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Happy Veterans Day Weekend! As I write this post, the temperatures here in the Charleston area are in the lower 40s with some breezy and gusty winds this morning. It sure is feeling more and more fall-like than it has in recent weeks. Thank you to all the men and women who have served our country and continue to serve this country today and give us the freedom to have these beautiful weddings all over the Lowcountry. It sure has been a great Fall wedding season for Mike Bills Entertainment and I am still catching up on some blogs from some of my events and one of those posts was a recap of Katie & Ricky's beautiful day over at the absolutely gorgeous Creek Club At Ion back on October 1, 2017.  If you just got engaged and are looking for a venue, I strongly encourage you to check out the Creek Club At Ion. It's waterfront location right on the creek provides one of the beautiful backdrops out of all the wedding venues in the Charleston area. There is a luxurious lawn that overlooks the creek where Katie & Ricky had their wedding ceremony. Music for their wedding ceremony was performed by Carolina Trio. Mike Bills Entertainment provided the sound and PA for the ceremony.  It was a beautiful afternoon for an outdoor ceremony, we just had a cold front pass ushering the first hint of Fall. The humidity was lower and there was a bit of a gentle Fall breeze.  Please read as we go into a little more detail of their playlist selection.

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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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You know with all the Kay Jewelers commercials I have seen in the past week, you'd think we were already past Thanksgiving and deep into another engagement season here in Charleston. We are actually just 9 days away from Halloween right now! Perhaps the jewelry industry is trying to make the engagement season longer now? This blog post is a shout out to all the professional wedding coordinators and planners I work with in Charleston, and for those I will work with in the future. If you did recently get engaged ahead of the "engagement season rush", congratulations! Saying "yes" causes a bride to have a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions, one of which is that perfect and magical vision for what your dream wedding day is going to be like. You are probably thinking about "when" its going to be and "where" it's going be. Have you considered "how" its going to all come together? How is the biggest day of your life (up to this point) going to be perfect? The logistics and details involved in planning a wedding are immense and daunting. The complexity of planning a wedding greatly increases with the amount of guests that are invited. As a bride who is recently engaged and thinking about her "perfect" day, how can you ensure "perfection"? How can you ensure that you will wake up on your wedding day and all the hundreds of logistical details will be taken care of without lifting a finger and without any stress? What do you do?

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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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Variety is the spice of life. I like a little variety when it comes to DJing weddings here in lovely Charleston. My aim as a professional wedding DJ has always been to help couples create their own personal soundtrack for their wedding day. This day (which is the biggest of their lives) should include music solely about them. I met Kate with her mom back in June and they introduced me to a new and quiet place to meet clients over in the Mt Pleasant area. Vintage Coffee Cafe During our initial meeting Kate briefly mentioned that her and Jon would want to hear a tropical house playlist during their cocktail hour after their ceremony at Coleman Hall & Chapel in Mt Pleasant. At the time, I took notes, but it wasn't until I met Jon with Kate in early September at one of our consultations that I learned a little more about tropical house. I've always been a big fan of house music, as Charleston used to have a pretty nice house music scene with some great DJs spinning all sorts of house at various areas around downtown Charleston. I knew there were many different sub-genres of house, I am just glad that Kate & Jon allowed me to get more acquainted with the tropical house genre. These are some of the tracks that got played during their Sunday, October 15, 2017 wedding and some I will be adding into my future cocktail hour playlists and receptions.

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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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