Our Very Favorite Father/Daughter Songs

It’s undeniable: the bond between a father and his daughter is special and sacred ( hello… just think of George and Annie in Father of the Bride! ).  Therefore, having the opportunity to share a Father/Daughter dance at her wedding, is often something a bride dreams about before she even meets her husband to be.  For a father, this dance honors that special relationship, but also serves as the acknowledgement and acceptance of a new man in a his daughter’s life.
As the choice of this song carries so much significance, it’s easy to feel pressured to make it just perfect.  Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of our all-time favorites, to help you choose the song that fits your relationship best.

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Father-Daughter Songs

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Be sure to check back next month for the list of our favorite Mother-Son songs!

Choosing A First Dance Song

Choosing the song that you’ll dance to for the first time as newlyweds can be really difficult for some couples. So here’s where we come in to offer a few suggestions to get the ball rolling. Think back to whether or not a song has personal significance to you as a couple. What was the first dance you danced to? Maybe you attended a concert together where you heard a special song? Or perhaps a song was playing when you got engaged?

Well, for those of you who don’t have “our song” no need to panic. Here is a list of songs some of our couples have used over the years. We thought it might be helpful to hear what real brides and grooms selected for their big day. Now sit back, relax and listen away!

Oldies But Goodies:

The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra ’36

Beyond the Sea” – Bobby Darren ’46

Nothing Can Change this Love” – Sam Cooke ’62

These Arms of Mine” – Otis Redding ’62

Hallelujah I love Her So” –  Ray Charles ’62

I’ve Got You Under My Skin” – Frank Sinatra ’63

As” – Stevie Wonder ’63

Fly Me To The Moon” – Frank Sinatra ’64

* “That’s Where It’s At”  – Sam Cooke ’64

*”That’s How Strong My Love Is” – Otis Redding ’65

I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” – Ottis Redding ’65

L-O-V-E” – Nat King Cole ’65

The Happy Song” – Otis Redding ’68

* “Sweet Thing” – Van Morrison ’68

Carpenter” – Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash version ’70

Into the Mystic” – Van Morrison ’70

Wonderful Tonight“- Eric Clapton ’77

Lovely Day” – Bill Withers ’77

Here Come The Sun” – The Beatles ’77

Return To The 80’s & 90’s:

* “You Are” – Lionel Richie ’82

This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” – Talking Heads ’83

Adore” – Prince ’87

All I Want Is You” -U2 ’88

Real Love” – John Lennon ’88

More than Words” – Extreme ’90

It Had To Be You” –  Harry Connick Jr. ’91

The Promise” – Tracey Chapman ’95

Finer Things” – Steve Winwood ’95

This Years Love” – David Grey ’99

Current Goodies:

The Luckiest” – Ben Folds ’01

When the Stars Go Blue” – Ryan Adams ’01

If I Ain’t Got You” –  Alicia Keys ’04

Making Memories of Us” – Keith Urban ’04

* “You Are” – Ray LaMontagne ’04

A Message” – Coldplay ’05

One That Loves You The Most” – Brett Dennen ’07

The Way I Am” – Ingrid Michaelson ’07

Lucky” – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat ’08

No Ones Going to Love You” – Band of Horses ’08

Marry Me” – Train ’10

(*) Personal Favorites

We also love this line-up of first dance songs by The Human Jukebox over at The Flashdance. For those that are still stumped and looking for something a bit more unique you can head on over to Off The Beat Bride for more recommendations. In the end just remember to have fun with it and try not to take it too seriously. Your first dance will be amazing and think of it this way, you’ll be starting a new tradition for you and your hubby, by having “your song”.

{images via: Gia Canali, Joe Mikos, Sabine Scherer and Anna Kuperberg}