Step-Father / Daughter Dance

Stepdad -Daughter Wedding Dance Songs

I am having a hard time finding a song appropriate for my step-father and I to dance to. My real father will be walking me down the isle and we will have a father/daughter dance, however, I want to do something special for my step-father. He has been around since I was about 6 years old but we are not as close as my father and I are. I guess what I am asking is, are there any songs out there directed more towards a step-father who you are not extremely close to but appreciate everything he has done for you? Also, if you have any other ideas of ways to include a step-parent in the ceremony/reception… that would be very helpful.


Donna, Wedding Queen, President; Top Wedding Sites, Inc®, a wedding planning guide, and Recent Mother of the Groom –

This is tough since the lyrics of a song can be so personal but you can check out this CD:

Yours, Mine and Ours – Wedding Music for Stepfamilies

There is a song by Brad Paisley that is sort of good for stepfathers except it’s a young man singing. It’s called “He Didn’t Have to Be” and it’s off his Who Needs Pictures album. You can listen to a clip of it by clicking that link above. It’s a good CD anyway, even if the song isn’t exactly right for you!

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Barbara & Gloria of Wedding Music Central

What you describe is a very delicate situation. has a song written especially for a stepfather called “When I Needed You Most” but it is more for a stepfather who is very close. You might consider a song by Ronnie Milsap called “What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life” which would acknowledge how you feel about him, but not suggest in any way that he has taken your fathers place.

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The Guy’s Opinion

Here’s a list of great choices for that special dance:

  • Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight? – Elton John Piano_rose
  • Changes – Kelly Osbourne & Ozzy Osbourne
  • Daddy’s Little Girl – Michael Bublé
  • Daughter – Loudon Wainwright III
  • Daughters – John Mayer
  • Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  • Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
  • Here for You – Neil Young
  • Hero – Mariah Carey
  • Hold My Hand – Hootie and the Blowfish
  • Bride in Veil with Red Rose BouquetI Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
  • I Wish You Love – Michael Bublé
  • Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
  • Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel
  • My Darling – Wilco
  • My Girl – The Temptations
  • My Wish – Rascal FlattsMake a Wish
  • One Friend – Dan Seals
  • Ready, Set -Don’t Go – Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Something About The Way You Look Tonight – Elton John
  • Stand By Me – Ben E King
  • Stealing Cinderella – Chuck Wicks
  • Thank Heaven for Little Girls – Maurice Chevaulier
  • That Makes Me Your Dad – Ryan St. Louis
  • The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
  • There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
  • Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  • Through the Eyes of My Father – Brianna Haynes
  • Through the Years – Kenny Rogers
  • To Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan
  • Unforgettable – Nat King Cole and Natalie Colenat-king-cole-unforgettable
  • Walk With You- Edwin McCain
  • What A Difference You’ve Made In My Life – Ronnie Milsap
  • What a Wonderful World – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo ‘ole
  • When I Needed You Most – Kimaya Seward
  • When You Need Me – Bruce SpringsteenWedding Champagne
  • Wildflowers -Tom Petty
  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
  • You Don’t Have To Let Go – Jessica Simpson
  • You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban