Tuesday Tunes: Father Daughter Dance

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 at 7:00 PM by   
Father Daughter Dance by LucieXYZ Photography

LucieXYZ Photography

It seems like it should be easy, right? Just pick a song and dance with dad. However, when you consider this falls in the category of Special Dances, you realize it should be just that – special.

Depending on dad’s taste, and if it lines up with your own, may determine the outcome of this song selection. Many artists are remaking classic songs, so it’s easy to find old standards with a modern flair.

However, there’s another twist that will make the impact of your Father Daughter Dance one that no other wedding reception has — and that’s to record a special message. This idea is best described below, taken from page 174 of Peter Merry’s book, The Best Wedding Reception…Ever!

One way to enhance the emotional impact of your special dances is to record a special message that can either precede or be mixed into the song during the instrumental segments…it will not only make your dance more personalized and memorable, but it can also be a nice surprise.

The book labels this creative idea as one of the most difficult to get right. It is very important that the wedding MC/DJ understands how to do this properly so that it receives the proper flawless presentation. This person typically will need strong editing skills to create edits that are both technically superior as well as emotionally powerful. When in doubt, ask for a sample recording.

Father Daughter Dance Recommendations

 • The Way You Look Tonight – Maroon 5
 • Wildflowers – Tom Petty
 • You Are Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
 • Surfer Girl – The Beach Boys
 • Have I Told You Lately That I Love You by Van Morrison
 • She’s The One – Bruce Springsteen
 • (I Know) I’m Losing You – The Temptations
 • Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison

What’s your favorite selection for a Father Daughter Dance? Reply and let the world know in the comments section below!

Special thanks to LucieXYZ Photography for this blog image, which was taken from a wedding we worked together at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley.

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