200 Best Mother-Son Wedding Dance Songs (Ideas for 2024)

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Picking out the best mother-son wedding dance songs from the millions of songs on iTunes or Spotify can be a bit overwhelming.

We are here to help you find the best song for you and your mom.

I have personally photographed around 500 mother-son wedding dances, so I have heard so many great songs

Plus, we talked to over 100 couples and DJs and asked them for their favorite mother-son wedding songs for 2024.

Mother son wedding dance songs. A groom and his mom dancing at a wedding
This is one of my favorite mother-son wedding dances that I photographed. They danced to “You’ll Be In My Heart” from Phil Collins. All photos on this page are courtesy of Thomas Beaman Photography

In this article we will cover the following:

What is a good song for the mother and son dance at a wedding?

When picking out your mother-son wedding dance music, it’s a good idea to choose a song that fits your personality and also reflects the relationship that you have with your mom.

There are no set rules when it comes to music for your wedding reception (or any other part of your wedding for that matter). Pick a song that you and your mom want. That will be the perfect song.

You can click on the link to any song title to open the video (with lyrics) in YouTube.

In this video, I show you how to use ChatGPT and other free AI tools to find personalized mother-son wedding dance songs:

Watch this quick video to see how ChatGPT can give you a personalized list of songs that match exactly what you and your mom are looking for.
A mother dancing with her son at the wedding reception. they are dancing to their favorite songs.
I loved photographing this mother-son wedding dance. They danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
This acoustic version of Sweet Child O’ Mine is one of my favorites to use for the mother-son dance.
If you are on mobile and the video does not open automatically, you can listen to it here on YouTube.

What is a good country song for a mother-son dance at a wedding reception?

This is the best song list if you are looking for country songs for your wedding day. Whether you are having a rustic wedding, or if you just simply love country music, these are the songs for you.

For even more country songs, check out our ultimate list of country wedding dance songs (over 400 songs for every part of your big day!)

What are some unique songs for the mother-son dance?

If you’re looking for a song that is a little more unique for the mother-son dance, here are a few great choices that you will not hear at too many others weddings. Many of them are amazing cover versions of popular songs that you already know.

A mother and son dancing together at the wedding reception. They are dancing to their favorite two songs.
Stephen told me that this photo of him and his mom dancing at their wedding is one of his favorite pictures ever. I love capturing moments like this for the couples that I work with.

Classic Rock Songs For Your Mother-Son Dance (Plus Modern Rock and Alternative):

What is a good upbeat mother-son dance song?

If you and your mom prefer to dance to something a little faster, choosing a song from this list of upbeat music might be the perfect choice for the two of you.

These songs would be perfect to add to a mashup-style dance (where you and your mom dance to a mix of fun, upbeat songs)

Are there any funny mother-son wedding songs?

Maybe you and your mom have a great sense of humor and want to dance to something a little more light-hearted. Here are a few fun songs to consider for the mother-son dance.

A Biologist’s Mother’s Day Song – Cadamole

If you and your mom have a fun sense of humor, this might be the perfect song for you 🙂 You can get the MP3 for your DJ from the link in this video.

What are the most popular mother-son wedding dance songs?

We talked with wedding DJ Adam Gingrich of Select DJ Group and he told us the most requested songs that his team gets for the mother-son wedding dance are:

Adam said that a mother-son dance trend that he is seeing more and more of is when the mother and son do a mashup song.

This is when they start off with a sweet slow song and then go into a more upbeat song to finish the dance.

Adam says, “this always get a great response from the guests and it’s a really fun and memorable moment for a parent dance.”

Here is a great example of a mother-son mashup wedding dance:

Mother-Son Dance FAQ

If you have questions about the mother-son dance, we’ve probably got the answers.

If you have any other questions that we do not cover here, send us a message with your question, and we will add it to the post.

Who picks the mother-son dance song?

The song for the mother and son dance is typically picked out by the groom or the groom’s mom.

Ask your mom if there is a special song that she would like to dance to. You can even send her the link to this article to help her with making a decision.

If you are completely overwhelmed by the process of choosing a good song, you can ask your DJ to narrow it down for you (or they can even make the decision for you).

What song should I choose if I am dancing with my stepmom?

If you have a close relationship with your stepmom, any of the songs from this list will work.

If you are dancing with your mom and stepmom, try to pick a song that reflects your unique relationship with each of those special people in your life.

What does the mother son dance symbolize?

Dancing with your mom on the wedding day is a special moment you don’t want to skip.

This special dance is a great way to honor the special bond between a son and his mother.

You and your mom will cherish the photos forever (I speak from experience).

What is the most popular mother-son wedding dance song?

We reached out to dozens of DJs and hundreds of couples for a new music poll. One of the questions that we asked was, “What is the first song that comes to mind for the mother-son dance at a wedding?”

It was not even a close competition.

The most popular mother-son wedding dance song isMy Wishby Rascal Flatts.

When does the mother-son dance happen at a wedding?

The mother and son dance typically happens right after the father-daughter dance at a wedding reception. The most common time for the parent dances to take place is right after dinner. Some couples like to do both of these special dances right after their first dance. We recommend talking with your DJ to work out the perfect order of events for your reception.

What to do for mother-son dance if mom has passed away?

This is a question that we hear often.

What can I do if my mom has passed away? Does the bride still do a father-daughter dance?

If the groom’s mom has passed away, you can leave out the mother-son dance completely, or you can do something special in your mom’s memory.

One idea that we love is a group dance to a special song that celebrates the life of your mom. You can choose any song that your mom loved.

We recommend doing this right after the father-daughter dance.

Another idea is doing a special dance with someone else who you are close with (sister, grandma, aunts, etc.)

Does the groom dance with his mother-in-law?

The groom doing a special dance with his mother-in-law is not something that happens at most weddings, but this is your day. If the groom has a great relationship with his mother-in-law, doing a special dance together would be wonderful.

The same goes for the bride and her father-in-law.

You could even do those two dances together at the same time to the same song.

A couple of tips for getting the best photos of the mother-son dance:

  1. Some grooms (and mothers) cringe at the thought of being the center of attention, so they tell the DJ to cut the song after 30-60 seconds. We recommend having your song play for a minimum of 90 seconds. This gives your photographer plenty of time to get some awesome candid photos of the groom and his mom. If candid photos are important to you, we recommend having your song play for 2-3 minutes (that is the ideal range).
  2. We recommend doing the mother-son dance separately from the father-daughter dance. Some couples think that doing them together is a way to save time, but all it does is make it hard on your photographer. Do these dances back-to-back, but keep them separate to increase the number of candid photos from your wedding photographer.

Note: The mother and son dance is definitely one of the photos you should add to your wedding photography shot list (check that article for a ton of amazing photo ideas).

Here are some additional wedding planning tips and resources:

Some fun mother and son wedding dance inspiration for those looking to do something a little different:

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