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SEVENTH HEAVEN. On this rainy and cold Friday the 13th, the Mike Bills Podcast is NOW 7 episodes old. Thank you for tuning in and downloading.  It's hard to believe we're now in the middle of December quickly heading toward another Christmas in Charleston.  Today's episode of The Mike Bills Podcast is a bit of a departure from my focus on the bride and groom looking for the best Charleston Wedding DJs.   I wanted to dedicate today's podcast to some of the most important wedding vendors in Charleston; the wedding planners and coordinators.  It's no secret that the wedding industry here in Charleston has exploded over the past several months. We've had some of the best wedding vendors relocate to the Holy City to implement some of the most beautiful weddings ever.  It seems like today we are living on social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. We follow each other. We like each other. But, you know what, there is probably a good chance that I have never met you before.  I know you are very busy. Despite your fall wedding season coming to a halt before Christmas, you are probably meeting with clients now about 2020 weddings. We're always on the go these days. It's a fast-paced, digital world we live in this days too. Inquiries are coming at us very fast this time of the year and we need to be ready.  Because I know you are probably very busy, I decided to use my podcast medium to speak with you and extend an invitation to work with YOU.  

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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.

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Your choice in what your first dance song at your wedding reception should be one of the most important choices you make in your music selections. Ever since I've been blogging, I've published playlist ideas offering my clients some ideas about first dance songs, I decided to put a little focus on the Indie music genre for this post. While I still sit down with clients who are choosing traditional choices for their first dance, there are some modern brides and grooms who are seeking to have their special wedding dances not sound like all the other weddings they have been to. As one of the top wedding DJs in Charleston, it's my goal to stay on the cutting edge of these trends.  For those couples whose musical tastes tend to be a little more diverse, you'll want to read on and check out these beautiful Indie first dance song ideas.

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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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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.

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Through the power of internet web search and one of my best friend's (Google), Christy's mother found me last summer and inquired about my services. Christy and Clayton had met here in Charleston while the both of them were in college. Christy had been attending the College Of Charleston, and Clayton was attending the Citadel. After graduation, they moved to Atlanta, and that is actually where they are living currently. They had their wedding ceremony at the Summerall Chapel, which is on the campus of the Citadel on the afternoon of Saturday, April 21, and I had the pleasure of being their DJ for their cocktail hour and wedding reception. Their wedding reception was held at Marion's In The French Quarter, which is located at 159 East Bay Street. It had been a while since I had been to Marion's, but it didn't take me long to remember what a beautiful place it is to hold a Charleston wedding reception or private event. Marion's literally is right smack dab in the middle of the historic downtown Charleston district. It's just a quick walk away from the beautiful Charleston harbor, and those famous cobblestone streets that tell you that you are in Charleston. Read on for some of the great songs that Christy & Clayton chose for their playlist,

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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. More often than not, the first man in a bride's life is going to be her father. 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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Hello! Mike Bills here, owner and operator of Mike Bills Entertainment, one of Charleston's top wedding DJs. I'm smiling ear to ear now because we've turned a corner on the seasons and it's now SPRING in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Even though it's still a little cool, it won't be too long before we have those awesome spring days in Charleston with incredible sunsets and breezes all around the area.  Choosing the wedding entertainment for your Charleston wedding is one of the many decisions you'll make as you plan your wedding, but one of the most important. Whether you choose a band or a professional wedding DJ like myself, the music has got to be perfect and a soundtrack must be created that will have you, your family, and guests talking for 500 years or more.  For brides and grooms planning their wedding in Charleston: I have a few questions for you:
A. Do You Want To Have "Just" Music? OR
B. Do You Want To Have A "Extraordinary Musical Experience"?

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She'll be in town tonight and this is a date that I have had circled on my calendar for quite a few months now. Live at the Gaillard Center downtown in Charleston, SC, it's world renown jazz pianist and singer, Diana Krall. Billboard magazine named her one of the best selling jazz artists of her time. Her voice is very rich and sensual, and in my humble opinion one of the best in history out of all female jazz musicians. I am giving Diana some time on my blog this weekend because her music would go perfectly at a black-tie Charleston wedding down at the Hibernian Hall or the historic Gadsden House, or even the Governor Thomas Bennett House. If you are just hitting my website and blog for the first time, welcome! If incorporating other jazz musicians into your Charleston wedding playlist is something you are interested in, you might check back at an earlier post from a few weeks ago about my smooth and sexy like silk jazz cocktail hour for Charleston weddings as well. It's only a few posts back behind this one.

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Well, here we are again and we are just 5 days away from the brand new year of 2018. It seems like just yesterday I posted about the tremendous loss we experienced in 2016. The good news is 2017 (at least with 360 days down) saw much less loss when it comes to our favorite musicians. The bad news is the lesser amount of musicians that passed still included some pretty iconic ones. Truth be told, if one person dies, that is one person too many.  We saw classic rock artists, R&B artists, as well as jazz artists pass way too soon. We also saw some big names in the modern and alternative rock genre pass as well.  Some of these artists that I'll spotlight you might not think would be played at weddings, but as I have found out in recent years that no two weddings are the same and there is a chance that a lot of these get thrown into a cocktail hour playlist or even a dinner music playlist. Remember when you are brainstorming for music that you would like to hear at your wedding reception, jot down a list of artists and when we meet, we can go through your list and begin to create that perfect soundtrack. Getting back to 2017 and the artists we've lost,  I will cross my fingers that I have not jinxed things and that we remain in the clear for the next 5 days and that we do not experience any more major loss of of life in the music industry.

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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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