One of the most emotional parts of a wedding reception is when the bride and groom dance with their respective parents. For the mother of the groom, who traditionally has almost no role in his big day, this is her two-minute moment in the spotlight. And despite myriad eyes that will be watching, it's an intensely intimate chance to bond with her boy.
Picking the right music is key to making this moment even more memorable. While there are few songs specifically about mothers and sons, there are plenty about love and relationships that could work. The best type of song is sincere and heartwarming and won't make guests feel uncomfortable.
That's why it's imperative to carefully read or listen to the lyrics of any song you're considering: Watch out for inappropriate sentiments about breakups, forbidden love, and jealousy. Look for lines about unfailing love and support, lifelong commitment, or even hard times that turned good if that's relevant to the relationship.
The groom can suggest some songs to Mom or vice versa—maybe there's a song that has special meaning to them because she often sang it to him when he was a child. Both parties should agree to the song; if not, they should keep looking. Here are seven worth listening to:
"Song for Mama" by Boyz II Men
"You've Got a Friend" by James Taylor
"The Baby" by Blake Shelton
"Child of Mine" by Carole King
"My Wish" by Rascal Flatts
"Thank You for Loving Me" by Bon Jovi
"You'll Be in My Heart" by Phil Collins