Updated: Sep 24, 2018
We all anticipate watching a first dance between the bride and groom at their wedding, but how about a bride and her father dance? Father daughter dances are an old tradition that are more commonly seen at debutantes, but more brides are now dancing with their dads on their wedding day also.
We spoke to a bride to be recently who loves to dance, but her future husband hates it. Problem solved, she will be dancing with her dad instead. Other brides we have the pleasure to be working with are doing two dances (one with her husband and one with her dad).
Weddings are after all about family. They are about uniting families new and old, and creating strengthened bonds. Learning a dance with your dad amongst all the other planning may seem like more work, but it will also be one of the most special experiences you will both remember forever.
Start planning your dance a few months prior to the wedding date, and give yourself the time to get used to dancing together. Listen to lots of songs to find something that means something to the two of you. Perhaps you already have a couple in mind that you used to dance to as a kid with your dad.
Father daughter dances don't need to be long. Just 1-2 minutes is fine. Most songs have many places where you can easily cut them, or have the DJ fade out for you.
Our best tip is to keep it fun and lighthearted. From slow to silly, any type of dance goes.
We love dads who dance. If there's one thing that really proves a dads love for his daughter, it's dancing with her at her wedding.