The tradition of the bride dancing with her father is supposed to acknowledge that special relationship between a father and daughter, so picking the right song is important. There are several factors you want to consider including the tempo of the song (fast or slow) and the style (country, rock, jazz). Then there is the message of the song. You want a song that reflect the honor and love shared between you and your father.
When selecting the right song, don’t forget to talk to your father. After all, he is good for more than writing a check! Ask him if he has any ideas. If not, browse through this page and select a few songs and let him pick one. Use this as an opportunity to connect with your father and create a special wedding memory for later when things get so hectic.
Your wedding day is the day that the father lets go of his daughter and forever changes their lives. The bride has one last special moment with her father. There are memories of happy times and of precious times to come. You can quietly share this special wedding dance together or talk about many things; it really doesn’t matter. What does matter is the music selected for the father of the bride dance.
As you browse through the songs you will find that some of the songs listed seem written specifically for the father-bride dance. Perry Como’s “The Father of Girls,” John McDermott’s “Daughter of Mine,” Jimmy Buffet’s “Little Miss Magic” and Heartland’s “I Loved Her First” are a few examples of this. Other songs, such as “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” are popular songs that simply work well for this dance.
We’ve tried to find some of the best and most popular father and daughter dance songs to list here. We’ve avoided any songs that are more about romantic love or are traditional love songs (you can find them on either our Best First Dance Songs page or our Best Wedding Love Songs page.
Although traditionally the mother and groom dance separately from the bride and her father, many couples elect to combine these two dances in order to keep the reception moving. For that reason, we’ve broken down our list of songs into five major categories.
We have not duplicated any songs on the father of the bride, mother of the groom, and parent dance pages. For your convenience, we have compiled the songs in a playlist, making it easy for you to listen to a sample or purchase a song. A detailed listing of the songs is provided below the playlist.