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What Time Should I Start My Wedding

Your wedding is essentially the biggest party of your lifetime, so you better be on time! Don’t forget you’ve got venue time limits, guests to appease, and vendors to manage, oh my! If you don’t have a day-of wedding coordinator, don’t worry! Our Wedding Wingman is here to help! Ashley McHone of Always Flawless Planning & Design shares what you should consider when choosing your ceremony start time.

What Time Does The Sun Set?

There’s a reason everyone loves golden hour, it makes for some of the best wedding photos. “If possible, you want your ceremony to end about an hour and a half before sunset. Now, I know this isn’t always possible, but it is something to keep in mind as you determine the ideal timing for your ceremony.” 

If your wedding is outdoors, you should start your ceremony earlier rather than later. This not only prevents your guests from sitting in the dark but ensures the natural light of the sun for your wedding photographer.

Check what time the sun will set at your venue here!

After your ceremony, your guests are ready to celebrate! Keep the partying going by having your ceremony and reception close together so there isn’t a big gap.

Wedding Wingman Wisdom

“Ideally you want a cocktail hour to begin right after your ceremony, and even if guests are traveling between your ceremony and reception space, you don’t want to have too much extra time. Guests will get antsy and won’t know what to do during that downtime.”

Consider The Length Of Your Wedding

It’s always important to review your vendor agreements to see what time constraints are under contract. Often there are restrictions on how much time you can spend at a venue. Furthermore, it’s important to see if any of your vendors such as your minister, photographer, hair/makeup artist have any requirements, restrictions, extra fees to consider if you go over the allotted time.

“Believe it or not longer is not always better. If you want guests to be dancing into the morning hours, you are going to want to start your ceremony later in the day. This way guests won’t get restless and feel like they are ready to head out before the party really gets started.” 

Meet Your Wedding Wingman!

Ashley McHone is a wedding planner and designer who founded Always Flawless Productions nearly ten years ago. With hundreds of incredible weddings under her belt, Ashley joined Wed Mayhem to help couples dive into this crazy process with a plan.

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10 Country Father Daughter Dance Songs


So you and your dad love country music… And so do I! If you’re thinking about a Country father daughter dance, you’ll want to take a peek at this Country wedding songs playlist. First are some tips on how to pick a father daughter dance song, next are 10 songs for you and Dad that range from sweet to silly, and lastly we got some songs you can include in your reception playlist.

  • Length– How long do you want to dance with Pops for? If you want a long song so you can really savor the moment, go for it. But, I also know that not every dad is, like, the best dancer ever. Consider shortening a song or having another close family member switch out with him during a lull. After you book your wedding makeup, your makeup artist is going to reach out to you and ask if you would like to schedule a trial.
  • Vibes– Are you going for something emotional or upbeat? There is no wrong answer to this question. Consider the kind of relationship you and your dad have and what would feel the most natural to both of you. 
  • Communication– Hey, your dad is a part of this dance too! Maybe you want something really emotional but he doesn’t want to get all weepy in front of the whole reception (totally understandable). Talk to Dad about whether he wants to do something slow, upbeat, or choreographed. Come back to him with some songs to choose from. Then all you need to do is practice!

Ok, here are our 10 ultimate Country father-daughter dance songs


Van Morrison

“Tupelo Honey”

If you and your dad are feeling emotional, “Tupelo Honey” might be perfect. It’s slow and would be great for a serene dance with Dad. It’s an older, very raw-sounding song that’s sweet and a little sad. It also has a musical part in the middle that would be a great opportunity to end early or bring in a grandparent, mother, or other special person for the second half (which gets a little more musically robust). 

“She’s as sweet as tupelo honey
She’s an angel of the first degree
She’s as sweet, she’s as sweet as tupelo honey
Just like honey, baby, from the bee”


Hank Williams, Jr.

“Family Tradition”

This one is definitely a country classic that your dad already knows. It’s a little silly, so this is perfect for a rowdier crowd or a father daughter pair who likes to joke around. It’s fast but forgiving, so maybe choose this one if your dad is not the best dancer.

“Over and over
Everybody makes my prediction
So if I get stoned, I’m just carrying on
An old family tradition”


The Chicks


I think that this is the most sentimental song ever written. It’s reflective, slow, and everyone knows it. This song is personal and a total early 2000s throwback that will get everyone tearing up. It’s slow and beautiful both in the music and the lyrics. 

“Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’
‘Cause I built my life around you
But time makes you bolder, children get older
I’m getting older too, well”


Waylon Jennings (feat. Willie Nelson)

“Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)”

If your dad is a country music lover, this one will be a welcome suggestion. It’s not too heavy or sentimental, if that’s not your thing. It has a fun intro to the song, too, that could lead to a choreographed beginning of the dance. It’s slow, but has a strong beat to it. 

“I don’t need my name in the marquee lights
I got my song and I got you with me tonight
Maybe it’s time we got back to the basics of love
Let’s go to Luckenbach, Texas”


Lilly Hiatt

“Brightest Star”

This song is truly uplifting. It’s fast and has a lot of guitar, so it’s good for a high energy dance with Dad. It’s an encouraging song from one friend to another, and gives off less of a sad vibe than some other classic father daughter dance songs.

“You give ’em your best, you never get rest
But still they don’t know who you are
I just wanted to say on any given day
To me, you’re the brightest of stars”


Randy Newman

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me”

That’s right, it’s the song from Toy Story–but hear me out. Songs about friendship for the father daughter dance are kind of perfect. Maybe this doesn’t feel like a loss for your dad but instead is a real celebration, and he wants to communicate that he’s always there for you. I know this isn’t totally Country and I’m cheating a little here, but I promise this is adorable.

“There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you
We stick together and see it through
‘Cause you’ve got a friend in me”


Johnny Cash

“Ring of Fire”

Another Dad classic–need I say more? Fast, simple, everyone can sing along. For the silly bride and her goofy dad.  

“I fell into a burning ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns”


Kacey Musgraves

“Happy & Sad”

I think there is no other artist that nails the melancholy vibe like Kacey Musgraves does. This so captures the feeling of being sad for the end of something but happy for the beginning of another chapter. It’s slow, so if you want a moment with your dad this is a great choice.

“Is there a word for the way that I’m feeling tonight?
Happy and sad at the same time
You got me smiling with tears in my eyes
I never felt so high”


Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton

“You Can’t Make Old Friends”

A sweet duet with Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, this song is sentimental and captures the melancholy of the passing of time. It’s slow and tender, laying out a friendship between two people that seems truly special. If you and Dad are “old friends,” this might be perfect for you. 

“Can’t make old friends
It was you and me, since way back when
You can’t make old friends”


George Strait

“I Just Want To Dance With You”

Do you like to two-step? Consider this sweet song by George Strait. It has a catchy rhythm that you and Dad can two step around the floor to. Show your southern credentials and wow people with a simple dance that is easy to learn.

“I wanna dance with you
Twirl you all around the floor
That’s what they intended dancin’ for
I just wanna dance with you”

Those are the 10 ultimate Country father daughter first dance songs that you should consider for your wedding day! If you want some more ideas for songs, check out our article “Unforgettable Father-Daughter Dance Songs.” It has some great oldies selections if that’s more your vibe. 

Next up, some more song inspo. This time for your reception music.

Upbeat, appropriate, dace-worthy Country reception songs

  • Any Man of Mine – Shania Twain
  • Country Squire – Tyler Childers
  • Heartache On The Dance Floor – Jon Pardi
  • Homegrown – Zac Brown Band
  • 7&7 – Turnpike Troubadours
  • Brand New Man – Brooks & Dunn
  • Friday Night – Eric Paslay
  • Livin The Dream – Drake White
  • Kiss me – Casey Donahaw
  • Creek Don’t Rise – William Clark Green
  • You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
  • Friends in Low Places – Brooks Jefferson
  • A Girl Like You – Easton Corbin
  • Head Over Boots  – Jon Pardi
  • Take Me Out To A Dancehall – Pat Green
  • Why Don’t We Just Dance – Josh Turner
  • Enchanted – Taylor Swift
  • Something Like That – Tim McGraw
  • Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
  • Write This Down – George Strait
  • I’m the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised) – Johnny Paycheck
  • Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance – Jerry Jeff Walker
  • Cotton Fields – Credence Clearwater Revival
  • Daddy’s Money – Ricochet
  • If I Fall You’re Going Down with Me – The Chicks
  • Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  • Fishing In The Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Universal Sound  – Tyler Childers
  • My Maria – Brooks & Dunn

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