Your wedding day symbolizes the beginning of a new life with you and your spouse. From that moment forward, the two of you are connected by more than just vows and a last name; everything you are and will be becomes intertwined into a life that you will build and share together for years to come. While this is certainly a moment to treasure, it’s just as important to acknowledge the people who helped you get to it. Without the love and support of those closest to you, you may not have the pleasure of starting this grand ol’ adventure together.
While there are likely several people who have positively influenced your life, few can compare to your mother. In fact, mothers deserve a very special place at weddings. That’s why many couples opt to include father/daughter and mother/son dances as part of their receptions. This is extremely fitting, as your parents have been by your side your entire life, pushing you forward, helping you through challenges, and offering endless love and encouragement.
If you’ve decided to include the very special tradition of a mother/son dance at your wedding, it’s important to pick the perfect song for the occasion. Luckily, there’s a lot to choose from! To make the selection process a little easier, you may want to divide your options into categories. Here are several great mother/son songs that fall under the following categories: happy and sappy, upbeat and fun, and slow and sweet.
Happy and Sappy
“My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
In this song, Rascal Flatts manages to capture the wish of so many parents. Every line and verse sounds like the kind of advice a loving mother would give to her son when he begins talking about a new life journey. Consider the chorus and you’ll see just how perfect this song can be.
“My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to.
Your dreams stay big; 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.
Yeah, this is my wish.”
“The Wonder of You” by Elvis Presley
While Elvis specialized in love songs, “The Wonder of You” really lends itself to expressing love for your mother. This selection is truly beautiful and, as an added bonus, it’s perfect for a family of Elvis fans. From the very first line, the song expresses the way it feels knowing your mother is there for you, ready to offer a helping hand no matter the circumstances.
“When no one else can understand me, when everything I do is wrong,
You give me hope and consolation; you give me strength to carry on.
And you’re always there to lend a hand, in everything I do.
That’s the wonder, the wonder of you.”
Upbeat and Fun
“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by James Taylor
A mother’s love really is a beautiful and joyous thing and some songs capture the feeling behind it better than others. This classic by James Taylor isn’t only a lovely listen, but it’s also perfect if you and your mother want to plan some choreographed dance moves for your big day. Make the moment extra special (and sweet!) as you and your mother dance and listen to these beautiful lyrics:
“I needed the shelter of someone’s arms and there you were.
I needed someone to understand my ups and downs and there you were.
With sweet love and devotion, deeply touching my emotion.”
“Sweetest Devotion” by Adele
What better song to choose for your mother/son dance than one written by Adele for her own son? Adele is well known for creating songs that speak emotional volumes, but this one takes the cake! “Sweet Devotion” is the perfect song for the mother who has spent her life devoted to her children.
“The sweetest devotion, hitting me like an explosion.
All of my life, I’ve been frozen. The sweetest devotion I’ve known.”
Slow and Sweet
“93 Million Miles” by Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz is known for his easy melodies and slow but happy guitar work. Fans love a number of his songs because they are both immensely sweet and uplifting. This song, more than all the rest, rings true as a great mother/son dance song because of its touching lyrics:
“Oh, my, my how beautiful, oh my beautiful mother.
She told me, “Son in life you’re gonna go far,
If you do it right you’ll love where you are.
Just know, wherever you go, you can always come home.”
“How Long Will I Love You?” by Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding explores a simply beautiful sentiment in this song and, when applied to a mother’s love, it really is perfect for a mother/son dance at a wedding. It asks how long love will last and the answer couldn’t be more touching:
“How long will I give to you? As long as I live through you, however long you say.
How long will I love you? As long as stars are above you, and longer if I may.”