When you’re choosing the music for your wedding reception there are a lot of things to consider, such as first dance songs and father and daughter wedding dance songs. You have a virtually unlimited supply of songs to choose from and the one you pick should represent your relationship with your dad. If you have a close relationship, choose a sweet song that has meaning to you. If your relationship is more strained, go for an upbeat fun song that doesn’t require the two of you to awkwardly slow dance in front of a whole crowd. Here are a few father and daughter wedding dance songs to give you a good idea of which direction to take.
1. Edwin McCain – Walk with You
Searching for father and daughter wedding dance songs while preparing for my wedding took an enormous amount of time because I wanted the perfect one. I chose this one because I was looking for something that was sweet but not sappy enough to make me cry. I didn’t want a song that everyone used and this one was just perfect. It tells the story of a father giving his daughter away at her wedding. He tells her she is still his little girl and now he’s gained a son. It is a truly beautiful song and several people in attendance told me they had never heard it before.
2. Steven Curtis Chapman – Cinderella
I love this song! It is an incredibly sweet song told by a father that examines all of the different stages of life when his daughter has asked him to dance with her, from childhood to her wedding day. Be warned, it is a bit of a tear-jerker, at least for me. If you are looking for a meaningful song that represents a close-knit relationship, this will be absolutely perfect for you. The song is beautifully written and a very good pace for a dance with your Dad.
3. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole – Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World
If you haven’t heard this version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," I highly recommend it. It is a slow and melodious version of the classic song and is sung beautifully. If you do not use it as an established dance song, at the very least, add it to your list of songs to play throughout the night. It is a mellow tune that leaves you with a happy and contented feeling.
4. The Temptations – My Girl
"My Girl" is a classic song that almost everyone is familiar with. This is an excellent choice for a charming dance with your father on your wedding day. It is a little more up-tempo than most of the other choices on this list, so if you are looking for dancier kind of tune, give this one a try. One of the most important things to remember is that you want to have fun; this is a very enjoyable song, so you really can’t go wrong!
5. Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole – Unforgettable
This song is sung by a father and daughter, so it seems truly ideal for this meaningful dance on your special day. "Unforgettable" is a sincerely beautiful song with a soft melody and lovely lyrics. It is also fairly short, so if you are looking to keep things simple and easy, this is a wonderful option for you.
6. Celine Dion – Because You Loved Me
I’m sure you are familiar with this song; it has always been a fairly popular song to play during wedding receptions. This is more than just a song to be thrown into the mix though; it is the perfect song to dedicate to a dad who has always been there for you. Its lyrics convey the gratitude felt for someone who has supported you throughout your life. If you feel that you are who you are at this point in your life because of the encouragement and help your father provided, there is no better song than this one.
7. Bob Carlisle – Butterfly Kisses
Looking for a touching song that invokes happy feelings of nostalgia? This lyrical story is told from a father’s point of view as he realizes his daughter is growing up. This one is also a bit of a wistful song, so keep a tissue handy. Choose this song if you are looking to reminisce with your beloved father about your childhood via thoughtful verses and softly paced music.
Deciding on a playlist for your wedding can be tedious and stressful, let this list of father and daughter wedding dance songs guide you in the right direction. Remember, no matter what song you decide on, it is the moment that matters most, use the music as a backdrop to what will be a beautiful memory in the future. What do you think is the perfect father and daughter wedding dance song?