Choosing Your Wedding Parent Dance Song

The parent dance song at a wedding is about honoring your mother or father. Traditionally the bride dances with her father and the groom dances with his mother. Choosing which song you will dance to is something that many couples spend a lot of time considering. Are you close with your mother or father? Do you have a sentimental relationship? Are you choosing the song, or is your parent?

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You may want your parent dance song to represent your relationship with your mom or dad. There may even be a song that reminds you of your mother or father. Choosing a song that your parent will recognize is also something to take into consideration. Some couples allow their parents to choose the song. However, this may mean you will be dancing to a song that is not meaningful to you. If you want your parents’ input, we suggest making a list of a few songs that you would like to dance to, and then allowing your parent to make the final decision.

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For parent dances, as with any wedding custom, you don’t have to stick with tradition. The bride may for one reason or another want to dance with an Uncle or her Mom. The groom’s mother may not be physically able to dance, so he could dance with an Aunt or another meaningful person in his life. We’ve also seen many couples combine their parent dances.

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We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite parent dance songs for wedding receptions. Which one is your favorite?

 

  • In My Life – The Beatles
  • Blessed – Elton John
  • Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  • You Are My Sunshine – Stevie Wonder
  • Daddy’s Little Girl – Al Martino
  • Lullaby – Billy Joel
  • My Little Girl – Tim McGraw
  • God Only Knows – Beach Boys
  • Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
  • You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
  • Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  • My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  • Through the Years – Kenny Rogers
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamikawiwo’ole
  • Your Song – Elton John

Looking for more wedding music ideas? Take a look at our blog for more tips!