Welcome to my website and blog! Where On Earth did the summer of 2018 go? Here we are on the very last day of August and we're moving into another long Labor Day weekend in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. While Labor Day weekend tends to be one of the busier Charleston wedding weekends, I am lucky enough to be off this weekend and are most likely going to head out to one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, Kiawah Island. As one of the top wedding destinations in the country, Charleston, SC offers so much for brides and grooms and their families and guests. Travel & Leisure Magazine named Charleston, SC a top city in the United States once again 2018. Being one of the best Charleston wedding DJs who has been in the area for many years, there is so much to Charleston that can make getting married here one of the most beautiful experiences of a couple's lives. You'll want to grab a pad of paper and pen and take some notes. You might even be reaching for your credit card to book a flight to see what Charleston is all about. Read on.
August 29, 1958: Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana and would become one of the most successful entertainers in the history of all recorded music. From the late 1970s through the end of the millenium, Michael Jackson put together a string of albums that dominated the pop & R&B charts filling dance floors all over the world. He'd go on to have the title "King Of Pop" bestowed upon him. It's hard to believe we just passed the 9 year mark of his untimely death on June 25, 2009. Despite his passing, his vast contributions to music continue today and his music is still in very high demand by wedding guests and is played by DJs all over Charleston during weddings and private events. They are hopefully very few and far between, but there are actually some brides and grooms who like to leave the Michael Jackson off their Charleston wedding playlists. I don't really have an explanation for this, other than some brides and grooms like to totally give their weddings a different sound.
In recent years, Charleston, SC continues to stay up near the top as one of the most popular wedding destinations in the country. Couples come from all over to exchange vows using the Holy City of Charleston as their beautiful and romantic backdrop. Mike Bills Entertainment is one of Charleston's Best Wedding DJs that has forged a reputation over the years of being very hospitable when it comes to working with destination wedding couples coming down for the biggest day of their lives. Most brides and grooms eat up the private online portal that is created when they book which allow them to gather all the details of their wedding day, as well as their music in the privacy of their own homes, no matter how far away they are from Charleston. During the past several years that Charleston has grown as a leading wedding destination location in the United States, there have been certain geographical areas that have shown more interest than others. Some of the more popular areas that couples travel from are the Mid-Atlantic area, the Midwest, and the Northeast states. Based on web searches and traffic to my website, brides and grooms from New Jersey love to travel to Charleston to get married.
When news broke this week that the Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin was nearing death, I began to do some preliminary research on her legendary music career. When I need accurate information on an artist's body of work, I always consult with my copy of Joel Whitburn's Billboard Book Of Top 40 Hits. He published his first book back in 1970 and has provided one of the most accurate records of an artist's music and their associated chart history. I received the news on the passing of Aretha Franklin just as I was uploading my salute to the Queen Of Pop (Madonna) on her 60th birthday. I spent most of the rest of the day yesterday digesting a ton of social media posts celebrating the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin. Where do I begin? She was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame back in 1987. She was a musical icon with a voice that was so full of soul, and odds are we are not likely to ever see someone with her talents ever again. She had 20 Number 1 songs and over 50 of her songs made it into the Top 10. As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, I can tell you that Aretha Franklin still sees a lot of rotation at weddings and events all around the Lowcountry. You'll want to read on to get a nice dose of the soulful music of Aretha Franklin.
You better believe that there was no way I was going to let Madonna's 60th birthday pass by without any acknowledgement. Madonna's music has been part of my life since at least 1983, when I was in elementary school and heard "Borderline" for the first time. Since I had older sisters, MTV was always on when our parents were out and I caught all the early classic Madonna videos. It's hard to put into words how much of an impact Madonna has had on pop music over the past 35 years. She is very worthy of her title of "Queen Of Pop", with over 300 million + albums sold, and she has also been proclaimed the greatest solo act of all time. During my radio career when I hosted my 80s Request shows, Madonna was always in the Top 5 of 80s artists receiving requests for airplay by my listeners. As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, I can tell you that Madonna is still in heavy rotation at weddings all around town. "Holiday" is still a favorite song to throw on when brides and their bridesmaids want to get a little crazy and get things started on the dance floor early in the evening. The Shep Pettibone Remix of "Like A Prayer" is a personal favorite of mine for later in the evenings at Charleston weddings when it's on the request list and you'd like to keep guests on the dance floor.. From the 80s to now, Madonna's music has evolved and she continues to reinvent herself. In this special post to honor her on her 60th birthday, I take a special look at an (A-Z) listing of how her career started back in the 80s along with some other of my favorite tracks too. Enjoy this salute back on one of the greatest women in music ever.
As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, I've personally seen first hand Charleston, SC catapult over the past 5 + years to become one of the top wedding destinations in the country. Aside from it's many famous plantations and it's romantic and historic downtown venues which act as beautiful backdrops, the close proximity to water also makes Charleston a huge draw for destination couples looking for a beautiful beach wedding. You don't have to sacrifice elegance just because you've decided to have a beach wedding in Charleston. Charleston's temperate climate makes planning a wedding during any of the 12 months a possibility when choosing a date for your most special day. While Charleston's locals may think an average high of 60 in January might be too cool, that temperature would be perfect for a couple coming from Chicago or Philadelphia or New York City. If you decide to do a beach wedding in Charleston, you'll still be fairly close to downtown so you can do all the romantic things like take a rickshaw down the street, take a carriage ride down it's famous cobblestone streets, and then grab dinner at one of it's finest restaurants. After you choose the location for your beach wedding in Charleston, I'll sit down with you and we'll start planning a "beach wedding soundtrack". Whether you decide to keep it small and get married at a summer getaway beach house or one of Charleston's luxurious beach resorts, you'll want to read on to check out some of these beautiful Lowcountry beach wedding options.
Time now for a little Charleston wedding playlist refresher when it comes to the all-important and very special mother-son dance. In case you missed my previous posts about the mother-son dance, I made mention that this is actually a rare occasion that the groom's mother gets into the spotlight at Charleston weddings. This dance was not a tradition like the Father / Daughter dance, and has grown in popularity over the past several years. This dance, along with the father-daughter dance are often difficult choices that sometimes can take many weeks to decide upon. While the groom and his mother can certainly plan to do a nice and fancy choreographed dance, it's been my experience that these songs for these special dances are more about "lyrics" and actually have a deeper meaning than fancy dance moves. The groom and his mother should think about their relationship when selecting their song. Maybe it was a song that you remember as a child as you were growing up? It's those types of songs that can conjure up some very deep emotions during your wedding reception and may cause tears to fall by your guests.
It's been a pretty busy summer for Mike Bills Entertainment and the post you are about ready to read should have been done a month or so ago, but I've had other more pressing content to get up and out to my clients. I've really spent a lot of time dodging raindrops this summer here in Charleston. :) This post is Part 3 and the final part in a series as we take a look at the biggest songs of 1988. Here it is August 10, and if we stand on our tip-toes, we can see Fall. While I've been meaning to get this post for a while, you see that it aligns almost perfectly with the calendar from August 1988 going into the end of that year. Imagine this if you will; the average cost of a Super Bowl commercial back in 1988 was $645,000. Also, back in 1988, the CD outsold vinyl for the first time. Now, 30 years later, vinyl is making a comeback and outselling digital downloads. The music charts of 1988 were primarily pop and rock tunes with some great ballads, as well as glam metal. In Part 3 of this series, you'll see a surprisingly large amount of the selections that are highlighted in this post to be very "Charleston wedding" worthy. Mike Bills Entertainment is one of the best Charleston wedding DJs who is also one of the best 80s music DJs in Charleston, and collector of 12 inch remixes. If you are feeling a little lost right now and need to play catch up, read on and I'll provide the links to the other earlier posts.
The weather outside might be hot and humid with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, and you are probably just coming home from the beach and have sand in your shoes, or even grimacing about the return of more traffic when school starts back in a few weeks, but NOW is actually the best time to be thinking about choosing your DJ for your office / corporate Christmas party. Before you know it, we'll be pouring the egg nog and putting up the mistletoe at Christmas parties all around the Charleston area. The "music" at your private company or corporate Christmas party should not be taken lightly.
Hello! Nice to meet you! Hope you are having an amazing summer. I'm Mike Bills, owner and operator of Mike Bills Entertainment. If you are wedding planner or coordinator working weddings in one of the most beautiful cities in the world of Charleston, SC, this blog post is for you. In this post, I am going to reveal a very interesting tidbit about myself with you. I've come to realize in the past several months that there are so many wonderful wedding planners in and around the Charleston area that have not crossed paths with me. There are so many incredible wedding planners and coordinators in the Charleston area that share my passion for providing an exceptional experience to their couples. Maybe you are a planner or coordinator in Charleston who felt inspired when they saw one of my Instagram posts and began to follow me, but have yet to work with me? We live in an increasingly digital world today where we need instant information and sometimes don't have time to meet in person. Truth be told, I've also come to the realization that being in the Charleston wedding industry is more "relationship" driven than I previously thought. While I've pushed and pushed to maintain a top notch online presence, I've decided that one of my greatest weaknesses as a business owner is networking! I've never been afraid to "talk" to people, but if you don't know that right events to go to, you tend to sit on the sidelines. We'd all love to think that we could get all our bookings from "just" our website, but it doesn't work that way anymore. In recent weeks and months, I've been working with fellow colleagues and coaches about solving this problem. With an increasingly competitive wedding market in Charleston over the past several years, one must find ways to increase his or her reach in their prospective industry and get the word out in an efficient manner.