedding. Today's iteration of the cocktail hour has to do with the smooth and sexy like silk sounds of smooth jazz.   The sounds of smooth jazz are perfect for a cocktail hour that's located right next to the water.  I am picturing this smooth jazz cocktail hour to go very well as a way to relax after your wedding ceremony and soak up a few rays of sun, especially if your wedding reception is held downtown at the Historic Rice Mill or Harborside East. Imagine, if you will, you and your guests socializing during your cocktail hour right on the water as the sun sets. It's the perfect soundtrack for your guests to socialize and sip cocktails down by the water in Charleston.

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Whether you are downtown on the water at the Historic Rice Mill, over on the other side of the river in Mt Pleasant at Harborside East, or right on the ocean having your ceremony on Seabrook Island, the soundtrack to your amazing day will make whichever beautiful wedding venue you choose and its scenery even better. Your wedding day should be one of the happiest days for you, your family, and your guests. There are numerous ways to ensure this is the case, but one of the top ways you can make this happen and have fun and happiness on your wedding day is great music, but not just great "tunes", but music that has an overall "happy-go-lucky" vibe to it.  They do say laughter is contagious, so why not create a playlist for your cocktail hour that breaks the ice for your guests after your wedding ceremony. Music that picks you up and makes you feel good and smile. When you sit down with your Charleston wedding DJ, let them know you want a cocktail hour playlist that gets people happy and primed for a night of dancing later in the evening.

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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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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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