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Modern brides and grooms getting married in Charleston in 2018 might just be trending away from a lot of the normal overplayed wedding standards you've come to expect at any and all weddings. Your first dance song is one of the most special moments of your entire wedding day and the song that you choose should be romantic and set the stage for what will be the most memorable night of your lives. In a future blog post, I was going to spotlight some of the wedding standards and classics that will likely live on forever at Charleston weddings. While some of those are still used for first dances, and most likely will continue to be used for the foreseeable future, more and more couples are looking to "wow" their guests with something different when they take to the dance floor for their first dance. Trust me, you will want to read on with this post. There are some awesome songs on this list.

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When it comes to 80s music at your Charleston wedding, you normally see a lot of the pop artists get added into a couple's playlist. The more fun pop artists like Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, George Michael, Huey Lewis, Prince, and Culture Club created some of the most iconic pop songs. The lines were always a bit blurred throughout the 80s as to what defined "alternative" music. Alternative music had a different sound, and at times, a bit of an edge.  Back in the latter part of the 80s, "alternative" became more of a defined genre as shows like "120 Minutes" popped up on MTV and showcased the bands you did not hear on Top 40 radio.  Then, as the 90s began, there were more and more radio stations that signed on the air whose focus was solely "alternative music".  When I was in high school back in the latter part of the 80s, most of the bands you'll see on this playlist were considered "underground", and there was a bit of a Goth clique at my high school who were really into this type of music. As I have stated in all of my blog posts, the music that you decide that you would like to add to your Charleston wedding  DJ playlist should clearly define your musical tastes.  This 80s Alternative and Synth Cocktail Hour is just one of the many countless playlist ideas that you can consider for your wedding. Ok, let's begin the time warp journey back to the days of big hair and at times, black nail polish and lipstick. Turn up your speakers now.

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The personalized approach you get when you book your Charleston wedding with Mike Bills Entertainment is actually a fairly rare commodity in Charleston, SC. Mike Bills Entertainment was born as a small company and will continue to operate as a small company. With a laser focus on providing a higher end level of service for the Charleston Wedding DJ market, Mike Bills Entertainment is not a huge company with multiple DJs, nor is it a booking agency. From the time that you hit my website and we meet, you are working with ONE DJ throughout the entire process up until the last song is played at your wedding and your limo leaves the reception. The brides and grooms that book me never go without saying that one of the main reasons they chose my company was the personalized (one DJ) service I provide. This is really an attractive quality, especially for destination brides and grooms looking to let Charleston serve as the backdrop for their big day. When you work with ONE DJ from start to finish, the lines of communication are open all the time (either through email / phone or Skype and Facetime), and your wedding planning and music isn't tossed around like a football from DJ to DJ like you tend to see with the larger companies. Does this sound good to you so far? Believe me! It gets better and you'll want to read on.

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It happened to me again last weekend at a wedding downtown at the Hyatt House. I was DJing another wonderful Charleston wedding, and everything was coming together for another amazing night of dancing and good times. We had passed that transition after the cake was cut and everyone was coming out on the dance floor. I was smiling and saying to myself. "I love this!" This is why I truly love doing what I do. The proper music that is chosen by the bride and groom does the talking and will get your guests out on the dance floor. The bride was out there with her friends, and then I saw the mother of the bride join her daughter out on the dance floor for even more fun. Seeing the joy and fun that the bride and groom and guests are having on the dance floor is the culmination of many months of discussions and music planning. It humbles me to no end to see this play out at Charleston wedding after wedding.  You might be asking yourself. How does this happen? What would you say if I told you that you could have the Charleston Wedding DJ playlist of your dreams just by simply logging into a website and choosing songs? Yeah, it's that easy! Trust me, you'll want to read more about this.

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Mike Bills is the owner and operator of Mike Bills Entertainment, a higher end DJ service based in and around the greater Charleston, South Carolina area, which happens to be the Number 2 wedding destination in the country. This means he is the ONLY DJ on staff in the company. This also means there is NO lengthy roster of DJs in his company, just ONE exceptional wedding DJ there for you to help you craft the perfect mix of music for your very special day. Since there is only ONE DJ, there will be NO surprise who your DJ will be. Every single review you read online about Mike Bills Entertainment is from a Charleston wedding or event that was personally performed by Mike himself. Over the years, Mike Bills Entertainment has become one of the top choices for a wedding DJ in Charleston. Mike's style is professional, classy & fun, so there will be no silly jokes and gimmicks or ANY cheesiness at all. When he started Mike Bills Entertainment, the goal was to be the total "antithesis" of the cheesy wedding DJ, and he's accomplished that goal very nicely. Mike's aim with every couple he works with is to create a wedding reception (in terms of music) that is all about them and their specific tastes.  Brides and grooms want a soundtrack to their big day that will be remembered for years. "When you make the music about the bride and groom, you cannot really go wrong in creating lasting memories......" says Mike.

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If you've been reading over my blog for the past several months, you probably have figured out that the possibilities are endless for how you'd like the music to be at your Charleston wedding. Mike Bills Entertainment is an owner-operated Charleston Wedding DJ service who believes that giving brides and grooms complete latitude in their song choice is one of the ways to ensure lasting memories for many years to come after their wedding day.  Making the music all about the bride and groom is paramount in setting the tone for an incredible Charleston wedding reception. Charleston is one of the top wedding destinations in the country that is totally dripping with southern hospitality.

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In between my preparation for all my spring weddings and events coming up in Charleston, I wanted to continue with Part 2 of the 30th anniversary of the music of 1988. In case you missed Part 1, click HERE on this link to begin your time warp back to the music of 30 years ago. If you are just hitting this blog for the first time, WELCOME!  I invite you to lose yourself in my musical world.  We left off with the last post about this time (April) in 1988. Back in 1988, we were watching The Cosby Show on Thursday nights, and in the theaters we were watching "Rain Man", "Die Hard", and "Beetlejuice", just to name a few.  It was actually 1988 that the compact disc edged out vinyl in sales, and now 30 years later, vinytl has made quite the come back.  The music for your Charleston wedding is one of the most important details that you should not overlook. As I've mentioned previously, adding in the 80s to your wedding playlist can dramatically increase the fun factor.  Mike Bills Entertainment is a Charleston Wedding DJ who has one of the most prolific collections of 80s music and is one of the most knowledgeable in the Charleston region.

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You know it's been a while since I talked about the father - daughter dance at Charleston weddings. As the years go by, tastes have a tendency to change as well as the choice of songs and genres. Here we are in 2018 inside another beautiful Charleston spring wedding season, the flowers are in bloom and the spring breezes are carrying those sweet scents through the air in the Holy City. While the year has changed and the music on the charts change, one thing that remains the same is that tender love between a father and her daughter during their dance at her wedding reception.  Depending upon the desired timeline of the bride and groom, the father - daughter dance usually occurs right after the first dance.  Doing the father - dance right after the first dance is a perfect time because ALL eyes are on the bride at this time. Your Charleston Wedding DJ will gracefully fade down your first dance and professionally fade in and announce everyone that a special moment is about ready to happen between the bride and her father.   

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In one of my Charleston weddings coming up in a few weeks, I'll be doing a classic rock playlist for the bride and groom's dinner hour. Led Zeppelin, The Steve Miller Band, The Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac are just a few of the great classic rock artists chosen for this playlist.  Your Charleston Wedding DJ should allow you the latitude to pick and choose whichever music you'd like during the various parts of your wedding day. For instance, for this same wedding, the couple has chosen to do "80s Pop" for their cocktail hour. One of the brides that recently booked me said a word to me that I have not soon forgotten; "customize". Every single wedding comes with it a bride and groom and friends and family with drastically different tastes. With such a contrast in musical tastes, no two weddings will ever be the same and when you can customize the Charleston wedding playlist to cater to the bride and groom, you make for an even more memorable day because you have made the musical soundtrack about them. 

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We're approaching Easter Weekend in Charleston and the spring wedding season is really kicking into gear, and with the sudden uptick in temperatures (after a cool March). as well as the sweet aroma of spring flowers around the peninsula, I've been getting into a bit of a romantic mood. There is no secret that Charleston, SC is one of the most romantic cities in the world. Within the past 5 years alone, the city of Charleston, SC has received tremendous praise and a whole host of accolades from the likes of Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure magazines. I'm not sure about you, but when I am in love, I find myself thinking about that special someone a lot, while under the influence of a ton of songs that conjure up those feelings of love and longing to be with one another.  Charleston is truly a city where you simply cannot turn a corner without doing something romantic. Whether its an exploration of it's rich history and arts, an exploration of it's fine dining, or wonderful beaches, Charleston has it all and then some. 

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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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