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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 one of the biggest parts in creating my brand as one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs was making sure that I provide all my clients a classy and fun experience. Being a "classy" wedding DJ for me has always meant conducting myself "professionally" at all times. The DJ should dress professionally, as well as talk professionally. Another part of being a "classy" DJ is keeping the playlist "clean". While some brides and grooms might be tempted to throw on some club-like music with explicit lyrics,  I am here to say to try to keep those songs off of your playlist. Be considerate of your wedding guests, your parents, and your grandparents. Your Charleston wedding is going to be one of the most memorable days of your entire life.  It's a wonderful time that needs to have with it an equally awesome soundtrack. You can have the time of your life WITHOUT the explicit lyrics. The last thing that brides and grooms want are F bombs coming out of their DJs' speakers and onto the dance floor at their carefully selected classy Charleston wedding venue. You'll want to read on for some of the reasons to keep the offensive lyrics off your playlist, plus I'll list a few of the  "non-club" songs that will need a radio edit if you'd like added to your playlist.

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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. 

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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". 

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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.

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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 rich, historical backdrop of Charleston continues to make it one of the top wedding destinations in the country. Destination brides and grooms from cities like New York, Chicago, and Boston love choosing the Holy City as their choice for their dream wedding location.  In the downtown area (also known as the peninsula), you'll find cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, historical homes and buildings making it a very idyllic setting for brides and grooms looking to tie the knot in Charleston.  Many of these historical homes and buildings have been transformed into wedding and event spaces during the wedding industry boom that Charleston has experienced over the past decade. Merchants Hall opened back in the spring of 2018, and is quickly growing in popularity for truly beautiful Charleston weddings and private events. Located on the second floor at 36 North Market Street,   this brand new event space offers a very picturesque view of the bustling City Market.

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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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. 

Charleston, SC remains a top wedding destination in the country for many reasons.  Lots of couples choose the Holy City for it's rich history on the peninsula, or for it's taste of the old South with its beautiful plantations for their wedding ceremony and reception. In addition to all it has to offer with it's history, Charleston also has some of the most beautiful beaches. Today's stop on the Charleston Wedding Venue tour takes us to one of the most beautiful private beaches in the greater Charleston area, Seabrook Island. Seabrook Island is a private resort town located about 24 miles south of Charleston. Even though the resort is private, the Seabrook Island Club is also available open to non-members of the community for weddings and private events. For those Charleston brides and grooms who have been dreaming about a luxury wedding at the beach, look no further than the Seabrook Island Club. 

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