Father-daughter wedding dance

Get Your Visitors A few Tissues, These Father-Daughter Dance Tunes Will Have Everybody Tearing Up

Scarcely any wedding minutes are more touching than the father-daughter dance. Be that as it may, finding the ideal decision among all the father-daughter dance tunes out there can be precarious. You're hoping to typify the unique relationship you share with you father—and let's be honest, there are a considerable measure of melodies that begin charming however rapidly take a turn for the ungainly once it turns out to be clear the verses are about an alternate sort of relationship. You need a melody about affection, however just the stand-out adoration between a father and daughter. 

To enable you to pick the ideal tune for your delicate minute with Father, we've aggregated 60 of the best father-daughter dance melodies out there (and we've made a Father-Daughter Dance Tunes playlist on Spotify so you can without much of a stretch tune in). Including Louis Armstrong to Weapons N' Roses to Tim McGraw, there's certain to be a melody that fits your style and your association with your father.

The best father-daughter wedding melody will have all the correct components: It's something sweet and important that is extraordinary to dance to. Here are more than 30 main tunes to ask your band or DJ to play or your soloist to sing for this wistful minute. Look over this rundown of great tunes, or let it control you toward the correct pick for you and your father.


1. "A Song for My Daughter" by Ray Allaire

2. "Always Be Your Baby" by Natalie Grant

3. "Butterfly Kisses" by Bob Carlisle

4. "Daddy" by Beyoncé

5. "Daddy Dance With Me" by Krystal Keith

6. "Daddy's Hands" by Holly Dunn

7. "Daddy's Little Girl" Michael Bublé

8. "Daughters" by John Mayer

9. "Dream" by Priscilla Ahn

10. "Father and Daughter" by Paul Simon

11. "Forever" by The Beach Boys

12. "God Gave Me You" by Blake Shelton

13. "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys

14. "I Loved Her First" by Heartland

15. "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder

16. "Lullaby" by Billy Joel

17. "It Won't Be Like This for Long" by Darius Rucker

18. "My Girl" by The Temptations

19. "My Little Girl" by Tim McGraw

20. "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts

21. "One in a Million" by Larry Graham

22. "She's a Rainbow" by The Rolling Stones

23. "She's Leaving Home" by The Beatles

24. "Stealing Cinderella" by Chuck Wicks

25. "Today I Give My Daughter Away" by Dale Watson & His Lone Stars

26. "To Sir With Love" by Lulu

27. "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

28. "Wide Open Spaces" by the Dixie Chicks

29. "Wildflowers" by Tom Petty

30. "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler


The Complete Guide to Live Wedding Music


Organising your dream wedding day is an exciting prospect for every newly engaged couple, but with an extensive number of options available at every corner, it can certainly feel like an overwhelming task at times: where to hold the big day, what style of dress, what theme and of course, what music? Wedding music expert Adam Mezzatesta of Bands for Hire shares his knowledge.

Music is a crucial part of the day for most brides (and grooms!) but if you haven’t been involved with event organisation or weddings in the past it can be difficult to know where to start.

In this article we’re going to look at the various points of your wedding day when you might like to consider live wedding music, the numerous different styles on offer and how to best organise your schedule and logistics on the day.

Assuming we’re looking at a fairly conventional wedding day there are four key areas that you might want to focus on: the ceremony, drinks / champagne reception, wedding breakfast and evening entertainment. That’s not to say you have to break the bank with a different act for each part of the day, many musicians and bands offer packages to cover multiple times of the day and your venue will likely offer recorded music through their system as well.

Ceremony Music

The ceremony is without doubt the most personal part of the day and so it’s important to choose musicians who are open to performing your special song requests at those critical times. Whether it’s a solo harpist, string quartet or acoustic duo, each will have their own package on offer, however, I would recommend that you first consider what you’re after and ask for quotes based on your own specific requirements. As a general rule, you will probably want the following to be included:

  • Guest Arrival – 15-20 minutes of background music before the ceremony
  • The Wedding Procession – One song for the entrance of the bridal party
  • Signing of the Register – Two songs as the register is signed
  • The Recessional – One song as the bride and groom exit followed by guests

Most artists are happy to learn one new song per event due to the time and effort required to learn new material, however, if you have additional songs you’d like that aren’t in their repertoire, they will often be happy to learn these at an additional cost. It’s usually a good idea to mention this when enquiring to get the best deal and avoid any unexpected fees later down the line.

Drinks Reception Music

With the ceremony over it’s now time to (slowly but surely) usher your guests over to the drinks reception. At this point your guests will be ready for something to get them warmed up; a gypsy jazz band is always a sure fire winner or perhaps a contemporary acoustic band to get those toes tapping.

When considering your ceremony and afternoon musicians you might also like to note that it’s often more cost effective to book an artist that can cover both. With this in mind it’s important to think about the logistics; will your musicians need to turn up slightly earlier to set up in both locations before the ceremony? Will they need two PA systems or can the ceremony music be completely unplugged? The truth is that your musicians or live music agent will have been in this situation time and time again and will have their own preferred method of working so don’t be afraid to ask these questions prior to signing on the dotted line.

An afternoon band will usually offer approximately 2 x 45 minute sets to cover drinks and nibbles, if booking an act who provides PA system they’ll also provide music during their break so you won’t need to worry about awkward silences between sets. Whilst you may be concerned about keeping your guests entertained every second of the day, they’ll most likely be enjoying their time mingling under the hot British sun (er… hopefully). When the day comes you won’t want to be worried about your musicians so be sure to book through a reputable agency or ask your band for reviews before making your booking.

Wedding Breakfast Music

The options for your wedding breakfast are vast, just be sure that the music will be at such a level that you and your guests will be able to hold a conversation at a normal level. Solo harpists, string quartets and solo pianists are all popular choices for the wedding breakfast as they’re unimposing and purely instrumental. With that said, many solo singer / guitarists are regularly booked for the breakfast as well, it really does come down to your own personal preference and what kind of atmosphere you’re looking to create.

Evening Wedding Band

When hiring band for your evening reception there’s a lot to consider, will set-up and sound check interfere with your wedding breakfast, what times will they play their sets, how long will they play for and what exactly is included in the price?

Most bands will quote based on an arrival time of around 5:30pm/6pm onwards. This means that if performing in the same room as the breakfast and speeches, they’ll be ready to start setting up as soon as the room is ready. Ideally they’ll be a bar or second room for guests to go during the turnaround but it’s not a disaster if this isn’t the case; set up takes approximately an hour or so and can be very quiet right up to the sound check which generally only takes 10 minutes or so. For an additional fee your band will likely be able to arrive prior to the meal to avoid any disruption. This is sometimes preferred depending on your venue set-up but can prove costly, essentially paying each musician an hourly fee for their time.

What times should the evening band play?

With the formalities over by around 7pm you may be keen to kick straight in with the band but that’s rarely a good idea. A wedding band generally offers two sets of around 45 or 60 minutes each so it’s usually recommended that the first set start at around 8:30pm or 9pm to ensure you don’t peak too early.

Below is an example of how you might schedule your evening but every wedding venue is different and may also have their preferred way of working:

  • 6pm – Band set-up / Room turnaround
  • 7pm – iPod playlist / pre-mixed music through the band’s PA system
  • 8:20pm – Cutting of the cake / First dance
  • 8:30pm – Band set 1
  • 9:30pm – Evening buffet and iPod playlist
  • 10pm – Band set 2
  • 11pm – iPod playlist for the last hour
  • 12am – Evening ends

This is purely a guide, you might prefer a 9pm start with just half an hour of recorded music at the end but it’s usually a fine balance.

One last point to mention is that all bands will provide music of some sort between sets and until midnight, this will generally be either a playlist on auto-mix or an iPod. Many bands will offer a ‘manned DJ set’ which will involve a member of the band DJ-ing from a laptop instead for a small extra fee, it’s often a cheaper option when compared to hiring a separate DJ and can be a nice addition to your evening.

Hopefully this guide has given you a number of things to consider, just remember there will be lots of experienced suppliers involved in your wedding so never be afraid to ask lots of questions!


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