I love Father-Daughter Dances!  It is probably one of the most emotional parts for me on a wedding night.  I have to sometimes slap myself to keep myself from getting too sappy during them!  There is just something about a bond between a father and his little girl.  

GETS. ME. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.   

Here are 3 tips to Make Your
Father-Daughter Dance Memorable!  

1.  Take the Moment In.

Be present.  Focus on your Father during the entire dance.  Embrace him and let him have this time with you.  Weddings can be difficult for fathers because they have watched you grow from a little baby into a beautiful married woman.  It's difficult for them to pass you off to your new husband when you've been in his care for so long.  It's a tender moment.  Laugh. Cry. Take it all in!  

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2.  It's OK to be emotional!  

Being able to capture raw emotion is so powerful.  Some of my favorite pictures from my own wedding day are when I was dancing with my father (you'll see that later in this post!)  Emotional doesn't necessarily mean "crying."  It can also mean laughing, smiling, hugging, etc.  Don't be afraid to hold your emotions back.  It makes for better pictures.  Trust me!  

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3.  Make Your Dance Unique & Personal

Don't feel like you HAVE to dance to "Butterfly Kisses" for your Father-Daughter Dance.  I've heard some incredibly touching songs and have even seen some hilarious choreographed dance numbers.  Think about the dynamic of your personalities together and show that off!   

When I was in college my dad and I used to laugh at the song "Hey Ya!" by Outkast.  Random I know!  He used to call me on the phone when it came on the radio and we would always laugh and sing it together being silly.  We made a secret pact that we would dance to it on my wedding day. Our plan was that we would slowly dance to a serious song and then bust into "Hey Ya!"  That song came out in 2003 and I was married in December of 2006.  It was a promise 3 years in the making......  

And here for your viewing pleasure.....
  My very own first dance with my father.
(in pictures and video)

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