Q&A: When does the father-daughter dance take place? - Wedding Receptions - Wedding Planning

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When does the father-daughter dance take place?

A The father-daughter dance is usually the second dance at the wedding reception, following the bride and groom’s first dance, but it can really be at any point, depending on how you want the party to flow. The father-daughter dance can be either a heartfelt, emotional part of the reception, or it can be a funny, silly few minutes shared between the bride and her dad. Some fathers and daughters even opt to do full-on choreographed performances for their guests.

The mother-son dance can happen right after, or even during, the father-daughter dance. Keep in mind that a bride often wants to dance with her mother too.

As with most parts of a wedding reception, the father-daughter dance isn't required. A bride can choose to skip it altogether if she wants.