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Hello there, my name is Stephen Scott, and I am a Las Vegs Wedding DJ, the following post will share some of my insight on how and why the Wedding Basics are important, and how easy it is to turn the basic activities into an Amazing Wedding.

Mother Son Dance

There’s always a First Dance for the Bride and Groom, and depending on the circumstances there is usually a Father / Daughter Dance and sometimes a Mother / Son dance. This post will give you some things to think about when it comes to the Mother Son Dance.

think small (and personal)

First of all, this does not have to be an elaborate activity. This is one of those special moments that is special because it is small and personal. There is plenty of time to take a few minutes and and just share a dance with one of your parents. The whole room will clear out and give you some space, and even though there will be music, enjoy this quiet time in the middle of the storm.
think about your mom (and what she’ll be thinking about)

Admittedly, the “dance” part of this is not that important (to most sons). Your mom, however, will be flooded with all of the thoughts of you as a baby, you growing up, etc. This is a couple of minutes for you to let her know you appreciate everything she did for you growing up. The crowd will just morph together in the background, and it will be just the two of you, (for just one quick moment)

think about a song

Now that you’ve visualized that moment, was there a song already in your head? If so, go with your first choice. If you’re not sure, I have a few song suggestions below. I did a little research for this newsletter, and I made a list of every song I’ve played for these dances for the past twenty years and counting. Some of the popular choices get repeated over and over again because they were specifically written with this dance in mind. But notice that there are several, several other songs that have been chosen for one reason or another. There is no right or wrong choice in this matter* as long as it makes you two happy, it’s OK with me.

Popular Mother Son Songs:

“A Song For Mama” and “The Man You’ve Become” are the most commonly chosen songs, but there are plenty of other choices..

Boys II Men: A Song For Mama
Mary Pasuti: The Man You’ve Become
Reba McEntire: You’re Gonna Be
Rod Stewart: Have I Told You Lately
Beatles: In My Life
Lynrd Skynrd: Simple Man
Randy Travis: Angels

But you will also notice a wide variety of songs chosen for personal reasons.

Aaron Lines: 20 Years Late
Backstreet Boys: The Perfect Fan
Barbara Striesand: Evergreen
Barbara Striesand: Memories
Beatles: In My Life
Ben E. King: Stand By Me
Bette Middler: Wind Beneath My Wings
Blake Shelton: The Baby
Boys II Men: A Song For Mama
Celine Dion: Because You Loved Me
Dean Martin: When You’re Smiling
Diamond Rio: I Believe
Eagles: Peaceful, Easy Feeling
Elton John: Blessed
Elvis Presley: Can’t Help Falling In Love
Eydie Gorme: Eras Tu
Fiddler On The Roof: Sunrise, Sunset
Five For Fighting: 100 Years
Fleetwood Mac: Landslide
Frank Sinatra: Young At Heart
Gene Vincent: Rose Of Love
IZ: Over The Rainbow
James Taylor: Fire & Rain
Jim Brickman: Valentine
Jim Cocre: I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song
Kenny G. f. Louis Armstrong: What A Wonderful World
Kenny Loggins: Danny’s Song
LeAnn Womack: I Hope You Dance
Louis Armstrong: What A Wonderful World
Lumineers: Ho Hey
Lynrd Skynnrd: Simple Man
Marc Anthony: My Baby You
Marvin Gaye: How Good It Is (To Be Loved By You)
Mary Pasuti: The Man You’ve Become
Natalie Cole: (This Will Be An) Everlasting Love
Norman Blake: You Are My Sunshine
Randy Travis: Angels
Rascal Flatts: My Wish
Reba McEntire: You’re Gonna Be
Reba: You’re Gonna Be
Rod Stewart: Forever Young
Rod Stewart: Have I Told You Lately
Sheryl Crow: Sweet Child O’ Mine
Stevie Ray Vaughn: Little Wing
T Carter: A Sons Love
Taylor Hicks: Do I Make You Proud
Tracy Byrd: Keeper Of The Stars
Van Morrison: Magic Time
Waylon Jennings: Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys

But Wait, there’s more!

now that the elements are are all together in you head,
think about how you want to put them together

Sometimes, you might want to dance with a little flair. We can combine parts of a slow and fast song together if you actually want to “dance” for everyone. Or, if you (or your Parent) is a little shy, I can ask other couples to join you on the dance floor. We don’t have to have the isolation moment if you don’t want it.

Or, if you want to do something extra personal and special, I (and several other DJs) could help out by recording some of your thoughts and adding them in with the music. The voice overs will make sure you don’t forget what you wanted to say, and also lets your guests in on this private moment. You could say something about them, they could come in and say something about you, there are plenty of ways to make a song your own with the voice over technique.

Hopefully, the list of songs, or the visualization technique, or letting you know about the voice over technique will help you get an idea of how you would like this moment to be. Don’t stress out about what “you are supposed to do” – if you think it’s the right thing to do, it probably is.

And one last thing,
Think about how happy you will make your parents feel by doing this.

And always remember: this is your big day – it’s supposed to be fun.

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The Real DJ Steve is both a Las Vegas Wedding DJ and the owner of United DJs Las Vegas.


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