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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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No matter how old you are, everyone should remember those "coming of age" movie that were a huge of 80s pop culture that featured those Brat Pack actors and actresses. You know, the lovely Molly Ringwald (who I had a crush on) ;), Emilio Estevez, and the guy who looks to not have aged at all since the 80s, Mr. Rob Lowe. We also cannot forget Demi Moore, Anthony Michael Hall, Jon Cryer, and Matthew Broderick. These movies left those that watched them with so many indelible images, and they also came with some amazing soundtracks. Mike Bills Entertainment is not only a top wedding DJ in Charleston, but one of the most experienced DJs when it comes to 80s music. So, you know that any time I have a chance to blog about more 80s music I do it and LOVE doing it. This is actually my last official blog post of 2017 and over the past 12 months I've enjoyed looking back 30 years to the 1987. As the calendar turns over to 2018, I'll begin a year-long journey back to the year 1988. Be sure to check out this blog and my Twitter feed for some of the best posts for some of the best 80s music in Charleston. If you are heading out tonight in Charleston for New Years Eve, be careful and bundle up! It's going to be very cold. Now, let's get started on your Brat Pack Cocktail hour playlist.

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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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2017 has seen some totally amazing wedding receptions all around the beautiful destination and city of Charleston. The year has seen it's share of fresh, danceable pop and rap hits, where a lot of the songs have strong enough legs to probably be mixed into more wedding receptions deep into 2018. While "Despacito" certainly exploded into the song of summer 2017 and broke You Tube records with views of nearly 4.6 billion, it was Ed Sheeran who was even more dominant on the charts all year with songs like "Shape Of You". And as the summer turned into fall, "Perfect" started to hit the airwaves,as well as at Charleston weddings and is now well on it's way to becoming one of the biggest songs of the year in 2018. As the calendar turns from 2017 to 2018, here are some of the best bets for the biggest songs that will be rocking the dance floors at Charleston weddings all year long.

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Hello future brides and grooms. Happy hoildays to you and your family and friends. We're just a few days past Christmas and things have really begun to chill down here in Charleston and it does not look like we'll be close to 60 degrees for well over a week. Maybe you just got engaged in recent weeks and have begun to formulate in your mind how your Charleston wedding is going to be? Perhaps you are using the down time of the holiday season to begin searching for wedding vendors online. Well, if you are, I suggest you make some hot cocoa and throw another log onto the fire and get your Ipad or laptop and begin to do your searches. This cloudy and potentially icy weather is perfect for you too to be inside looking for wedding stuff. It can be a really fun experience for the both of you. While you conduct a Google search and conduct your preliminary research for items for your Charleston wedding, I wanted you to take in consideration some of the websites you might see online for wedding vendors that might be tempting for money savings and time savings.

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Well, here we are again and we are just 5 days away from the brand new year of 2018. It seems like just yesterday I posted about the tremendous loss we experienced in 2016. The good news is 2017 (at least with 360 days down) saw much less loss when it comes to our favorite musicians. The bad news is the lesser amount of musicians that passed still included some pretty iconic ones. Truth be told, if one person dies, that is one person too many.  We saw classic rock artists, R&B artists, as well as jazz artists pass way too soon. We also saw some big names in the modern and alternative rock genre pass as well.  Some of these artists that I'll spotlight you might not think would be played at weddings, but as I have found out in recent years that no two weddings are the same and there is a chance that a lot of these get thrown into a cocktail hour playlist or even a dinner music playlist. Remember when you are brainstorming for music that you would like to hear at your wedding reception, jot down a list of artists and when we meet, we can go through your list and begin to create that perfect soundtrack. Getting back to 2017 and the artists we've lost,  I will cross my fingers that I have not jinxed things and that we remain in the clear for the next 5 days and that we do not experience any more major loss of of life in the music industry.

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Merry Christmas! I've been talking about it for many weeks now. We've been easing into another engagement season here in Charleston, and on this chilly Christmas night, I bet there are quite a few happy bride-to-be's around the greater Charleston area. There also might be quite a few "bride-to-be's in New York City, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Chicago, or Philadelphia reading a brochure about one of the top wedding destinations in the country (Charleston) starting to plan their Charleston wedding from a distance. Congratulations! Take a deep breath. Everything is going to be just fine. Enjoy your engagement for a little bit before you begin to booking wedding venues and vendors.  The first thing you need is your DATE. Be sure to click this link for my 2018 Complete Guide To Selecting Your Charleston Wedding DJ that I posted back on the blog on December 16. You might consider this post as a bit of a continuation to that all-inclusive guide.

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the beautiful Holy City Of Charleston, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nichoias would soon be there. There are probably so many beautiful couples sitting by the fireplace all curled up with one another with visions of engagement dancing in their heads.  But I digress, let me introduce you to Matthew & Jennifer. Matthew & Jennifer are a couple here to celebrate their love from Chicago in the Holy City at the Luxurious Dewberry Hotel. Jennifer had gone to medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina and had spent many years in Charleston and knew the immense charm and romance that Charleston had to offer. It was a Christmas Eve Evening and Matthew & Jennifer had just gotten back to the hotel after an early dinner and were enjoying the mild Charleston evening by looking out their luxury hotel window.

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Casey found me online back in the spring of this year by way of recommendation from one of her professional wedding planner friends who lived out of state and who had scoured the internet looking for one of Charleston's top wedding DJs. When we spoke on the phone briefly, she had told me what she did not want and within minutes of our conversation, I knew we were going to work very well together. Casey has a career that has her overseas a lot, so we had to wait until August to actually meet face to face, at which time I also got to meet her fiancee Brad during a site survey at the luxurious Dewberry hotel. The Dewberry Hotel is a 5 star luxury hotel that opened in the summer of 2016 at 334 Meeting Street. The old FBI Federal building had been gutted and completely remodeled by Dewberry Capital, which was started in the late 1980s by John Dewberry. There was no stone left unturned in the development of the Dewberry, as the once dull federal government building was transformed into a world class 5 star luxury hotel, in an absolutely perfectly location. If you are interested in incorporating a bit of luxury into your wedding day, then I highly recommend you take a look at The Dewberry In Charleston. At the time I am writing this blog post, it was reported by the local media that the developers of the Dewberry were on their way of potentially winning a small battle with the city that would allow them to open a roof-top bar. If The Dewberry were able to open this roof-top bar, it would add another area to hold a luxury wedding ceremony in Charleston.

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