The best musical entertainment for an Italian wedding reception

Music at an Italian wedding

Your Italian wedding reception needs to go with a swing, but what’s the best way to achieve that?

We think a true Italian wedding reception must mirror the wedding dinner – it needs four courses, if your budget will run to it.

After the ceremony, when the guests in all their finery are filing in to the venue and congregating in the dining room, a mood-setter is required. For this, you’ll need something subtle. We suggest lounge, jazz or soft house music. A live band is best, but it’s not a problem if you want to play a recording. Of course, a DJ could be a good compromise and will add to the atmosphere.


During the meal, everyone’s eating and the excited chatter is all about what the bride wore, how well the ceremony went and how happy the couple looked together. So best not to disturb them. That means keeping the noise down with soft background music, which can be played as a recording over MP3 or CD, or even nothing at all.

Then comes the evening and this is where you really need to cut loose, get your wallet out and make sure your Italian wedding reception is remembered for all the right reasons. As the Prosecco starts to flow and inhibitions fly out of the window, wheel out the band. They should be loud, enthusiastic and preferably have a great sense of fun – to get everyone in serious party mood.

By the time the band has hit the road, everyone will still be wanting to party hard long into the night, so this is when you introduce the DJ, who can keep everyone on their feet with a mix of pop classics and modern dance music.

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