The 4th Of July holiday is here again and it's another hot and humid one here in Charleston, SC. With the holiday being in the middle of the week on a Wednesday, a lot of my friends are pretty much taking the entire week off from work. The 4th Of July holiday is a great day to reflect in the presence of friends and family the independence that our country gained 242 years ago. I do have a bit of a breather today, as well as this weekend with no Charleston weddings on the calendar to DJ, so I'm going to have some relaxation time to celebrate at one of the many 4th Of July events here in the greater Charleston, SC area. From Folly Beach to Sullivan's Island, down to Patriot's Point in Mt Pleasant, over to the beautiful Riverfront Park in North Charleston, there will be no shortage of explosions in the sky this evening. It looks like the rain from this morning will be clearing up just in time for the Charleston Riverdogs to play and wrap up the night with you guessed it, more fireworks! Whatever it is you are doing today, be safe and enjoy your freedom as an American today with this playlist from one of the best Charleston wedding DJs. Have a happy 4th of July from Mike Bills Entertainment.
You might have still been sleeping, but at approximately 6:07am this morning, the Summer Solstice occurred kicking off another summer season here in Charleston, SC. Mother Nature could not have timed it more perfectly with an expected high of 99 degrees and a heat index that might reach 110. By this time of the year, the busy spring wedding season here in Charleston tends to get a little bit more laid back with the summer heat. But with Charleston, SC firmly in the Number 2 spot when it comes to destination weddings in America, all months of the year (even the hot ones) are in play. Charleston is not only one of the best and romantic cities to get married in, but it will make for an incredible summer vacation. Since it's summer now, the beaches around Charleston will be packed on a daily basis. If you are looking for a romantic summer getaway to have your own "midsummer's night dream", consider an escape to Charleston. You might consider a stay on the peninsula at one of Charleston's newest luxury hotels like The Dewberry or The Spectator Hotel. After your check-in, take a rickshaw ride around the downtown area before you settle on where to eat at one of Charleston's most delicious and elegant restaurants. For an amazing playlist to get your summer started in a fun and entertaining way from one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, you'll want read on.
Since I've got a bit of relaxing downtime on this Memorial Day weekend, I thought I would catch up on a few blogs from some of my 2018 spring weddings here in Charleston. Becky and Josh were married at the lovely Hyatt House in the heart of the Charleston Historic District at 560 King St back on April 14. I was the DJ for their wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. I met Becky and Josh, along with Becky's mother back in January. I knew from the some of the comments made during our first meeting that we were going to be putting together a playlist that was quite a bit different that what you hear at most other Charleston weddings. But, as the old saying goes: "Different is good." How was the music going to be different?" Well, I knew when her mom said she liked Led Zeppelin and Alice In Chains that things were going to be dramatically different. :) With bands like that, I definitely knew there was going to be some classic rock thrown into the mix at some point. You'll want to read on and see what they added to their Charleston wedding playlist.
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.
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.
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.
Wow! Today is February 1, and we are kicking off that month of love, but don't worry, we'll have plenty of time to talk about love. It was a beautiful day today here in Charleston. Did you get outside to enjoy it? When spring does come back to Charleston (in time for another wedding season), I am certainly going to do a happy dance. In the meantime, perhaps this next edition of the cocktail hour playlist series will warm you up. I was doing a little maintenance on my music database the other day and started to play a little bit of infectious James Brown. One James Brown track led to another and the next thing I knew was I was putting together a "Feel Funky" cocktail hour playlist to give brides and grooms another great idea for their playlist for their Charleston wedding. This "Feel Funky" Cocktail Hour Playlist is the perfect way to loosen up after your wedding ceremony and socialize for a little bit before dinner. So, since it's now February, let's get funky.
You know it used to be that Charleston's busiest wedding season would encompass the month's of April, May, and part of June, and then pick back up in the second half of September, go through October, and most of November. Maybe it's all the accolades that our beautiful city has received over the past several years from the likes of Conde Nast and other travel magazines that have allowed Charleston to grow into the Number 2 wedding destination in the country. I think it's our reasonably good weather all year round (except for the Great Snowstorm Of 2018 to start the year) that makes Charleston a place where you can plan a wedding all 12 months of the year. For my first wedding on the schedule for 2018, I travel outside of Charleston up off Exit 194 off I-26 west of Summerville. Medicine Wind Farm is a rather large (nearly 50 acre) farm and event center that provides the perfect setting and backdrop for a farm-styled wedding. This was actually my first time doing a wedding out at Medicine Wind Farm, and I must say it was a great departure from the hustle and bustle of weddings that are closer to the city of Charleston. For those brides and grooms looking for more of a rustic, country styled wedding, Medicine Wind Farm offered a real laid-back feel that was very relaxing.
The untimely tragic death of lead singer of the Cranberries Dolores O'Riordan back on January 15, 2018 had me thinking immediately about taking things into a totally different direction for my next installment of the Charleston Wedding DJ playlist cocktail hour series. This next installment digs deeper into an early - mid 1990s alternative vibe that began to take over MTV as early as the late 80s, but was more prominent in the early 90s. Back in 1986, MTV began to air a show called 120 Minutes that featured more of an 80s alternative musical genre with the likes of New Order, Kate Bush, and XTC. By the early 90s, the show began to feature artists like Sarah McLachlan, the 10,000 Maniacs, and The Cranberries, as well as The Sundays. I noticed back when these songs were released that it was a rather strong sub-genre that gained significant airplay, while grunge was doing it's thing over on the alternative radio stations. The songs included in this cocktail hour playlist possess a chill vibe, and are perfect for a cocktail hour over at the Historic Rice Mill while looking at the water, or even out on Kiawah right after your wedding ceremony out on the beach. For me personally, they conjure up thoughts of a burgeoning music scene here in Charleston that featured the likes of Hootie & The Blowfish, Edwin McCain, and Jump Little Children. If you grew up and graduated from high school in the 90s and are planning a Charleston wedding in 2018 or 2019, this iteration of my cocktail hour playlist will take you back.
It's that time of the year again, you just got engaged and have begun to plan your upcoming 2018 or even 2019 wedding here in Charleston. You've begun doing some of the preliminary research about your wedding vendors. If right now as you read this blog post, you all of a sudden feel overwhelmed and need help executing the vision for your wedding day, I strongly recommend you look into hiring a wedding planner or coordinator before you get too far along in your planning. If you are interested, click HERE to visit a post I made last year on reasons to hire a wedding planner. As you may have read on my website and blog, Mike Bills Entertainment is an "owner-operated" professional wedding DJ company in Charleston. My company is not large at all, as it is just "me", so this means there is no confusing staff with an army of DJs. You'll work with one DJ throughout the entire process (the actual owner of the company) from the time you book, until your wedding reception is over. YOUR wedding day becomes MY wedding day because since there is no DJ staff, there is NO chance of confusion developing as to who your DJ is going to be. There is only going to be ONE wedding booked per day, that being YOUR wedding. You'd be surprised how many of these multiple operator companies toss your wedding date around like it's a football. This is because YOUR date becomes someone else's date as it's double, triple, or even quadruple-booked. And as a result, YOUR date might get lost in the shuffle and the DJ you thought was going to be there might not actually be there on your wedding day. The sad thing is some of these companies are not going to tell you this.