Nightingales Wedding Designers are renowned for creating absolutely sensational events, but they really outdid themselves last weekend with Simon & Jay’s!
The couple celebrated their reception at Opera Point Marquee, overlooking the glittering Sydney Harbour. A particular talking point throughout the evening was the massive ice sculpture, inscribed with the couples names and decorated with delectable offerings of fresh oysters and sashimi! A perfect compliment to the waterside location and balmy weather.
The Usual Suspects (with guest vocalist Jessica Lingotti) and DJ Damo were on dance-floor duty; a collaboration that absolutely wowed the room! Everyone was on their feet until closing time.
Here’s a couple of Simon & Jay’s top picks for the night:
Bridemaid’s entrance : “Crazy in Love” – Beyonce.
An absolute show-stopper of a song that never fails to make an impression on the crowd.
Bride and Groom’s entrance : “Feels so close” – Calvin Harris.
Ditto the above! Also a particular favourite of The Usual Suspects to play.
Cake cutting : “At Last” – Etta James.
A beautiful song that is a perfect accompaniment to the sentiment of the moment.
Bride Waltz : “If I Lose Myself” – Alesso vs One Republic, played by the DJ.
Not a traditional choice for a bridal waltz, but a great way for Jay & Simon to show their personalities and have a little fun 🙂
Jay was kind enough to send us this little note a few days later:
“Thanks for a great night guys! We received many many many compliments on how awesome you guys were 🙂“
We were absolutely touched to receive such lovely feedback. Thanks Jay! We wish you and Simon all the best!
When choosing your wedding music, it’s important to find a balance between your personal tastes as a couple and the more varied interests of your guests. While it’s essential that the entertainment is reflective of you, do you really want to subject your mother and father to back-to-back Slip Knot tracks, purely because you guys met at their concert? No. You don’t. That’s awkward. Consider the fact that your wedding day will most likely involve a multitude of demographics; and if you want your guests to have a good time, you should be looking to provide entertainment that will appeal to a variety of tastes and generations. While your wedding is definitely all about you, It’s important to acknowledge the fact that your guests have come together to support and celebrate your marriage, and music is a great way to make them feel involved and appreciated. So by all means, have some Slip Knot (if that’s what you’re in to…), but why not throw in some of your dad’s favourites too? There are a couple of songs that seem to be a hit at most weddings regardless of style or size – Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’, Bon Jovi’s ‘Living On A Prayer’, and more recently Maroon 5’s ‘Moves Like Jagger’. If you’re just not sure where to begin here, don’t hesitate to contact us at Funkified Entertainment. A quick chat to one of our entertainment consultants, and we’ll help you select an act that will cater to the overall atmosphere you’re after, while ensuring that that dance-floor stays jam- packed. All. Night. Long.
Another thing to consider is your first dance. When choosing a song for the bridal waltz, most couples lean towards something that holds particular significance for them- the soundtrack to the first kiss perhaps, something that describes how they met, or a song that they both just love! A lot of couples have a song that they believe is ‘theirs’, and using this is a lovely way to express the significance of the moment. But if you’re feeling stuck, you know what you should do? Use this decision as an opportunity for you and your fiancee to settle down with a bottle of red, and rediscover (or discover) the songs that embody what the two of you mean to one another. While you’re at it, you may as well have a little dance in the lounge-room, and figure out which ones work best for you. It’s all about the good times. But for the love of God, whatever you pick, listen to the lyrics VERY CAREFULLY before finalising your choice. I was personally of the opinion that Uncle Kracker’s ‘Follow Me’ would make a touching testimonial to the love and devotion between a bride and groom, until a colleague pointed out that it’s actually about adultery… Yep. Dodged a bullet there.
So good luck! And enjoy 🙂
The Usual Suspects have been as busy as ever lately, and last weekend was no exception! Saturday night saw them at the Central Coast’s MacMasters Beach, entertaining the crowd at Alex and Chloe’s gorgeous wedding. As you can see in these sneaky shots the guys managed to grab, their trademark funk – infused covers went down pretty well:
A stand – out moment of the night would have to be the Bridal Waltz – Chloe and Alex requested Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’; a beautiful song which captured the spirit of the moment perfectly. Also The Usual Suspects rendition of Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’, which had the room pretty worked up!
Congratulations to Chloe and Alex. It was a privilege to be involved in such a fantastic night!
All the best,
At Funkified Entertainment we’re massive fans of Polka Dot Bride, Australia’s leading wedding blog. We particularly love their Polka Dot Wisdom, where industry experts share all the useful insider tips and tricks they’ve picked up along the way- pretty much everything you’d ever want to know about weddings, you’ll find it here!
So you can imagine how thrilled we are to announce our very own Caitlin Benetatos’s recent guest appearance- check it out here. You’ll find lots of handy info on choosing and preparing entertainment for your wedding (or any event you happen to be planning!), including the often underestimated value of consultation processes prior to the event, ways to seamlessly integrate music and performance with other ceremonial aspects, and choosing a song repertoire that will appeal to your demographic- just to make sure you don’t alienate/ terrify your guests…
So check it out! We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Let us know what you think :). And a MASSIVE thanks to Polka Dot Bride. Absolutely love what you do- it’s always a pleasure working with you guys!
A somewhat challenging highlight for The Usual Suspects this March would have to be playing at the wedding of Alison and Chris – the front man of our very own Let’s Groove Tonight! As I’m sure you’d imagine, it’s no mean feat to provide, in Chris’ own words,
‘entertainment for a room full of musicians… but as usual The Usual Suspects smashed it up’.
Amazing job guys. And huge (albeit slightly belated!) Congratulations to Chris and Alison! We’re so thrilled for you both, and feel completely honored to have been a part of your celebrations!
Many thanks guys,
Saturday night saw Sydney’s most in- demand party band The Usual Suspects at Watson Bay’s Dunbar House, for the wedding reception of Lyndal and David. This was a fantastic night with a great crowd – the highlight of the night would have to be the Bride and Groom joining the band for a rendition of ‘Mustang Sally’ later in the night. Also the bridal party’s choreographed dance routine to an array of songs – from LMFAO’s ‘Sexy and I know It’ to Bachman Turner Overdrive’s ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ – amazing form, and a great way to personalise your wedding. Here’s a couple of shots we managed to grab from the night:
Lyndal and David, thanks for having us on your big night. It was great to meet the two of you, and your guests. You guys were A LOT of fun!
As we find ourselves deep in the midst of wedding season, we’re happy to report that the Salt String Quartet girls have been particularly in demand this year. Last Sunday saw them sent off to Bennelong, the picturesque spot at the front of Sydney Opera House, to play at the wedding ceremony and reception (hosted in Guillaume, the restaurant located in the southern sail of the Opera House) of Elizabeth and Frank.
The amazing harbour views and gorgeous weather alone guaranteed that this would be a great day. The Salt girls did a spectacular job enhancing the idyllic atmosphere of the scene with a whimsical delivery of ‘Canon’ by Pachelbel during the processional. Salt String Quartet are renowned for their versatile repertoire of Classic, Contemporary, Pop and Jazz pieces, and enjoy tailoring every performance to suit the individual personality of each client. Sunday was no exception, and their rendition of Seal’s ‘Kiss From A Rose’ was a big hit during the reception, as was Elton John’s iconic ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’- favorites of the bride and groom.
Congratulations Elizabeth and Frank. It was a huge pleasure to be involved in your beautiful wedding! And a big thanks to Fi Deans- Dundas of Couture Wedding Planning. It was great to work with you again, and as always you did an incredible job!
To learn more about Salt String Quartet, visit their website here
Take care all!