The strong bond between a mother and her daughter is indisputable; she is her ride-or-die. The mother is also an idol for her daughter as she leads the way to becoming a strong woman. But It feels like mothers are deprived of the grand moments they deserve at their daughter’s wedding.
Think about it this way; she has been there and has witnessed several milestones. Even now that you are about to get married, she has been there through the whole process down to helping you find that perfect dress. But she doesn’t get to walk you down the aisle.
So in the bid to equal the love for both parents who strived so hard to raise them, most brides now add mother and daughter dance with the usual father and daughters. Although this is a new trend, finding that special song from the dizzying array of songs available can be daunting.
So we created this list to narrow your search and get the best pieces that perfectly convey the emotions and bond you share with your mom and give you time to reflect on the past.
Top Mother-Daughter Songs For Wedding
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Here are the best mother-and-daughter songs for weddings.
1. “I Hope You Dance” by Le Ann Womack
Memorable Lyrics: “Don’t let some Hellbent heart leave you bitter/ When you come close to sellin’ out, reconsider/ Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance.”
There is no better way to dance with your mom than with this Grammy award-winning piece by Le Ann Womack that is like motherly advice to her young daughter. The song is motivational and suggests following your heart and making sensible decisions that offer happiness. It also advises you to persevere when things appear dark.
2. “In My Daughter’s Eyes” by Martina McBride
Memorable Lyrics: “In my daughter’s eyes/ I can see the future/ A reflection of who I am and what will be.”
This song mirrors how lovely it is to see how our children do more for us than we know. It is a perfect reflective song; it tells the daughter’s belief that her mom is her hero, very influential, full of wisdom, and courageous.
3. “Mother” by Sugarland
Memorable Lyrics: “She’ll take you in, feed your friends/ Her open arms are welcoming/ She stands here to help you/there’s nothing she won’t do.”
This song perfectly depicts a mother’s unconditional and genuine love for her child. This song will remind you of the days you were little, and your mother always got your back.
4. “I’ll Be There” by The Jackson 5
Memorable Lyrics: “I’ll reach out my hand to you/I’ll have faith in all you do/ Just call my name, and I’ll be there (I’ll be there).”
Dancing with your mother just got more emotional with this classic from the 70s with its reassuring lyrics. What can be more relieving than your mother promising to always be there for you?
5. “Every Mother’s Dream” by Martina McBride
Memorable Lyrics: “A vision of the dream that’s coming true/ Here you are…A woman, still the little girl I knew.”
Every mother’s dream is to see her daughter lift milestones, find the love of her life and become the best version of herself. All this is what is embedded in the song “Every Mother’s Dream” by Martina Mcbride.
6. “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion
Memorable Lyrics: “For all those times you stood by me/ For all the truth that you made me see/ For every dream you made come true/ For all the love I found in you.”
Use this song to reflect on when you were young and weak, but your mom was always there for you. It is a great addition to your mother-daughter songs for a wedding playlist.
7. “Sweetest Devotion” by Adele
Memorable Lyrics: “And you’re my hope, you’re my despair/You’re my scope, everything, everywhere.”
Award-winning singer/songwriter described the sweet devotion of a mother to her child in the piece and will serve well to create that grand moment between the bride and her mom on the wedding day.
8. “Her” by Anne Marie
Memorable Lyrics: “When I think of my mother, no one compares to her/ A love like no other, she puts everyone else first.”
This is a thank you song for all the love you got from your mother, all the lessons taught, and who you have become due to your upbringing. There is no better way to evoke positive emotions and reflect than with “Her.”
9. “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars
Memorable Lyrics: “If you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can’t see/I’ll be the light to guide you/You’ll always have my shoulder when you cry/I’ll never let go, never say goodbye.”
This is another song to help reassure mother and daughter of always being there for each other even though they are now married.
10. “When God Made You My Mother” by Riley Roth
Memorable Lyrics: “When God made you my mother, He knew who I’d need/ When he picked you from the others, He could already see.”
The great piece speaks about the bond between a mother and her children and how lucky they are to have her as a mother. You should have this one on your mother and daughter wedding songs playlist.
11. “Like My Mother Does” by Lauren Alaina
Memorable Lyrics: “I’ve got her spirit/She’s always got my back.”
Remember when we said every mother is a role model to her daughter? This song stresses more on that. Lauren Aina talks about how she got everything from her mom and finds herself mimicking her mother in everything she does.
12. “I Turn to You” by Christina Aguilera
Memorable Lyrics: “For a shield (for a shield)/ From the storm (from the storm)/ For a friend, for a love to keep me safe and warm/ I turn to you (I turn to you).”
Your mother was your first help in times of trouble, the only person you always turned to. So why not do the mother daughter dance to a tune that speaks the words your mouth can’t say?
13. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
Memorable Lyrics: “I hear babies cry, I watch them grow/They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know/ And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”
Of course, it’s a wonderful, sacred day that you are getting married, which is every mother’s dream for their daughters.
14. “You’re Gonna Be” by Reba McEntire
Memorable Lyrics: “You’re gonna fly with every dream you chase/You’re gonna cry but know that that’s okay/ Sometimes life’s not fair, but if you hang in there.”
This song inspires the soon-to-be-mother to have the courage to face the world and be ready for challenges. It is an inspiring song for the mother-daughter wedding moment.
15. “Days Like This” by Van Morrison
Memorable Lyrics: “When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch/ Well, my mama told me there’ll be days like this.”
Your wedding day is one of those days Van Morrison talked about; days of happiness, joy, and memories.
16. “Mom” by Meghan Trainor
Memorable Lyrics: “She’s my world, she’s my heart, and there’s no denying/I’m her girl no matter what, even when I’m lying.”
Every mom is the bomb, but no mom is as unique as yours. Those are the words of Meghan Trainor serving this upbeat song for your mother daughter wedding moment.
17. “Blue” by Beyoncé
Memorable Lyrics: “Make it last forever/ Come on baby, won’t you hold onto me/ Hold on to me.”
Beyoncé is a great artist, and we all know that. This piece dedicated to her daughter, Blue-Ivy, is a special one that amplifies the love of a mother to her child.
18. “I Say A Little Prayer” by Dionne Warwick
Memorable Lyrics: “You’ll stay in my heart, and I will love you/ forever (and ever)/ We never will part, oh, how I love you.”
Mom’s prayer is always a blessing, and you can’t afford to miss such a blessing on your special day.
19. “Slipping Through My Fingers” by ABBA
Memorable Lyrics: “The feeling that I’m losing her forever/ And without really entering her world/I’m glad whenever I can share her laughter/ That funny little girl.”
The tugging emotional lyrics of this song are enough to evoke old memories between mom and daughter as she says “I do” to another man. It’s a must-have on your mother-daughter wedding song playlist.
20. The Best Day Taylor Swift
Memorable Lyrics: “I didn’t know if you knew/ So, I’m taking this chance to say/ That I had the best day with you today.”
This song is nostalgic. It will have your mother smiling and tearing up at the same time. It is a recount of all young ages up to adolescence and adulthood where your mom has constantly helped and supported you.
21. “My Girl” by The Temptations
Memorable Lyrics: “I don’t need no money, fortune, or fame/ I’ve got all the riches baby one man can claim.”
22. “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
Memorable Lyrics: “Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’, ‘Cause I’ve built my life around you/ But time makes you bolder, even children get older.”
23. “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
Memorable Lyrics: “Oh, you’re the best friend that I ever had/ I’ve been with you such a long time/ You’re my sunshine and I want you to know.”
24. “Ribbon in the Sky” by Stevie Wonder
Memorable Lyrics: “This is not a coincidence/ And far more than a lucky chance/ But what it is that was always meant/Is our ribbon in the sky for our love, love.”
25. “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
Memorable Lyrics: “But more than anything, more than anything/ My wish for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to/ Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small.”
26. “My Darling” by Wilco
Memorable Lyrics: “And be sure, darling/To make all the good times last”
27. “Thank You, Mom” by Good Charlotte
Memorable Lyrics: “Said I thank you, I’ll always thank you/ More than you will know/ That I could ever show.”
28. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John
Memorable Lyrics: “An enchanted moment/ And it sees me through/ It’s enough for this restless warrior/Just to be with you”
29. “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys
Memorable Lyrics: “Looks like a girl, but she’s a flame/So bright, she can burn your eyes”
30. “Right by You” by John Legend
Memorable Lyrics: “And even when it all becomes too much/ When you’re growing old and feeling out of touch/ Listen to this song and just take care”
31. “Mother” by Sugarland
Memorable Lyrics: “She’ll take you in, feed your friends/ Her open arms are welcoming/ She’ll rub your back all night when you’re crying
32. “Promise” by Tori Amos
Memorable Lyrics: “Where the sun shines I will be there/You are the light.”
33. “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty
Memorable Lyrics: “Far away from your trouble and worry/ You belong somewhere you feel free”
34. “Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift
Memorable Lyrics: “I won’t let nobody hurt you/Won’t let no one break your heart/ And don’t lose the way that you dance around in your PJs getting ready for school,”
35. “Mama” by The Spice Girls
Memorable Lyrics: “I didn’t want to hear it then, but I’m not ashamed to say it now/ Every little thing you said and did was right for me”
36. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
Memorable Lyrics: “I will feel a glow just thinking of you/ There is nothing for me but to love you/ And the way you look tonight”
37. “You Are My Sunshine” by Kina Grannis
Memorable Lyrics: “You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you/Please don’t take my sunshine away”
38. “Mother” by Kacey Musgraves
Memorable Lyrics: “Wish we didn’t live so far from each other/ I’m just sitting here thinking ’bout the time that’s slipping/ And missing my mother, mother”
39. “Where You Lead I Will Follow” by Carole King
Memorable Lyrics: “Feeling lonely, and so cold/ All you have to do is call my name, and I’ll be there on the next train”
40. “A Mother’s Prayer” by Celine Dion
Memorable Lyrics: “I pray you’ll be my eyes/ And watch her where she goes/ And help her to be wise.”
When it comes to mother-daughter songs for wedding, the main focus is on the song’s lyrics. It should be able to evoke old happy memories and stir up an emotional atmosphere that interprets the bond you share with your mother.
To make the moment more memorable, you can look for a song with a special meaning for you and your mom. Such songs lead to happy tears.
Here are some important questions others also ask concerning mother-daughter dance.
What Is a Mother-Daughter Dance on Her Wedding Day?
It is a heartwarming way to thank your mother for always being there for you. It is a special moment on your wedding day set aside for the bride to honor her mother and reflect on the past.
How do I bless my daughter on her wedding day?
Aside From gifts and others, a sincere prayer for your mom’s marriage will go a long way.
Serena & Dominic are a married couple and parents to 3 wonderful children. They plan weddings, run multiple small businesses, and curate wedding events.
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