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You've been engaged for quite some time now. You've sent out all your invitations. You know exactly how many people are going to be at your wedding. You've been smiling all day as your smartphone is lit up with text messages letting you know that some of your guests have just landed at the airport.  You've hired a top notch wedding planner to take care of every single detail for what will become the biggest and most important day of your life. Now, we're just 24 hours away from your nuptials and what will become an amazing day of celebration and dancing that you and your guests will remember for years to come. The rehearsal dinner is an excellent way to set the tone for your Charleston wedding weekend. It'll be mostly likely composed of family, close friends, and most likely your bridal party. After all the details of your big day have been finalized, this get together among family and close freinds should be a laid back affair with a playlist that begins to create those lasting memories for your entire wedding weekend.

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Maybe you are already engaged and are in the home stretch of your Charleston wedding preparation. Then it's certainly time for you and your girls to get together for the all-important bridal shower. Usually, it's the maid of honor and bridesmaids that are hard at work in planning your bridal shower so that the bride can kick back and enjoy it to it's fullest. While the bridal shower is definitely a more close and intimate time to get together with friends and family before your big and busy wedding day, there is one thing that tends to get forgotten amid all the decorations, food, gifts, and games that come with a wonderful bridal shower. The one thing that tends ot be forgotten for your bridal shower is music. While you don't necessarily need to budget in a DJ for your bridal shower (not unless you want to), you and your friends and fmaily need and excellent playlist.  From a lazy, chill "girls night" with wine or a champagne brunch, take a listen to these songs an jot down the ones you love and smile and enjoy the moment. You are getting oh so close to getting married.

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Charleston, SC is a top wedding destination in the country and for the matter, the world, for a wide variety of reasons. The accolades that the city has received have caused a tremendous growth in the amount of destination weddings being held in and around Charleston. Some brides and grooms come down here for the rich historical backdrop that the Holy City provides. Some brides and grooms come down here for the close proximity to the water in combination with the beautiful plantations that the area has. When you combine its rich history, Southern charm, exceptional food, and seasonal weather year-round, it's hard not to want to get married here in charming Charleston. If all of this is not enough to get you to book your flight right now and begin planning your Charleston wedding, how about one more thing? Would you believe that "music" is what brings some couples to the Holy City? Well, at least that's the draw that Erin & Alex had in coming here and getting married on a cool and blustery Veterans Day.

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When I sit down with a bride or groom, we discuss their musical likes and we also discuss their musical dislikes. The music that is played at your Charleston wedding will make or break the night. Unfortunately, even in this day and age, the music seems to get the backburner and marginalized and even lost in all the other details of the wedding day. While you certainly need to feed your guests (especially if they came here all the way from Seattle or Chicago or New York), the music needs to be perfect. When you book your wedding with my company, you are set up a portal on my professionally designed website so that you can choose the songs you want in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Depending upon the length of your wedding reception, it will take no time to input all your favorite songs. Brides and grooms need to be completely involved in the choosing of their wedding music. I am here to tell you that taking a laissez-faire approach when planning the music for your wedding is not the best course of action. Are you looking for a little bit of wedding music inspiration? Do you need a kick start into planning the perfect playlist that will create a party atmosphere at your Charleston wedding for many years to come? Then, please read on and get ready to dance.

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All of my brides and groom meticulously choose all the important songs of their wedding day. Whether that be the bridal party introduction, their all-important choice for their first dance, the sentimental father / daughter dance, or the wonderful moment between the groom and his mother (mother / son dance). They often glaze over a pretty important song of the night. The last dance. Your wedding is going to be one of the happiest days of your life, at least if you hire the right professional wedding DJ ;) You are your guests might actually start to get a little teary-eyed toward the end of the night, but I can assure you they will be tears of joy. Weddings cause an intense range of emotions. The end of the wedding reception is the culmination of months and years of planning. For whatever reason, a lot of brides and grooms don't seem to put much emphasis on the last dance of the night, but as a professional wedding DJ, I think the last dance song is very important to the overall lasting memories generated by the soundtrack to your Charleston wedding. 

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2017 has been an outstanding year for Mike Bills Entertainment. It's been an honor to play such an integral role in another large group of couples who have decided to let the top city in America serve as the backdrop for their Charleston wedding. As a professional wedding DJ who is a self-proclaimed music connoisseur, one of the things I have enjoyed about 2017 is the fact we get to celebrate the 30th anniversary since the release of numerous songs in one of the greatest years in music from the 1980s. 1987. It was the year that Red Bull might have been first seen at wedding receptions all around America. It was the year that we did not put Baby in the corner with the iconic 80s movie "Dirty Dancing". Be sure to check back to an August 2017 post that coincided with the great solar eclipse and the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing

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The Indie folk and pop scene over the past five years has produced some amazing music, a lot of which have been recurring selections by brides and grooms during many of my cocktail hours all around weddings in Charleston. Most all of the songs selected for this particular cocktail hour playlist have a bit of a laid back and chill vibe, which is really perfect for "after the ceremony" while your guests are waiting for the bridal party introductions and the reception to begin. It's a perfect laid back vibe while your guests get to sip cocktails and other adult beverages and socialize! The increase in Indie folk and pop tracks into Charleston wedding playlists has not been as much of a surprise as one would think, epsecially since this genre has surely been taking up a lot more real estate on the Top 40 music charts due because of it's spike in popularity.

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The belief at Mike Bills Entertainment has always been to do one thing and do it extremely well. I made a decision out of respect for my brides and grooms to focus solely on helping them create the absolute best and most memorable soundtrack that will allow them to remember their wedding day for many many years to come. The approach that I take with my clients is definitely a more personalized approach. We get together. We drink coffee. We laugh. We get to know each other. We discuss your favorite kinds of music. We discuss the songs that you absolutely positively never want to hear again. After all, it's the DJ you are hiring who you are putting in charge of one of the most important days of your life. You need a true professional wedding DJ that you feel comfortable with. After all the emails and in-person meetings, we generally have enough of a foundation to begin putting together that killer playlist that everyone loves and will talk about for years and years after the big day. The music will always be my sole focus, but in order to make your Charleston wedding the best ever, brides and grooms should know there is so much more to it than someone just playing music.

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Back during the late spring and early summer of this year, I began to feature Charleston wedding playlists here on the blog that represented certain major cities of the country. Those blog posts featured many artists and bands that came from each one of those cities. Many brides and grooms come down to Charleston from large cities like Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia to get married. So, extensive research was done to determine which major musicians and bands resided or originated from these cities. It was a fun series of blogs that were designed to give those brides and grooms who have been flocking to Charleston some ideas on how to bring some of their music down here to provide some of their hometown flavor to make their wedding reception even more all about them. When the music is TOTALLY about the bride and groom some amazing things happen. Well, after three consecutive blog posts in the late spring, things got busy for me with wedding season, and I lost a bit of the momentum I had with that series and realized recently that the series still had some legs. The series still had legs because I had neglected to complete a post about the biggest city in America, New York City. New York City was the birthplace to many genres of music. To say the music the music of New York City is "diverse" would be an understatement. College courses could easily be developed to discuss the music of New York City.

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There is no doubt about it. Charleston remains a stronghold at the number 2 spot in the country for destination weddings. Maybe it was because a bride and groom met each other here at the College Of Charleston  and wanted to come back and experience it's rich history, beautiful beaches, and excellent menu of fine restaurants. Maybe a bride used to travel here as a young girl with her family and remembered just how beautiful the city was and wanted to get married here? Whatever the reason, brides and grooms from all over the United States continue to flock to Charleston for it's romantic scenery and history. Kara & Ian were one of those couples who chose to get married down here in Charleston. They found Mike Bills Entertainment back in the early summer of 2016 shortly after getting engaged. They were married on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Historic Rice Mill. They currently reside in the greater Washington DC area and had guests coming down from the DC area, New York, and all over different parts of the country. For early October (even in Charleston), the weather was really very warm and humid with a heat index of 97. It felt more like August, but after a lovely ceremony with those harbor breezes that provide refreshing breezes to wedding guests, we quickly inside for a great cocktial hour, dinner, and an amazing night of dancing, fun, and memories.

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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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