Betsy's Barn in Portersville, PA was the setting for Katie and Jeff Grande's wedding ceremony with reception. With absolutely gorgeous weather guests began arriving around 3:30 for the gazebo wedding ceremony.
The walkway to the gazebo was decorated with mason jars filled with bright and beautiful flowers. Guests received small wedding programs shaped as a mason jar to cool themselves in case they became too warm. As the last guests were taking their places Jeff's parents were escorted to their seats by Matt, brother of the groom.
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There are many songs out there for the wedding parent dances but many are not suitable for a joint father daughter and mother son dance. My Girl by the Temptations is a great father daughter dance and Oh Mother by Joe Wodarek is an amazing mother son dance but obviously they are gender based.
We have compiled over 85 songs that are possibilities for your formal wedding dance. Some are slow, some more upbeat and some are just not appropriate for your situation. Only you can decide which ones will suit you best.
I advise you not to read too much into the lyrics or you will be faced with absolutely no songs left. Your guests won't put too much thought into what they are hearing, merely enjoying those precious moments watching the 4 of you dancing.
If you would like to mix it up a bit then after a minute or so you can have the other parents join in (switch partners) or have your wedding DJ announce all of your guests join you on the dance floor. Your Disc Jockey can even shorten the song. Most songs will have the second chorus around two and a quarter minutes where the song can be faded out.
Don't rule out something very upbeat and poppy. We had a groom once that used Todd Rundgren's Bang The Drum for the mother and son wedding dance. It was played every Friday on the radio while his mom was driving him to high school. That song brought back many great memories for him. It was a surprise to his mom and the wedding guests really got into it.
What I am saying is don't be afraid of being a little different. These are the weddings guests will remember the most.
A New Day Has Come-Celine Dion
A Whole New World-Regina Belle/Peabo Bryson
A Wink and A Smile-Harry Connick Jr.
All To You-DJ Keo
All You Need Is Love-Beatles
Always Be Your Baby-Natalie Grant
Because Two People Fell In Love-Brad Paisley
Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
Bridge Over Troubled Water-Simon and Garfunkel, Clay Aiken
Can You Feel The Love Tonight-Elton John
Child Of Mine-Carole King
Cinderella - Chuck Wicks
Do I Make You Proud-Taylor Hicks
Everything I Do, I Do For You-Bryan Adams
First Day Of My Life-Bright Eyes
Fly Me To The Moon-Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble'
Forever Young-Rod Stewart
Have I Told You Lately-Van Morrison, Rod Stewart
Hero - Mariah Carey
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You-James Taylor
I Am Your Child-Barry Manilow
I Can See Clearly Now-Jimmy Cliff and Johnny Nash
I Hope You Dance-LeeAnn Womack
I Wish You Love-Natalie Cole
If I Could-Regina Belle
If There Hadn't Been You-Billy Dean
I'll Be-Edwin McCain
I'll Be There-Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson
In My Life-Beatles
Just The Two Of Us-Grover Washington
Lean On Me-Bill Withers
Let Them Be Little-Billy Dean
Let's Talk About Love-Celine Dion
Long and Winding Road-Beatles
Look At Us-Vince Gill
Love Can Build A Bridge-Judds
Love Of My Life-Jim Brickman
Lullaby - Billy Joel
Memories Are Made Of These-Dean Martin
My Wish - Rascal Flatts
Never Alone-Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum
One Friend-Keb' Mo'
Save The Last Dance For Me-Drifters
Smiling Face-James Taylor
Somewhere Over The Rainbow-Judy Garland
Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World-Israel Kamikawiwo'ole
Somebody's Hero-Jamie O'Neal
Stand By Me-Ben E. King, John Lennon
Stealing Cinderella - Steven Curtis Chapman
Sunrise, Sunset - Topel or Perry Como
Sweet Child Of Mine-Guns 'n' Roses
Sweet Pea-Amos Lee
Teach Your Children Well-Crosby, Stills and Nash
Thanks Again - Ricky Scaggs
That's Amore'-Dean Martin
Then They Do-Trace Adkins
There You'll Be-Faith Hill
Through The Years - Kenny Rogers
Time After Time-Cyndi Lauper
Time To Say Goodbye-Andrea Bocelli
Times Of Your Life - Paul Anka
Tough Little Boys - Gary Allan
Unforgettable - Natalie and/or Nat King Cole
Way You Look Tonight-Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble', Steve Tyrell
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
When You Need Me-Bruce Springsteen
When You Wish Upon A Star-Billy Joel
Wild Flowers-Tom Petty
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
Wonderful Tonight-Eric Clapton
Wonderful World-Dizzy Gillespie
You Are So Beautiful-Joe Cocker
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life-Stevie Wonder
You Got A Hold On Me-Temptations
You Raise Me Up-Josh Groban
You Send Me-Ben E. King
You'll Be In My Heart-Phil Collins
You're The Inspiration-Chicago
You're The Top-Cole Porter
You're Gonna Miss This-Trace Adkins
You're Nobody 'Till Someone Loves You-Dean Martin
You've Got A Friend-James Taylor
You've Got A Friend In Me-Randy Newman
If you have any other suggestions for joint father daughter and mother son songs please let me know and I will add them to our list.
DJ Rockin Steve Credo