Wedding traditions are constantly in flux in the modern world, but few brides can dispute the enduring charm and significance of the father-daughter dance. This dance is frequently one of the most emotional parts of a wedding. It is a tender moment when the relationship between father and daughter is honored as Dad acknowledges the transition in his little girl’s life.
The song choice for the dance is certainly a very personal decision, but there are some wonderful standards: “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole; “Isn’t She Lovely,” written by Stevie Wonder for his daughter; My Wish by Rascall Flatts or (perhaps the most loved), “The Way You Look Tonight”. The chosen song generally reflects the unique tone of the bride’s relationship with her father but the song can be one that the father and daughter have just loved and shared over the years. (Some other songs you might want to consider are: “Yesterday” by The Beatles, “Daughters” by John Mayer, or “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong —something joyful, but sentimental at the same time!
Of course in today’s world a bride’s often has a father and a stepfather. The general practice is to switch between the two during the father-daughter song, starting, typically with the father. Some brides choose to have two different (shortened) songs, one for each Dad. Modern etiquette in this part of the wedding may not be quite established, but thoughtfulness is always in style.