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Perhaps it was the announcement of the remake of The Lion King due out in theaters in the summer of 2019, or maybe it was because I heard his classic Christmas song on the radio recently. Elton John's music is consistently showing up on playlists all over at Charleston weddings.  Truth be told, this particular blog post has been on my to-do list for a few months now. Over the years, I've seen the music of Elton John fit nicely into a cocktail hour or some of his slower ballads be perfect for conversations over dinner at many Charleston weddings. Elton John has sold an astonishing 300 million records, and has had over 50 Top 40 hits, and 7 straight Number 1 albums here in the United States. 21 years ago when Princess Diana was tragically killed in a car accident, Elton John rewrote "Candle In The Wind" and dedicated the remake of the song to Diana. The single ended up selling over 30 million copies and became the top selling single of all the time in England, as well as the United States.  As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, music is my passion and my sole focus as a DJ. I hope you'll enjoy this post outlining some of the biggest hits from Elton John heard over the years at Charleston weddings.


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The wedding DJ / entertainment you decide to hire for your Charleston wedding will single-handedly have the most impact on you and your guests and whether or not you have the time of your lives.  Hiring your Charleston Wedding DJ is so much more than finding the lowest price and best bargain.  If it were just that, I wouldn't have opened my business and carved out my niche as being only one of a few "owner-operated DJs" here in Charleston.  As a matter of fact, I've seen polls on some of the leading wedding websites that show nearly 3/4 of all brides were not happy with the entertainment they chose for their wedding.  They wish they had spent more time researching who their wedding DJ should be. You need to be totally comfortable with who is going to be executing the flow of your evening.  As I put together the second edition of my Complete Guide For Selecting Your Wedding DJ for 2019,  the inspiration for this post came to me and I felt it was important to give some of the recently engaged brides and grooms some questions to ask when they start the search for the best Charleston wedding DJ for them. 

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Here it is another Thanksgiving afternoon and as I can smell the turkey cooking in the oven, I am sitting back and are thankful for lots. I'm thankful for another year of tremendous growth for my DJ company here in Charleston. I am thankful for all the clients who have put their trust into my company during this year, and who have also put their trust into my company thus far for my upcoming 2019 Charleston weddings. I am thankful for all the time I have put into my website since the beginning of summer adding so much great and useful content for my prospective clients, but there is still much more to accomplish by the end of this year.  I have begun getting together for my second edition of The Complete Guide To Selecting Your Charleston Wedding DJ. I plan to have it complete in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  

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As one of the top Charleston wedding DJs, it tends to be a pretty rare occurrance that I leave the greater Charleston area for a wedding.  While I've been known to travel up the Carolina coast to Georgetown and Myrtle Beach, as well as south along the coast to Beaufort and Hilton Head, I tend to stay in Charleston, as that's where most of my clients are having their weddings. This was until earlier this year.  :) Luciana & Ty had contacted me earlier this year about being the DJ for their wedding ceremony and reception up in Murrell's Inlet.  Murrell's Inlet is about 97 miles from my home, and roughly 15 miles from the downtown area of Myrtle Beach.  In some of my first correspondance with Luciana, she said she had read over my blog and really liked some of the content I had produced.  With as hard as I work on this content, I was completely tickled by her words about my blog.  Up until this point, I might have only had one compliment on my blogging, and actually back when that occurred, I was not nearly as active as I am now.  What's that old saying? "Flattery will get you everywhere." I think that's how that saying goes. Well, flattery got me to drive all the way up to Wachesaw Plantation for Luciana & Ty.   Be sure to read on to see how their beautiful wedding ceremony went outside on a crisp November day up against the Waccamaw River, as well as their very fun wedding reception with a lot of dancing.

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Some exciting things have been happening over the past several months with my DJ company, Mike Bills Entertainment. Back during the summer months, I began a massive campaign to refresh a lot of the content on my website.  This content refresh resulted in an increase in my ongoing music posts and playlist ideas, as well as a project that is still underway that found me heading out to some of the most beautiful Charleston wedding venues to create featured posts on my blog so that prospective brides who had not quite signed a contract with their venue yet could see some of the best venues that Charleston has to offer. As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, I'm always looking for ways to make securing your wedding DJ even easier.  In this post, I'm very excited to share with you some new features and benefits and other awesome new things that you'll see when you hire me to DJ your Charleston wedding.

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Part of creating the best and most memorable soundtrack for your Charleston wedding and all the guests you are inviting is making sure that all the parts of your big day are well-thought out and organized. From your wedding ceremony (if you should hire a DJ for this) to your wedding reception, I always tell my couples that since it's "their" day, and that they should make the music about "them". Your cocktail hour is an integral part of your wedding day and the right music for that time is a huge part of setting the vibe for the rest of your wedding day. While I let my clients know that this portion of their day has numerous options in terms of musical genre and feels, the vibe for a cocktail hour should be "feel-good" and relaxed, pleasant and smooth. After getting the big business done (your wedding ceremony) to make you a Mr & Mrs), your cocktail hour music should promote a chill vibe that allows you and your guests to relax and socialize with one another at some of the most beautiful wedding venues in Charleston.

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Back in August (right before Labor Day weekend), I published a post outlining 5 Great Reasons To Get Married In Charleston. You may check it out by clicking that link, but one of the reason's I spoke of in that post was "Breathtakingly Beautiful Wedding Venues". With Charleston being a city of rich history and charm, and it's downtown area surrounded by bodies of water, there are no shortage of places to have your wedding where you are able to enjoy nice harbor breezes and sunsets. In today's installment of my Charleston Wedding DJ tour, (actually the 4th stop), we're required to travel over one of the symbols of Charleston that opened back in 2005, the Ravenel Bridge. Located in Mt Pleasant and on the Charleston Harbor with one of the best views of Charleston and the iconic Ravenel Bridge, we find Harborside East. Opening in 2010, Harborside East is located in the Motley Rice Building and has become one of Mt. Pleasant's premier wedding venues.  Whether you are a local couple or one of the many wonderful couples coming to Charleston on an annual basis to say their "I Do's", Harborside East is the perfect wedding venue for the couple who wants a posh and upscale atmosphere at a very reasonable price, with a view that is simply priceless.

Here in Charleston, it always takes a little more time for the Fall weather to start, but as I write this post for you this morning, the recent warm and sticky October mornings have been replaced by cool, Fall breezes. Now that the cooler autumn weather is finally starting in the Charleston area, the Fall wedding season is going to be a little more tolerable and pumpkin spice lattes seem more appropriate, and of course our thoughts turn to the spookiest day of the year, Halloween. If you are looking for a way to get in the mood for Halloween, the new Halloween movie (which was filmed in Charleston, SC) is being released just in time for this scary time of the year. Did you know that Charleston is one of the most haunted cities in the Southeast? Places like the Battery Carriage House, The Blind Tiger pub, The Old Charleston Jail, and The Dock Street Theater all have a scary story behind them. If you've ever been downtown Charleston on King Street or Market Street during Halloween, you'll see patrons walking up and above the streets all decked out in their costumes. You are probably going to be invited to one of the many great Halloween parties held in Charleston each year. Check out this playlist to get you in the mood for the scariest night of the year, put together by one of the best Charleston wedding DJs.

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Your choice in what your first dance song at your wedding reception should be one of the most important choices you make in your music selections. Ever since I've been blogging, I've published playlist ideas offering my clients some ideas about first dance songs, I decided to put a little focus on the Indie music genre for this post. While I still sit down with clients who are choosing traditional choices for their first dance, there are some modern brides and grooms who are seeking to have their special wedding dances not sound like all the other weddings they have been to. As one of the top wedding DJs in Charleston, it's my goal to stay on the cutting edge of these trends.  For those couples whose musical tastes tend to be a little more diverse, you'll want to read on and check out these beautiful Indie first dance song ideas.

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Today's stop is the 3rd installment on my Charleston Wedding Venue DJ tour and it takes me over to Boone Hall Plantation. I've seen some of the greatest weddings and parties out at Boone Hall. As one of the top Charleston wedding DJs, I can tell you when it's a Boone Hall Plantation wedding, it's going to be one heck of a party! As I mentioned in my last venue post, which was a trip out to Magnolia Plantation, you'll be hard-pressed to find any wedding venue or location in Charleston to get married where there is NO historical significance. Boone Hall Plantation, located north of Charleston in Mt Pleasant, is one of the oldest working plantations in the South and has easily become one of the Top 5 favorite wedding venues among brides and grooms in the Charleston area.  Charleston has so many wonderful wedding venues and I enjoyed once again stealing some quality time in the middle of the week on a Wednesday afternoon to hang out at one's the finest venues in Charleston, Boone Hall Plantation.

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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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