Guest Post | Unique Daddy/Daughter Songs

Hey guys!! I am heading out of town this week to camp in the beautiful Grover Hot Springs, CA with my family. Tent camping is not everyone’s ideal vacation, but I adore it. I’m super excited to sit under the trees and read a book, to run around in the meadows with my niece and nephew, to hike up to the waterfalls with my happy pups, and to just be in nature for a few days! It’s good for the soul.

While I’m gone, I have a few lovely guest posters here to keep you entertained and inspired. First up, today and tomorrow is Cris, from Kiss My Tulle! Cris is a hilarious, spunky, down to earth blogger and if you don’t know and love her blog already, you should definitely check it out!

Kiss My Tulle is a website devoted to helping engaged couples create the wedding of their dreams on a manageable budget. Everything that Kiss My Tulle does is inspired by the mission to make it cheap, make it lovely, make it functional, and make it accessible. Kiss My Tulle is committed to providing its readers with do-able DIY projects, down-to-earth advice, and realistic Big Day expectations presented by editor, Cris Stone.

Take it away Cris!

Debating what song you want to have as your Daddy/Daughter dance (P.S. I am totally on board with the whole Daddy thing – my dad is from the South, where every girl calls her dad “Daddy”. If that icks you out then simply replace every mention of Daddy/Daughter with Father/Daughter. Okay? Okay.). Thinking of using a familiar but not totally traditional song? After all, how many more times can anyone handle hearing that stupid “Butterfly Kisses” song?

Sedona Bride via Style Me Pretty

My mind immediately strated churning and thinking of other awesome & unusual Daddy/Daughter dance songs. Here’s some that I came up with:

  • John McDermott – Daughter of Mine: An Irish folk song that was my friend Helen’s Daddy/Daughter dance song. The lyrics are sweet and the music is easy to dance to – a good choice for anyone who might need a slower tune due to a disability or illness.
  • Trace Adkins – Then They Do: I friggin’ adore this song – even non-country fans will enjoy it. Sung very intimately and simply by tough guy Trace Adkins, this song was written and recorded to reflect Trace’s own feelings about watching his pack of little girls grow up.
  • Ray Allaire – A Song for My Daughter: Okay, this is a little bit cheesy but it’s a GOOD cheesy that not that many people have heard. Great for a more traditional dad and daughter duo.
  • Jo Cunningham – My Daughter: A folksy little song sung by a dude who’s voice could be your dad’s.
  • Murray Gold (featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales) – I Offer You My Daughter: Fans of instrumental music (and Doctor Who!) will love this strings heavy song that’s perfect to waltz to.
  • Ray Charles – This Little Girl of Mine: It’s Ray and it’s awesome.
  • Paul Simon – Father and Daughter: Such a classic song for dads reflecting on their daughters. Paul’s simple lyrics and the music’s upbeat tone make this is a slightly livelier version of the traditional Daddy/Daughter dance.
  • Heartland – I Loved Her First: A straight up country song that is perfect for any dad having a little bit of a hard time letting go.

Just a Note: At several of the weddings that I have attended in the past couple of years, I’ve seen a really sweet little thing that I hope moves from a trend to a tradition. During the Daddy/Daughter dance, the first verse and chorus are danced as a solo for the Bride and the Father of the Bride. Then the Master of Ceremonies opens the dance floor up to ALL daddies and daughters to join
in the dancing. This is a GREAT opportunity for fab photos and lasting memories – I would encourage you to give it a shot at your reception.

Brides, do you know what song you’ll be dancing to? Are you going with any of the ones listed above? Why did you pick the one that you did? Share away!

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Allie H - July 3, 2012 - 12:51 am

I’m still undecided – I’m thinking about the completely-inappropriate-and-non-traditional route. The first song I remember “singing” with my Dad when I was a kid was “Luckenbach” by Waylon Jennings. But “Then They Do” by Trace is a close 2nd for me. We’ll see…

Cris of Kiss My Tulle - July 3, 2012 - 2:38 pm

Thanks for having me, Colleen

And Allie, “Then They Do” was the song my dad and I danced to. I holds a special place in my heart.

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