Couples often seek unique ways to celebrate their special day, and one creative option gaining popularity is the combined parent dance during the wedding reception. This involves the father-daughter and mother-son dance being performed simultaneously to a single song. This approach not only adds a touch of togetherness but also ensures that the spotlight isn’t solely on the couple, making it an excellent choice for those who prefer a more collective focus.

a mother and son doing a combined wedding dance with a father and daughter to their favorite songs at a wedding reception.

What Is A Good Song For A Combined Parent Dance At A Wedding?

Picking the right song for a joint parent dance requires careful consideration. The key is to opt for a song that doesn’t specifically mention sons or daughters, and one that avoids the overt romantic context that might not align with the parent-child dynamic. Here’s a curated list of our favorite combined parent wedding dance songs that fit the bill:

  • “My Wish” – Rascal Flatts
  • “The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra
  • “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You” – James Taylor
  • “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Sheryl Crow
  • “Landslide” – The Chicks
  • “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” – Randy Newman
  • “Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton
  • “Just the Two of Us” – Grover Washington Jr.
  • “Through The Years” – Kenny Rogers
  • “Have I Told You Lately” – Van Morrison
  • “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World” – Israel Kamikawiwo’ole
  • “Save the Last Dance For Me” – Drifters
  • “All You Need Is Love” – The Beatles
  • “Do I Make You Proud” – Taylor Hicks
  • “Save the Last Dance For Me” – Michael Bublé
  • “You Are The Sunshine of My Life” – Stevie Wonder
  • “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” – Elton John
  • “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” – Simon & Garfunkel
  • “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns ‘n’ Roses
  • “Time After Time” – Cyndi Lauper
  • “Forever Young” – Rod Stewart
  • “Unforgettable” – Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole
  • “I Hope You Dance” – LeeAnn Womack
  • “Smile” – Barbara Streisand
  • “You Raise Me Up” – Josh Groban
  • “I Turn To You” – Christina Aguilera
  • “Then They Do” – Trace Adkins
  • “Landslide” – Fleetwood Mac
  • “Because You Loved Me” – Céline Dion
  • “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong
  • “Hero” – Mariah Carey
  • “Wind Beneath My Wings” – Bette Midler
  • “Baby Mine” – Arcade Fire
  • “Baby Mine” – Alison Krauss
  • “You’ll Be In My Heart” – Phil Collins
  • “Parents Just Don’t Understand” – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (a humorous option for those with a playful side)
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a mother and son doing a dance together at a wedding reception.

A few tips on doing a combined (joint) parent dance at your wedding:

Here are some valuable tips to enhance your combined (joint) parent dance experience:

  1. Opt for a Song of Adequate Length: Choose a song that spans 3-4 minutes to provide ample time for your wedding photographer and videographer to capture heartwarming moments. Let the dance unfold naturally without cutting the song short; these photos and videos will become cherished memories in the years to come.
  2. Extend the Dance: Elevate the experience by inviting other family members to join the dance floor. Have your DJ play two complete songs. During the initial song, let the focus be on the father-daughter and mother-son dance. For the second song, announce the invitation for all parents, siblings, and even grandparents to join in. The resulting moments will be nothing short of magical, and the photos will reflect the joyous bonds between family members.
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