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How to Pick a Father-Daughter Dance Song

This dance means so much to both of you, so you've got to get it right.

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The first time you danced with your dad, he was holding you in his arms. When you got older, you'd dance with him by standing on top of his shoes. And now you'll be standing on your own two feet when you share a special father-daughter dance at your wedding.

 

Since there are few songs written specifically for fathers and daughters (tunes by Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon are notable exceptions), before deciding on a particular song, pay attention to the lyrics—sometimes a seemingly innocent song about love and devotion includes lines like "I wanna marry you, girl" or "your lips taste like wine"—which fall into the "eeeew" category. So don't just pick a song because the title is appropriate. Read the words carefully and make sure they work for a father and daughter spin around the dance floor.

 

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You'll also want to make sure the tune has just the right pace—the music shouldn't be too fast if you and he intend to slow dance, and it shouldn't be too slow (or long!) that your dance drags on forever. Your selection should also capture how you feel about each other. Are you and dad a lovey-dovey pair? Something sweet and sentimental is just right. Are you two major jokesters? Go for something lighthearted and unexpected. Do you to fall somewhere in between? You can't go wrong with a classic.

 

Another great idea? Think about a song that's been meaningful throughout your life. Do you remember a song your dad always sang to you as a lullaby, or perhaps his favorite driving tune? The options are endless, and as long as it means something to you and your dad, you've chosen the right music.

 

Still at a loss for where to start looking for the perfect song? Here are some choices to consider:

 

"Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder

 

"My Little Girl" by Tim McGraw

 

"Always Be Your Baby" by Natalie Grant

 

"My Girl" by the Temptations

 

"The Way You Look Tonight" by Michael Bublé 

 

"Father and Daughter" by Paul Simon

 

"I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack

 

"I Loved Her First" by Heartland

 

"Through the Years" by Kenny Rogers

 

"Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole

 

"Lovely Day" by Bill Withers

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About the Author

Nancy Mattia

Though Nancy has been writing about weddings for years, she admits that watching a bride walk down the aisle—even on TV—still makes her tear up. The New York-area writer's other favorite wedding moments are when the groom sees the bride for the first time, hearing the toasts, and when she sees a waiter with a tray full of hors d'oeuvres walking towards her. 

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