Father/ Daughter Dance

The Father/ Daughter Dance is an optional dance that you can do on your wedding day. It is a very special day for any father to watch his daughter become a married women, so we like to make it a moment to treasure. The three main points for your dad on your wedding day will be walking you down the aisle/ giving you away, the Father of the Bride speech and the optional Father/ Daughter dance. During the introduction to the Father of the Bride speech, we would usually pick something characteristic about your father as an introduction and then signify his importance to you and how proud he is etc. This really helps get the speeches started and, since he’s likely to be the first speaker, it’s a great way to calm nerves and get a rapturous applause. We also appreciate alternative family set-ups: perhaps it’s your mother, brother or uncle taking on this role – either way, we’ll help you to make it something memorable. 
The Father/ Daughter Dance usually happens around the time of the first dance, but can also happen after the meal or later in the evening. It’s totally up to you. A lot of the time brides say to us, “oh my father won’t want to do that”, but 9 out of 10 times, on the day they are more than willing. We usually advise that you pick a track that signifies your relationship and that he will like. Perhaps you used to listen to Dire Straights in the car as a child, or Eric Clapton when he was putting you to bed etc? Something a bit more upbeat works very well against a slow first dance (such as Christina Perry – 1000 years) and vice verser. There are also quite a few tracks that have been specifically written with the father/ daughter relationship in mind.

A good way to do the Father/ Daughter Dance is to introduce you into the room to take the floor with your father. We usually play about half the track and then invite the groom onto the floor at which point the Father of the Bride will hand over his daughter and then you will start the First Dance. You/ we can then invite guests on to join you at a specific point in the track. After that you should have a full dance floor to carry on with the party.

Your DJ preparation and coordination:

The first dance is so often a non event at weddings because it takes quite some coordination and announcement skills, especially if guests are to be moved into a different room. We always like to prepare but also make events look like they ‘just happen’, so we always make sure that guests know what is going to occur well before the moment. We will always announce you in after making everyone come around the dance area first. That way you won’t be left with all your guests sitting down or missing out whilst they’ve popped to the bathroom. Below are a couple of great transitions showing the entrance, Father/ Daughter, hand over, First Dance and guests joining you both on the floor.
Rhinefield House – Brockenhurst:
They came in to the Rocky soundtrack (they also did this for the wedding breakfast entrance). The Father/ Daughter Dance was ‘Daddy Dance With Me’ (Krystal Keith) and the First Dance was Take That – ‘Rule the World’. We then played ‘Hi Ho Silver Lining’ as it has a very progressive start and was the Groom’s mother’s favourite track.


Careys Manor – Brockenhurst:
The Father/ Daughter Dance was ‘Tiny Dancer’ (Elton John), the First Dance was ‘I Won’t Let You Go’ (James Morrison) and then we started the party with Van Morrison, ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ as it also has a nice progressive start. We find that anything too abrupt or fast can shock guests and make them sit down. This depends on the crowd really. A classic track works well as it appeals to all ages, although tracks like ‘Uptown Funk’ also have that progressive start and then move into a more uptempo track.






Rank Song Title Song Artist Year Genre
1 Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton 1978 Ballad
2 The Way You Look Tonight Frank Sinatra 1964 Ballad
3 What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong 1967 Ballad
4 My Girl Temptations 1965 Oldies
5 Old Time Rock & Roll Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 1978 Rock
6 Stand By Me Ben E. King 1961 Oldies
7 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) James Taylor 1975 Popular
8 My Wish Rascal Flatts 2006 Ballad
9 When You Say Nothing At All Alison Krauss 1995 Country
10 I Loved Her First Heartland 2006 Country
11 Unforgettable Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole 1991 Ballad
12 Can You Feel The Love Tonight Elton John 1994 Ballad
13 Isn’t She Lovely Stevie Wonder 1976 Country
14 Make You Feel My Love Adele 2011 Popular
15 Over The Rainbow Israel Kamakawiwo’ole “Iz” 2003 Popular
16 Have I Told You Lately Rod Stewart 1993 Alternative
17 My Little Girl Tim McGraw 2006 Country
18 In My Life Beatles 1965 Oldies
19 I Hope You Dance Lee Ann Womack 2000 Ballad
20 Because You Loved Me Celine Dion 1996 Popular
21 Tiny Dancer Elton John 1972 Oldies
22 Butterfly Kisses Bob Carlisle 1997 Ballad
23 Just The Way You Are Billy Joel 1978 Ballad
24 Landslide Fleetwood Mac 1975 Ballad
25 Could I Have This Dance Anne Murray 1980 Ballad
26 God Only Knows Beach Boys 1966 Oldies
27 Love Me Tender Elvis Presley 1956 Oldies
28 You Are So Beautiful Joe Cocker 1975 Ballad
29 Forever Young Rod Stewart 1988 Alternative
30 You’re The Inspiration Chicago 1984 Ballad
31 Unforgettable Nat King Cole 1943 Ballad
32 Through The Years Kenny Rogers 1982 Ballad
33 Daughters John Mayer 2004 Ballad
34 The Keeper Of The Stars Tracy Byrd 1995 Country
35 Wind Beneath My Wings Bette Midler 1989 Ballad
36 I Do (Cherish You) 98 Degrees 1999 Popular
37 You Look So Good In Love George Strait 1983 Country
38 You’ll Be In My Heart Phil Collins 1999 Popular
39 Cinderella Steven Curtis Chapman 2012 Ballad
40 You’ve Got A Friend James Taylor 1971 Ballad
41 You Raise Me Up Josh Groban 2003 Popular
42 Moonlight Serenade Glenn Miller Orchestra 1940 Ballad
43 A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme) Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle 1992 Ballad
44 My Cherie Amour Stevie Wonder 1969 Oldies
45 Colour My World Chicago 1971 Oldies
46 God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You N Sync 1998 Ballad
47 Tupelo Honey Van Morrison 1972 Oldies
48 I Do (Cherish You) Mark Wills 1998 Country
49 The Way You Look Tonight Steve Tyrell 1999 Ballad
50 In My Daughter’s Eyes Martina McBride 2003 Ballad
51 Just Fishin’ Trace Adkins 2011 Country
52 Memories Are Made Of This Dean Martin 1956 Oldies
53 Fire And Rain James Taylor 1970 Ballad
54 Love Without End, Amen George Strait 1990 Country
55 Father And Daughter Paul Simon 2002 Alternative
56 Thank You For Loving Me Bon Jovi 2000 Ballad
57 It Won’t Be Like This For Long Darius Rucker 2008 Ballad
58 Stealing Cinderella Chuck Wicks 2008 Country
59 You’re Gonna Miss This Trace Adkins 2008 Country
60 There You’ll Be Faith Hill 2001 Ballad
61 Hero Mariah Carey 1993 Ballad
62 Walk With You Edwin Mccain 2012 Popular
63 Longer Dan Fogelberg 1980 Oldies
64 Dance With My Father Luther Vandross 2003 Ballad
65 My Funny Valentine Frank Sinatra 1955 Ballad
66 There Goes My Life Kenny Chesney 2003 Ballad
67 Wild World Cat Stevens 1970 Ballad
68 Daddy’s Angel Anthony Carter 2014 Ballad
69 Then They Do Trace Adkins 2003 Country
70 Drive (For Daddy Gene) Alan Jackson 2002 Country
71 Daughter Loudon Wainwright III 2007 Popular
72 I Turn To You Christina Aguilera 2000 Ballad
73 Shining Star Manhattans 1980 Ballad
74 My Angel) Lullabye (Goodnight Billy Joel 1994 Popular
75 Shower The People James Taylor 1976 Ballad
76 The Blower’s Daughter Damien Rice 2003 Ballad
77 Surfer Girl Beach Boys 1963 Ballad
78 Love Of My Life Brian McKnight 2001 Ballad
79 True Love Ways Buddy Holly 1958 Oldies
80 You Decorated My Life Kenny Rogers 1979 Country
81 Daddy’s Little Girl Al Martino 1967 Oldies
82 A New Day Has Come Celine Dion 2002 Club
83 I’m Your Angel Celine Dion & R Kelly 1998 Ballad
84 Angie Rolling Stones 1973 Oldies
85 My Special Angel Bobby Helms 1957 Country
86 Daddy’s Hands Holly Dunn 1986 Country
87 She Elvis Costello 1999 Ballad
88 You Belong To Me Duprees 1962 Oldies
89 Loving You Elvis Presley 1957 Ballad
90 Angels Among Us Alabama 1994 Country
91 Daddy Beyonce 2003 Ballad
92 Kind & Generous Natalie Merchant 1998 Alternative
93 Sweet Child O’ Mine Sheryl Crow 1999 Alternative
94 Little Miss Magic Jimmy Buffett 1981 Ballad
95 Times Of Your Life Paul Anka 1976 Oldies
96 I’ll Always Love You Taylor Dayne 1988 Popular
97 Blessed Elton John 1995 Popular
98 Always Be Your Baby Natalie Grant 2003 Popular
99 Memories Elvis Presley 1968 Oldies
100 Child of Mine Carole King 1970 Ballad



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