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This is definitely a bit of an impromptu post for January 16, 2018. As I get deeper and deeper into this post, it's really too bad that it's not February 14, because the romantic music of Valentine's Day goes hand in hand with this lovely singer. I had logged into my Twitter account this afternoon @djmikebills and a friend of mine had posted that today is Sade's 59th birthday. It's really crazy how these things play out because I had begun planning a smooth jazz cocktail hour playlist that included a few Sade tracks, but I felt that since it was her birthday today that I should try to get a post up and online spotlighting her incredible work over the past 30 + years. Look for that smooth jazz playlist for your cocktail hour in the next week or so, but in the meantime I felt I would celebrate Sade's birthday because her music shows up very often on Charleston wedding playlists. Sade released her debut album back in 1984. "Diamond Life" sold over a million copies in the UK, and her music began to get airplay here in the United States.

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How does that Christmas song go? "Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful....." Those familiar lyrics from the oh so popular Christmas song "Let It Snow". Mother Nature did just that, only 9 days after the Christmas holiday. Here in Charleston, SC, which is one of the top wedding destinations of the country, snow is a rarity and usually happens (where it accumulates) about once every 8-10 years. Charleston might get measurable snow once every 8 - 10 years, but the stretch of very frigid temperatures that have accompanied the frozen precipitation are pretty unprecedented, and something not seen in over 28 years. The average high temperature in Charleston in January is 59 degrees, and since New Year's Eve 2017, the city has not been above 40 degrees. This is a cold streak not seen since December of 1989. Thankfully it's rare, and it'll hopefully be another 28 years until this happens.

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This is actually my very first blog post of 2018. It's been a very busy first three days of 2018 in Charleston, and also on my website. Everyone who got engaged during the holidays is of course thinking about their Charleston wedding, looking for their wedding venue, and of course looking for their wedding DJ. And of course, if you've been reading any of the national headlines, you know that 90% of the country has been in a big deep freeze. Charleston, SC, being one of the top wedding destinations in the country just had the perfect setup for a very rare snowstorm. On this 4th day of January, we're still digging out of a beautiful, 5-7 inch blanket of white snow all over the Holy City of Charleston. And also, on this 4th day of January, the temperature just rose above freezing for the first time in over 42 hours and will very slowly melt off this pretty white blanket. I must admit that Charleston looks so pretty with a nice blanket of powder. The snow enhances the history and beauty and charm of the city. We'll probably be back to normal by the weekend as this unusually long cold snap for Charleston drags on and on. If you've been following me on Twitter @djmikebills, I have been really pushing that part of social media in recent months, as this is an amazing time of the year for a recently engaged couple to start planning and thinking about their dream wedding in Charleston. There's nothing like a few unexpected snowdays in early January to spend together in excitement about your wedding.

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It's YOUR wedding. You are free to have as much fun as you'd like at YOUR wedding. In recent years, I've noticed some of the fun traditions like the bouquet and garter toss fading away in their popularity. The bouquet and garter toss, once staples at most Charleston weddings has been a steadily dying tradition.  Why is it dying? Perhaps, there are just some weddings where it just doesn't fit into the personality of YOUR guests? It's always been an optional "fun" activity to inject into your wedding. It's also always been my recommendation to throw both of them in the minutes after the dance party portion of your reception has begun. I can't quite put a handle on the origin of how or why these traditions have faded in interest. Maybe couples are seeing them as a little campy or cheesy? As we wrap up 2017, I am prepared to say that 60% of brides and grooms are opting to scratch the bouquet and garter toss. Read on to explore some of the main reasons that you might not want to do the bouquet and garter toss at your wedding.

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Today's post gets into the meat of creating the perfect wedding reception playlist for your upcoming Charleston wedding reception. It's a step-by-step approach and advice from a DJ himself. You are about to task your DJ with a pretty lofty goal; keeping your dance floor nice and full all night long. What makes this goal rather lofty is the fact that this DJ has not met any of your guests, so they don't know their likes and dislikes. It also is a lofty goal because no two weddings are the same. Each wedding has a wide variety of people of all ages, musical tastes, and etc. As a result, the playlist that gets created must incorporate a wider variety of dance-able and "familiar" music that spans multiples generations and satisfies multiple ages. For instance, if today I DJ a wedding and the bride is for instance, 25 years old, and her mom and dad are 50, it's a pretty safe bet that throwing some 80s classics are going to get them out on the dance floor. And, if her grandparents are also there, and they are 70, the DJ should be able to find some music so that they can also get a few dances in as well. These are all things that a professional wedding DJ needs to take into consideration. For me personally, the playlist should be mixed so that all guests get a chance to be dancing on the dance floor. If you are ready to begin planning your wedding reception dance music, then you are already halfway done if you have hired the right Charleston wedding DJ.

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You'll have to excuse me. I am still basking in the afterglow of a magical first evening at the luxurious Dewberry Hotel (this past Sunday night) for my last wedding of 2017. The blog post will be up soon. We're now just 4 days away from Christmas and engagement season is in full gear right now and I am reflecting on another great year for Mike Bills Entertainment. It's been another year of enormous growth in maintaining my reputation as one of Charleston's top wedding DJs. It was also another amazing year in music where Rihanna and Justin Bieber were center stage and occupied numerous weeks on the Billboard charts. Despacito was easily the song of the summer after the Bieber remix hit the airwaves in the late spring. Cardi B, Harry Styles, DJ Khaled, and Calvin Harris were also hot on the charts, while Portugal. The Man blew things wide open and broke records on the alternative charts during the better part of 2017. Beck's new effort was also very well received, and by September, his single "Up All Night" was heard all over the radio. Then, in November, Taylor Swift's much anticipated follow-up to 1989, "Reputation" dropped to all record stores. "Reputation" was well received after months of social media teasing, as well as the release of the singles "Look What You Made Me Do" and "Ready For It" to radio. In summation, the year 2017 saw an above average amount of "danceable" Top 40 and rap songs that got thrown into the mix of many Charleston wedding playlists.

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Over the past few years I have written numerous informative blogs about varying topics in regards to making the right hiring decision when securing a great DJ for your Charleston wedding. If you just arrived here, welcome and congratulations on your recent engagement. If you have spent anytime recently reading over my blog, you know exactly how impassioned I am about music and how exactly I treat my clients, and just how serious I am about providing them an exceptional wedding DJ experience. We're easing into another engagement season and when she does say "yes", there will be lots of searching on the internet for wedding venues and other important vendors, like your wedding DJ. I thought I would take this time to review my blog and create one master post with links to some of my most informative posts and make a one-stop guide in helping brides and grooms book one of their most important wedding vendors and begin creating the perfect soundtrack for their Charleston wedding over at Lowndes Grove, The William Aiken House, The Daniel Island Club, The Governor Thomas Bennett House, and the beautiful and serene and historic Middleton Place.

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Brrrrrrr. We've been truly spoiled these past few Decembers in Charleston. As I write this blog, it's 39 degrees and raining. Perfect for your fiancee (if you just got engaged) to light a fire and begin thinking about your music for your upcoming wedding in 2018. The jewelry commercials are playing all over the radio and TV. The Christmas music is just inescapable too. We've reached that time of the year. ENGAGEMENT SEASON. Ah yes! As the temperatures continue to get colder and the nights continue to get longer, we will soon be celebrating amongst friends, relatives, and colleagues. Upwards of 45% of all engagements occur between November and February. In the days and weeks after those engagements, you'll begin to have those thoughts about how'd you'd like your wedding ceremony and reception to play out. If you are thinking that an engagement is imminent, welcome to my website and blog. If you are a guy getting ready to pop the question and are already what your first dance will be and want a head start on picking your song, welcome to my website and blog. With a new set of newly engaged brides and grooms ready to scour the internet for the top wedding DJs possible for their Charleston wedding, I feel it's time for another informative blog post outlining 5 of the biggest reasons you need to hire a true professional wedding DJ versus your uncle or even a friend for that matter.

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Happy Holidays to all my prospective brides and grooms! Where on Earth did 2017 go? It seems like just yesterday it was January 1 and we were just days away in getting ready and prepared for the inaugural Charleston Wedding Week. Tomorrow is December 1 and you cannot seem to go anywhere without hearing any Christmas music. We'll do a "best-of" Christmas blog post as we get a little closer to the big day so I can spotlight some of my Christmas favorites here at Mike Bills Entertainment.  Are you already a little burned out on hearing  those Christmas tunes? It seems like the moment we take off our Halloween costumes, we immediately reach for the mistletoe and skip over Thanksgiving all together. All this while temperatures are between 75 and 80 degrees in November. For me personally, I like a nice mixture of the traditional and contemporary Christmas songs, but let's wait a few more weeks before I go all out.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Mike Bills Entertainment! While I am currently looking outside and it's 47 degrees, raining and overcast, it's sunny and bright inside my house with a cup or two or three of delicious hot coffee. It's been a great year for Mike Bills Entertainment in so many ways, and I would like to thank all my clients; past, present, and future, as well as all the vendors I have worked with and will work with in the future.  Music is the driving force behind my company. After all, I am a professional DJ and it's what a DJ should do and do very well at. Music is also one of the most powerful forces in our lives. Imagine, if you will a world without music. Can you imagine how boring life would be? Without music, we would literally lose part of our lives.

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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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