The mother-son wedding dance is a rollercoaster of emotions. It's easily a sentimental moment that makes everyone wipe their tears. Seeing a shy mom dance for the first time in front of many people for her son is a fun moment too.
A grandmother, aunt, or any mother figure can be the groom's partner for this special instant because, at the end of the day, the importance of this time is to honour the relationship of the groom and whoever he considers his mom.
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Who Picks the Mother-Son Wedding Dance Song?
To the tune of a song, the mother-groom wedding dance becomes extra special and heartfelt. This song can represent a son's message to his mother, a mother's wish for her son who is about to make his own family or their mother-son relationship.
The song choice comes traditionally from the groom. But as the groom, you can also ask for help from your wife-to-be, your father, and even your mother.
What Is the Most Popular Mother-Son Wedding Dance Song?
“My Wish” by Rascal Flatts has proven itself to be a staple during weddings, especially for the mother-son dance.
“My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to be,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you and wants the same things too.”
The lyrics excerpt from the song proves how “My Wish” perfectly encapsulates the essence of the mother-groom dance.
Get ideas from the songs below and make your mother-son wedding dance one for the books.
Best Dance Songs
- "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
- "Mother and Child Reunion" by Paul Simon
- "The Perfect Fan" by The Backstreet Boys
- "Have I Told You Lately" by Van Morrison
- "God’s Been Good to Me" by Keith Urban
- "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion
- "The First Lady in My Life" by Paul Todd
- "Kind & Generous" by Natalie Merchant
- "Ordinary Miracle" by Sarah McLachlan
- "Mother Like Mine” by The Band Perry
- "O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- "99 Words" by Sir John Tavener and Roxanna Panufnik
- "Songs My Mother Taught Me" by Antonin Dvořák
- "Hymn to the Mother of God" by John Tavener
- "Fraunliebe und -leben" by Robert Schumann
- "Six Pieces for Orchestra" by Anton Webern
- "Requiem for My Mother" by Rebecca Dale
- "Dancing on Tiptoes" by Rachel Bruerville
- "Grandmother's Minuet" by Edvard Grieg
- "Empress of the Night" by Amy Beach
- “He Gets That from Me” by Reba McEntire
- “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
- “Never Alone” by Lady and Jim Brickman
- “Like My Mother Does” by Lauren Alaina
- “Sweet Child of Mine” by Sheryl Crow
- “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood
- “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw
- “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
- “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney
- “Mama Said” by Lukas Graham
Old Songs Your Mother Knows
- "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" by Glen Campbell
- "Mama, I’m Coming Home" by Ozzy Osbourne
- "I'll Always Love My Mama" by The Intruders
- "Mama Liked the Roses" by Elvis Presley
- "Isn’t She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder
- "The Wish" by Bruce Springsteen
- "Mama Used to Say" by Junior
- "Mom" by Earth Wind, & Fire
- "Philomena" by Thin Lizzy
- "Mother" by Ray Charles
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- "Some Kind of Wonderful" by Michael Bublé
- "Loves Me Like a Rock" by Paul Simon
- "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys
- "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars
- "U Can’t Touch This" by MC Hammer
- "Thank You Mom" by Good Charlotte
- "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire
- "You’re My Best Friend" by Queen
- "Dear Mom & Dad" by Us the Duo
- "Let’s Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
- “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
- "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra
- “Here Comes the Sun Again” by M. Ward
- “Do I Make You Proud” by Taylor Hicks
- “You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor
- “All My Tomorrows” by Frank Sinatra
- “A Mother’s Song” by Daniel Kirkley
- “Time After Time” by Iron and Wine
- “Summer Wind” by Frank Sinatra
- “Hey, Ma” by Bon Iver
The mother-son wedding dance makes mothers (and mother figures) relive their journey of triumphs and sorrows with their sons. Sons from the wedding guests get an idea of how they can make their moms dance at future weddings.
Through a carefully chosen song, the mother-groom dance becomes more memorable. A groom commonly decides the music, but help from family members, friends, and good old Google can make the decision-making faster.
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