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You can’t have a wedding reception without dancing, and a favorite dancing tradition among the happy couple and their parents alike is the parent-child dance. While a lot of attention is put on the father-bride dance, the mother-groom dance is just as important, and will be a lasting memory for your mom for the rest of her life. This dance is typically performed after the bride and groom’s first dance and the father-bride dance. Use the following list as a guide to help you find the perfect song, that from the first note will leave not a single dry eye in your reception venue.
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Rascal Flatts – “My Wish”
With a well-paced folk and country feel, “My Wish” provides the perfect opportunity for the mother of the groom to be able to express her love and appreciation for her son through this Rascal Flatt’s classic. Lyrics like, “My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to” will really carry the overall feel that you’ll want for your wedding reception.
Louis Armstrong – “What a Wonderful World”
The ultimate classic for weddings, “What a Wonderful World” will provide that pure nostalgic and jazz feel to your wedding reception. You’ll also get a perfect slow dance pace and lyrics that just about everyone at your wedding will know, including your mother.
Edwin McCain – “Letter to my Mother”
When you want something with a little more classic rock drive to it, “Letter to my Mother” uses meaningful mother-specific lyrics moved by rock guitar and a string orchestra. This song also allows for a slightly faster slow dance pace to keep your wedding reception moving.
Carole King – “Child of Mine”
With a voice that still speaks to generations both old and new, this Carole King classic will provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding dance. This song speaks from the mother’s perspective with lyrics like, “Oh, yes sweet darling, so glad you are a child of mine”
Jason Mraz – “93 Million Miles”
For a more modern acoustic feel at your wedding reception, “93 Million Miles” will help maintain your wedding theme, while also providing lyrics that are perfect for your mother-son dance. Look forward to lyrics that portray how even though you’re leaving and moving on to form your new family, your mother will always be there, and you’re always welcome home.
Trace Adkins – “Then They Do”
For the country lover’s wedding, “Then They Do” speaks from the role of a parent. This song portrays all that parents want for their kids, and then seeing them at their wedding, they realize everything they wished and hoped for their child has happened.
Josh Groban – “You Raise Me Up”
With encouraging lyrics like, “You raise me up so I can stand on mountains”, this Josh Groban classic is a wedding slow dance song that truly embodies the role of support a mother plays in her son’s life. With a much slower pace, your mother will have the chance to really savor this emotional moment.
Rod Stewart – “Forever Young”
With a medium tempo and a rock classic undertone, this song works perfect for a mother-son dance, but gives lyrics through the mother’s perspective. Lyrics like, “May you always be courageous” and “May your wishes all come true” speak volumes in a wedding setting.
Boyz II Men – “A Song For Mama”
This Boyz II Men classic is a common choice for many mother-son wedding dances. With lyrics like “Whenever I was down, you were always there to comfort me” and an entire chorus that makes it clear the song is about mothers, it’s easy to see why this song is a popular choice.
Intruders – “I’ll Always Love My Mama”
When you want to change things up from the traditional slow dance and speed things up, you can take your mom back to her younger years with “I’ll Always Love My Mama”. Tell your mom how much you love her with the added benefit of seeing her trademark disco moves along with this 70’s dance classic.
One of the best parts about a wedding is that you can cater it to what you truly love, including the music. You can stick with a classic track, or find a new artist’s cover of the song to change things up. Regardless of what you choose, prepare to strap on your dancing shoes and make lasting memories with any one of these emotionally perfect mother-son wedding dance songs.