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You know there is Valentine's Day, and then there is a Valentine's Day in Charleston. It's no secret that Charleston is one of the most romantic cities in the country, and maybe even the world for that matter. It's rich history and cultural arts backdrop, combined with it's ever booming culinary scene make it hard to pass up a truly romantic night in the Holy City on Valentine's Day. As one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs, I've seen firsthand over the years the true power of music in creating truly special musical experiences that create lasting memories for all my clients. Mixing music with romance has the ability to create moving experiences and lasting memories on Valentines Day as well. If you do a search online, you can literally find hundreds of ways to show that special person just how much you care for them. But have you ever thought about something as simple as a Spotify playlist of truly beautiful songs for the both of you to hear and celebrate one another's love?  How about a playlist of songs that you can dial up on every other day except Valentine's Day that serves as a reminder to the both of you of just how much you love each other. 

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The rich, historical backdrop of Charleston continues to make it one of the top wedding destinations in the country. Destination brides and grooms from cities like New York, Chicago, and Boston love choosing the Holy City as their choice for their dream wedding location.  In the downtown area (also known as the peninsula), you'll find cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, historical homes and buildings making it a very idyllic setting for brides and grooms looking to tie the knot in Charleston.  Many of these historical homes and buildings have been transformed into wedding and event spaces during the wedding industry boom that Charleston has experienced over the past decade. Merchants Hall opened back in the spring of 2018, and is quickly growing in popularity for truly beautiful Charleston weddings and private events. Located on the second floor at 36 North Market Street,   this brand new event space offers a very picturesque view of the bustling City Market.

Most all of the brides and grooms who select me to be their Charleston Wedding DJ tend to be very much into their music.  What exactly does that mean? It means that music is generally a very important part of their life. Oftentimes (even before I meet them), they have chosen the song that they will use for their first dance. They have (a lot of times) chosen this song shortly after beginning their engagement. Other music aficionados might spend more time choosing their song.  Your first dance is one of the key moments during your wedding reception where the spotlight is on you.  Be sure to choose a song that best exemplifies your love for one another.  Are you in the mood to be serious about your first dance? Maybe you'd like to let loose and goof  off a little bit during your first dance?  As one of the top Charleston wedding DJs, I've posted quite a bit about first dance songs. In this post, we'll break down some of the different styles that Charleston wedding couples have used over the years.

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The growth of the Charleston wedding industry over the past decade has brought with it the introduction of more and more beautiful wedding venues. If you just decided that you'd like to get married in Charleston, but are undecided on your wedding venue, this post could very well help to sway your decision. First and foremost, if you haven't been to Charleston before, you need to be prepared to be blindsided by it's very high level of charm, history, beauty, and romance.  The peninsula of Charleston (also known as downtown) is where you could spend hours and hours on a rickshaw or carriage learning about the city's 300+ year history.  The charm of Charleston can be seen all over the peninsula with historic homes and mansions that have been well maintained over the years.  The owners of some of this real estate have seen fit to offer their properties to the Charleston wedding industry. I mean, what better way to experience the beauty and charm of Charleston than to feel what it was like 200 years ago and get married in an historic, colonial house or mansion? As one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs, it's been my aim to provide helpful content to all my clients coming to the Holy City to get married.  The next stop on my Charleston Wedding Venue tour takes me to Cannon Green.  You'll want to read on to learn more about this popular, new downtown Charleston wedding venue. 

Charleston, SC remains a top wedding destination in the country for many reasons.  Lots of couples choose the Holy City for it's rich history on the peninsula, or for it's taste of the old South with its beautiful plantations for their wedding ceremony and reception. In addition to all it has to offer with it's history, Charleston also has some of the most beautiful beaches. Today's stop on the Charleston Wedding Venue tour takes us to one of the most beautiful private beaches in the greater Charleston area, Seabrook Island. Seabrook Island is a private resort town located about 24 miles south of Charleston. Even though the resort is private, the Seabrook Island Club is also available open to non-members of the community for weddings and private events. For those Charleston brides and grooms who have been dreaming about a luxury wedding at the beach, look no further than the Seabrook Island Club. 

Back around Christmas, he proposed to you. And you said. "YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS". You had dreamed about him proposing to you for quite some time, and now that he did  you are finding yourself falling even deeper in love with him thinking about all the possibilities of your new life together. Some of the things you've begun to think about. "I can't wait to see him in his tux." or "I cannot wait to board a plane to our dream honeymoon to Bali", or another important question. "What's our first dance going to be?". All this and so much more enter a modern bride and groom mind right after the engagement begins.   You certainly don't anticipate getting married more than one time in your lifetime, so this most important day of your life must be perfect. As one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs, I've seen it all and I want to make sure your wedding day here in Charleston is a day that you and your guests will NEVER forget.

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Happy New Year! I know I'm a little late on that, but the first few weeks of 2019 have been rather busy.  You know I've got great feelings and vibes about 2019 turning into an amazing year for Mike Bills Entertainment. 2018 was a year of exceptional growth for my company online with a bit of a website refresh back in the fall, as well as tons of new content and blogs published for the modern Charleston bride. As we get 2019 underway, it's always a beautiful feeling to open up your email and realize that you've once again been awarded the Couple's Choice Award from Weddingwire. Weddingwire has been an excellent marketing tool for my company for many years and has put me in contact with so many modern brides and grooms looking for some of the best wedding vendors that Charleston has to offer.  As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, it is humbling to win this award for the 6th straight year. Having this award bestowed upon me for the 6th consecutive year is a reminder of my undying determination and focus to providing stellar customer service.   Read on to learn about how I'll go 7 for 7.

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Another fantastic year is coming to a close for my company, Mike Bills Entertainment. As I sit back and reflect on this year, I'm so blessed to be working on a passion of mine that continues to build stronger in one of the top wedding destinations of the country. For the 6th consecutive year, Charleston was named Top U.S City by Travel & Leisure Magazine, and we cannot forget Conde Naste crowning Charleston a Top City in the United States for the 8th `straight year. Brides and grooms continue to hit my website from all over the country as they seek to find the best wedding DJ for their destination wedding here in Charleston. While I did not quite eclipse the 100 post mark on the blog like I did back in 2017, it was still another pretty busy and productive year with approximately 85 posts.  If you are just now hitting my website for the very first time, thank you so much! Finding the best wedding DJ for your Charleston wedding is something you need to take very seriously.  You'll want to click over to my blog and get lost in my musical and DJ world. This second edition to the Complete Guide To Finding Your Charleston Wedding DJ is a spotlight on some of the most popular and informative posts of 2018.

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Can you imagine what the world would be like without music?  It sure would be boring, wouldn't it? It would definitely be a world where I don't think I would last more than a few days.   If you are like most modern brides and grooms, you probably have an Iphone or Android full of your favorite music. The music is probably arranged into numerous playlists. Perhaps you have a "girls night out" playlist, or a playlist you use for your yoga class on Saturday mornings, or even a playlist you use for those heavy duty cardio days.  Well, if you are going to go to that great an effort to organize and compartmentalize your music into various activities of your life, then why wouldn't you do the same for one of the most important days of your life.  Your Wedding day here in Charleston. You've dreamed about this day coming up here in Charleston. Your guests are coming here from all over the country.  The wedding DJ / entertainment you choose for your Charleston wedding must be looked upon as one of the vital pieces of the puzzle to ensure you and your guests have the best time ever. But, still, even as we get ready to turn over into 2019, brides and grooms are still making the same mistakes when selecting their Charleston Wedding DJ. If you've just gotten engaged or will very soon, you'll want to read on.

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If you do it the right way when you hire the best wedding DJ for your biggest day in Charleston, you should also be getting a top notch MC. There are some misconceptions about DJs and MCs. Some people I've spoke with believe they are actually two separate people, and that they need to hire both. This is not true. If you hire a true professional wedding DJ, you will not only be getting the person who will properly mix your music throughout your day, but also the one who makes your announcements at the right time to make sure the flow goes smoothly. Mixing your music is important, but hiring someone who can adequately handle all your announcements with the utmost professionalism is equally as important. I cannot emphasize it enough that if your DJ / MC does not sound pleasing on the microphone, you and your guests will be in for a potentially agonizing wedding reception.

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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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