Newport Nuptials: Parent Dances

I think a lot of dads can relate to George Banks in Father of the Bride. No matter how old I am, my dad still thinks I’m this little girl.

Father of the Bride 1991/Sand Dollar Productions/Touchstone Pictures

Over the course of planning, my dad brought up lots of old memories from my childhood and I could tell he really couldn’t believe his “baby” was getting married. I struggled with finding the perfect song for us.

I had been deciding between a few song choices, but we ended up picking something completely different. I had read a post by Mrs. Lamb and she mentioned how she and her dad were supposed to dance to Steve Kirwan’s My Little Girl. I had never heard it before and I fell in love. The lyrics were absolutely perfect, but I still wanted to give Starfish Dad a choice, so I played him a few options. I asked him which was his favorite, he said he liked Steve Kirwan’s My Little Girl, but I could pick whichever I like. I was excited and exclaimed, “that’s my favorite too!”

So on the wedding day, Starfish Dad and I had our dance.

We talked and laughed our way through the entire song.

Then it was time for my husband to dance with his mom. MIL Starfish told us what she wanted right from the beginning. She wanted to dance with Mr. Starfish to Rascall Flatts’  My Wish.

Seeing them was one of my favorite memories of the reception.

As I watched my new husband dance with his mother, all I could do was smile. The two of them were beaming with happiness.

FMIL Starfish sang the entire song to Mr. S, it was beautiful. They swayed, she sang, and Mr. Starfish was smiling the entire time.

There are some traditions that just never go out of style.

Do you plan on having parent dances? What have you chosen for your songs?

All photos by David Bibeault


Mrs. Starfish

Wedding Date:
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  1. snowcone Bee
    snowcone 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:48 pm

    you guys all look so composed and happy… yay!

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    Chocolatte 198 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:14 pm

    mr. c is doing my wish w/ his mom and i am doing it won’t be like this for long by darius rucker w/ my dad. i tear up when i hear eaither one!

  3. cardigan Bee
    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 4:30 pm

    Aw, so sweet! I love parent dance photos!

  4. starfish Bee
    starfish 1902 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:07 pm


  5. tartlet Bee
    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:50 am

    Your photos are so sweet. 🙂 Love this tradition, and I’m so looking forward to dancing with my Dad!

  6. ostrich Bee
    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:25 pm

    these are my favorite parent dance photos, by far. you and your family couldn’t glow any more than they do in these pictures. 🙂

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