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Wedding Songs: 30 Perfect Wedding Songs for Parent Dances

They're touching reception events: The bride waltzing with her dad, the groom tangoing with his mom. Here're some of our favorite tunes to use.

Photo: Paige Brown Photography

Trying to come up with the perfect wedding song to dance to with Dad or Mom? Start by deciding if you want a beautiful slow ballad or also want a song with meaningful lyrics. (Warning: If you choose a tear-jerker, plan the dance for later on in the reception, when the party is beginning to wind down and most of the pictures have already been taken!)

Below is a list of popular mother and son wedding songs as well as father and daughter wedding songs. We recommend reading through the whole list for ideas -- some songs work for a father-daughter or mother-son wedding dance. Or, you may want to choose one song and have both dances at the same time.

Mother/Son Wedding Songs

  • "Blessed" (Elton John)
  • "Can I Have This Dance" (Anne Murray)
  • "Close to You" (The Carpenters)
  • "Have I Told You Lately" (Rod Stewart or Van Morrison)
  • "Loves Me Like a Rock" (Paul Simon)
  • "I Can See Clearly Now" (Johnny Nash)
  • "I Wish You Love" (Gloria Lynne)
  • "In My Life" (The Beatles)
  • "Stand by Me" (Ben E. King)
  • "Through the Years" (Kenny Rogers)
  • "Unforgettable" (Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole)
  • "What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong)
  • "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (Stevie Wonder)

Father/Daughter Wedding Songs

  • "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (Elton John)
  • "Daddy's Little Girl" (Al Martino)
  • "Daddy's Hands" (Holly Dunn)
  • "If I Could" (Ray Charles)
  • "Isn't She Lovely" (Stevie Wonder)
  • "Lean on Me" (Bill Withers)
  • "Lullaby" (Billy Joel)
  • "My Funny Valentine" (Carly Simon)
  • "My Girl" (The Temptations)
  • "She's Leaving Home" (The Beatles)
  • "Sunrise, Sunset" (from Fiddler on the Roof)
  • "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" (Merle Haggard)
  • "The Way You Look Tonight" (Frank Sinatra)
  • "Times of Your Life" (Paul Anka)
  • "Turn Around" (Harry Belafonte)
  • "You Are So Beautiful to Me" (Joe Cocker)
  • "Whenever I See Your Smiling Face" (James Taylor)

-- Cindy Hobson

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