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CREATE THE MOOD AND SET THE TONE OF YOUR LAKE COMO WEDDING BY CHOOSING THE RIGHT MUSIC
From emotional tears shed at the ceremony to the wild fun had on the dance floor at the end of the evening there is no doubt that the music chosen for the wedding day will create the mood and set the tone for every single part of that day. Choosing the right music and songs for each aspect of the day may take a lot of time, research and planning, but the final outcome is well worth the effort. The best wedding music usually consists of songs that form a beautiful, memorable and personalised soundtrack to the day, and for years following the wedding those songs will be responsible for bringing back the emotion and memories for you and your guests. It is a really nice idea to try and embrace and introduce at least one tradition during the wedding, and there really is nothing more breathtaking than listening to an Italian Tenor singing live for you on an outdoor terrace during a warm summers evening. If you have a favourite style of music or want to hear only particular songs during the wedding then you can relax safe in the knowledge that the music agencies that we choose to collaborate with on Lake Como are of an extremely high standard and have always been able to source and provide bands, artists and performers to meet those requests.
WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC
The ceremony music is an integral part of any wedding and can even set the tone for the entire wedding day. The ceremony music will give your arriving guests an emotional connection to their surroundings, an insight into your personal lives and even let them know what to expect throughout the wedding day. The procession song, normally chosen by the bride, is a chance for the bride to dramatically introduce herself and her bridesmaids to everyone on arrival at the ceremony, whereas the recessional song should portray both of the couples personalities and create an opportunity for family and friends to join and follow them into their future lives together. The style of music perfect for a Lake Como ceremony is either classical or modern strings, in a quartet, trio, duo or solo. If you fancy something a little more casual then you could introduce an acoustic guitar and singer to play Italian classics or perform more current songs. There are several song choices that you will need to make, please see the different aspects of the ceremony that you will need to choose songs for.
Bridal party procession song
Brides procession song
Exchange of rings song
Signing of the register song
Recession of the bride & groom song
APERITIVO AND COCKTAIL HOUR MUSIC
If you choose to host an aperitivo or cocktail hour between the ceremony and reception then it is a really good idea to choose a music style that compliments the surroundings and creates excitement and intrigue into the day ahead. The music should be a little livelier than the ceremony, however you are not trying to encourage anyone to dance just yet, but you also don’t want to put anyone to sleep either. The perfect music style for a Lake Como aperitivo and cocktail hour is a Jazz trio or a small acoustic band which could play either classic or current songs.
RECEPTION AND DINING ROOM ENTRANCE MUSIC
This is a song to mark the bride and groom’s entrance into the dining room or terrace. The wedding guests will normally be shown to the dining area and seated well before the newly married couple. This gives the wedding couple another chance to grab some wedding pictures alone with the photographer and also give the guests time to find their table, seats and ready themselves for grand entrance of the bride and groom. The song chosen for the entrance should be celebratory, like the ceremony recessional song, and will normally set the tone for the dinner and evening ahead. A lively entrance will also naturally lead onto a more lively atmosphere for the wedding speeches before dinner.
RECEPTION AND DINING MUSIC
So the speeches have finished and it is now time to enjoy the beautifully prepared and delicious Italian reception dinner. The music during dinner is also important and should set a relaxed and social atmosphere. You may have guests seated together that have never had the chance of properly meeting, and the correct music choice will undoubtably become a discussion point and natural ice breaker. It is important that the music you choose sets the scene but doesn’t overwhelm and distract your guests attention. A live pianist is perfect, will add elegance and encourage conversation.
CUTTING OF THE CAKE MUSIC
If you are making your cake cutting a ceremonial part of the day then pick a song that is personal to you both holds a special place in your hearts. This is an extremely beautiful part of the evening and your guests would have been eagerly awaiting this moment. Introducing a firework display at this time, and having the cutting of the cake and light display choreographed to your chosen song will not only look and sound amazing but will also leave your onlooking guests speechless. Alternatively introducing a pianist and trio of Tenors for the cake cutting ceremony will create a truly beautiful memory that you and your guests will never ever forget.
THE FIRST DANCE
The first dance is a chance for the newly married couple to show off their romantic moves in front of their friends and family. The first dance song is traditionally a slow song, and something personal to the bride and groom however it is becoming more and more popular for couples to choose a much more upbeat song, and encourage their wedding guests in joining them on the dance floor after only a minute of dancing solo.
FATHER OF THE BRIDE AND MOTHER OF THE GROOM DANCE
Traditionally, the father of the bride will join his daughter on the dance floor following the bride and groom’s first dance. This song and dance can be something traditional or personal. Similarly, a couple may also want to introduce a mother of the groom dance, which can also be something traditional or personal, and will be performed after the first dance.
WEDDING EVENING MUSIC
This is an extremely important aspect of a wedding day, and will be responsible for ensuring that your guests leave at the end of the night with those initial exciting memories. It is a time for everyone to let loose, mingle and discuss the day over a refreshing drink by the bar or over a boogie on the dance floor. The two most popular choices of evening entertainment is a live band or DJ, or both. Both of these options are guaranteed to get the party started and make sure everyone stays on the dance floor until the very end of the night. To end the evening, some couples choose to have a particular song played to encourage everyone to be together one last time before the wedding day come to an end.
THE BOUQUET TOSS MUSIC
For this fun part of the wedding, an upbeat song is in order, and since you are going to be commanding the wedding’s single ladies to the floor, the song ‘Single Ladies’ is a very popular and fun choice. The bouquet toss can take part at any part of the day however traditionally it happens more toward the end of the evening during the reception dancing, or at the very end of the evening if the newly married couple are departing the venue slightly earlier than the guests.
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