Planning a GREAT Wedding Reception

After successfully working with literally hundreds of couples and wedding planners, we've come to know and understand their major concerns and hopes for planning a GREAT wedding reception. 

Heres a few pointers and suggestions to help you narrow down your entertainment choices and make sure that your guests will be talking about how awesome your wedding reception was for years to come. 

It's All In The FLOW...

Just like a good meal, movie, or even a song, a "great' wedding reception has a relaxed but well executed "FLOW". The last thing you want is to build excitement at the beginning and then watch your guests yawn through the remainder of the night. 

Chart Your Course...

It's a good idea for you and your fiancé to sit down before you meet with a planner or band leader and write down some bullet points of the key "moments" that you'd like your guests to experience at your reception. After you have no more than five of these "moments", set them up in order according to both the excitement level and emotional impact. For instance;  you wouldn't want to start your event by lighting sparklers or shooting off fireworks.

Last week we suggested a special "moment" that the bride LOVED! At the end of the night, we played the very first song the couple ever danced too. We then asked that the bride & groom come to the dance floor and had the guests surround them in a circle and join hands. We also displayed pictures of the bride and groom as children on our custom 14' video wall. It was definitely the highlight of the night - not a dry eye in the room as the people the couple loved most surrounded them with full hearts.

Dancers or Dudsters...

The entertainment you choose will MAKE OR BREAK your reception. This is an undeniable fact. No guest ever recalls a wedding reception by saying, "That was the very best chicken I've ever had". Great wedding entertainment is more than just having a DJ spin music, or a weekend warrior band play one of the grooms favorite songs. It's ENTERTAINMENT! Experience is everything. Being professional, classy, but FUN is the name of the game. It's also about the aforementioned - "FLOW". A good Host/MC (master of ceremonies) knows which songs to call and when to call them - increasing the energy a little at a time, while making sure to look around the room and keep ALL the various generations happy and on the dance floor. As the band leader and MC for Lipstick Blonde, I pride myself on making sure EVERY guest has a blast. 

Don't Miss The Boat...

If you've done your research and have decided on the vendors you want to use, Book NOW! I can't tell you how many times I've had to deliver that bad news that we've been booked since our initial discussion with a client. Every wedding vendor works on a "First Come, First Served" basis. This is why Lipstick Blonde utilizes an easy booking process with a minimal deposit to reserve your special day. Heres a link to our simple questionnaire that keeps the process short and sweet, while still providing all the necessary information to allow us to make your wedding reception a huge success. Questionnaire


You've done all your homework, selected the best vendors, and now its the night before your special day. Take a deep breath and let go of the reins. Now its time to let your vendors and your band do what they do best. Lipstick Blonde has nothing but Solid 5 Star Reviews on every national booking site. We go out of our way to make sure your guests have a blast by utilizing our years of experience - backed up by Nashville's top touring and session pros. Knowing you have an experienced team will give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy your day. 

Dan Tracey is the band leader for Lipstick Blonde - A Nashville based Wedding and Corporate Event band known throughout the United States for providing the highest level in entertainment. They are available for bookings Worldwide. For more information click here: CONTACT


So... the boss has tasked you with choosing the best entertainment for your Corporate Event. The internet is clogged with every weekend warrior band claiming they're gonna "Bring the party" - but theres some important criteria when seeking the perfect candidates. 

A) Do they have a solid track record of performing at "High End Corporate Events"?

B) Were those clients happy? And more importantly, were the GUESTS happy?

C) Does the band make the entire process easy, or lay it all on you? 

The band you choose will make or break your event. I've personally watched so called "pros" assemble onstage, bury their heads in music stands, and totally ignore the audience (your company and clients). This is one big reason why I don't allow any music stands onstage. The interaction with the audience is key to throwing a GREAT party. 

Here's a few reasons why our clients write rave reviews and keep coming back...

1) We're seasoned Nashville Touring and Session Professionals who LOVE what we do! We're also longtime friends. Thats important! Because the interaction onstage has to be lively and "real". Lipstick Blonde has performed at hundreds of Corporate Events and we know how to deliver a comfortable and professional product while having FUN! - And in turn, your guests will feel that same energy and excitement. We don't write preconceived set lists - we feel out the room, and adjust our vast song list "on the fly", raising the energy level as the night progresses. 

2) We get to know your associates and clients and include them in the party. Weather it be the "Don't Stop Believing" sing-along onstage with the band, our hilarious Rock Star Make-Over, or our the crowd favorite - The Lipstick Blonde Dance Off, your people will be having a blast from song one, making memories that will be talked about for years to come. But hey...The proof is in the pudding. Right? - Lipstick Blonde has Solid 5 Star Reviews on every national booking site since our inception! 

3) LOW STRESS. This is a big reason why we're so successful in our market. We go out of our way to say "YES". As the son of a career Navy man with six kids, we were taught to "make it happen." We will make the process as smooth and worry free as possible for you. You give us the basic info, and we'll take it from there. Logistics - including set-up times, hotels, electrical and stage requirements are all handled on our end by an experienced production manager. This leaves you more time to focus on other details. Our friendly "Turn Key" pricing makes sure there're no uncomfortable surprises.

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As one of the top Wedding Entertainment providers in America, Lipstick Blonde has compiled a list of our "Top 5 Most Requested Father Daughter Dances" to help our clients narrow down their choices. 

1) If you have a song that has special meaning to both of you, this would outrank any of the most popular choices. After all, a wedding reception is about making special moments and memories. 

2) Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

3) My Wish - Rascal Flatts

4) You Are The Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder

5) My Little Girl - Tim McGraw

Lipstick Blonde will learn YOUR Special Songs as part of their standard  "All Inclusive" package. Our members are seasoned Nashville session and touring pros who will deliver your selections just the way you remember them. Our incredible Sound-A-Like performances are just one reason why we have been awarded "Solid 5 Star" reviews on every national booking site since our inception - including WEDDING WIRE, and GIGMASTERS

Want more information on the band, or just want to get some advice on making your reception the best it can be? Click here >>> Lipstick Blonde

Lipstick Blonde is available for private events, wedding receptions, and corporate events WORLDWIDE.

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