Wedding Music | Italian Lakes Wedding Planner The insider's guide to wedding in Italy Sun, 23 Jun 2019 09:38:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 3251675 MUSIC DURING DINNER: HOWTO Sat, 27 Jan 2018 16:52:51 +0000


ne of the most frequently asked questions posted by those who organize galas and wedding receptions regards music during lunch or dinner.

It’s a popular idea among couples and wedding planners that music is a necessary element – on the other hand, very qualified musicians have been enrolled – however there is the concern to bother the guests who are seated.

The challenge is between the desire to show off the band’s performance and the desire for tastefulness and wisdom.
Considering that you will hear live music before and after lunch, we recommend you to rest your ears and to allow a peaceful moment to your guests without live music.

For technical reasons, especially when there is a sung piece, the music’s volume cannot be lowered below an ambiance music amount or then the volume would sound excessive for who is sitting below the stage.

What are the possible solutions?
There are at least three options to solve this problem.

Music during dinner: option ONE

It is possible to maintain a background musical performance live. Though there can be one instrument playing at a low volume. Typically the preferible instrument is a piano to minimize the acoustic impact. This charming solution, after a long period of time may result tireing so it is best during short dinners and with a limited amount of guests.


Music during dinner: option TWO

Another option could be to play live music only between the dinner breaks.
The band plays when the one course is over and stops when the next course is served.
This is the case where the feast lasts a long time – at least three hours- where is useful creating moments where guests are entratained to give perfect dynamic atmosphere.
It’s necessary to consider the dimension that the band will take up, which not always is compatible with the area.


Music during dinner: option THREE

The most common situation nowadays is when the meal lasts no more than two hours, and therefore there is no need to create a show, leaving the guests relaxed.
The best answer, in this case, is a background music playlist. A list of custom songs arranged to create the perfect harmony.
It may contain classic, instrumental jazz or modern deep house music; the significant aspect is to broadcast the music by 2 or 4 speakers properly arranged with few low frequencies and perfectly calibrated volume once the guests are seated.


Let’s rock with the right kind music!

Written by Stefano MalinvernoSartoria della Musica
Translated by Alice Burland


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A very romantic B Plan at Villa Muggia Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:52:03 +0000


ride and grooms usually start planning their wedding a year in advance: date, venues, wedding dresses, banqueting company, music, photography, decor and flowers. There are many options and decisions to take for a DIY wedding or an event planned by a wedding planner.

A very important aspect of the planning – that many do not take in consideration – is plan B. What to do in case of bad weather. It seems that only talking about the option can bring bad luck. This is not true! It is always necessary thinking about the possibility of bad weather conditions choosing the right venue.
The right venue needs to have a wonderful outdoor spaces with gardens, courtyards and lawns. A wonderful marquee to cover an aperitif, a dinner or an after dinner party can be realised but costs are usually quite hight in Italy.

musical entertainments Villa Muggia

There are some wedding reception venues that thanks to their architectural features can naturally host a wonderful plan b, without extra costs and creating a very special and romantic atmosphere. This way you will turn bad weather conditions in an added value to your reception. This is the case of Villa Muggia a wonderful mansion obuilt back in 1800 located in Stresa on Lake Maggiore.


Villa has a wonderful garden with a massive stepped water fountain, a main building with wide rooms and a great terrace overlooking a breathtaking view on Lake Maggiore. But there is some more! An elegant marquee recently renewed to host wedding reception no matter the weather.


Last June Sartoria della Musica had the pleasure to coordinate musical entertainments for Elisa and Matteo’s wedding planned just at Villa Muggia. On that day the weather was not fortunate.


After a moving ceremony in a local church, accompanied by an harpist and a violinist playing together, guests were welcome inside the main building of the villa on the notes of a jazz trio chosen by the couple: a pianist, a saxophonist and a wonderful female voice.



Swing and Bossanova performed live is a perfect choice for an elegant and romantic wedding. This sound created a relaxed and discrete background matching the lovely atmosphere of the party. Guests were able to chat and wandering around amazing rooms of the Villa enjoying its historical charm and wedding decorations.


Michele Dell’Utri photographer took amazing candid shots thanks to wonderful and unusual light of the day. A natural and romantic effect, have a look here to his photos.

A rich wedding lunch was served under villa marquee. It was arranged with lanterns, big cushions, laces, wedding biscuits as wedding favours for all guests. We created a tailored playlist for Elisa and Matteo. Catering company by Le Gourmet of Angelo Tondini prepared the wedding meal for all.


After the wedding breakfast thanks to some rays of light wedding cake was held on the outdoor terrace overlooking majestic fountain. Musicians, photographers, Catering and wedding planner Chiara Giribuola changed the original plan in few minutes to offer to bride and groom this special gift. Working in Team is always a great opportunity. Respect among professionals of different part of the wedding plan makes this happen.

Right after the wedding cake and fruit buffet party could start. Dj by Sartoria della Musica selected 50s and 60s music up to more modern songs avoiding cheesy group dances.



“In spite of this bad weather you made this day joyful and festive!” These are Elisa’s words to describe her day. All his could not be possible without passion, preparation and professionalism of all professionals who work on the event.

Thanks to all

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Pop, Funk & Soul music for your wedding? Look at the new musical videos of Ariel Jazz! Wed, 11 Feb 2015 11:12:54 +0000


ot only jazz… but much more! Sometime ago we presented you Ariel Jazz, a high ranking musical formation, who are in a position to propose a  wide repertoire of standard jazz, reassessed  and elaborated in original and modern forms. In effects, Ariel Jazz repertoire is much more complete and wider, including a very important choice and variety of different types of music, ranging from Bebop Swing, Cool Jazz, Blues, the warmth of the Ballads, to the effervescence of Latin American rhythms of Bossa Nova and Calypso, without forgetting the more modern Funk, Pop and Soul.

New elaborations in Funk, Pop and Soul styles, always taking into consideration style and elegance, which is the purpose characterizing all long the musical performances of Ariel Jazz.



In case you want to know better the musical repertoire of Ariel Jazz as regards Funk, Pop and Soul you can find on YouTube a playlist with nine videos, the band recorded in a studio: nine pieces representing a perfect excursus into the wide musical repertoire Funk, Pop and Soul that Ariel Jazz can play to accompany the party of your Italian wedding.

The warm voice of Ariel Jazz vocalist is enhanced in the great hit R&B of At Last, a song written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren, reperformed  through the years by many famous artists, such as Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Phoebe Snow, Miles Davis, Martina McBride and Céline Dion.

Not only… please do not miss the version of Georgy Porgy, a great hit of the TOTO, whose refrain is taken from a  popular english rhyme for children.

We quoted only some titles selected from the video-playlist of Ariel Jazz regarding the Pop, Funk & Soul repertoire. Just a few… but very useful to exemplify and let you discover the magic sound performed by Ariel Jazz.

If for your wedding to the lakeside you are looking for an entertainment which can be emotional and fascinating, ranging from the most romantic to the brighter atmosphere, with rhythm and energy… in this case Ariel Jazz music will surely suit you!



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Choose classical music for your wedding with videos from ARIEL SUITE CLASSICA Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:40:31 +0000


oday we are taking the opportunity to present a new branch of musical offerings ARIEL SUITE CLASSICA to address a topic dear to many wedding couples: choosing classical music for a wedding ceremony. Let’s begin discovering ARIEL SUITE CLASSICA, a new proposal from Ariel Jazz, a musical group specialized in jazz for weddings and other events.



What ARIEL CLASSICA proposes is designed for the sector of classical music for weddings and events, however, not in the term’s most literal sense. We are talking more specifically about a collection of classical instruments used to create melodies of every kind. In fact, the repertoire of ARIEL SUITE CLASSICA ranges from well-known and loved classical pieces from every era to soundtracks, traditional and light-hearted music. Everything is executed by prepared and competent professionals that make available their artistic and organizational experience to create a perfect, musical atmosphere for your wedding or private event.



When speaking about music for weddings, in particularly music for wedding ceremonies, couples may have difficulty or uncertainty in choosing songs or deciding on the ensemble most suitable to their taste or for their budget especially given the vast repertoire that ARIEL SUITE CLASSICA has to offer.



It is exactly for this reason that the team of ARIEL CLASSICA has produced 13 music videos, each one specifically dedicated to a musical ensemble with variations in repertoire that range from timeless classics such as Shubert’s Ave Maria or Vivaldi’s Spring, performed by a violin soloist, to rock music pieces such as Coldplay’s Viva La Vida, performed by a string quartet.
Today it is our pleasure to offer you all 13 videos produced by ARIEL SUITE CLASSICA, hoping that they may be of inspiration for future brides and grooms that are thinking about classical music for their wedding.
Enjoy the viewing!

As you can see in the videos, ARIEL CLASSICA is not only for wedding ceremonies. Their repertoire and musical compilations are adept to offer the soundtrack most suitable for every kind of event: from birthday parties, baptisms and anniversaries to business events, cocktail parties, and wedding receptions.

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The Right song at the right moment Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:40:18 +0000


ver last decade, since Sartoria della Musica become a datum point for events and wedding music in Italy, I’ve assisted many couples choosing songs for their special event.


Some couples know what they want even before our meeting. Some others prefer to be advised and take advantage of our experience. But for some couples a good brain storming is the best way to reach the perfect solution. A good exchange of ideas and suggestions respecting bride and groom’s musical tastes and musician combo that will play for them.

Wedding Music does not exist in strict meaning. Music for a wedding is always chosen basing on bride and groom’s feelings, passion and personal attitude. There is not a real top list of songs but there is always a personal playlist. Every event features new melodies.


However here below you can find a list of the most wanted songs divided by every special moment of the wedding reception. Some are our favourites too. At Sartoria della Musica all these tunes arranged and played live.

Welcome Cocktail

    Instrumental, Standard Jazz, Bossanova

  • The girl from Ipanema
  • Blue Moon
  • Fly me to the moon

Bride and Groom’s entrance

    Upbeat happy music

  • Nessuno – Mina
  • You are the sunshine of my life – Stevie Wonder
  • L.O.V.E. – Nathalie Cole
  • This is what you are – Mario Biondi

Wedding Cake cut

    Bride and groom’s favorite song

  • At last – Etta James
  • What a wonderful world – Louis Amstrong
  • A te – Jovanotti
  • Home – Michael Bublé

First Dance

    A Romantic Ballad

  • Your song – Elton John
  • Imagine – John Lennon
  • Easy – Lionel Richie
  • Natural woman – Aretha Franklin

Father-Daughter dance

    An emotional evergreen

  • Sul bel Danubio blu – Valzer di Strauss
  • Il cielo in una stanza – Gino Paoli
  • Just the way you are – Billy Joel

Party opening

    Let the party started!

  • Time of my life – Dirty dancing theme
  • Can’t take my eyes off of you – Gloria Gaynor
  • Blue suede shoes – Elvis Presley
  • Kiss – Prince

Written by Stefano Malinverno – Sartoria della Musica

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Creating harmony at all event locations, from the traditional to the unusual Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:05:37 +0000


ore and more often, we deal with unusual settings, which at times may seem difficult to visualise as an event location!
Along with the traditional venues (hotels, castles or villas), nowadays, there is a wide selection of alternative and unusual settings whose logistical confines are only limited to the imagination.


For example, we were once called upon to create a romantic atmosphere in a semi-dark winery cellar with a musical trio – piano/bass/saxophone. We have also been provided with challenges such as ensuring that the Sartoria Swing Quintet musically lived up to and accompanied the breath-taking view of the hermitage on top of the Cinque Terre (eastern coast of Liguria) and on another occasion, an acoustic duo creating the perfect ambiance at a beach restaurant lit up by thousands of candles…
As each location demands just the right set-up and design, the musical selection – adequate choice of group or performer – must be planned carefully.


The expertise in choosing the right selection of instruments for an indoor location with difficult acoustics (such as a cellar) is of utmost importance to ensure a pleasant experience for the guests. In this case using a band/group without a vocalist works very well: all genres of music can be performed with a focus on jazz or blues
An acoustic guitar and vocalist duo can be just the thing to “dress up” an informal, romantic location with polished and well known not-to-be-missed favourites. The guests are always willing to participate, singing along to old favourites by Nathalie Cole or Michael Bublé.
On the other and, an outdoor reception with wider spaces on freshly mowed lawns furnished with sofas and chairs, allows a larger and more complete musical set-up. Music is tailored for each different moment thus creating a refined and relaxing atmosphere, for example during the aperitif which may be in front of an amazing sun-set or later on during the cake-cutting a crisper and merrier selection of pieces can be selected by drums, percussions and bass.


While the music selection may be similar to those we have mentioned, what varies is the sound impact, and the way in which the music is generated. How it spreads and touches the soul. We must always keep one important rule in mind: maintaining harmony between the location and the guests.
Balancing the sound both “on stage” and around the event venue is one of the most difficult tasks and it is essential to be aware of some technical tricks! It is best to set the instruments ensemble according to the acoustics of the chosen location.

Consequently it is essential to make a careful inspection of the location to avoid last-minute issues or necessities, such as lack of electrical sockets, lighting, rain plans, special distances and the like, typical in the case of unconventional and unusual locations.

Written by Stefano Malinverno – Translated by Valentina Telloli.

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Wedding Music for your Aperitif Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:19:00 +0000


ith this post we would like to tell about some nice ideas for your wedding music entertainment. We are talking about the prime time: THE APERITIF.
The aperitif is often considered one of the important moment of a party. Guests relax a little after the ceremony and they have the chance to mingle.

Aperitif is usually planned outdoor, buffet style. Guests have the opportunity to move enjoy lovely food, delicious Italian and listen to enjoyable music played by an elegant and not-intrusive orchestra.


A quartet made up of piano, drums, double-bass and a singer can create the perfect atmosphere for this moment playing swing, jazz, and bossa-nova. Adding up a saxophone or a trumpet you can have a more complete and magical musical background.  In this case we can alternate tunes with or without vocals.


Music should not be intrusive but it should accompany a lovely relaxing moment.
The soundtrack of the day will be tailor made on bride and groom’s tastes being the perfect background for emotions of an unique day! We would be pleased if all emotions of the day will come back to your mind simply listening to the same song on the radio after years!


After a short pause it will come the song that introduces bride groom entrance!
This time louder volume is allowed to stress moment’s pathos. A spontaneous applause will start and this will be the right moment for fantastic wedding photos! Song chosen by the couple with music planner is often a happy and sparkling tune matching the great happiness of the moment. What about a swing version of an Italian ever green or “L-O-V-E” by Natalie Cole?


Aperitif continues with some more live songs played by the orchestra. They will play for you well-known music and high-standard classics such as bossa-nova, swing or jazz with or without vocals. Your soundtrack could be relaxing but also entertaining but most of all it will be tailored on your tastes and needs.

Band is there not to play a concert, but to create a special atmosphere for bride and groom and their guests, to make them happy! The band shall accompany with a great sense of responsibility an unrepeatable and memorable day.

Written by Stefano Malinverno – Sartoria della Musica

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THE WEDDING SOUNDTRACK Wed, 14 May 2014 21:59:59 +0000


t’s a great pleasure for us to posting the first of many articles dedicated to all aspects of wedding music. Stefano Malinverno is the author: he is one of more than 60 professional artists of SARTORIA DELLA MUSICA. Sartoria della Musica is an ensemble of musicians founded by Paolo Picutti who are united by their passion for tailor made music, hence the decision to call the company Sartoria della Musica (Music Tailor).

SARTORIA DELLA MUSICA musicians are able to accompany your special moments with a tailor made soundtrack to enhance and add uniqueness. Professional artists by Sartoria della Musica can offer a wide repertoire, from classical music, to swing, bossanova, jazz, and most famous hits of the moment.

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This is the most important moment of your wedding day! It is the business card of your day and it is also the moment where your guests are relaxing and mingling after the civil or religious ceremony. Music should never be loud or intrusive. It should allow and facilitate the exchange of greetings, tie’s loosening and the relax.


During an outdoor cocktail guests have the chance to be close to the band to listen to their music or g slip away to talk quietly.

Musicians should not perform a concert. They are not the attraction of the day, their music enhance emotions making everyone a single thing. Musicians are there to give a special touch to bride and groom’s wedding day.


How many times did you hear things like this: “I was at a wedding with a great musical entertainment but it was too loud that we could not event talk each other!”
With Sartoria della Musica it won’t be the case!

After an aperitif, it’s the right time to sit down and enjoy the menu chosen by bride and groom. It’s the right time to enjoy a lovely meal and good chats.


Our suggestion is to avoid live music in this special moment. Our music planner will suggest something soft, lounge or relaxing with an appropriate volume.
We can even decide to play it through the reception venue PA system.

Playlist choice can be similar to what the band played at the aperitif or can be totally different. You can choose classical, lounge, but also melodic rock or pop music. You will be totally free to choose!

In some cases, however, it can be nice to listen to a pianist playing live, perhaps with an acoustic gran coda piano in the location.


It is the icon of a wedding day! It is the for the songs that represent bride and groom’s love story. There is not a “right song” for the cutting of the cake or the first dance! Every couple has a story and a song of their own. In the last years we have received very different requests: “Your Song” by E. John, “What a wonderful world” of L. Armstrong, “I’ve got you under my skin” by F. Sinatra or the OST theme “Time of my life”.


A good music planner is able to explain the importance of these moments and the meaning of the songs they will choose. We suggest to play these songs live. They will be especially prepared for the occasion if they are not in musicians’ repertoire.


Cutting of the cake and first dance mark the beginning of the real party! Music must should be a sort of “crescendo”.  The band that played swing/bossa/jazz before is now proposing funk, soul, blues, R&B, to warm the hearts and prepare to dance. Dances are often manages an experienced DJ, who knows perfectly of the environment in which he is playing.



For a good musician or a good DJ it is easy selecting songs to inviting people to dance and create a warm atmosphere for a wedding party.
You can have fun without make it too cheesy but we have to remember to match your and your guests’ tastes and ages at least in the first part of the party.
We usually suggest a fun start with some twist / Rock ‘n’ Roll, then we move to 70s and gradually rise to present day. Bride and groom will help us to create a good playlist matching their and their guests’ preferences.




A good DJ should be like also a good psychologist to understand what song he needs to play and when. He should not impose his music tastes keeping in mind that main characters of the day are always the bride and groom!

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Paolo Drigo, a free-wheeling showman for your wedding Sat, 27 Aug 2011 21:14:37 +0000 Today we would love to introduce a real artist!  A great showman that will be able to add a touch of fun to your wedding: his name is Paolo Drigo.

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Paolo Drigo usually work for important programs on Italian national and private television.
He will be able to create a real show, make people dance. He is funny and original and can entertain guests to every kind of event and wedding.

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He is not only a singer, Paolo Drigo is a real Showman and he can be a transforms, imitator, entertainer and DJ.
Each of his exhibition is a surprise that all guests will remember forever involving all also the ones who are just listening or watching.

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Paolo Drigo is able to offer a tout-cour show for your wedding.
He has a wide repertoire, transformist skills with many changes of dresses, imitations of many stars like Elton John, Elvis Presley, Renato Zero, Freddie Mercury, Louis Armstrong and many others.
All guests including children will be amazed and will have a lot of fun!

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And… Have fun with Paolo Drigo!

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A String Quartet to Lake Como Beach Club Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:59:53 +0000 After Sarah-Louise and Karl today we would like to speak about Lucy and Rick’s wedding on Lake Como. They chose two great professionals. Amy Turner for photography services and Koinè String Quartet for their music entertainment.

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Rick and Lucy got married on a summer-like day with a warm sun.
Ceremony was held in the wonderful church of Ascensione in Cadenabbia the same church Kristi and Ben chose. Do you remember about our post An Unforgettable Wedding at Villa del Balbianello?

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protestant ceremony at Ascensione church Cadenabbia lake Como

During the protestant ceremony Koinè String Quartet played some classical tunes as per bride and groom’s requests, like Marriage of Fiagaro by Mozart, Music for the Royal Fireworks by Handel and Air on a G String by Bach.

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Lucy had a pretty bouquet made up with white callas and Vendela roses. Decorations in the church was arranged with only white lilies on the pews leading the bride to the altar.

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Amy was really good catching the best moments of the boat ride but she was shocked by the speed of the motorway itself!
Italians drive boats like they drive cars! 🙂

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Lake Como Beach Club was mentioned in Alessandra’s post Sooo Stilish! in occasion of Antonin and Louise’s wedding.
Amy was taken by this special venue on Lake Como:

If you’re looking for an intimate reception venue – seriously consider this place.

It’s stunning – and a little bit different.


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During the party Koinè String Quartet played a wide selection of movie soundtracks, pop music and standard jazz. The best moment was when musicians played a long Beatles Medley specially asked by bride and groom.
While string quartet entertained guests with their lovely music, Amy took some great pictures on the Beach Club on Lake Como.

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When we have the opportunity, we love to do something different with the wedding party.  Before everyone asks us to do this, consider that we need the right balance of guys/girls, a decent location with space and great light and a little bit of time.  Finally, everyone has to be willing!  We love how this one turned out.

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Ricky and Lucy’s party ended late at night with dances music and lot of fun!

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Bellagio will be our next destination on our trip on Lake Como together with Koinè String Quartet and Amy Turner. Stay tuned!

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