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The weather outside is getting colder and the days are getting shorter. I don't know about you, but this "whole getting dark thing" shortly after 5:00pm is not really my cup of tea. Thankfully we just have another month before the days start getting longer again.  I am more into those late evening sunsets of summer here in Charleston with a nice adult beverage next to me near one of our most gorgeous waterfront venues and parks with friends and family. Thanksgiving is almost here and that's sort of the start of another engagement season, which lasts usually up until mid - late February. If you are just recently engaged or expect that the all important question is coming this season to you you'll want to read on. Late last year, I published a few articles that have received a lot of traffic over the past year. As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, it's been my aim since building this site professionally nearly 2 1/2 years ago to keep the content fresh and relevant. If you are just visiting me for the first time, Welcome! And if you just got engaged and are looking for an amazing wedding DJ, I hope you are ready to dance. Please, read on and get lost in my musical world.

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You might have still been sleeping, but at approximately 6:07am this morning, the Summer Solstice occurred kicking off another summer season here in Charleston, SC. Mother Nature could not have timed it more perfectly with an expected high of 99 degrees and a heat index that might reach 110. By this time of the year, the busy spring wedding season here in Charleston tends to get a little bit more laid back with the summer heat. But with Charleston, SC firmly in the Number 2 spot when it comes to destination weddings in America, all months of the year (even the hot ones) are in play. Charleston is not only one of the best and romantic cities to get married in, but it will make for an incredible summer vacation. Since it's summer now, the beaches around Charleston will be packed on a daily basis. If you are looking for a romantic summer getaway to have your own "midsummer's night dream", consider an escape to Charleston. You might consider a stay on the peninsula at one of Charleston's newest luxury hotels like The Dewberry or The Spectator Hotel. After your check-in, take a rickshaw ride around the downtown area before you settle on where to eat at one of Charleston's most delicious and elegant restaurants. For an amazing playlist to get your summer started in a fun and entertaining way from one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, you'll want read on.

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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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Even though the band has deep roots and was formed in the center of the state in Columbia in the mid 1980s, Hootie & The Blowfish is just as big in the greater Charleston, SC area as they are in Columbia. That being said, there should be no surprise when brides and grooms of all ages put a little Hootie on their wedding playlists. Hootie & The Blowfish just sound right when it comes to Charleston weddings, and if you were in Charleston in the summer of 1994, you remember just how big and crazy it got for the band. Atlantic Records released "Cracked Rear View" on July 5, 1994 to enormous sales.  If you are a fan of the sounds of Charleston music and want to add a little of it to your wedding DJ playlist, please read on.

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Melissa & Brock were an incredibly beautiful couple coming to Charleston from the Midwest; across the river in Illinois near Saint Louis. We had been talking since about February when they booked me, and after my first phone conversation with Melissa, I could tell she was excited about her and Brock coming down to the Charleston area (Folly Beach) for their wedding and to start their new life together. As the months passed, I began reviewing their playlist selections and I could tell that they were a couple very much into their musical choices, and I was really looking forward to playing it all for them. The weather had been iffy in the days leading up to their wedding day on June 22. Even though it's been said many many many times that rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck to come, I'm fairly certain that nothing was going to take the smile off of Melissa's and Brock's face. One of the things that I like to think separates me from the other DJ services is my strong desire to meet a bride and groom before their wedding day. Perhaps this can be done through a Skype or Facetime early on, but for destination couples, I always try to coordinate a quick meet and greet sometime in the days leading up to their wedding day. This is especially the case with destination couples, but I believe that meeting a DJ should be one of the things you should plan on doing when you pull into town and begin setting up your schedule in the days leading up to your wedding day. From the beginning, it's something that I have always felt should be done before a wedding and to this date, I have met every single couple to date prior to their wedding.

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The temperatures are rising as we reach the last weekend of May in Charleston. While this usually means the tapering off of the busy spring wedding season in Charleston, it means a lot to the families of service members who died while defending the freedoms of this great country of ours.  Charleston, SC being the number 2 wedding destination in the country simply would not be possible without the many men and women who have died in the line of fire and battle defending this country.  While I wasn't scheduled for any weddings this weekend, I wanted to create a blog post of songs that made me of the patrioticism we should show on this day. So, while you are sitting out in your backyard or at the beach, feel free to play these songs and remember all those who have died. And let this serve as a reminder that Mike Bills Entertainment is only one of a handful companies offering 10% off for ALL active duty military. Thank you to all who have died and for those who continue to serve this great country of ours. Have a great Memorial Day. Check back later this week for installment number 4 in the destination wedding to Charleston series.  Today though, it's songs about this great country we live in, America.

 

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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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