Monday 22 July 2019

These are the most popular father - daughter dance song requests at Irish weddings

We asked two of the country's top wedding bands what tunes make the perfect father / daughter dance music around Ireland

Photo by Alvin Mahmudov
Photo by Alvin Mahmudov

Karen Birney,

The father-daughter dance at a wedding is often one of the stand-out moments of the day.

And if you're lucky enough to have your daddy there for yours, you should absolutely take advantage of it - it'll be a moment you treasure for life.

Choosing a song to dance to together is a great way to involve your dad in your wedding plans - so a week or two before the big day, sit down for a pint or a cup of tea with him under the guise of choosing a tune, and you might even find he has plenty more good suggestions for the day too!

Father-daughter dance lessons

Another thing you could do to maximise the time spent with your pa ahead of the big day is to take some dance lessons together. It's a nice idea that will help him to feel involved, and a great way to spend some quality time together, just the two of you.

There are quite a few of dance companies in Ireland who offer wedding programs for the all-important 'first dance', as well as lessons for fathers and daughters. Rates can start from around €50 per hour on average. Check out DanceSport Federation of Ireland or for lessons nationwide or indeed have a look at the notice boards in your local parish or supermarkets. For an added 'wow factor' try to keep your lessons secret so that the impact when you hit the dancefloor is even bigger!

So without further adieu, we present the most popular song requests for the father-dance in Ireland, courtesy of two of the Ireland's top wedding bands...

Top Father / Daughter Dance songs

  1. My Girl, The Temptations
  2. Daughter, Lowden Wainwright III
  3. Butterfly Kisses, Bob Carlyle
  4. Isn't She Lovely, Stevie Wonder
  5. Just the Way you are, Billy Joel
  6. The way you look tonight, Frank Sinatra
  7. I loved her first, Heartland
  8. What A Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong
  9. That’s Amore, Dean Martin

Songs 2 - 5 suggested by Shane McGrath of Harlequin.  For more on Harlequin Band, visit Songs 6 - 9 as suggested by Glen of A Few Good Men. For more on A Few Good Men, visit

Both bands included 'My Girl' by The Temptations in their top 5 list.

Some other suggestions for an alternative father - daughter dance:

  1. Father and Daughter, Paul Simon
  2. Daddy, Beyonce
  3. Daddy's Little Girl, Michael Buble
  4. How Sweet it Is, James Taylor
  5. Sweet Child o' Mine, Guns n Roses
  6. Bless You, Brendan Bowyer & The Royal Showband
  7. Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison
  8. My Lagan Love, The Chieftans
  9. The Wedding Gift, Rawlins Cross
  10. Black Velvet Band, Luke Kelly

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