You want the song you dance to to be special and meaningful. Early on in planning my father daughter dance we had decided we would dance to I loved her first by Heartland. I really like that it was country because my parents listened to country music when I was growing up. I also really liked the lyrics.
Fast forward to a week before our wedding. After 12 hours of wedding prep, my dad, mom and aunt were sitting around unwinding with some wine. We decided to start practicing our slow dance and then it hit us. Let's surprise everyone with a choreographed dance. It would fit our fun personalities and give our guests something to laugh about. We knew we were going to open with a slow song to 'fool' everybody. So we started with 'I loved her first' by Heartland. Then we led into a little rock and roll 'Sweet Child O' Mine' by Guns' N Roses. We ended the dance to 'Amanda' by Dennis Quaid. Growing up my dad would play Amanda and sing it to me. The songs met the special and meaningful criteria.
After practicing a handful of times we hoped for the best and headed out onto the dance floor at the reception ..after a shot of course! (we had to have water because of the caterers' rules..oh well, it's all about the show!)
One tiny problem during our dance...
I tripped on my dress and fell on the floor!
Here is the full video of our dance:
If you are having trouble coming up with a meaningful song, go with a classic:
15 Popular Father Daughter Wedding Dance Songs
- Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle's
- I loved her first by Heartland
- The way you look tonight by Frank Sinatra
- My Father's eyes by Eric Clapton's
- Whenever You Remember by Carrie Underwood
- What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstong
- My Wish by Rascal Flatts
- Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder
- I hope you dance by Lee Ann Womack
- My Little Girl by Tim McGraw
- In My Daughters Eyes by Martina McBride
- Father and Daughter by Paul Simon
- Memories by Elvis Presley
- Daughters by John Mayer
- Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns' N Roses
If you aren't able to dance with your dad, choose a person who has been a role model in your life. I believe the tradition of this dance can be shared with your mom, a brother or uncle. It is a special dance that reminds you of the family you have grown up with and the family you are starting.