You’ve dreamt of dancing with your dad at your wedding since you were little, and now the time has come! When picking your father-daughter dance song, you may choose to do something upbeat and choreographed, or an option that is more sentimental and slow-paced. We asked Twin Cities musicians and DJs what songs are popular and how to pick the perfect song for you and your dad.
Alia Abboud of Boom Island String Quartet acknowledges the difficulty in choosing the father/daughter song, “It can be tricky to find the right father-daughter dance song! ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ performed by James Taylor, ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben E. King, ‘My Wish’ by Rascal Flatts, and ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong fit the occasion well.”
Aaron Strawn of DJAA advises this should be a joint decision between the bride and her dad, “Start by talking to your dad. Honestly, this is really the only moment during the wedding you both will have together uninterrupted. The song should remind you of a special moment you two shared, something that maybe would bring up memories. Take your time. Those 3 minutes go by fast.”
If you’re having a string quartet play the Father-Daughter Dance, Conor O’Brien, Violinist & Artistic Director, Loring String Quartet says clients usually go for older, more classic songs such as “Can’t Help Falling in Love” or “What a Wonderful World”. “They are songs that everybody knows and they are the perfect length as well as timeless and beautiful.” Whether you’re looking for a Father-Daughter Dance Song, a Mother-Son Dance, of some iteration thereof, Harmony DJ has a playlist entitled Parent Dance that you should definitely check out.
The Wedding Guys team put together a playlist with 60+ songs to choose from including all of the great suggestions above and many more!