Your Smiling Face by James Taylor
“Your Smiling Face” by James Taylor is the perfect song for you and you dad to dance the father daughter dance to at your wedding reception. Your father will take you in his arms; you’ll smile and for the millionth time wrap his heart around your little finger. That smile and that little pout have always been able to change his mind and lift his spirits. You have been a joy in his life and always will be. This song will remind him of all these little things and bring sentimental thoughts to the two of you on your last day as his little girl.
You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker
“You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker can make for an amazing father daughter dance. Everyone will feel the heartfelt lyrics and melody to this song and see how lovely you and your father look dancing together. The song is likely to bring your dad memories of you playing with dolls or having tea parties. He watched you grow up and helped you become the person you are today. You are so beautiful to him and he will always have a place in his heart for you and his memories of your childhood.
Turn Around by Harry Belafonte
“Turn Around” by Harry Belafonte is an extremely touching song about a father watching his tiny girl grow up and become a young wife. This is a perfect father daughter song to choose if your father is the sentimental type. This song is soft, sweet and filled with emotion. Be careful, though, this song if very heartfelt and likely to bring a tear to his eye and to the eyes of your guests. Your father will feel that you’ve grown up so quickly — wondering where the years have gone. He will still see the baby you once were, the little girl, and now here you are a young bride starting out a life with your new husband.
Thank Heaven for Little Girls by The Lennon Sisters
The perfect song for any father daughter dance at a wedding reception is “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” by the Lennon Sisters. When this song was first released, it became an instant classic and a wedding favorite because of its sweet melody and touching lyrics.
Show your father (and your guests) how important he was in your life by dancing to this song with him at your wedding reception. It will truly be a moment he will never forget. You have been one of the greatest joys of your father’s life. When the notes of this song start to play, wedding guests will instantly recognize and appreciate the classic sentiment that it conveys. Your father thanked heaven the day you were born and every day since he has been in awe of his treasure.
Sunrise Sunset – Fiddler On the Roof
If you’re looking for another great song for your wedding reception, consider “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler on the Roof. This song is a touching selection that is perfect for the father and daughter dance during a wedding reception. This song is full of emotion that will make your father feel as if it were just yesterday that he could pick you up and carry you on his shoulders.
Your dad will wonder where the years went, but be happy that he got to share this day with you to this beautiful song. Time may have flown since you were a little girl, now grown up and married, but this song will flow through the two of you as you dance to the classic melody and perfect lyrics.
She’s Leaving Home by The Beatles
“She’s Leaving Home” by The Beatles expresses that little bit of sadness that touches the heart of every father as he gives away his precious daughter to the one she loves. He wants to see her happy and knows that she truly is, but still there is that little sadness. His little girl is leaving. You will hear this song declare that emotion in a soft, sweet way making it perfect for the father daughter dance at the wedding reception. The song is perfect for any wedding. Whether your guests are fans of the Beatles or not, they will enjoy this beautiful song as you dance the father daughter dance at the reception to this touching melody.
Daddy’s Little Girl by Al Martino
Perhaps one of the most underrated songs perfect for the father/daughter dance is “Daddy’s Little Girl” by Al Martino. Your father may not have ever told you how it felt to see you off to your first day of school or wave goodbye as you moved into your own place. Nevertheless, this song says it for him. It is a classic that spans the years with a message of the love a parent has for their child.
Daddy’s Hands by Holly Dunn
While dancing the father/daughter dance to “Daddy’s Hands” by Holly Dunn, you will be looking back over the years. Your father could speak volumes with a single look. You remember most of all that holding his hand you felt safe. Even today, as you start your new life you know that he will be there for you – and you smile.
My Girl by The Temptations
“My Girl” by The Temptations reminds you of how safe you were in your father’s arms. Dad always had the answers to your many questions. As this song plays you come into the arms of the man that sheltered you from harm until he knew it was time for you to go boldly out into life. Now with his blessing you are ready for your future.
Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle
“Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle is perhaps THE most popular father and daughter dance song used in weddings. The lyrics portray a father’s thoughts as he gets ready to walk his daughter down the aisle. As your father dances with you, he takes you in his arms and sees the little pink bundle he held all those years ago. He gave you away today, but you will always be his little girl.
Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder
“Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder is a fun and lively song that is used for the father/daughter dance at many wedding receptions. Imagine that you are dancing the father/daughter dance and “Isn’t She Lovely” is playing in the background. Your dad is proud of the woman you have become. He smiles and you know he is seeing his little girl. He sees hair bows and baby dolls. You smile back knowing when he looks at you; he will always see his little girl.
Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler
“Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler plays as your father takes you in his arms for the father daughter dance. You look into the smiling face of the man who chased the monsters from under the bed and taught you to ride your first bike. He gave you love, made you feel safe, but most of all he gave you wings.
My Funny Valentine by Frank Sinatra
“My Funny Valentine” has been played by many artists and whether you choose the version by Carly Simon, Chaka Khan, Chris Botti (instrumental), etc, your father will find this to be the perfect song for the father/daughter dance. He was there teaching you to catch a ball in your tomboy stage and sitting through tea parties when you were a little girl. No matter your latest fad, he was always there. You are in his heart and he will always be in yours. Let this song proclaim it to the world.
Lean On Me by Bill Withers
“Lean On Me” by Bill Withers is an extremely popular song at wedding receptions, especially for the father/daughter dance — and for good reason! As your father takes you in his strong arms, you know that he will always be there for you. He has been the foundation that you could lean on if life hurt you. Today you are a new bride, but you are still and will always be his daughter and he will always be there for you.
When You Say Nothing At All by Alison Krauss
For those who are sick of the same old “Butterfly Kisses” that is played at EVERY single wedding, another option is “When You Say Nothing At All” by Alison Krauss. This beautiful song is perfect for a slow dance between father and daughter. Alison Krauss really shines in this song making it perfect for any wedding.
100 Years by Five for Fighting
“100 Years” by Five For Fighting is a beautiful song for those looking for newer music for a father/daughter dance or a mother/son dance. The lyrics and melody to this song are amazing and are sure to make that moment special.
Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion
“Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion is another versatile song that can be used at different times during that special day. This song is great for the father/daughter dance, the mother/son dance, and even the bridal entrance.