One of the major drawbacks today with the intense saturation that the wedding industry is seeing is the abundance of "wanna-be wedding DJs" who know absolutely nothing about what it takes to provide their clients with the best sound. There are so many amateur wedding DJs who have begun to call themselves a wedding DJ in recent years because they went online and joined an amateur wedding DJ group, bought a few cheap speakers, a controller and connected it to their laptop. Part of being a true professional wedding DJ is not only knowing the right song to play at the right time or having great, polished and professional voice to make announcements, but also to acquire "audiophile" tendencies when setting up and performing for their wedding clients. You know I feel really sorry for my professional photographer friends. You can easily become a GWC (Guy With A Camera) or (Girl With A Camera) by buying something rather small and compact that can fit into a backpack. Perhaps there is a new slang for it, but GWC used to refer to someone who bought a camera and began to call themselves a photographer without any knowledge of aperture, shutter speed, or ISO. To be a true, professional wedding DJ these days, you've got to put some money into purchasing the big hardware. Unfortunately, "gear" is something that modern brides and grooms don't consider when hiring their wedding DJ, but they need to.
Let me be blunt with you. I want very much to be your wedding DJ. The fact you've found me by way of this blog post means I am still able to attract the best modern brides and grooms who are power users with Google. As a savvy business owner who has forged an impeccable reputation in one of the top wedding destinations in the country, I've developed this knack for "organically" finding some of the coolest couples on the planet. How did I do this? For over a decade now, I've set out to put together an amazing website with compelling and inspiring content. Guess what? It has worked brilliantly. Back in 2016, I forged a friendship and partnership with one of the best web designer / digital marketing consultants in SC. It was at that time my website began a transformation into something brilliant and classy. Over the years since that amazing transformation, I've attracted so many random clients that have provided numerous compliments on my website. They loved it's affluent, classy feel, and it's intuitive design. And most of all, brides and grooms have loved the fact they can snuggle under the covers together on a Sunday morning and log into my website and create their playlist. Sorry if I already mentioned this, but I want very much to be your wedding DJ. Read on for the best tip to finding your wedding DJ.
Happy Halloween. You'll have to excuse me as I am actually still basking in the afterglow of a major milestone for Mike Bills Entertainment. Earlier this week, I received my 100th review over on my Weddingwire profile. After you are finished reading over this post, please feel free to head over to my profile and check out those reviews. Receiving reviews is the lifeblood for the typical online business in the 21st century, and when they are received, they assist newly engaged brides and grooms in finding the best wedding vendors for them. How did I get here? Well if you just found me, I wrote a very emotionally charged post back in September about how I am a wedding DJ who specializes in performing at one wedding per day. While that is one of the most popular reasons why I am hired by modern brides and grooms to be their wedding DJ, there is another aspect of my company that is worth mentioning. I don't offer any add-ons or upgrades. While a lot of wedding DJ companies seem to be offering up services like upsizing a Big Mac meal at McDonald's, I have no interest in doing that for you. In this post, you'll learn several reasons why I chose this route and why I feel I will perform much better on your wedding day.
The fall wedding season is here in Charleston and pretty soon we'll be looking ahead to a brand new decade next year in 2020. I've been getting a lot of traffic to the website in recent weeks with brides and grooms having their wedding in 2020 so I thought I would put together a quick primer stating some of the 10 most important reasons to hire a professional Charleston Wedding DJ. If you have made the decision to get married in Charleston in 2020, you are probably in the midst of planning a spectacular affair at one of the area's fine wedding venues. Charleston, SC has so much to offer the modern bride and groom when it comes to getting married. We've got some of the best wedding vendors in the country living right here ready to help you put together an amazing day. You are getting married to the true love of your life. It was a truly perfect moment during the proposal. At that very moment you both began to draw a picture in yourmind of the perfect day. This perfect day would be full of your best friends and family, one of the most beautiful wedding venues and a delicious menu from one of the top caterers in the Holy City. Hiring a professional wedidng DJ will be the cherry on the top of an absolutely perfect night, but it's not a decision to take lightly.
The summer engagement season has come and gone here in Charleston. Even though we're still in the midst of the peak of another active hurricane season, it was such a huge relief to get past Hurricane Dorian with mostly some minor damage here in the Holy City. Believe me, seeing these hurricanes threaten Charleston in recent years is equally as stressful for me as a wedding vendor, as it is for my clients. When you are spending a lot of money to have the best day ever you need to have at your disposal great content for your research when it comes to finding your dream wedding venue, as well as the best wedding vendors. Since Charleston has catapulted itself into being one of the top wedding destinations, there have been some great blogs that have emerged over the years. These wedding blogs are wonderful sources of inpsiration. Perhaps you just got engaged and needs some new ideas? These blogs are some of the best that have caught my eye that deal with Southern weddings, and even more importantly weddings right here in Charleston.
Offering wedding ceremony music and proper PA and microphones is one of the other offerings I provide as a wedding DJ. The best Charleston Wedding DJs will be able to provide this music in a professional manner for your wedding ceremony at any location around Charleston. I've blogged in the past about wedding ceremony music, but since the summer's in Charleston tend to be slower than fall and spring, I thought I would throw together a refresher about what your DJ should be providing you when you need them to do your ceremony music. Your wedding ceremony is the beginning of an incredible night. It's a very special part of your day that requires not only special planning, but also special equipment. Even if your wedding ceremony is located at the wedding reception site, additional sound equipment is required. The true professional wedding DJs will be equipped to handle any situation. Because I am a stickler for details, I will (if needed) make the effort with the wedding coordinator / planner to schedule a site survey to see where I will be set up for a wedding ceremony. There is no room for error when preparing for a wedding ceremony and the number one request is the location of power. This provides peace of mind for not only me, but also the bride and the wedding coordinator / planner.
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.
It really should go without saying that the entertainment at your Charleston wedding should be your Number 1 priority. Besides the total cost of your wedding DJ, how is my company really different from all the other DJs in Charleston? My company has a business model that is quite a bit different than a lot of the other companies you'll come across as you search for DJs online. I decided when I became a wedding DJ that I was going to do what some of the great DJs have done in the past and continue to do today, and that is putting an emphasis on the designing the perfect soundtrack for a bride and groom's wedding day. From the wedding ceremony to the cocktail hour and dinner all the way to the time your dance floor begins to get full, the music has got to be perfectly curated and organized. And when you combine all of the above with the need to make all the necessary announcements and adhere to a timeline that your wedding coordinator / planner has created, being a wedding DJ is a tough and oftentimes "high pressure" job. But when you love what you do as I do, it does not feel like a job! :) The reward comes when I see all the planning play out and a couple has the time of their lives from start to finish.
You have just married the man or woman of your dreams. The ceremony was a bit formal and you and your guests shed a lot of tears of joy and happiness. Now that the ceremony is over, everyone is socializing and are awaiting the biggest party of your new life together while sipping on those signature cocktails. Your wedding reception is just minutes away. Your wedding day is meant to be one of the happiest days of your life. It's time now to kick off this amazing celebration with your friends and family with a fun and exciting grand entrance. Your grand entrance will set the stage and tone for the rest of your wedding reception. Feel free to use your imagination when it comes to choosing this song. Over the years, there have been lots of couples at Charleston weddings who have decided to lighten up the mood with a very fun and upbeat song.
The possibilities for the vibe for the dinner music portion of your Charleston wedding are endless. One of the most popular blog posts ever on my site was published close to 2 years ago and featured some of the best soft rock songs from the 80s. Due to it's extreme popularity, I eventually published a sequel to that post, as well as posts about 70s and 90s soft rock songs. As the new millenium began in 2000, a lot of the artists we once heard back in the 80s and 90s saw their airplay decrease for new and upcoming artists that are still heard from today. The soft rock charts during the 2000s saw quite a few country crossover songs from the likes of Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack, and Taylor Swift. Artists like Dido, Vanessa Carlton, Sherly Crow, and Colbie Caillat spent a lot of time during this decade on the soft rock and Billboard Hot 100 charts. As the 90s became the 2000s, Savage Garden would continue it's dominance at the top of the adult contemporary charts with their smash hit "I Knew I Loved You".
During this time of the year, I'm constantly getting inquiries from prospective brides and grooms who want to hire me to be their Charleston Wedding DJ. Oftentimes the "elephant in the room" is price. While I've certainly published many posts relating to price, it's still always a topic that comes up in conversation. The inpsiration for this blog actually came to me as I was dropping off some items at my neighborhood dry cleaning store. I had been making some small talk with the clerk and told her I had seen another store in a different geographical area offering prices that were significantly lower than what I was being charged. What do you think her response was? "Well, you do get what you pay for." Perhaps that particular store offering the lower prices specialized in "quantity", rather than "quality". After I walked out of the shop, I got in to my truck and immediately began to think about the age old debate of "quality" versus "quantity". As one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs, I started to think how that debate relates to many types of businesses, but especially my DJ company here in Charleston.
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.