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The Great American Eclipse of 2017 has been quite the historical day all throughout the United States, especially in those cities and states that were in the path of 100% totality, as was my hometown of Charleston, SC. Estimates of 5 million people visited South Carolina alone to see the "once in a lifetime" eclipse event. From the battery of Charleston up to the greater Georgetown area, there were also couples who wanted to use the Charleston area and it's 100% totality as the backdrop to exchange their vows. Congratulations to all the couples who came to Charleston to tie the knot. I was actually sitting in my house eager anticipating the arrival of the eclipse that we have been talking about all summer and came across a milestone for one of the classic movies of the 1980s and a generation. Having sold over 32 million copies, the Dirty Dancing soundtrack went on to become one of the biggest selling movie soundtracks of all time. It was a hot summer "Friday night" on August 21, 1987 when Dirty Dancing hit movie theaters across America. Starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, the film was an instant hit capturing the hearts of so many, most of which were women of all ages.

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The special solar eclipse glasses have been purchased. An extremely unusual event is set to take place in the top city (Charleston, SC) in the country on Monday, August 21, 2017. For the first time since 1979, the lower 48 of the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. As anticipation has been building throughout the spring and summer, thousands and thousands of people have punched their plane tickets and secured their hotels in the Holy City Of Charleston for this awesome event.  Locals are even taking off and adjusting their schedules to make sure they don't miss what looks to be nearly 2 minutes of total darkness in the middle of a hot August afternoon. This is a once in a lifetime event for all states in it's path. 

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Having a wedding reception timeline  ensure that your wedding reception and the events leading up to it will run smoothly. The timeline should serve as a framework or guide for all the scheduled elements you'd like to see occur during the course of the single most biggest day of your life. At Mike Bills Entertainment, I am a strong proponent for the hiring of a wedding planner / coordinator to oversee this extremely important of your wedding day. All brides and grooms should allocate resources into their wedding budget for a planner or coordinator. If you truly want the absolute less stress possible for your wedding day, an experienced wedding planner or coordinator will take care of EVERYTHING and all details leading up to (including the creation of the best timeline for you and your guests), as well as all the other details for the biggest day of your life. The last thing that you want to be is a bride who wakes up at 4:30am, drags herself out of bed and drives over to her wedding venue in a fog to set up her wedding reception. Seriously, what kind of fun would that be?

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The music of the 1980s is absolutely positively one of my specialities. Having hosted a few very successful on-air radio programs about the decade of decadence right here in Charleston, I studied this decade very much. It was truly an incredible decade of creativity and includes so many sub-genres of music. As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, I can tell you that 80s music still plays an integral role in playlists at weddings all around Charleston, and I don't see that changing any time soon. The thing about 80s music is that you have so much to choose from. From radio-friendly soft rock tunes to the pop of Michael Jackson and Madonna to the hairbands like Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, and Poison. From influential hip-hop artists like RUN-DMC, the Beastie Boys, and DJ Jazzy Jeff to one hit wonders like Men Without Hats, Kajagoogoo, and Toni Basil, the 80s have it all and it's one decade that is sure to increase the fun factor during your cocktail hour at your Charleston wedding.

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Brides and grooms simply do not want the music for their Charleston wedding receptions to sound "cliche".  After my last blog post about 10 Cheesy and "Cliche" songs you may consider leaving off your playlist, I began to think about and research other music.  I began to thank about how brides and grooms tend to let their wedding receptions revolve around Top 200 Most Requested Song lists. You know what? I am guilty as well. This is why I decided to take a bit of initiative on the matter and potentially "dust off" some often overlooked, but fun songs.  It's hard to believe that with all the music that's been created, we've narrowed what is to be played at your wedding down to TWO HUNDRED songs.  This is definitely not a stab at these lists as they have provided a great reference over the years for many brides and grooms, and to honest, I find myself looking at the list every now and then.  Despite having this list on hand, many of my brides and grooms have strayed away from it and really customizing the music for their reception so it's their own and one of a kind.  How did the list of the Top 200 Most Requested songs actually get created in the first place?

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The music you choose to play at your Charleston wedding should be a personal soundtrack to the most important and most special day of your life. The music you choose should also create lasting memories that allow you to crack a smile randomly about your amazing night that you had with your family and guests while you sit in your office or at your home ten years later.  Over the years, there are certain songs that have become overplayed and "cliche" for weddings. Major wedding websites often spotlight the "Top 200 Wedding Songs" each and every year. If you look closely at these lists, they really don't change much. They might have on them some "seasonal" songs that broke during the year that had wings and were catchy, but for the most part you see a lot of the same songs over and over again. One of the big reasons for this are a lot of the newer Top 40 tracks have a short shelf life and are recycled in and out very quickly.

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Beach music "beach pop" is a very regional genre of music that actually has it's origins back to the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina, as well as the southeastern coast of North Carolina as early as the 1940s. It developed from numerous rock, pop, R&B artists from the 1950s and 60s. The "Carolina shag" is the official state dance in North Carolina and South Carolina, and beach music closely related to this style of swing dance commonly known as the "shag". Despite it's roots  up the coast in Myrtle Beach and on the southeast coast of North Carolinba, beach music made its presence down the coast in Charleston over the years and is well known by the native of the area. The golden era of beach music was said to have occurred throughout the 1960s, but by the late 60s, beach music was in decline. Beach and shag music saw a bit of a rebirth in the late 1970s. There was no real explanation of this rebirth, but it could have been due to the young college students who were kids in the 60s during the height of beach music wanting an alternative to disco of the mid - late 1970s. Doing a little research on beach or shag music or even learning to shag might offer a bit of a local flavor to the music for your Charleston wedding.


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What do you think a playlist would sound like at your cocktail hour for your upcoming Charleston wedding that defines what it is like to be married in one of the world's best cities? It woulld probably sound like nothing you have ever heard before, especially if you are one of the hundreds or thousands of destination brides and grooms coming to the Holy City of Charleston SC. In my professional opinion as a wedding DJ, the playlist would include songs that conjure up the thoughts of a laid back, but formal affair over at the exquisite Middleton Place or a classy seaside suarez at Kiawah Island or Seabrook Island. It might also include local musicians like Darius Rucker, as well as regional artists like Edwin McCain and Jump Little Children or the Blue Dogs. The energy level of this playlist would be fairly upbeat and energetic, but not too crazy because we need to save that pent up energy for after dinner as you and your guests begin to cut a rug over at the luxurious Daniel Island Club.


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Your cocktail hour has no limits to what it can be like. Today's wedding cocktail hour playlist selections go back to the mid to late 1970s up until the early-mid 80s soft rock era.  If you are really into your music, you might remember sort of a cult following that developed after a video series showed up online back about 2005.  Rolling Stone posted a great piece about the 10th anniversary of the coining of the term. Catch that article by clicking right HERE   You don't need to be at the James Island Yacht Club or Charleston Yacht Club to enjoy this playlist as it will fit at any cocktail hour at any Charleston wedding. These are just few of my personal picks, but you are free to choose any of the music from the following artists. This "Yacht Rock" offers a definite chill vibe that we experienced all over the radio in the 70s and 80s. Enjoy this.

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The annual accolades awarded to Charleston, SC by Conde Nast Traveler seemed to have become “expected” and almost second nature by now. Back last year in 2016, Travel & Leisure joined the party and named Charleston the top city in the United States and that honor continues in 2017 too.  It should be no surprise that all these awards and accolades have created a buzz about Charleston.   That buzz has 35 people moving to the beautiful city of Charleston every single day. With that amount of buzz and traffic, recently engaged couples who are planning their wedding from Michigan, Texas, New York, Georgia or California are discovering Charleston and all what it has to offer. Charleston offers the most incredible backdrop for creating a romantic wedding.  With the wedding business exploding in recent years, some of the best wedding vendors have burst onto the scene and some have even relocated here. Mike Bills Entertainment has developed an exceptional reputation of serving destination brides and grooms from all over the country and has become a top wedding DJ in Charleston with a truly professional and polished approach. What exactly is the allure of Charleston as a wedding destination? Perhaps it’s the profound history, combined with its close proximity to the ocean and excellent culinary atmosphere that makes it unbeatable and very desirable? One thing is for sure. Charleston and it's beautiful surroundings make lasting memories for thousands of brides and grooms from across this country, year in and year out.

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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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