Wedding days are such a remarkable event that unites everyone in love and celebration. And for brides, it’s the perfect opportunity to show her heartfelt appreciation and love to her Mother. There are so many sweet gestures that you can plan to do, but one that stands out the most is the mother-daughter dance. It is the special moment that you and your Mom will spend dancing together to a beautiful song. But with so many options out there, you might find it difficult to choose just the right one! So, let me, as a wedding photographer who loooooves those tender moments, guide you on how to pick the perfect song that will celebrate your bond with your Mother and touch the hearts of everyone who witnesses it.

First of all, recall your childhood memories, specifically of the moments that you two shared as you grew up. Consider songs that have meaningful lyrics and choose one that brings back happy and nostalgic memories of your childhood and the bond between you and your Mom. It could be something as simple as a lullaby or a traditional folk song your mother used to sing to comfort you.

If you’re considering something more pop or mainstream, there are a couple of options that can never go wrong. For instance, ‘You are the Sunshine of my Life’ by Stevie Wonder, ‘Have I Told You Lately’ by Van Morrison or ‘In My Life’ by The Beatles are all warm and touching songs that celebrate the bond between a mother and a daughter.

Another great idea is choosing a song that is personal to your family and your relationship with your Mom. It could be a song about your hometown or even something on the playlist for long road trips, a special occasion like Mother’s day or simply a song that has always been part of your family gatherings. Such songs carry sentiments and emotions that will make the dance even more special.

Alternatively, you can choose songs that are recognizable and fitting across different generations to suit your guests’ various tastes. Some suggestions for such songs are ‘My Girl’ by The Temptations, ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong or ‘Unforgettable’ by Nat King Cole (duet with Natalie Cole). They’re classic songs perfect for the Mom and Daughter dance, and everyone will sing along and feel the warmth of that sweet, sweet moment.

To make your moment even more unique, consider asking your DJ or Band to create a custom mix of two songs, one being a classic and the other contemporary. Not only will the mix turn your Mom daughter dance into a sentimental moment, but it will be buzz-worthy and unforgettable for years to come.

The mother-daughter dance is more than just an activity on the day of your wedding; it’s an emotional experience that will be cherished forever. So, take your time and pick a song that represents your bond and touches your hearts. Remember, it’s not about the song itself, but the memories, stories, and sentiments attached to it. This moment is also about the love that you share with your Mother, which surpasses all other kinds of love. Make it memorable, make it special, and use the opportunity to express your adoration and appreciation to your Mom.

about the author

Hey there, I'm Jenn!

I'm a wedding photographer with a terrible memory, so I love creating images that feel a little bit like you're remembering them (and guess what--having a great photo will help with that if you're just like me!)

Working with creative people who want to tell a story through their photos lights me up. I love exploring little towns, watching birds, and snapping sweet smiles.



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