Wedding Planning Guide

father-daughter dance

The father-daughter dance is a touching tribute to your relationship with your dad and can also be a fun expression of your personalities. Depending on your wedding-day timeline, the father-daughter dance often takes place in between meal courses or following the bride and groom’s first dance; it can also be combined with the mother-son dance. After the parent dances, have your DJ or bandleader invite guests to join in to kick off the dance party.

Here’s a list of fun, classic, and sweet father-daughter dance songs to help inspire your song choice for your wedding dance with Dad.


  • “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
  • “In My Daughter's Eyes” by Martina McBride
  • “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
  • “It’s For My Dad” by Nancy Sinatra
  • “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
  • “Just Fishin’” by Trace Adkins
  • “You Are My Sunshine” by Johnny Cash


  • “Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon
  • “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young
  • “You've Got a Friend” by James Taylor
  • “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty
  • “Forever Young” by Joan Baez
  • “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler on the Roof
  • "Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright III


  • “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Unforgettable” by Natalie and Nat King Cole
  • “The Best Is Yet To Come” by Michael Bublé
  • “Here Comes The Sun” by Nina Simone
  • “My Funny Valentine” by Frank Sinatra
  • “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  • “My Mother’s Eyes” by Etta Jones
  • “God Bless the Child” by Billie Holiday


  • “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” by Elton John
  • “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John
  • “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
  • “Daughters” by John Mayer
  • “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler
  • “Forever Young” by Alphaville
  • “Dancing Queen” by ABBA
  • “I'll Stand by You” by The Pretenders
  • “Sleep Walk” by Santo & Johnny


  • “I'll Be There” by The Jackson 5
  • “Never Too Much” by Luther Vandross
  • “Sugar Dumpling” by Sam Cooke
  • “Daddy” by Beyoncé


  • “In My Life” by The Beatles
  • “God Only Knows” by Beach Boys
  • “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart
  • “You'll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins
  • “When You Need Me” by Bruce Springsteen
  • “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams
  • “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
  • “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac
  • “Perfect Day” by Lou Reed
  • “Walk With You” by Edwin McCain
  • “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
  • “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin
  • “Make Me Smile” by Chicago
  • “Somebody’s Baby” by Jackson Browne
  • “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top
  • “Sweet Child O Mine” by Guns n Roses
  • “She’s a Rainbow” by The Rolling Stones
  • “Kind & Generous” by Natalie Merchant


  • “Isn't She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
  • “My Girl” by The Temptations
  • “Can't Take That Away From Me” by Ella Fitzgerald
  • “Nothing Can Change This Love” by Sam Cooke
  • “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers
  • “Sweet Pea” by Amos Lee