There are many songs just perfect for the father-daughter dance at your wedding. Everything from “My Girl” by The Temptations to “I Loved Her First” by Heartland are classic choices. But the latest trend in father-daughter dances has a focus on the dance–not the song. So, we’ve gathered up some of the best ones we’ve seen so you can take a look and get inspired. If you choose to surprise your guests with one of these dances or mash-ups, get ready to wow your crowd (and just make sure your dad is ready for the task!)
THE MASHUP Father-daughter dance
The father-daughter duo in this video performed an epic mash-up that included MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This” and “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones, as well as many other great hits. The best part? Guests didn’t even see it coming.
Another one that took their guests by surprise is this duo, with the bride clad in a princess ball gown, which made some moves quite tricky!
And we just had to show you one more that shows a father-daughter duo having such a great time. And that’s the thing about all of these dances, all of the families are having fun while also showing their guests great performances.
Like what you’ve seen here? If you want to do something like that at your wedding, it’s best to plan ahead. Figure out what songs you want to use. Then, decide if you’re going to choreograph the dance yourself, or if you need a pro to get involved. Speaking of pros, Caitlin Camarda, owner of Tulle Tuxedo Wedding Dance, suggests starting no later than 2-3 months before the wedding if you’re getting dance lessons. As far as how many lessons to take, she says “as many lessons needed to feel comfortable (usually 2-8 lessons).”
CLASSIC STILL REIGNS SUPREME
While mash-ups and faster songs are trendy, slower songs are still the most popular when it comes to father-daughter dances at weddings, according to Camarda. And the types of dances for these slow songs? “Slow dances are typically Waltz, Rumba, and Nightclub Two Step.”
The father-daughter dance will be memorable no matter what type of dance you choose. The difference today is that fathers care about this part of the wedding more than ever before. As Camarda explains, “I’m seeing the fathers wanting their Father Daughter Dance to be a highlight at the reception. Even taking solo dance lessons if they live in a different state to make sure they are prepared for that special moment! They see it as a time to show off their unique relationship with their daughter.”
Photos courtesy of Michaela Paige Photography, Tulle Tuxedo, and Studio KH