No matter the location of your Charleston wedding, your aim should be to make it a classy and elegant affair filled with the music you know and love. Whether it's a laid back afternoon and evening at grandmother's house in Summerville or a grand and luxurious affair at the Kiawah Island Club, brides and grooms should be aiming for a classy and elegant vibe. When I decided to create Mike Bills Entertainment, one of the primary goals was to alleviate any and all fears of hiring a tacky and cheap wedding DJ. While my humble beginnings as a DJ began back in the mid 1990s on the radio, I had a very brief stint as a wedding DJ back in the early 2000s working for a company here in town. It was so brief that I am surprised I was able to remember it, but I was able to remember it because I did NOT have a good time! Despite it's brevity, there were quite a few things back then that I observed that would forever alter my perceptions of professional wedding DJs and how they "should" act. Opinions would be formed that would put together my mission statement for how I would run my own company. The wedding DJ you hire is there to compliment your big day, not get on the microphone and say their name all night or hang tacky signs or banners. But I digress from talking about the type of wedding DJ you should hire. You'll want to read on to find out something that I decided was not as important, and that I opted to leave out of my wedding performances, but still earned me a solid reputation as one of the top Charleston Wedding DJs.
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.
As you search for the best DJ for your Charleston wedding that will go the distance in being the best fit for you as a couple, it's going to be blatantly obvious that you are going to run into a rather wide range in prices. Now I bet I know what you are saying. "Here comes Mike again with another long-winded post about Charleston Wedding DJ prices." Well, my answer to you would be "sort of". I'm always doing wedding DJ market research (95% of which is outside the Charleston area), and when I see something that can spin the importance of finding the best wedding DJ another way, I'm happy to share that information with my prospective clients. Engagement season has passed here in Charleston, but I still get pinged on throughout the year for bookings and oftentimes I get the question on why my prices are higher than other DJ companies here in Charleston. The answer to that question is not simple, but to get us started, I will tell you that I like to think I give my clients "extra service and attention". That extra service and attention begins with the fact I am an "owner-operated" DJ service, which means you'll work with me from the time you submit a contact form on my website through the contract process, as well as music planning until the last song is played at your wedding reception.
Being one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs has become a very rewarding passion of mine over the years. When a bride and groom hire me to be the DJ at their wedding, they are inviting me to be a part of one of the most special days of their lives. Out of respect for my clients, I'll never look at their wedding day as a "gig", but instead a day in their lives that I curate a soundtrack of music that fits their likes and allows for the creation of lasting memories for them and their family and guests. Millie & Adam found me online last year from Virginia. When Millie sent her signed contract over, I saw that her and Adam were going to be married at Brookland Plantation. Truth be told, I had to do a quick Google search to see where Brookland Plantation was located. Located on St Pierre Creek, Brookland Plantation sits on Edisto Island, and at one time was a part of Millie's family, when Dr. Charles and Betty Wannamaker purchased the land in 1968. During Millie's upbringing, her and her family would frequent Brookland Plantation for recreation, making for lasting memories on those family trips. It was during those early years that Millie formed those hopes and dreams in her mind that she would have her wedding at Brookland Plantation when she met the man of her dreams.
It's probably one of the busiest weekends of the year in the Charleston, SC area; Cooper River Bridge Run Weekend. Since it's beginning in 1978, the Cooper River Bridge Run has become one of the most popular 10K races in the country. It's actually a 10K race that Oprah Winfrey ran back in 1994. What else makes this weekend one of the biggest of the year in the Holy City? Well, the Charleston wedding season is well underway which means there will once again be a large amount of destination couples coming to town along with their family and friends. The Flowertown Festival takes place out in Summerville, and it normally attracts upwards of 200,000 people. The Volvo Car Open will be wrapping up another wildly successful year over on Daniel Island, and if that's not enough, The Lowcountry Cajun Festival is also happening! As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, I have always got music on the brain. I love helping brides and grooms make an amazing soundtrack for one of the biggest days of their lives. Even though I am not running the bridge, I wanted to create a great playlist of music for people needing a little boost in making it over the great Charleston landmark. You'll want to read on and have your Spotify ready to add these songs so you are prepared when the gun fires on the starting line.
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's 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.
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.
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".
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.
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.