The summer engagement season has come and gone here in Charleston. Even though we're still in the midst of the peak of another active hurricane season, it was such a huge relief to get past Hurricane Dorian with mostly some minor damage here in the Holy City. Believe me, seeing these hurricanes threaten Charleston in recent years is equally as stressful for me as a wedding vendor, as it is for my clients. When you are spending a lot of money to have the best day ever you need to have at your disposal great content for your research when it comes to finding your dream wedding venue, as well as the best wedding vendors. Since Charleston has catapulted itself into being one of the top wedding destinations, there have been some great blogs that have emerged over the years. These wedding blogs are wonderful sources of inpsiration. Perhaps you just got engaged and needs some new ideas? These blogs are some of the best that have caught my eye that deal with Southern weddings, and even more importantly weddings right here in Charleston.
Offering wedding ceremony music and proper PA and microphones is one of the other offerings I provide as a wedding DJ. The best Charleston Wedding DJs will be able to provide this music in a professional manner for your wedding ceremony at any location around Charleston. I've blogged in the past about wedding ceremony music, but since the summer's in Charleston tend to be slower than fall and spring, I thought I would throw together a refresher about what your DJ should be providing you when you need them to do your ceremony music. Your wedding ceremony is the beginning of an incredible night. It's a very special part of your day that requires not only special planning, but also special equipment. Even if your wedding ceremony is located at the wedding reception site, additional sound equipment is required. The true professional wedding DJs will be equipped to handle any situation. Because I am a stickler for details, I will (if needed) make the effort with the wedding coordinator / planner to schedule a site survey to see where I will be set up for a wedding ceremony. There is no room for error when preparing for a wedding ceremony and the number one request is the location of power. This provides peace of mind for not only me, but also the bride and the wedding coordinator / planner.
No matter the location of your Charleston wedding, your aim should be to make it a classy and elegant affair filled with the music you know and love. Whether it's a laid back afternoon and evening at grandmother's house in Summerville or a grand and luxurious affair at the Kiawah Island Club, brides and grooms should be aiming for a classy and elegant vibe. When I decided to create Mike Bills Entertainment, one of the primary goals was to alleviate any and all fears of hiring a tacky and cheap wedding DJ. While my humble beginnings as a DJ began back in the mid 1990s on the radio, I had a very brief stint as a wedding DJ back in the early 2000s working for a company here in town. It was so brief that I am surprised I was able to remember it, but I was able to remember it because I did NOT have a good time! Despite it's brevity, there were quite a few things back then that I observed that would forever alter my perceptions of professional wedding DJs and how they "should" act. Opinions would be formed that would put together my mission statement for how I would run my own company. The wedding DJ you hire is there to compliment your big day, not get on the microphone and say their name all night or hang tacky signs or banners. But I digress from talking about the type of wedding DJ you should hire. You'll want to read on to find out something that I decided was not as important, and that I opted to leave out of my wedding performances, but still earned me a solid reputation as one of the top Charleston Wedding DJs.
All over my wedding DJ blog, I've put a lot of emphasis on Charleston brides and grooms choosing their first dance song. I've published all sorts of ideas ranging from the style of your first dance to different genre choices for that very special moment of your day. While the first dance song is still probably one of the single most important songs of your big day, your last song of the night needs to be looked at equally as much. Your last song of the night needs some love and attention too. You will probably notice that your wedding day has flown by. It's gone by so fast that you probably won't want it to end, so at the end of the night you'll become flooded with all sorts of emotion. If you have done your due diligence and hired one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs, you most likely will be having the time of your life on this day and won't want it to end. You might even be tempted to ask your DJ just a wee bit longer. Be sure to discuss with your DJ how you'd like your night to end. If you have not began to give your last dance song any thought, you'll want to read on to get some great ideas on how to end the night.
It really should go without saying that the entertainment at your Charleston wedding should be your Number 1 priority. Besides the total cost of your wedding DJ, how is my company really different from all the other DJs in Charleston? My company has a business model that is quite a bit different than a lot of the other companies you'll come across as you search for DJs online. I decided when I became a wedding DJ that I was going to do what some of the great DJs have done in the past and continue to do today, and that is putting an emphasis on the designing the perfect soundtrack for a bride and groom's wedding day. From the wedding ceremony to the cocktail hour and dinner all the way to the time your dance floor begins to get full, the music has got to be perfectly curated and organized. And when you combine all of the above with the need to make all the necessary announcements and adhere to a timeline that your wedding coordinator / planner has created, being a wedding DJ is a tough and oftentimes "high pressure" job. But when you love what you do as I do, it does not feel like a job! :) The reward comes when I see all the planning play out and a couple has the time of their lives from start to finish.
As you search for the best DJ for your Charleston wedding that will go the distance in being the best fit for you as a couple, it's going to be blatantly obvious that you are going to run into a rather wide range in prices. Now I bet I know what you are saying. "Here comes Mike again with another long-winded post about Charleston Wedding DJ prices." Well, my answer to you would be "sort of". I'm always doing wedding DJ market research (95% of which is outside the Charleston area), and when I see something that can spin the importance of finding the best wedding DJ another way, I'm happy to share that information with my prospective clients. Engagement season has passed here in Charleston, but I still get pinged on throughout the year for bookings and oftentimes I get the question on why my prices are higher than other DJ companies here in Charleston. The answer to that question is not simple, but to get us started, I will tell you that I like to think I give my clients "extra service and attention". That extra service and attention begins with the fact I am an "owner-operated" DJ service, which means you'll work with me from the time you submit a contact form on my website through the contract process, as well as music planning until the last song is played at your wedding reception.
Being one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs has become a very rewarding passion of mine over the years. When a bride and groom hire me to be the DJ at their wedding, they are inviting me to be a part of one of the most special days of their lives. Out of respect for my clients, I'll never look at their wedding day as a "gig", but instead a day in their lives that I curate a soundtrack of music that fits their likes and allows for the creation of lasting memories for them and their family and guests. Millie & Adam found me online last year from Virginia. When Millie sent her signed contract over, I saw that her and Adam were going to be married at Brookland Plantation. Truth be told, I had to do a quick Google search to see where Brookland Plantation was located. Located on St Pierre Creek, Brookland Plantation sits on Edisto Island, and at one time was a part of Millie's family, when Dr. Charles and Betty Wannamaker purchased the land in 1968. During Millie's upbringing, her and her family would frequent Brookland Plantation for recreation, making for lasting memories on those family trips. It was during those early years that Millie formed those hopes and dreams in her mind that she would have her wedding at Brookland Plantation when she met the man of her dreams.
It's probably one of the busiest weekends of the year in the Charleston, SC area; Cooper River Bridge Run Weekend. Since it's beginning in 1978, the Cooper River Bridge Run has become one of the most popular 10K races in the country. It's actually a 10K race that Oprah Winfrey ran back in 1994. What else makes this weekend one of the biggest of the year in the Holy City? Well, the Charleston wedding season is well underway which means there will once again be a large amount of destination couples coming to town along with their family and friends. The Flowertown Festival takes place out in Summerville, and it normally attracts upwards of 200,000 people. The Volvo Car Open will be wrapping up another wildly successful year over on Daniel Island, and if that's not enough, The Lowcountry Cajun Festival is also happening! As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, I have always got music on the brain. I love helping brides and grooms make an amazing soundtrack for one of the biggest days of their lives. Even though I am not running the bridge, I wanted to create a great playlist of music for people needing a little boost in making it over the great Charleston landmark. You'll want to read on and have your Spotify ready to add these songs so you are prepared when the gun fires on the starting line.
Your days as a single lady are numbered. Thankfully you hired a top notch wedding planner, so all of your planning is just about done and well under control. You are only planning on getting married once so you want all the experiences that lead up to that incredible day to also be perfect as well. Charleston, SC is one of the top two wedding destinations in the country for good reason, but you've already decided you are getting married here. Charleston is also one of the best places to celebrate your last days as a single lady. It's time now to plan your last big party weekend: The Bachelorette Party Weekend. Like your carefully planned wedding day, your bachelorette weekend should also be a weekend where you don't lift a finger. It should be a weekend where Uber is your best friend, and Jack and Fireball are also your good friends. It should be a weekend where you and your besties are treated like queens in the most luxurious party bus and you wake up in your hotel room right on the beach with mimosas in your hand. What could possibly make this girls weekend even better? Music. You'll want to read on as one of the best playlists is organized for you and your besties by one of the top Charleston Wedding DJs.
You know one of the biggest parts in creating my brand as one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs was making sure that I provide all my clients a classy and fun experience. Being a "classy" wedding DJ for me has always meant conducting myself "professionally" at all times. The DJ should dress professionally, as well as talk professionally. Another part of being a "classy" DJ is keeping the playlist "clean". While some brides and grooms might be tempted to throw on some club-like music with explicit lyrics, I am here to say to try to keep those songs off of your playlist. Be considerate of your wedding guests, your parents, and your grandparents. Your Charleston wedding is going to be one of the most memorable days of your entire life. It's a wonderful time that needs to have with it an equally awesome soundtrack. You can have the time of your life WITHOUT the explicit lyrics. The last thing that brides and grooms want are F bombs coming out of their DJs' speakers and onto the dance floor at their carefully selected classy Charleston wedding venue. You'll want to read on for some of the reasons to keep the offensive lyrics off your playlist, plus I'll list a few of the "non-club" songs that will need a radio edit if you'd like added to your playlist.