Would this song be weird for the father/daughter dance at my wedding?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
3650 posts
Sugar bee

If they don’t sing the lyrics, it might be passable, but would be difficult to slow dance to. How about Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight?”

Post # 5
266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My dad and I are dancing to “Just the way you are” by Billy Joel.  We picked it because it wasn’t a silly princess daughter/daddy’s girl song as that’s not really our relationship.  We both LOVE Billy Joel and actually “Uptown Girl” is our favorite song but that’s kinda hard to dance to so we went with our 2nd favorite Billy Joel song.

I think it’s more about what the song means to you and your dad rather than what is expected or traditional.  I personally love “Layla” 🙂

Post # 6
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I had the hardest time with that song too. Most of the songs I liked seemed innappropriate once I really listened to the lyrics. I ended up choosing “wildflowers” by Tom Petty. I love the song layla but agree it seems hard to dance to because of the beat

Post # 7
7039 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

According to Wikipedia, the song is about a guy’s unrequited love for a girl, and some of the lyrics seem to confirm that:

“I tried to give you consolation / When your old man had let you down / Like a fool, I fell in love with you…”

So I think it’s a bit weird for a father-daughter song.

You could however skip the lyrics and just dance to the (very lovely) intrumental section at the end. I can’t remember how long that is, but it is fairly long, almost like a separate track.

Post # 8
1103 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

See, lyrics don’t matter to me, so decide if they matter to you!  We are dancing to a song from a movie we used to watch together when I was little, it’s not about dads or daughters, at all, but I love it 🙂

I’d rather have the memory of dancing with my Dad to a song we love, that had meaning to us than a song we’ve never even listened to together- even if it’s not the typical choice.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by  stephee.
Post # 9
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Barbiestylez:  I will suggest what I suggest to everyone 

Try and let your dad pick the song. The song may surprise you and it is a good chance to hear HIS thoughts. His choice will probably be a million times more intimate and I bet you will be wonderfully surprised 

Post # 10
2173 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I love that song!  If it means something to you, go for it.

Post # 12
372 posts
Helper bee

I think Layla is great, and it sounds like it has a lot of meaning/memories for you and your dad! I HATE sappy cliche mother/father songs and dances. I think your idea is perfect! 

Post # 13
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I didn’t want to do a daddy daughter dance at my wedding, but during the reception my dad wanted to so we danced to Fred bear by ted nugent. It was the only song I really think of my dad when I hear, and it actually ended up being really fun and quite hysterical sine it wasn’t a slow song. So I vote dance to whatever song has meaning to you and your dad 😀

Post # 15
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Layla is about the woman Eric Clapton had an affair with, named Patty Boyd.  She was married to George Harrison at the time. I’d find it an inappropriate song for a wedding, especially a father/daughter dance (I love EC, by the way. I’ve seen him in concert). I also find Brown Eyed a girl inappropriate for a father/ daughter dance, since it’s clearly about two lovers. I hate the sappy ones too like Butterfly Kisses and I danced with Cinderella (something like that). I’d probably pick something like What a Wonderful World. 

Post # 16
6048 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I understand how you feel, you want a song you remember listening to together.  Why don’t you ask your Dad what he thinks?  I did and my dad agreed we did NOT want those silly butterfly kisses songs.  Also some of the songs were iffy, Zepplin anyone? So I thought more about the music he introduced me to … He loves James Taylor so I let him pick the song.  At the same time, DH was having a hard time figuring a song out for him and MIL to dance to.  So my Dad picked James Taylor’s You Got a Friend, because I’m his daughter but I’m one of his best friends now that I’m an adult…. DH and MIL used it too so the four of us were out there.  My mom has passed away and DH’s parents are divorced, so half way through my Dad cut in on DH and MIL and told her that they needed to be friends since they were both their kids greatest advocates (or something).  

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