Charleston, South Carolina is the ideal location for your wedding. Consistently ranked among the most romantic cities in the nation, Charleston has everything you need to make your special day perfect. We have beautiful wedding venues to choose from and an excellent selection of bands for your wedding reception entertainment.
My friend Sara is a wedding planner in South Carolina. If she gets in a bind I am happy to lend a hand, especially with the wedding entertainment selection. My favorite assignment is helping brides and grooms select the right entertainment for their wedding reception. There are many first-rate bands to choose from in Charleston. Here are my top 5 local wedding band recommendations:
If you want an impressive and dynamic band for your wedding reception, Plane Jane is it. Voted one of the finest entertainment bands in the Southeast, Plane Jane is an eight-piece cover band with a powerful horn section, a driving rhythm section and a strong stable of vocalists. A high energy party band, South Carolina’s Plane Jane has a song list designed to keep the wedding guests on the dance floor. I’ve heard this local band play funk, shag, disco, classic rock and roll, and all types of new music. This is my top pick if you want your Charleston wedding reception to be an all-out party.
The East Coast Party Band
Another Charleston, South Carolina favorite, the East Coast Party Band specializes in beach music, soul music and classic rock. Their style is pure entertainment, with a remarkable lighting and sound system. Known for interacting with the wedding reception guests, the East Coast Party band has a unique entertainment approach. They bring excitement to your wedding reception. The musicians have been together for over twenty years and know how to put on a show. This local band gets high marks if you want your wedding reception to be a big celebration.
Mike and the Mixers
A local band with versatility, Mike and the Mixers’ song list is filled with standards, jazz and rock and roll-but it doesn’t stop there. Excellent musicians with a flair for diversity, this Charleston wedding band can play most anything the bride and groom desires. They start the evening’s entertainment with a refined elegance and can flow into a rocking party if that’s the type of wedding reception you imagine. Otherwise, they can keep it low-key and restrained throughout the event. I’ve seen this band learn several new songs to tailor the wedding reception to the specifications the couple requests. Four people strong, the members of Mike and the Mixers are all full-time musicians.
The Blue Dogs
If a good southern rock and roll party band is what you want for wedding entertainment, take a look at The Blue Dogs. This South Carolina band is known for playing and singing outstanding country-rock type music. The Blue Dogs are celebrated around the Charleston area and beyond for their relaxed style and their unique blend of country/pop/bluegrass music, a sound they refer to as Americana music. The band has been rocking since it started in 1987 and is an excellent choice for entertainment in the true southern style.
A band with deep local roots, four out of the six members of Permanent Vacation graduated from the College of Charleston. With a strong beach music and classic rock song list, this local wedding band also does a good job covering today’s new music. Their song selections are well known favorites with the goal of inspiring your wedding guests to dance and singing along to familiar tunes. Alternatively, they have a nice range of love songs and ballads if that’s more of what you want for wedding entertainment. This is another South Carolina wedding band with flexibility. They work with the bride and groom to create sets that are a perfect match for their dream wedding reception.
Each of these Charleston, South Carolina-based bands has their own websites. Most of the websites include song lists, sound clips, bios, testimonials, photographs and contact information. If you are planning a wedding in Charleston, South Carolina, I encourage you to spend time browsing the sites, listening to sound clips and getting a feel for each band’s individual personality and style. Whatever your dream wedding reception involves, one of these entertaining choices may be right for you.
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