Hello there, my name is Stephen Scott, and I am a Las Vegas Wedding DJ, the following post will share some of my insight on how and why the Wedding Basics are important, and how easy it is to turn the basic activities into an Amazing Wedding.

Father Daughter Dance

There’s always a First Dance for the Bride and Groom, and depending on the circumstances there is usually a Father / Daughter Dance and sometimes a Mother / Son dance. This post will give you some things to think about when it comes to the Father Daughter Dance.
think small (and personal)

First of all, this does not have to be an elaborate activity. This is one of those special moments that is special because it is small and personal. There is plenty of time to take a few minutes and and just share a dance with one of your parents. The whole room will clear out and give you some space, and even though there will be music, enjoy this quiet time in the middle of the storm.

think about your dad (and why you want to dance with him)

Hopefully, you’ll have some good memories about growing up and what they have done for you. Think about what you would say if you had three minutes or so alone to let them know how you feel. It may be a few specific things, it may be a whole lifetime of feelings, but I know that you’ll remember what you say the rest of your life. The crowd will just morph together in the background, and it will be just the two of you, (for just one quick moment)

think about a song

Now that you’ve visualized that moment, was there a song already in your head? If so, go with your first choice. If you’re not sure, I have a few song suggestions below. I did a little research for this newsletter, and I made a list of every song I’ve played for these dances for the past twenty years and counting. Some of the popular choices get repeated over and over again because they were specifically written with this dance in mind. But notice that there are several, several other songs that have been chosen for one reason or another. There is no right or wrong choice in this matter* as long as it makes you two happy, it’s OK with me.


Popular Father Daughter Songs:

“Butterfly Kisses” has been far and away the most popular Father & Daughter song in my experience, with “I Loved Her First”, and “Because You Loved Me” close enough to call them a tie for second place.

Bob Carlisle: Butterfly Kisses
Heartland: I Loved Her First
Celine Dion: Because You Loved Me
Natalie Cole: Unforgettable
Frank Sinatra: The Way You Look Tonight
IZ: Over The Rainbow
Temptations: My Girl
Tim McGraw: My Little Girl

But you will also notice a wide variety of songs chosen for personal reasons.

Backstreet Boys: The Perfect Fan
Beatles: In My Life
Bellamy Brothers: Let Your Love Flow
Ben E. King: Stand By Me
Ben Harper: Steal My Kisses
Billy Joel: Lullaby
Bob Carlisle: Butterfly Kisses
Bobby Darrin: Beyond The Sea
Boston: Let Me Take You Home Tonight
Bryan Adams: Everything I Do, I Do It For You
Cat Stevens: Morning Has Broken
Cat Stevens: Wild World
Celine Dion: Because You Loved Me
Chopin: Spring Waltz
Chuck Wicks: Stealing Cinderella
Crystal Shawanda: You Can Let Go
Eagles: Best Of My Love
Enya: Only Time
Frank Sinatra: I’ll Be Loving You Always
Frank Sinatra: The Way You Look Tonight
Gipsy Kings: Eschua Me
Heart: Dog & Butterfly
Heartland: I Loved Her First
Paul Simon: Father And Daughter
Phil Collins: Trashin’ The Camp
Phil Collins: You’ll Be In My Heart
Pink Floyd: Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Randy Travis: Forever and Ever Amen
Rascal Flatts: My Wish
Rod Stewart: Maggie Mae
Sabrina Carpenter: A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
Sam Cooke: Nothing Can Change This Love
Stained: Zoe Jane
Steven Curtis Chapman: I Will Be There
Temptations: My Girl
Tim McGraw: My Little Girl
Tony Bennett: The Way You Look Tonight
Trace Adkins: Drive
Van Morrison: Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison: Days Like This
Van Morrison: Tupelo Honey

But Wait, there’s more!

now that the elements are are all together in you head,
think about how you want to put them together

Sometimes, you might want to dance with a little flair. We can combine parts of a slow and fast song together if you actually want to “dance” for everyone. Or, if you (or your Parent) is a little shy, I can ask other couples to join you on the dance floor. We don’t have to have the isolation moment if you don’t want it.

Or, if you want to do something extra personal and special, I (and several other DJs) could help out by recording some of your thoughts and adding them in with the music. The voice overs will make sure you don’t forget what you wanted to say, and also lets your guests in on this private moment. You could say something about them, they could come in and say something about you, there are plenty of ways to make a song your own with the voice over technique.

Hopefully, the list of songs, or the visualization technique, or letting you know about the voice over technique will help you get an idea of how you would like this moment to be. Don’t stress out about what “you are supposed to do” – if you think it’s the right thing to do, it probably is.

And one last thing,
Think about how happy you will make your parents feel by doing this.

And always remember: this is your big day – it’s supposed to be fun.

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The Real DJ Steve is both a Las Vegas Wedding DJ and the owner of United DJs Las Vegas.


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