Best Father-Daughter Dance Songs For Your Wedding Reception

by | May 17, 2023 | Planning Ahead, Wedding/Engagement | 0 comments

We offer a lot of planning advice for your ceremony and portraits, but just as important is your reception after! Rob and I were finalizing reception songs the day before our wedding. 😱 We don’t want that to happen to you. Here are the best father-daughter dance songs for your wedding reception!

Your wedding is a celebration of two families becoming linked together as one. It’s up to you to decide if you want to have a slow and emotional song expressing your thanks and love for your dad, or if you’d rather an upbeat song to swing to together. This is definitely a decision to include your father in, too!

Abby and her dad had an upbeat father-daughter dance that had us all cheering!

When Should The Father-Daughter Dance Take Place?

Traditionally the reception dancing starts with the couple’s first dance as husband and wife, followed by the father-daughter dance, then the mother-son dance. Often these three main dances are followed by the anniversary dance and/or open dancing.

In recent years we’ve seen more couples decide to enter the reception and immediately go into their first dances. This can be a great way to ensure to have this celebration with all of your guests in case some leave after dinner! Alternatively, most commonly the order of reception is entrances, dinner, toasts, then dancing. Whatever you decide is entirely up to you – after all, this is your day!

The Best Father-Daughter Dance Songs:

❤️ “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw (this was mine!)
❤️ “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
❤️ “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
❤️ “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
❤️ “Dance With My Daughter” by Jason Blaine
❤️ “Stealing Cinderella” by Chuck Wicks
❤️ “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw
❤️ “You’ll Be In My Heart” (cover) by Brent Morgan

👉 👉 Before Your Dance Ends!!

As your wedding photographers, we love capturing this sentimental dance for the two of you! Our approach to photographing wedding receptions is a mostly documentary perspective. However, before your dance ends we recommend you do two things:

  1. Give your dad a BIG hug!
  2. Make sure we can capture at least one picture of the two of you smiling at the camera!
What was / will be your father-daughter dance song? Tell us in the comments below!

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