twentysomethings at Matt & Tenille’s Wedding

twentysomethings are our most recently signed act and they’ve been making a seriously huge impression since we started working with them in early 2014. A 4-piece outfit consisting of lead vocals/keys, guitar, bass and drums, these guys have a flexibility and sound affiliated with a much larger lineup; owing majorly to front woman Tash’s masterful handle on both lead vocals and keys, and additional backing vocals from the rest of the band. Their dynamic, Like A Version style take on current Top 40s tunes and retro favourites conveys both an edginess and a fresh, exuberant energy totally unlike anything else on the Sydney covers scene; culminating in non-stop dance floor vibes. Subsequently, when Tenille and Matt approached us with the brief for their wedding reception – a good mix of classic and modern tracks that would keep their guests pumped and moving – we knew twentysomethings would be a perfect fit.

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Having selected a range of  both new and vintage soul-funk style hits to be played on the night  (including Uptown Funk, Cosmic Girl, The Way You Make Me Feel, I Want You Back, Signed Sealed Delivered and Get Lucky), as well as a cheeky cameo of Living On A Prayer, Matt and Tenille managed to provide something for every demographic in attendance. The couple also chose the following songs for a few stand out moments in the night:

Bridal Waltz: Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran. Matt and Tenille put a personal spin on this current wedding darling by having Matt’s sister sing lead with the band. A very nice touch!

Bouquet Toss: Single Ladies – Beyonce. Everyone knows that this one was made for the bouquet toss!

Garter Toss: Like I Love You – Justin Timberlake. With its noughties-nostalgic r n’ b dance groove, this was a great track to finish the night on.

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Congratulations Tenille and Matt! We had a blast working with you guys in the lead up to the big day, and we’re absolutely thrilled that you loved the band!

All the best,

The Funkified Team

Funkified’s Top Ten Entrance Songs

Entrance songs are important, as they’re basically the start to your reception. Now that the formalities are over, you want to kick off your party in a way that’s going to get you and your guests excited for the night ahead. To help you out with this, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten bridal party entrances. In our experience, these are absolutely guaranteed to set the mood for a fantastically unforgettable night!

  1.  Feel The Love –The Rudimentals
  2. Crazy in Love-Beyonce
  3. Feel So Close-Calvin Harris
  4. Signed, Sealed, Delivered-Stevie Wonder
  5. Move On Up-Curtis Mayfield
  6. You’ve Got The Love-Florence & The Machine
  7. Dynamite-Taio Cruz
  8. Uptight-Stevie Wonder
  9. Walkin’ On Sunshine-Katrina & The Waves
  10. Moves Like Jagger-Maroon 5

From an industry point of view, it’s generally best to use one song for the entire bridal party. Choosing a theme per couple can be disruptive to the flow and distracting to the moment, while one strong song will maximize the impact of your entrance! However the best (and easiest) thing to do is just pick your favourite party tune (providing it’s something both you and your partner love of course). Whatever it is you’ll be pumped to hear it, which will be infectious to your guests-the perfect way for an incredible night to start :).

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Wedding Feature – Shiana and Guy

A few Saturday’s ago, we were lucky enough to provide the wedding music for a truly wonderful and very much in-love couple. Shiana and Guy hosted one of the most memorable weddings we have had the privilege of being involved with, so we thought we would share the details to hopefully provide some inspiration for others!

Who: Shiana and Guy

Date: Saturday, 11th September 2010

Venue: Sergeant’s Mess, Chowder Bay Road, Cremorne NSW

No. of Guests: 160



The Music

Band: Soulstice as a 7-piece. Featuring male and female vocals, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass and drums.

MC: Funkified Entertainment wedding consultant, Gus Stephenson, performed the role of MC on the night, introducing the bridal party, announcing the bridal waltz and inviting guests to the dance floor.

Soulstice, with singer Nat Conway
Soulstice with Singer Nat Conway


Song Requests:

Bridal Waltz – ‘Fallen’ by Lauren Wood

Mother/Son and Father/Daughter Dance – ‘Love Is Real’ by Al Green – ‘Everywhere’ by Fleetwood Mac

 

 What Made Their Wedding Stand-Out

Guy and Shiana’s wedding was such a fun occasion from beginning to end. The two of them had really thrown themselves into embracing their culture, and had an emphasis on making sure everyone enjoyed themselves.

Shiana is of Sri Lankan background, so it was important to her that this play an important role in the festivities. After disappearing from the reception for 10 minutes, Shiana re-emerged dressed in a sari and began dancing to the Baila music that was being played through the PA, with Guy joining her. This celebration of Shiana’s heritage added a wonderful cultural element to the wedding, and had all of their guests, young and old, cheering her on, then getting up and dancing to the Sri Lankan music themselves.

Later in the night, throughout which the guests had remained glued to the dance floor, Guy took to the stage himself. With microphone in hand, and backed by the band, an animated Guy performed ‘She’s Got The Look’ by Roxette for his new wife, to a highly enthusiastic audience. We’ve mentioned it before – singing with the band is a fantastic way to express yourself to your partner, and really gets your guests on the dance floor. After all, you have an entire band to back you!


The Cake

Guy and Shiana’s delicious wedding cake was created by Faye Cahill Cake Design. The cake was three tiers in a pyramid shape, iced in champagne and featuring black hand painted script with the couples names. It also had two large handmade icing flowers in striking red. Flavours were chocolate mud, vanilla/rose petal and white chocolate.

Photos to come soon!

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Wedding Band Vs. Wedding DJ

Planning a wedding is full of decision-making.
Religious or secular ceremony?
50 guests or 150?
Sit-down dinner or canapés?
Live band or DJ?

And it’s all up to two people who may have never planned an event in their lives.

Several factors will come in to play. For starters, sticking to the wedding budget is generally a primary concern, and even modest weddings come with hefty price tags. Couples also need to accommodate to the tastes of all their guests, from college friends to elderly great aunts. Most importantly, weddings are meant to reflect the bride and groom – it’s important that you like the venue, food, music etc. in the first place. After all, if you don’t have fun at your own wedding, what’s the point?

Lead Singer in The Usual Suspects

When it comes to deciding between a live band and a DJ for your wedding entertainment, here are some points that you may want to consider, hopefully making the whole process that little bit easier:

– PRICE – A DJ is undoubtedly cheaper than a band. For a four to six hour-long reception, a DJ will cost between $500 and $1000, depending on experience and equipment. A band however will generally be priced from around $1800 up to $4000, depending on size, quality and experience. If this is out of your price range, but you still want live music, a smaller act (solo to trio) will be more affordable, at around $600 to $1600.


– REPERTOIRE – 
A standard covers band will generally have between 100 and 300 songs under their belts, while a DJ, armed with all the memory of their MacBook, may have in excess of 10,000.

However, is this really a huge advantage? Generally, a DJ will pull out the same ‘party favourites’ that the band will, with the remaining 9,900 songs being obscure tracks that are rarely requested. While the repertoire of a band is more limited, an experienced group should come prepared with a well-balanced selection of popular songs to accommodate all tastes, from Motown standards, to top 40 favourites.


– VENUE – 
When choosing your entertainment, it’s important you consider your venue. How big is the room your reception is being held in?

DJ’s take up relatively little floor-space, so if your reception venue is on the smaller side, a DJ won’t cramp up the dance-floor. Duos and trios are also very compact, so if you are concerned about space, a smaller band is still an option. If you are using a large venue for your reception, a full band will look and sound fantastic. Not only will they produce enough sound to fill the entire room, but they will also add a visual element that will suit the larger space.


– ENTERTAINMENT VALUE – 
When it comes down to ‘wow’ factor, nothing beats a great live band. Not only are they visually spectacular, they also come with an infectious energy and emphasis on audience interaction, that is guaranteed to keep your guests entertained and on the dance floor.

A wedding DJ will not be able to pull off the ‘show’ element that comes with a band. As they are playing pre-recorded music, DJ’s aren’t able to generate the excitement that is generated from watching live performance.

The advantage of a DJ lies in their ability to play ‘nightclub’ favourites, which a live band can simply not pull off. Songs that rely heavily on electronic beats and computer-generated effects are generally not convincing when performed by a standard six-piece band.

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Questions You Should Be Asking Your Wedding Band

 

So you have weighed up your options, and decided a live band is the way to go. Fantastic decision – great live music stimulates a festive atmosphere, provides the day with structure, highlights key moments and will help ensure that you and your guests can relax and simply enjoy the celebration.

However bad live music can result in your dream day turning into a nightmare.

Imagine your band showing up an hour late, and sound-checking as your guests are arriving, only to then perform a completely unheard of song for your bridal waltz. Or a covers band that seems to have a repertoire consisting only of Barry Manilow’s greatest hits, succeeding only in frightening you and your guests off the dance floor…

Sydney's premier funk-infused covers band
In order to avoid such catastrophes, it’s important you ask all the right questions! The following should ensure that you get the wedding music you want, exactly the way you want it:

1)   Can I see the musicians live, or hear a recording? You want to make sure you actually like the music in the first place! Any good group will have song samples or a demo CD to give interested brides and grooms, and most musicians will have public performances you can go and watch.

2)   Am I able to make song requests? You don’t want to book a band, only to find that they perform from a very limited song list. If you are set on having particular songs for your bridal waltz, bouquet toss etc., it’s important you let the musicians know in advance so they have time to prepare.

3)   Do you provide PA, and can I use it for speeches if need be? This should be expected of every band. Make sure PA is included in the initial quote, and not an ‘added extra’ you find out about a week before your wedding. Also, some venues don’t have an in-house PA system, meaning you will require the band PA for speeches. This should not cost any extra, and if it does, make sure you find out up-front. You don’t want to receive a bill for it when you get back from your honeymoon!

4)   How early will you be sound-checking? A good band will make sure to sound-check long before the start of your ceremony or reception. That way when you and your guests arrive, the band is set-up and ready to go.

5)   Are sound engineers included in the price? For larger bands in particular, the presence of a qualified sound engineer is essential. While a large band with a markedly cheap quote may seem appealing, they may be sacrificing the sound engineer to get the gig, meaning the sound quality will noticeably suffer.

6)   Will the band/agent liaise with your wedding venue? You don’t want the group to show up on the night, only to find your chosen venue is too small, or has noise restrictions.

7)   Does the band have flexible set times?At weddings, anything can happen, and a great band will be able to adjust accordingly and keep things on track. After all, they’re wedding professionals.

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The iPod Wedding

 

Weddings are expensive affairs. After the initial engagement excitement, couples are suddenly faced with planning an event that involves venue hire, catering, entertainment, bridal wear, flower arrangements – all of them offering ‘bargains’ and ‘limited special offers’. Daunting at best, the combined costs of these wedding ‘necessities’ can be immensely challenging for an already stretched wedding budget.

So when confronted with the overwhelming costs of throwing a wedding, the do-it-yourself option can suddenly appear incredibly appealing.

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One of the latest trends in the DIY wedding planning is the iPod wedding.
This involves couples choosing to skip the live band or the DJ altogether, instead opting to run the music themselves. It’s understandable – after all, your laptop isn’t going to demand money, and you’re guaranteed to hear all your favourite songs. Finally, if your guests have last-minute music requests, it’s as easy as clicking a button. Sounds like a win, right?

But before you jump onto the iPod bandwagon, it’s important you know what you’re up against.

To start with, how big are your computer speakers? Big enough to fill a room with over a hundred people? For the music to be at a reasonable level throughout the room, you’ll require at least two 400 watt speakers, paired with a mixer. Not only that, but microphones also come into the equation. After all, you’re going to want to make announcements and speeches and shouting on your wedding day doesn’t make for a great look.

Then come the playlists. Generally, wedding receptions last from four to seven hours, and music, even if it’s in the background, is hugely important in creating the right atmosphere. So to start with, you have to make sure you have enough music in your library to last for your entire reception.

Then factor in the type of music you want, and how it will change over the night. If you don’t want to be listening to the same three CD’s on repeat, you have to allocate several days to putting the playlists together, then listening to them to make sure they flow well. Consider the structure of your reception and what people will want. Do you want dancing after dinner? Specific songs for bridal party entry? Will the songs included appeal to the tastes of all your guests? And who will operate the music for your bridal waltz, and when you want it to pause for speeches?

The advantage of hiring a professional is that everything is taken care of for you. Experienced wedding bands will come with their own PA system, and hundreds of popular songs on their books. Many bands, such as The Usual Suspects, encourage brides and grooms to request songs, which they will learn specifically for their wedding day.

Professional wedding bands or DJ’s are also experts at ‘reading the room’ – after all, it’s their job! A live band can pick up on what your guests want to hear, and adjust their sets accordingly, as well as interact with the crowd to ensure everyone has a good time. They provide structure for the evening, performing laidback, background music earlier in the night, then performing dance-floor favourites later on to bring the celebration to a climax.

Going down the DIY route at weddings can be tempting – it certainly will save you money. Just make sure that you and your partner are properly prepared for it. You don’t want to get so wrapped up in sticking to budget that you forget to enjoy yourself!

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