Choosing Your Father/Daughter Dance Song

In addition to walking his daughter down the aisle, sharing a special dance with his daughter is one of the most special and emotional moments for a father on his daughter’s wedding day. This is what makes it so hard when choosing the perfect song to share with your father as the bride. The bride would like this moment to be perfect and the song has to reflect her relationship with her father.


Here are a few tips to help you choose the perfect song to share with the man that loved you first!


  • Ask your father if he has any suggestions:

Asking you dad if he has any song suggestions, will not only make him feel included, but it will mean a lot to him that you value his opinion when it comes to choosing the music for such an important part of your day.


  • Do you have any music related memories from when you were growing up:

If your dad used to sing you a song or if you share a special song with your dad since you were a little girl, feel free to use this song to dance to. Not only will it bring back floods of good memories, but it will also make the dance that much more memorable.

A while back I attended my best friend’s wedding where she chose “Three little birds”(Don’t worry about a thing) by Bob Marley for the father-daughter dance. This was the song her dad used to sing to her when she was a little girl. They really enjoyed sharing this dance. It wasn’t the traditional father daughter dance song, but it fit their relationship perfectly.


  • The song does not need to be traditional:

When I was little, I use to dance with my dad to “I want to break free” by Queen (Yes you read right!). I was a huge fan of Queen ever since I can remember and so was my dad, so sharing the same taste in music (and sense of humour) we chose this song to dance to at my wedding. Needless to say, my non-traditional choice was a hit!


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  • Feel free to mix it up:

If you and your dad aren’t the slow dancing or serious types, mix it up like the father and daughter duo did in this video below. It is bound to get the party buzzing!



  • Try looking at songs that best describe your relationship with your dad:

With so many songs out there, there is bound to be a song that suits your story and relationship. Whether your dad raised you on his own or whether he is your best friend that always had your back, there is a song out there that best describes your relationship.


  • Think of the vibe you are going for:

Think of the feeling you want to capture with your dad. Do you want to share a sentimental and emotional dance or do you want to be completely goofy? The song you choose will set the mood, so if you want to leave the entire room with tears in their eyes, a funny dance and a fast paced song will not do the trick here.


  • And then lastly, ask yourself, do you want it to be a song from a father’s perspective or from a daughter’s perspective:

You might think that it is not important, but so many songs are from a father’s perspective, if there is something you would like to tell your dad, a song from your perspective would be more suited. E.g: “Wind beneath my wings” by Bette Midler


Here is our list of favourite Father Daughter dance songs:

  1. “I loved her first” – Heartland
  2. “My little girl” – Tim Mcgraw
  3. “Wind beneath my wings” – Bette Midler
  4. “Because you loved me” – Celine Dion
  5. “Photograph” – Ed Sheeran
  6. “The best day” – Taylor Swift
  7. “Never grow up” – Taylor Swift
  8. “Daughters” – John Mayer
  9. “Daddy’s little girl” – Michael Buble
  10. “You’ll be in my heart” – Phil Collins
  11. “Daddy’s Angel” – T Carter Music
  12. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses
  13. “My wish” – Rascal Flatts
  14. “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison
  15. “There goes my life” – Kenny Chesney
  16. “Don’t blink” – Kenny Chesney
  17. “My girl” – The Temptations
  18. “Fathers & daughters never say goodbye” – Michael Bolton
  19. “Cinderella” – Steven Curtis Chapman
  20. “Dance with my daughter” – Jason Blaine
  21. “You raise me up” – Josh Groban
  22. “What a wonderful world” – Louis Armstrong
  23. “Isn’t she lovely” – Stevie Wonder
  24. “When I look at you” – Miley Cyrus
  25. “Butterfly fly away” – Miley Cyrus
  26. “When you need me” – Bruce Springsteen
  27. “I turn to you” – Christina Aguilera
  28. “Gracie” – Ben Folds
  29. “Father and Daughter” – Paul Simon
  30. “Daddy dance with me” – Krystal Keith
  31. “Daddy” – Beyonce
  32. “Butterfly kisses” – Bob Carlisle
  33. “Gotta let go” – Tom Bertling (Original song)
  34. “Wild flowers” – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
  35. “Stand by me” – Ben E. King
  36. “Ain’t that love” – Ray Charles
  37. “I want to break free” – Queen
  38. “Little Miss Magic” – Jimmy Buffett
  39. “I hope you dance” – Lee Ann Womack
  40. “The way you look tonight – Frank Sinatra
  41. “It’s for my dad” – Nancy Sinatra
  42. Somewhere over the rainbow” – Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole
  43. “Sweet Pea” – Amos Lee
  44. “Walk with you” – Edwin McCain
  45. “You are my sunshine” – Johnny Cash
  46. “You’ll always be my baby” – Sara Evans
  47. “Handprints on the wall” – Kenny Rogers
  48. “As you dance” – Reid Michaels
  49. “No longer mine” – Neil Emberg
  50. “a Song for my daughter” – Ray Allaire


These classic songs recognize the efforts of your father. Go ahead and take your time, we know that this part of wedding planning is something that takes a lot of time.

Good luck!


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  • www.kellphotography.com

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