Welcome on our website!
If you like to be entertained, then read on!
The Waistcoats is an international wedding band based in Italy, co-founded by Paul Staunton from Dublin and Italo-German Sal Benintende with the intention to offer a unique combination of entertainment specifically designed for international couples getting married in Italy, alongside a highly professional organisation, offering a music service that is personalized – from ceremony, to drink reception to DJ services (and much more!).
We have played almost everywhere in Italy (after all we have more than 15 years of experience in this business), so we know all the quirks and little obstacles that may await you (from the necessity of renting a boat to access certain venues in Venice to transporting equipment to an island like Sicily);
we will not only make sure your guests are entertained during the wedding, we also make sure that you’re always at ease with everything that involves planning the music entertainment before your wedding.
If you’re still at the early stages of putting everything together for your wedding in Italy, you might find our free digital guidebook “Getting married in Italy” useful. There you will find inspiration for the right venue, but also a checklist with things to prepare for your wedding and in the appendix we have included a list of legal documents that you need when getting married in Italy, depending on your Nationality. You can find the download link at the bottom of this page, it’s 100% free!
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The music that YOU desire
We want to ensure that your wedding day will be a most memorable one, that’s why on top of the 250+ songs our multi-genre band can play, it’s also no problem for us to learn new songs (e.g. for your first dance), to offer additional services (e.g. one-man show or acoustic duo for a welcome or farewell-party before or after the wedding) or to realize something special you have on your mind.
Thanks to our international character we speak native English, Italian, German and can also entertain in French and Spanish. So if you need help dealing with your wedding planner, venue, priest etc. we’re here to assist you. Below you will find a few video samples, plus some “behind the scenes” videos from our VLOG. A great chance to get to know us a bit better before contacting us!
The Waistcoats is a band with real character. Authentic and fun, both for informal and formal settings.
We love to entertain. And thanks to a vast repertory of 250+ songs we can easily adapt to the mood of the audience to ensure everyone will be up and dancing all night…
Always a step ahead
For smaller weddings or pre-/post wedding events we offer great acoustic solutions. Thanks to a smart mix of acoustic instruments, harmony pedals and digital stomp box even with a one-man show or duo/trio we can create a rich sound experience that gets people up and dancing!
Behind the scenes: Venice
Watch the Waistcoats enjoy Venice. Of course nobody can stop them doing a little impromptu jam on a Venetian boat.
Behind the Scenes: Apulia
Apulia is a wonderful place in the South of Italy. A long van ride turns into fun with a little bit of music.
Behind the scenes: Dublin
Two of the Waistcoats went off to Dublin to perform with an opera singer and a well known Irish musician for a fundraiser.