The wedding day is full of so many touching moments. The dance shared between a bride and her father is often among the most moving. Finding the right ballad for this special part of the wedding day is an incredible challenge. Choosing just one tune to capture the love between a daughter and father seems impossible at first. So, we here at Dream City Music are here to provide a few select recommendations to get you started. Each is genuine, sweet, and joyous, and may have that unique magic you’re looking for.

1. “I Loved Her First” – Heartland

The dance between the bride and her father is a melancholy and a shining moment all at once. Country ballad “I Loved Her First” touches on both of these feelings beautifully. The song laments at the time passed but also rejoices at the future ahead. The lyrics tell the new spouse “I prayed that she’d find you someday, but it’s still hard to give her away.” This honesty is reflected in the gentle instrumentation. An acoustic guitar and soft violin ring throughout. The drums help build to the chilling yet soaring chorus. “I Loved Her First” is a complex and stunning story most every daughter and father can relate to.


2. “Isn’t She Lovely” – Stevie Wonder

Next, if the bride and father are looking to dance to a more upbeat song, Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” is an excellent choice. This peppy rhythm and blues song hums with warm keyboards and nostalgic harmonicas. It has the tone of an ending of a bittersweet sitcom from decades past. The lyrics express amazement and thanks for her kindness and beauty, calling her “the angel’s best.” With words like these, no song on this list better portrays the pride a father feels for their daughter on their wedding day.


3. “What A Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong

Lastly, the song the bride and her father choose doesn’t have to be plainly about the child and parent relationship. They should pick a tune that encapsulates a specific meaning and a treasured feeling. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong celebrates everything that is amazing in the universe from colorful flowers to breathtaking skies. Often, a bride and her father see all these wonderful things in one another’s eyes. They may even see one another as their world altogether. “What A Wonderful World” is a song that says all this and more in that special moment between daughter and father.


Ultimately, songs like these can put words and sounds to the extraordinary moment shared between the bride and her father. We hope these songs encapsulate every emotion behind those happy tears. We here at Dream City Music do all we can to put a soundtrack to your special day. Explore our selection of ensembles and browse our repertoire of songs to start building that soundtrack today. And don’t forget to visit our revamped website frequently to discover new ways Dream City Music is working to bring you musical magic. Thank you for reading, and happy planning!

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