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Your days as a single lady are numbered. Thankfully you hired a top notch wedding planner, so all of your planning is just about done and well under control.  You are only planning on getting married once so you want all the experiences that lead up to that incredible day to also be perfect as well. Charleston, SC is one of the top two wedding destinations in the country for good reason, but you've already decided you are getting married here. Charleston is also one of the best places to celebrate your last days as a single lady. It' time now to plan your last big party weekend: The Bachelorette Party Weekend. Like your carefully planned wedding day, your bachelorette weekend should also be a weekend where you don't lift a finger. It should be a weekend where Uber is your best friend, and Jack and Fireball are also your good friends. It should be a weekend where you and your besties are treated like queens in the most luxurious party bus and you wake up in your hotel room right on the beach with mimosas in your hand. What could possibly make this girls weekend even better? Music. You'll want to read on as one of the best playlists is organized for you and your besties by one of the top Charleston Wedding DJs.

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You know there is Valentine's Day, and then there is a Valentine's Day in Charleston. It's no secret that Charleston is one of the most romantic cities in the country, and maybe even the world for that matter. It's rich history and cultural arts backdrop, combined with it's ever booming culinary scene make it hard to pass up a truly romantic night in the Holy City on Valentine's Day. As one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs, I've seen firsthand over the years the true power of music in creating truly special musical experiences that create lasting memories for all my clients. Mixing music with romance has the ability to create moving experiences and lasting memories on Valentines Day as well. If you do a search online, you can literally find hundreds of ways to show that special person just how much you care for them. But have you ever thought about something as simple as a Spotify playlist of truly beautiful songs for the both of you to hear and celebrate one another's love?  How about a playlist of songs that you can dial up on every other day except Valentine's Day that serves as a reminder to the both of you of just how much you love each other. 

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The growth of the Charleston wedding industry over the past decade has brought with it the introduction of more and more beautiful wedding venues. If you just decided that you'd like to get married in Charleston, but are undecided on your wedding venue, this post could very well help to sway your decision. First and foremost, if you haven't been to Charleston before, you need to be prepared to be blindsided by it's very high level of charm, history, beauty, and romance.  The peninsula of Charleston (also known as downtown) is where you could spend hours and hours on a rickshaw or carriage learning about the city's 300+ year history.  The charm of Charleston can be seen all over the peninsula with historic homes and mansions that have been well maintained over the years.  The owners of some of this real estate have seen fit to offer their properties to the Charleston wedding industry. I mean, what better way to experience the beauty and charm of Charleston than to feel what it was like 200 years ago and get married in an historic, colonial house or mansion? As one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs, it's been my aim to provide helpful content to all my clients coming to the Holy City to get married.  The next stop on my Charleston Wedding Venue tour takes me to Cannon Green.  You'll want to read on to learn more about this popular, new downtown Charleston wedding venue. 

Another fantastic year is coming to a close for my company, Mike Bills Entertainment. As I sit back and reflect on this year, I'm so blessed to be working on a passion of mine that continues to build stronger in one of the top wedding destinations of the country. For the 6th consecutive year, Charleston was named Top U.S City by Travel & Leisure Magazine, and we cannot forget Conde Naste crowning Charleston a Top City in the United States for the 8th `straight year. Brides and grooms continue to hit my website from all over the country as they seek to find the best wedding DJ for their destination wedding here in Charleston. While I did not quite eclipse the 100 post mark on the blog like I did back in 2017, it was still another pretty busy and productive year with approximately 85 posts.  If you are just now hitting my website for the very first time, thank you so much! Finding the best wedding DJ for your Charleston wedding is something you need to take very seriously.  You'll want to click over to my blog and get lost in my musical and DJ world. This second edition to the Complete Guide To Finding Your Charleston Wedding DJ is a spotlight on some of the most popular and informative posts of 2018.

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If you do it the right way when you hire the best wedding DJ for your biggest day in Charleston, you should also be getting a top notch MC. There are some misconceptions about DJs and MCs. Some people I've spoke with believe they are actually two separate people, and that they need to hire both. This is not true. If you hire a true professional wedding DJ, you will not only be getting the person who will properly mix your music throughout your day, but also the one who makes your announcements at the right time to make sure the flow goes smoothly. Mixing your music is important, but hiring someone who can adequately handle all your announcements with the utmost professionalism is equally as important. I cannot emphasize it enough that if your DJ / MC does not sound pleasing on the microphone, you and your guests will be in for a potentially agonizing wedding reception.

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It's no secret that when you book your wedding DJ with Mike Bills Entertainment, you are given 100% complete control over the music to be played at your Charleston wedding. It's been my experience over the years that this is the best recipe for an amazing wedding reception. There are some couples who are VERY protective of their playlist. Maybe they saw a disaster of a wedding DJ at their friend's wedding last year? Maybe they are REALLY into their music and want lasting memories for many years to come. But then there are some couples who might not think they have the time to select all their music, so as a result just picked select genres of music or maybe just a handful of songs. Then, they let their DJ use their professional judgement on what songs to "fill in the blanks" with. Making sure that we have the best soundtrack for your big day, and that it will be able to have you and your guests up on the dance floor is no easy task, and involves quite a bit of leg work and analysis, as well as consultation behind the scenes. Ok, the tone of this blog post is about to get funny, so you'll definitely want to read on.

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Happy Birthday America! Thank you very much for finding my website and blog. With July 4th being right smack dab in the middle of the week this year, most everyone I know has been in "holiday" or "vacation" mode all week long. One of the premier wedding websites, Weddingwire.com reported in one of their blog posts that July 4th is one of the Top 10 most popular days during the year to get engaged. On their list, July 4th was actually the only day outside the time period between November and February to make the list. You know what? It makes perfect sense. Let's set the stage. You and your signficant other have made it a point to be together among family and friends. You are all having an amazing time grilling burgers and hot dogs and going for a swim at the beach, the lake, or in your closest swimming pool. As the sun begins to set, you both are enjoying some nice, cold watermelon before the fireworks begin. As a primer for the fireworks, you begin to hear some wonderful patriotic music begin to play in the background. All of a sudden, it's a little after 9pm, and the both of you are eagerly anticipating the beginning of the fireworks. Despite it being a bit hot, you hold hands and give each other hugs just as the fireworks begin. Then, he looks over at you and sees your enjoyment and the reflection of the fireworks in your eyes. Your eyes begin to look a little misty. Then, it happens. He asks you to marry him. You say "yes", and let out a scream, and all of a sudden all the spectators around you begin to cheer. Congratulations are in order as the fireworks display hits it climax and you share a kiss with your new fiance. Please read on, it gets even better. :)

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Aside from being the true professional wedding DJ, one of the true loves of my life is music from the 80s. I still believe that even in 2017, there is still a hunger and desire to celebrate the music of the 80s. The 80s were comprised of so many different genres and subgenres of music. From the happy pop and dance music to synth pop and New Wave to Goth Rock and hard rock, the 80s had it all and then some. Let's not forget the endless list of one hit wonders! Having grown up in the 80s, and hosted many radio shows, my study and knowledge of 80s music is definitely above average. I believe that being a professional DJ has just as much to do with musical knowledge and exploration as playing the right song at the right time. I've been asking some of my friends who happen to be in the millenial age group about 80s music and most all of them have told me that they love a lot of music from this era. The desire is there now for me more than ever to get out and about in the lovely city of Charleston to spread my love of 80s music. The 90s might be a little hotter right now than the 80s, so I will be happy to also do a 90s music mix for you as well. The itch to do this has actually been there for many many months and I am now ready. An 80s or 90s night nostalgia night at your local Charleston area establishment could easily add another fine dimension to the monthly entertainment at your establishment or venue. Perhaps you have a Sunday brunch and you'd like to see an increase patrons? Maybe you would like some nice upbeat alternative or new wave 80s to create a chill vibe for your establishment? You'll want to hire a mature and polished professional event DJ who will keep your guests there by creating a perfect ambiance.

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Your cocktail hour has no limits to what it can be like. Today's wedding cocktail hour playlist selections go back to the mid to late 1970s up until the early-mid 80s soft rock era.  If you are really into your music, you might remember sort of a cult following that developed after a video series showed up online back about 2005.  Rolling Stone posted a great piece about the 10th anniversary of the coining of the term. Catch that article by clicking right HERE   You don't need to be at the James Island Yacht Club or Charleston Yacht Club to enjoy this playlist as it will fit at any cocktail hour at any Charleston wedding. These are just few of my personal picks, but you are free to choose any of the music from the following artists. This "Yacht Rock" offers a definite chill vibe that we experienced all over the radio in the 70s and 80s. Enjoy this.

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The wedding season in Charleston rolled on during this 4th of July weekend. Angelica & Jordan came to me earlier this year by way of a previous wedding I actually did in 2014. Jordan had been doing some part-time work for one of the premier catering companies and saw me DJ for a couple out at the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation. When I found this out, I was quite humbled that I made that type of impression. I remembered that night for Reese & Courtney, who had come down here from the Philadelphia area.

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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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Made Our Wedding Perfect

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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