Brides! Your father walked you down the aisle, gave you away, and now it’s time to hit the dance floor. Is there a more emotional moment in a father’s or a daughter’s life than when you dance together at your wedding reception?
What song do you remember your dad singing when you were a little girl? The father/daughter dance is one of the most special and poignant parts of the day for the bride and her dad. Think carefully about whether you want a sentimental ballad or simply a song that makes everyone laugh (see video below).
You could choose to do have the DJ play a remix and do a special dance routine. To avoid being the cheesy/creepy/awkward dad-and-daughter couple, consider one of the fantastic father-daughter dance songs from our list compiled from several DJs in the Greater Phoenix area. So what song will you choose for that special moment?
Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight”
Led Zepplin’s “Thank You”
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man”
John Mayer’s “Daughters”
Heartland’s “I Loved Her First”
Edwin McCain’s “Walk With You”
Rolling Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow”
Taylor Swift’s “The Best Day”
Amos Lee’s “Sweet Pea”
The Cars’ “Just What I Needed”
Natalie Grant’s “I’ll Always Be Your Baby”
Ray Allaire’s “A Song For My Daughter”
Neil Young’s “Here for You”
Tony Ransom & The Heavenly Light Orchestra’s “When Angels Fly”
Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Cinderella”
Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable”
Kenny Rogers’ “Through the Years”
Bruce Springsteen’s “When You Need Me”
The Beatles’ “In My Life”
Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows”
Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me”
Frankie Avalon’s “Bobby Sox to Stockings”
Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish”
Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend”
Taken by Trees’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
Guns and Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
Nancy Sinatra’s “It’s For My Dad”
Mark Harris’s “Find Your Wings”
Paul Simon’s “Father and Daughter”
Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely”
James Taylor’s “You’ve Got a Friend”
Loudon Wainwright’s “Daughter”
Tim McGraw’s “My Little Girl”
Bad English’s “When I See You Smile”
Staind’s “Zoe Jane”
10,000 Maniacs’ “How You’ve Grown”
The Temptation’s “My Girl”
Tom Petty’s “American Girl”
Holly Dunn’s “Daddy’s Hands”
Barry Manilow’s “I Am Your Child”
Otis Redding’s “The Glory of Love”
Suzy Bogguss’ “Letting Go”
Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father”
Al Martino’s “Daddy’s Little Girl”
Michael Buble’s “Daddy’s Little Girl”
Bob Carlisle’s “Butterfly Kisses”
Larry’s NOTE: If you are at the office, remember to turn down the volume. I especially like this video because it is short and still gives the guests a special look at the daughter and dad.
Father/daughter dances do not have to be about the father. Many people have chosen a step-father, uncle, or close friend of the family. Part of the reason that fathers like the father/daughter dance is that it’s a special moment to have with his little girl. At one time this dance truly symbolized one of the last times a Father would be able to share such an intimate moment with his daughter. It was his chance to “say goodbye” after giving away his daughter in marriage. A father/daughter dance for some men can be a later in life “rite of passage” that they look forward to.
I understand what Brides are going through with having a father and a step-father, especially if you’re close to both of them. There are times when you may be closer to step-parents than our biological ones. You could pick 2 songs and just dance to a few minutes of each song and have the DJ can fade out of one song and introduce the next Dad to the dance floor for the 2nd dance. No one feels uncomfortable when something is done tastefully. I recommend that if you’re close enough with both of them, you dance with both of them.
If your father is deceased, there are other ways to honor him on your wedding day. You can light a candle for him during the ceremony or display a flower in remembrance of him. If dad had a favorite upbeat song, play it at some point in the reception, like during the cake cutting or wedding party dance.
I had a bride recently who had lost her father and chose to dance with another male family member who had been a positive influence on her life. One bride chose a brother to have a special dance with.
The Father/Daughter dance is three special minutes where you can thank your dad for everything, you can share advice, you can both share memories, laugh together or simply move together in sync. It’s an important time-honored tradition. It’s about making a memory to share with others and to remember yourself. Bride’s, don’t miss this special time with your dad.
Would love for you to add your favorite Father/Daughter dance songs in the comments below.
BONUS Article: Top 100 Popular Father/Daughter Dance Songs
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