We offer a lot of planning advice for your ceremony and portraits, but just as important is your reception after! Rob and I were finalizing reception songs the day before our wedding. 😱 We don’t want that to happen to you. Here are the best mother-son dance songs for your wedding reception!
Your wedding is a celebration of two families becoming linked together as one. While the groom often lets his bride plan many of the wedding details, the mother-son dance is an important way for the groom to include and honor his mom.
It’s up to you to decide if you want to have a slow and emotional song expressing your thanks and love for your mother, or if you’d rather an upbeat song to swing to together. This is definitely a decision to include your mom in! Rob’s mom had a certain song already picked out years before he got married, and your mom might have a favorite, as well.
When Should The Mother-Son Dance Take Place?
Traditionally the reception dancing starts with the couple’s first dance as husband and wife, followed by the father-daughter dance, then the mother-son dance. Often these three main dances are followed by the anniversary dance and/or open dancing.
In recent years we’ve seen more couples decide to enter the reception and immediately go into their first dances. This can be a great way to ensure to have this celebration with all of your guests in case some leave after dinner! Alternatively, most commonly the order of reception is entrances, dinner, toasts, then dancing. Whatever you decide is entirely up to you – after all, this is your day!
The Best Mother-Son Dance Songs:
❤️ “Her Little Man” by Jami Grooms
❤️ “Thank You Mom” by Good Charlotte
❤️ “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
❤️ “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
❤️ “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
❤️ “Then They Do” by Trace Adkins
❤️ “A Song For My Son” by Mikki Viereck
❤️ “Back On The Ground” by Scotty McCreery
❤️ “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw
❤️ “You’ll Be In My Heart” (cover) by Brent Morgan
❤️ “In My Life” by The Beatles
As your wedding photographers, we love capturing this sentimental dance for the two of you! Our approach to photographing wedding receptions is a mostly documentary perspective. However, before your dance ends we recommend you do two things:
- Give your mom a BIG hug!
- Make sure we can capture at least one picture of the two of you smiling at the camera!