You’ve probably read a MILLION lists of songs to dance to at your wedding at this point, but what are brides actually queuing up at their wedding for the super special father-daughter dance? We surveyed our community of newlyweds to find out. Read on for some legit amazing song ideas and the sweet stories behind them. Plus, we’ve included the bride’s video (where possible!) so you can get inspiration for your own wedding. Happy song hunting and happy Father’s Day, y’all.
1. “Michelle” by The Beatles.
“My middle name is Michelle, and that’s what my dad (and entire family) calls me. My dad’s dad (my pop-pop) used to always sing ‘Miiiiichelle, my belle’ to me when I was little. He passed in ’98, but that’s a vivid memory I have. So [playing the song] was a way to honor both my dad and my pop-pop, who couldn’t be there with us.” —Vanessa. Video: Vanessa + Anthony by Canvas & Light.
2. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Isreal Kamakawiwo’Ole.
3. “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle.
“I did a first look with my dad before my first look with my husband, and that was such a sweet moment for us. My dad has always been one of my best friends, so it was important for me to include that time with him. Also, since my dad is a pastor, he was the second officiant at our wedding and prayed a special prayer welcoming my husband to our family.” —Morgan. Video: Morgan + Gui by Kemari Lyn Films.
4. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra.
5. “Close To You” by the Carpenters.
“My dad used to dance all the time so it was just wonderful to be able to have him teach me a few steps and dance on my wedding day.” —Lisa. Video: Lisa + Dzung by The Neskes.
6. “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler.
Video: Jennifer + Matthew by Heartbound Love Stories.
7. “Stealing Cinderella” by Chuck Wicks.
8. “You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me” by John Mayer.
9. “Dream Away” by Frank Sinatra.
“Although we live 16 hours away, my dad and I took every opportunity when I was home to practice our waltz for my wedding day. Even despite the rain making the dance floor a little slippery, most guests would have never known he was literally keeping me from falling several times as we danced in circles across the floor. A girl’s first love is always her daddy, so I also planned a special first look in my dress with him. As the ceremony music started to play, it was just me and my dad left with a little moment to ourselves as the rest of the wedding party started proceeding in. I was all kinds of anxious, but having him there next to me – like he had been for every soccer game or school graduation growing up – I felt astounding joy and peace wash over me.” —Abby. Video: Abby + Matthew by A Little Long Distance.
10. “I Loved Her First” by Heartland.
11. “Walk With You” by Edwin McCain.