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!
- 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:
- “I loved her first” – Heartland
- “My little girl” – Tim Mcgraw
- “Wind beneath my wings” – Bette Midler
- “Because you loved me” – Celine Dion
- “Photograph” – Ed Sheeran
- “The best day” – Taylor Swift
- “Never grow up” – Taylor Swift
- “Daughters” – John Mayer
- “Daddy’s little girl” – Michael Buble
- “You’ll be in my heart” – Phil Collins
- “Daddy’s Angel” – T Carter Music
- “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses
- “My wish” – Rascal Flatts
- “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison
- “There goes my life” – Kenny Chesney
- “Don’t blink” – Kenny Chesney
- “My girl” – The Temptations
- “Fathers & daughters never say goodbye” – Michael Bolton
- “Cinderella” – Steven Curtis Chapman
- “Dance with my daughter” – Jason Blaine
- “You raise me up” – Josh Groban
- “What a wonderful world” – Louis Armstrong
- “Isn’t she lovely” – Stevie Wonder
- “When I look at you” – Miley Cyrus
- “Butterfly fly away” – Miley Cyrus
- “When you need me” – Bruce Springsteen
- “I turn to you” – Christina Aguilera
- “Gracie” – Ben Folds
- “Father and Daughter” – Paul Simon
- “Daddy dance with me” – Krystal Keith
- “Daddy” – Beyonce
- “Butterfly kisses” – Bob Carlisle
- “Gotta let go” – Tom Bertling (Original song)
- “Wild flowers” – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
- “Stand by me” – Ben E. King
- “Ain’t that love” – Ray Charles
- “I want to break free” – Queen
- “Little Miss Magic” – Jimmy Buffett
- “I hope you dance” – Lee Ann Womack
- “The way you look tonight – Frank Sinatra
- “It’s for my dad” – Nancy Sinatra
- Somewhere over the rainbow” – Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole
- “Sweet Pea” – Amos Lee
- “Walk with you” – Edwin McCain
- “You are my sunshine” – Johnny Cash
- “You’ll always be my baby” – Sara Evans
- “Handprints on the wall” – Kenny Rogers
- “As you dance” – Reid Michaels
- “No longer mine” – Neil Emberg
- “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.
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