Dance with me, daddy/mommy!

I know my dear old dad is looking forward to the day he gets to dance with me at my wedding. In fact, he’s looking forward to it so much that he constantly asks when I’m getting married. I can only assume it’s because he wants to be prepared. Put father daughter wedding dance into Google and you get 7,580,000 results. That’s because everyone knows that weddings traditionally were, to some degree, about the father turning over authority to the new husband. And some traditions never die. The top ten songs (according to, as you could have probably guessed, are:

1) Butterfly Kisses
2) My Father’s Eyes
3) My Girl
4) Through the Years
5) Sunrise Sunset
6) How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
7) The Way You Look Tonight
8) Unforgettable
9) Lullabye (Goodnight my Angel)
10) Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

Now, I can remember visiting the home of a male friend raised primarily by his mother and listening to her lament the curious lack of mother son wedding dance songs out there. The Beard’s mom may want to dance with him at his nuptials (and boy, are she and my pop going to be surprised when I announce ‘no dancefloor’). So, I’ve picked ten suggestions that might do nicely:

1) A Song for Mama – Boyz II Men
2) A Song for My Son – Mikki Viereck
3) A Wedding Day Wish – T.J. Loughran
4) The First Lady In My Life – Paul Todd
5) I Am Your Child – Barry Manilow
6) Baby Mine – Bette Midler
7) The Man You’ve Become – Molly Pasutti
8) You’re the Inspiration – Chicago
9) Wishing Tree – Sonia Dada
10)The Perfect Fan – Backstreet Boys

Compiling this list is enough to make you teary eyed!

11 Responses to “Dance with me, daddy/mommy!”

  1. Lori says:

    The song that jumped to my mind for a mother-son dance was “Don’t Falter at the Altar.”

    A few other apropos wedding songs might be “Solid as a Rock” (Ella Fitzgerald) and “More” and “Beyond the Sea” (Bobby Darin).

  2. I know some brides who are so shy that they rather sit out the father daughter dance… and I am one of them. I’m getting married and I’m already nervous. My father is not the dancing type anyway so he want be to dissapointed! :>

  3. JayKay says:

    Ok, NO LIE…I am totally teary eyed at work. I’m such a SAP. LOL!
    Good list though…
    I, too, am not looking forward to the daddy/daughter dance…mostly because I am sure I will cry my way through it. Ok ok, I am fairly certain that I will cry my way through most of the wedding. Good thing Lancome Aquacils would stay on in a flood!

  4. Never teh Bride says:

    I know all about the crying! My dad has his heart set on dancing with me to Butterfly Kisses…a song he knows makes me cry every dang time I hear it! When I was younger, and it came on in the car, he wouldn’t let me change the station. He’d make me listen, knowing that I would get all sappy. And he’d be getting all sappy, too. And then afterward I’d be like, “Time to change it up, dad.” And I’d put on gangsta rap as revenge!

  5. In 1982 I danced with my father to “Daddy’s Little Girl.” I regret that he died before he could do the same with my younger sister. I’ll cherish that memory forever.

  6. Never teh Bride says:

    That is a beautiful memory, Omnibus. Thank you for sharing it!

  7. Twistie says:

    My dady/daughter dance was actually a Scottish country dance with three other couples. We danced Mairie’s Wedding, which is happy and fun and a chance for us to show off with some of the people from our dance class. Of course, the band from the class played all the music at the wedding and the reception . It was great.

  8. ckimball99 says:

    Here’s a fab song for a father/daughter dance: “The First Man You Remember,” from the Andrew Lloyd Webber show “Aspects of Love.” There’s a very cute arrangement of it on a Michael Crawford CD (it’s sung by him and a young girl). It’s even about having a dance together. It’s sweet but not sappy enough to make the bride’s perfectly powdered nose run…
    Mine was “O Mio Babbino Caro,” from “Gianni Schicchi”… a great father-daughter waltzapalooza for opera lovers.

  9. FRVEBDET says:

    Ok, NO LIE

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