Salt Strings in the Maldives!

We’re ridiculously excited to announce that we’re about to undertake our second international gig in 6 months! This New Years Eve, Salt Strings will be playing at the exclusive Velaa Private Island in the Maldives – check out these photos. Heaven on Earth!

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Looking forward to this incredible collaboration! May there be several more to come. Stay tuned in the upcoming months for news and pics from the girls trip – we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

With love from the team at Funkified Entertainment

What Are Your Wedding Ceremony Music Options?

Selecting the style of music you have performed at your wedding ceremony can seem like a daunting prospect. Searching online will reveal that there are a multitude of options to choose from, and when you aren’t quite sure what you want, it can be difficult to commit to anything.

So we have compiled an overview of your ceremony music options, including pros and cons of each, with the aim of making your decision a little less overwhelming:


PART 1

String Quartet

Versatile and expressive, a string quartet (or trio) remains a popular choice for wedding ceremony music. Suitable for both religious and secular ceremonies, string quartets can perform from a large repertoire of classical and popular songs, and it is common for them to accept song requests (as long as they are given enough notice – leaving it until the day itself is a little late!). They also add a fantastic visual element to the occasion, and will stimulate an atmosphere of classic elegance.

String quartets can perform outdoors at garden ceremonies, although they will require cover or shade, as sunlight (or rain!) will damage their instruments.

Hiring a string quartet for your ceremony will cost around $600.

A good idea if you like: ‘Canon in D’ – Pachelbel, ‘Spring’ – Vivaldi, ‘All You Need Is Love’ – The Beatles, ‘Air on G’ – Bach.

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Harpist

Hiring a harpist for your wedding ceremony is another more traditional option, however like string quartets, they are suitable for both religious and secular ceremonies. If you have a romantic wedding in mind, a harpist will be ideal, as they exude romance both musically and visually.

The repertoire of a harpist is far more limited than other options, as they have a narrower range of sound and expression. They also have quite a soft dynamic, so are more suited to intimate ceremonies. If you are having an outdoor wedding, the harpist will require shade or cover to avoid damage to their instrument.

A harpist will generally cost around $350.

A good idea if you like: ‘Greensleeves’ – Traditional, ‘Raindrop Prelude’ – Chopin, ‘Moon River’ – Henry Mancini

Guitar (or Keyboard) and Vocal Duo

This option is most suitable for secular ceremonies, particularly if you want a relaxed vibe, and more contemporary songs to be performed. Duo’s can perform from a large repertoire of well-known pop, acoustic, groove, rock and even indie favourites. If your guests are on the younger side especially, this choice will be perfect as the audience will connect with and relate to the music.

If the duo is performing with electric guitar or keyboard, they will require a power source for their instruments, which can be problematic for some garden ceremonies.

As this duo will come with a vocalist, there are lyrics to consider as well as the music. Lyrics are a very powerful expressive tool, and can communicate to your guests how you and your partner feel about one another. Just make sure you consider the lyrics of your chosen music carefully – some songs don’t have the meaning that you initially expect them to!

A duo will range in price from around $500 to $900.

A good idea if you like: ‘I’m Yours’ – Jason Mraz,  ‘It’s Only Natural’ – Crowded House, ‘If I Ain’t Got You‘ – Alicia Keys, ‘Just The Two Of Us’ – Bill Withers, ‘Better Together’ – Jack Johnson


Jazz Band

Hiring a jazz band to perform at your ceremony will add a unique and sophisticated edge to the occasion. They can perform from an enormous instrumental repertoire, however a jazz band won’t be able to perform ‘conventional’ wedding songs that many of your guests will expect. Generally, a trio or quartet is best, and you have the option of selecting the instrumentation eg. saxophone, guitar and drums, or trumpet, guitar and bass.

If the jazz band is acoustic, there won’t be the issue of requiring power if the ceremony is outdoors. Also, a jazz band will also project sound further than most other groups (particularly if you choose to include a horn player) so your guests will be able to enjoy the music without struggling to hear it.

A jazz trio will generally cost around $900, and a quartet will start from $1200.

A good idea if you like: ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ – Frank Sinatra, ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ – Michael Buble, ‘So What’ – Miles Daves

Other Options (Covered in Part 2)

  • Organ Player
  • Wind Quartet (flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon)
  • A Capella Group
  • Church Choir

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Wedding Music: What, Where and When

Planning a wedding can be an overwhelming experience. Very overwhelming. For many couples, this is the first time they have ever planned an event; let alone one of this size and significance.

Venue selection, band hire, dress style, catering…it’s all up to the pair of you.

So when it comes to organizing the music for the day, will you know where to start?

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Your choice of music will set the atmosphere for the day; it can be used to highlight certain key moments, to structure the day, to evoke emotion, to express how you feel. It is a crucial aspect of the occasion! Therefore, to get the most out of your day, it’s important that when it comes to planning the music you know exactly what you are doing.

So, we’ve put together a ‘cheat sheet’ you can use for getting an idea of when you will want music, as well as what you will want from it:


PART 1 – CEREMONY

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PRE-CEREMONY – As your guests arrive before the ceremony commences, it’s a great idea to have non-intrusive music playing in the background. An atmosphere of romance and sophistication is created, and guests can relax and enjoy the music as they wait for the formalities to begin. Eg. Mozart Divertimento’s, Bach, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis

PROCESSIONAL – Your bridal entrance. You want this moment to be graceful, romantic and exuding elegance. Music will play an important role in achieving this affect – it’s the soundtrack everyone will hear as you approach your husband-to-be. Find something you love; think majestic and elegant, with soaring melodies and beautiful harmonies. However, remember to keep tempo in mind; you don’t want to be running up that aisle! Eg. Pachelbel’s Canon, Bach Double Violin Concerto-Second Mvt., ‘Better Together’ – Jack Johnson, ‘At Last’ – Etta James

SIGNING OF THE REGISTER – As the pair of you are occupied signing the register together as a newly-weds, music can briefly become the focus. Expressive songs that are recognizable and easy to listen to, can be performed to emphasize the romantic setting, whilst allowing your family and friends the opportunity to enjoy your musical selections. Eg. ‘Air on G’ – Bach, ‘Ave Maria’ – Schubert, ‘What A Wonderful World’ – Louis Armstrong, ‘Flower Duet’ – Delibes, ‘God Only Know’ – The Beach Boys

RECESSIONAL – You and your partner are officially announced as husband and wife, and will walk out to meet your guests as a married couple. To enhance the moment, your music should be joyous, uplifting and celebratory – the formalities are over and now you can both relax and enjoy yourselves! Eg. ‘All You Need Is Love’ – The Beatles, ‘Wedding March’ – Mendelssohn, ‘Love Generation’ – Bob Sinclair