From that fateful walk down the aisle and the moment you say “I do” to that often cringe-worthy best man speech and your first dance as a married couple, the wedding timeline is full of meaningful events. Another event that’s certain to be on your itinerary is the father-daughter dance.
With Father’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d dedicate this post to exploring the father-daughter dance, as well as reveal the top songs that you and your Dad could be dancing to on your very special day.
Where does the father-daughter dance come from?
The average wedding day is filled with traditions, and the father-daughter dance is just one of them.
It’s generally regarded as a poignant moment of love and letting go, and with this, can be particularly emotional for the bride, bride’s father and all those tearful onlookers.
The father-daughter dance has been around for as long as we can remember. Unbeknown to most, it used to be a small part of the bigger first dance.
We’ll let Intertwined Weddings & Events explain more about the father-daughter dance of yesteryear:
“The father would dance with his daughter, and midway through the song he would hand off his daughter to her new husband. This signified the father’s trust and acceptance of his new son-in-law.
Although the dances are now separate, the significance still stands! It is just one last time for all you daddy’s girls to dance the night away with your old man!”
Traditionally, the father of the bride would have to give his daughter away all over again, but not before he enjoyed a final dance with his little girl.
When does the father-daughter dance take place?
These days, most brides choose to have their father-daughter dance after the first dance. Although there’s lots of flexibility around exactly when to fit it into your big day. Some brides choose to do their father-daughter dance after the toasts but before the wedding cake is cut.
At modern weddings, close-knit families will of course be eager to get all their parents involved.
Increasingly, the father-daughter dance has been replaced by a parents’ dance, where the bride would dance with her dad and the groom dance with his Mum. Other important family members would then join in towards the end of the song.
What are the top father-daughter dance songs?
Looking for father-daughter dance song inspiration? Here’s a rundown of the most popular:
- Daddy’s Girl by Katey Sagal
- Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder
- You’ll Be in My Heart by Phil Collins
- My Little Girl by Tim McGraw
- Dance with My Father by Luther Vandross
- Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler
- My Girl by The Temptations
- Forever Young by Bob Dylan
- Daughters by John Mayer
- Lean On Me by Bill Withers
Just as choosing a song that reflects you as a couple is important for your first dance, choosing a song that says something about your relationship with your father is recommended.
Why not make the most of easing lockdown restrictions and get together with your dad to pick a song that means the world to you both?