When preparing your wedding reception entertainment you need to keep a few things in mind. And it isn’t to make sure Uncle Royce doesn’t yell “play Freebird!” when the band is between songs, although you should probably not forgot to do that as well. You need to remember that people are going to pay the most attention to two dances. No pressure, am I right? The dances: your first as a couple and then the father daughter dance. In an earlier post I provided a list of five best first dance songs. And that is what I am going to do here as well. Except instead of five songs I have ten to choose from. Why the jump? Why the old two for the price of one (or BOGO as the kids are saying nowadays)?I am providing more songs to choose from for the reason that the father daughter dance song can be, in the classic verse of Run DMC: tricky. The reason it can be tricky is that the creep factor will be high if you choose the wrong song. You want to project an “awwww” moment not and icky one. Meaning: You don’t want to do a slow dance to a love song with your dad. Unless maybe you are comfortable dining with the Targaryens or Lannisters. But not you, humble reader, you are noble of spirit and brave of heart with the House of Stark at your side. Warning: the following songs are high on the feels, proceed with caution and Kleenex.
My Girl– The Temptations
Are you planning a classic wedding? My Girl is the red rose of the father daughter dance. This song allows your dad to dance with you and simultaneously celebrate how special your presence makes him feel.
Isn’t She Lovely– Stevie Wonder
Another classic and another celebration of the bride. Your dad will feel proud dancing in front of everyone and sharing how lovely someone can be that is “made from love.”
I Hope you Dance-Lee Ann Womack
Does your dad give the best advice? This is a great song for the dance as it is full of advice about living without being too preachy. Plus it is country and there will be some emotions from the guests as they watch you dance.
My Wish– Rascal Flatts
Staying in the genre of country we have another advice song. The gist? It’s the journey, bad things can happen but I wish they don’t, and you know you are loved.
I Loved Her First– Heartland
The band is called Heartland. If this doesn’t pull the heartstrings then you are a monster.
I Turn to You– Christina Aguilera
This song is for a bride that knows her father has always been there and will offer any support she needs. A great way to honor your dad (even though it is technically your day.)
Kind and Generous– Natalie Merchant
A fun song to play to acknowledge your father and his “contributions” to your wedding fund.
Landslide- Fleetwood Mac
A complicated song for a complicated step into adulthood. This song acknowledges that although life presents a landslide of changes time helps and “makes you bolder.” Plus so many people have covered the original it can be played as any style you like.
Probably the most contemporary on the list. Choose this song if you are the ultimate daddy’s little girl. Your dad will cry during the dance and so will everyone else because it is so sweet (like cane sugar that is good for you, not saccharin.)
Wild World– Cat Stevens
I saved my favorite for last, because I am modest like that. This songs acknowledges the bad in the world without presenting the world as a “big bad,” which is important for any occasion that calls for dancing.
I hope the above songs help. They are by no means canon. You don’t have to like them. Wait? You don’t like them? What is wrong with you? Go listen to more Justin Bieber then, see if I care. But really you don’t have to like them. At Replicas Music our bands can play all of these songs, or any others that you may have your heart set on.