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Doing a Google search in recent months for "Charleston Wedding DJs" has become one of the most terrifying things, especially for someone who is very active in the market at keeping their website updated with some of the freshest content. Of course, my web consultants who I have hired to maintain my website always preach to me and say "Stop searching for yourself on Google". It's a hard habit to break, especially when engagement season is getting ramped up and you are looking for some great brides and grooms to fill in the dates on your 2020 wedding calendar.  The biggest downer when you search for wedding DJs in Charleston is the vast amount of these listing sites that pop up in practically every single industry you can think of. They tend to occupy spaces on Google that websites like mine could be. When you look for a plumber, Home Advisor pops up.  Looking for a real estate agent? Zillow pops up. And if you are looking for a Wedding DJ, you've got The Knot, Weddingwire, and Gigmasters popping up.  The entertainment you decide to hire for your wedding has got to be top notch and have a personality that completely meshes with you and your fiance. You are not going to find that "personality" on any listing website. How do you truly know what you are getting?  They say that the cream always rise to the top.  Well, in terms of wedding DJs, the best do rise to the top. You need to do your research. Your guests have travelled to Charleston from all the country, you need to hire the wedding DJ who truly cares about the success of your big day in the Holy City.

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More often than not, I've noticed that the modern bride and groom of today are opting to keep the sound of their wedding "independent" of any other wedding that they have been to previously. What exactly does this mean? Well, for one, lots of today's brides and grooms are really into their music and are very interested in creating a soundtrack for their special day that's about "them".  They simply do not want the normal, boring wedding songs that have been overplayed and whose burnout factor are at maximum levels in 2019. The inspiration for today's episode of The Mike Bills Podcast came from the reminder of an anniversary of one of past clients. John & Megan were married at The Pavillion At Pepper Plantation back on November 30, 2013.  They were a very fun couple to work with and we actually still keep up with each other on Twitter 6 years later. It was their Do Not Play List that provided the content for today's episode of The Mike Bills Podcast. As one of the top Charleston Wedding DJs. allowing my brides and grooms the latitude and freedom to create a Do Not Play List is one of the integral parts of the music planning process to ensure the sound is perfect for your most special day here in Charleston.  The most professional wedding DJs will always recommend a list of Do Not Play Songs. You'll want to read on, but I cannot be responsible should your ears begin when you listen to this week's episode.

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Wedding DJ prices in Charleston are all over the place.  On this Black Friday, I decided to talk "money" as it pertains to hiring your wedding DJ.  When you do a search for a DJ in the Holy City, how do you really know what you are getting?  Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I've been teasing this 5th episode of The Mike Bills Podcast all week on social media. If you've begun to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you've probably seen some of the professionally-produced commercials inside my stories that have been trying to give you some clues as to what I will be discussing this week.  Let's just cut to the chase.  Engagement season has just kicked off and will be lasting all the way through Valentine's Day.  I would love to be your wedding DJ here for you in Charleston. The competition is fierce and getting more intense as the years pass by.  We've got  seasoned wedding DJs that I would certainly hire for my wedding, but then there are some that you should probably avoid.    The number one takeaway the modern bride and groom should take away from this podcast is a development in the understanding that hiring a wedding DJ is not like buying a big screen TV or a riding lawnmower. You are actually investing in a service that provides an "experience" on your wedding day. In some instances, you simply cannot put a price on this "experience". 

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This last Friday before Thanksgiving week marks the last real week of normalcy of the year before we get into holiday mode. And as we all know, holiday mode will start next week and continue for the rest of the year.  Holiday parties will begin to pop on a weekly basis as we get closer to Christmas. Not only does the holiday season kick off with the Thanksigving holiday, but it also begins a rather lengthy engagement / proposal season. The engagement / proposal season will extend into 2020 wrapping up around Valentine's Day. Did you know that 40-45% of all engagements occur during this time of the year?  What does this mean for Mike? It means that traffic to Mike's website will begin to spike and Mike will be beginning to schedule sit down meetings with brides and grooms getting married in 2021 or 2021.  Its always an exciting time of the year to begin discussing music with clients. Now that The Mike Bills Podcast has been launched and is being well-received, I will be discussing a lot of the topics that are going to be helpful to couples who just got engaged and have begun the process of the finding the best wedding DJ for their Charleston wedding.

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Unseasonably cold temperatures for the middle of November combined with rainy weather has turned Charleston's typical "Chamber Of Commerce" fall weather into some dark and dank (and downright depressing) weather we don't normally see until January.  But, you know what? I cannot think of more ideal conditions for you to throw an extra log in the fireplace and curl up with your "fiance-to-be" and listen to the 3rd episode of The Mike Bills Podcast. Thank you so very much again for the very positive feedback on this podcast. It will continue to be my goal for this podcast to grow into the preeminent source of valuable information for the modern bride and groom looking to complete their search for the top Charleston Wedding DJs. Between now and the end of the year and moving into January, each podcast will be jam packed with expert viewpoints and commentary on how you can make sure you book the best DJ for your wedding in Charleston. Episode 3 will attempt to drive home the point of the "true value" you need to see in your wedding DJ.  The biggest takeway from Episode 3 will be this "value" will have nothing to do with the price you pay for your DJ, but instead the "complete package" of experience and superior service your DJ brings to the table.

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Time is flying so fast. It's hard to believe we've already the release of the second episode of The Mike Bills Podcast. Available at Apple Podcasts and Google Play, as well as TuneIn and Spotify, this podcast is the perfect companion for the modern bride and groom searching for higher end wedding entertainment for their Charleston wedding in the coming years.  I really appreciate all the compliments thus far.  I have thoroughly enjoyed putting this project together for you and I hope it will steer you in the right direction of choosing your wedding DJ.   Putting together a professionally-produced podcast is not for the faint of heart. It can be a bit grueling and time consuming, but when I see the end product, it is so very worth it.  With only about 3 weeks to go until the beginning of the holidays, proposal season will be in full swing and it's my expectation that this podcast will continue to grow and become the perfect companion for modern bride and groom needing serious advice as to how to hire their Charleston wedding DJ.

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Mike Bills Entertainment has forged an impeccable reputation in Charleston over the years and has become one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs. It's been my belief from Day 1 that it is the "music" that truly matters when it comes to creating the overall vibe and feel of what will become one of the most special days of your life. While other DJs seems to be more interested in booking their next "gig" and playing with their twinkle lights or uplights, my focus will continue to remain solely on the music. You ever wonder what the best DJs do when they are not talking on the mic and spinning music? They are researching, researching, and researching even more. Their ear is on the radio, other blogs, and their eyes are on the Billboard Hot 100 charts seeing what is exactly trending. 

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Ever wondered what us DJs do when we are not working Charleston weddings? Well, I cannot speak for other DJs in Charleston but I find myself with my face buried on other blogs and books spotlighting the music of yesterday and today.  I find myself constantly studying music. I am fairly active on Twitter and follow some of the great minds in radio programming and consulting. Having been a radio DJ before, I love to keep track of the latest breaking songs on all genres of radio.  I've been meaning to do this post for a very long time.  It's been on my blogging agenda for several months and whether it's a wedding or other special event I've been working, I had not had a chance to get it done.  Today's music spotlight on the blog puts the music of 1991 under the microscope.   If we flash back to 1991, you'd find a much younger Mike Bills getting ready to turn 18 and begin his senior year in high school.   Now, 28 years later, I can tell you that 1991 might be the best year of music of the entire 1990s.

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No matter the location of your Charleston wedding, your aim should be to make it a classy and elegant affair filled with the music you know and love. Whether it's a laid back afternoon and evening at grandmother's house in Summerville or a grand and luxurious affair at the Kiawah Island Club, brides and grooms should be aiming for a classy and elegant vibe. When I decided to create Mike Bills Entertainment, one of the primary goals was to alleviate any and all fears of hiring a tacky and cheap wedding DJ. While my humble beginnings as a DJ began back in the mid 1990s on the radio, I had a very brief stint as a wedding DJ back in the early 2000s working for a company here in town.  It was so brief that I am surprised I was able to remember it, but I was able to remember it because I did NOT have a good time! Despite it's brevity, there were quite a few things back then that I observed that would forever alter my perceptions of professional wedding DJs and how they "should" act. Opinions would be formed that would put together my mission statement for how I would run my own company.  The wedding DJ you hire is there to compliment your big day, not get on the microphone and say their name all night or hang tacky signs or banners.  But I digress from talking about the type of wedding DJ you should hire. You'll want to read on to find out something that I decided was not as important, and that I opted to leave out of my wedding performances, but still earned me a solid reputation as one of the top Charleston Wedding DJs.

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All over my wedding DJ blog, I've put a lot of emphasis on Charleston brides and grooms choosing their first dance song. I've published all sorts of ideas ranging from the style of your first dance to different genre choices for that very special moment of your day. While the first dance song is still probably one of the single most important songs of your big day, your last song of the night needs to be looked at equally as much.  Your last song of the night needs some love and attention too.  You will probably notice that your wedding day has flown by. It's gone by so fast that you probably won't want it to end, so at the end of the night you'll become flooded with all sorts of emotion.  If you have done your due diligence and hired one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs, you most likely will be having the time of your life on this day and won't want it to end. You might even be tempted to ask your DJ just a wee bit longer. Be sure to discuss with your DJ how you'd like your night to end.  If you have not began to give your last dance song any thought, you'll want to read on to get some great ideas on how to end the night.

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Highly Recommend

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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Professional and Creative

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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