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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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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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2017 has seen some totally amazing wedding receptions all around the beautiful destination and city of Charleston. The year has seen it's share of fresh, danceable pop and rap hits, where a lot of the songs have strong enough legs to probably be mixed into more wedding receptions deep into 2018. While "Despacito" certainly exploded into the song of summer 2017 and broke You Tube records with views of nearly 4.6 billion, it was Ed Sheeran who was even more dominant on the charts all year with songs like "Shape Of You". And as the summer turned into fall, "Perfect" started to hit the airwaves,as well as at Charleston weddings and is now well on it's way to becoming one of the biggest songs of the year in 2018. As the calendar turns from 2017 to 2018, here are some of the best bets for the biggest songs that will be rocking the dance floors at Charleston weddings all year long.

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Hello future brides and grooms. Happy hoildays to you and your family and friends. We're just a few days past Christmas and things have really begun to chill down here in Charleston and it does not look like we'll be close to 60 degrees for well over a week. Maybe you just got engaged in recent weeks and have begun to formulate in your mind how your Charleston wedding is going to be? Perhaps you are using the down time of the holiday season to begin searching for wedding vendors online. Well, if you are, I suggest you make some hot cocoa and throw another log onto the fire and get your Ipad or laptop and begin to do your searches. This cloudy and potentially icy weather is perfect for you too to be inside looking for wedding stuff. It can be a really fun experience for the both of you. While you conduct a Google search and conduct your preliminary research for items for your Charleston wedding, I wanted you to take in consideration some of the websites you might see online for wedding vendors that might be tempting for money savings and time savings.

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the beautiful Holy City Of Charleston, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nichoias would soon be there. There are probably so many beautiful couples sitting by the fireplace all curled up with one another with visions of engagement dancing in their heads.  But I digress, let me introduce you to Matthew & Jennifer. Matthew & Jennifer are a couple here to celebrate their love from Chicago in the Holy City at the Luxurious Dewberry Hotel. Jennifer had gone to medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina and had spent many years in Charleston and knew the immense charm and romance that Charleston had to offer. It was a Christmas Eve Evening and Matthew & Jennifer had just gotten back to the hotel after an early dinner and were enjoying the mild Charleston evening by looking out their luxury hotel window.

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Casey found me online back in the spring of this year by way of recommendation from one of her professional wedding planner friends who lived out of state and who had scoured the internet looking for one of Charleston's top wedding DJs. When we spoke on the phone briefly, she had told me what she did not want and within minutes of our conversation, I knew we were going to work very well together. Casey has a career that has her overseas a lot, so we had to wait until August to actually meet face to face, at which time I also got to meet her fiancee Brad during a site survey at the luxurious Dewberry hotel. The Dewberry Hotel is a 5 star luxury hotel that opened in the summer of 2016 at 334 Meeting Street. The old FBI Federal building had been gutted and completely remodeled by Dewberry Capital, which was started in the late 1980s by John Dewberry. There was no stone left unturned in the development of the Dewberry, as the once dull federal government building was transformed into a world class 5 star luxury hotel, in an absolutely perfectly location. If you are interested in incorporating a bit of luxury into your wedding day, then I highly recommend you take a look at The Dewberry In Charleston. At the time I am writing this blog post, it was reported by the local media that the developers of the Dewberry were on their way of potentially winning a small battle with the city that would allow them to open a roof-top bar. If The Dewberry were able to open this roof-top bar, it would add another area to hold a luxury wedding ceremony in Charleston.

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I was having a musical debate recently with a friend of mine and we were discussing adult contemporary music of the 90s. For those of you who may not know what I am referring to when I say adult contemporary music, it was the station that people had on in their offices while at work. When I was talking with my friend, she made a pretty big blanket statement in saying that the 90s were all about artists like Michael Bolton. I had to agree with her, just a tad. Michael Bolton could do no wrong starting in the latter part of the 80s, and extending into about the mid 1990s.  The radio stations that were playing this type of music were playing some of the softer sounds from familiar artists who were also successful in the 80s. When you see this list, you'll be blown away by the amount of great artists that had huge hits back in the 90s. You'll probably be inspired to begin creating your cocktail or dinner music playlist for your Charleston wedding over at the Daniel Island Club or Harborside East as well.

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The topic of "requests" at a wedding is a bit of a polarizing subject. While there are lots of couples who want "their" day to be all about them, they might say that they do not want any guests approaching their DJ during their wedding reception to make any requests. Other brides and grooms might say they only want their bridal party and family make song requests. Allowing the DJ to take requests comes with it some risk. If you've given your wedding DJ a pretty good idea of how you'd like the night to go, (genres of music and must play songs), then a true professional will take those directions and make your night one to remember for a very long time.  The DJ you have hired for your Charleston wedding should have enough experience to sift through all the requests (if you allow them) and pick the right ones. You've also hired your wedding DJ to provide the best flow for the night and allowing guests to make requests runs the risk of disrupting that flow and killing the momentum for the night. More often than not, most brides and grooms opts for no requests. In recent years, I've kept a tally of some of the worst requests that have been made to me directly. While you may like some of these songs, listen to them in your car or on your Ipod, let's just keep them off the playlist for your wedding.

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The music of the 90s has been seeing a tremendous nostalgia period in recent years, much like the 80s sort of saw about 10 years ago. When I sit down with my brides and grooms these days, I am seeing more and more 90s music put into their playlists, with some 80s tunes sprinkled throughout.  If you really analyze the music of the 90s, it spans all genres. You've got a lot of pop, some R&B, rap, hip-hop, alternative grunge, rock and more. This blog post focuses on the year 1997. Depending on your age, you might begin to feel a little old (like I did) as I began the research for this blog.  It's hard to believe that all of the songs listed on this post are turning TWENTY this year. And I might add that a lot of these songs that are going to be showcased in this post have grown into classics and floorfillers and heard at so many Charleston weddings. As a professional wedding DJ, it's a passion of mine to study music and collect it that I can feel can be used for my weddings. I find myself visiting record stores all the time trying to locate hard-to-find gems. All in all, the 90s were an awesome decade "musically", so I hope you enjoy this first instlalment. Trust me, I think you'll be adding some of these classic from 1997 to your very own wedding playlist. Crank them up as you browse and we celebrate their 20th birthday.

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With over 20 years of experience in the music industry, as well as a professional wedding  and event DJ, I can tell you that there is no one size fits all playlist for each and every wedding that I do. Some couples have VERY strict tastes. Some couples issue a "no request moratorium" and want it all about them. Some couples have very eclectic tastes. It's what makes DJing weddings so fun and challenging to me, because they all are different. Every single couple is different and has widely differing musical tastes. While every couple does indeed have those varying musical tastes, I approach each and every one of them the same way with the same amount of passion. I do that by meeting with my couples to get to know their likes and dislikes so that we can work together to create the perfect mix of music to keep people on the dance floor all night long. 

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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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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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