We get it, it's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind that is your wedding reception. From one face to the next, you’ll find yourself running around the banquet hall tirelessly thanking and hugging everyone from your favorite aunt to your college roommates’ plus one. In the midst of all that madness, it's important to express your gratitude to those who deserve it most.
If you’re looking for an alternative to a father-daughter or mother-son dance song, we’ve got some suggestions to make that moment last a lifetime. Whether it be with your brother, sister, best friend, cousin, sibling, aunt or uncle, here’s our guide to choosing the best song for that special thank you.
It’s Not About Romance
The distinction between this dance and most of the other special dance moments during your wedding is that this song will not be about romance. This is good to keep in mind as you shuffle through some of your favorite albums to find the perfect jam. Be sure to listen for the lyrics and find some that apply to your relationship with that person to ensure the dance will feel perfectly catered to them.
Think of Memories
In order to pick the perfect song to resonate with your particular family member the most, think back to your most cherished memories with them. Were there standout moments in your childhood that neither of you will ever forget? Remember those times that person was there for you in your time of need? Do you have a song that is special to your relationship with them? Now’s the time to harken back to those moments! Dig deep.
Choose a Mood
The best way to decide what mood to set is by figuring out where the dance will be featured in the progression of the reception. Need to get the party started? Cue the hip-hop breakdance number you and your brother learned from the early 2000’s MTV. Need more feet on the dance floor? Maybe you and your aunt’s favorite line dance could be just the invitation for those still glued to their seats! Need a breather? Use a mellow, slow-paced song for that sentimental moment with your brother or sister. Here are some suggestions for you; take your pick!
For that moment of pure gratitude and slow steps, choose one of these songs! Whether it be with your sister, brother, uncle, or aunt, these ballads are sure to make your family member feel special during that slow dance.
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
I’ll Be There - Jackson 5
Somewhere Over the Rainbow_What a Wonderful World - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
You’ll Be In My Heart - Phil Collins
Line Dance (if you must!)
PB+J, Eggs + Bacon, Gin + Tonic, the list goes on and on; yet, very few things go better together than dance floors and line dances. Here are our suggestions for the best way to get movin’ and groovin’.
Cha Cha Slide
Cotton Eye Joe
Turn Up + Break Down
Pump up the jam, it’s time to get this party started! In order to make your dance performance the highlight of the night, It's best to bring out your wild side as you show everyone how you ‘get down’.
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
Howlin’ for You - Black Keys
(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Always be sure to run your choice by the members partaking in the dance. It's important to not push limits and to make sure everyone is comfortable with whatever moves are needed.
That being said, if grandpa wants to break out the worm, be sure to respect your elders (and have a stretcher on stand-by).
Ask Your Wedding Band or DJ for Suggestions
Brother/sister and aunt/uncle dances can be difficult to navigate, so turning to an expert is never a bad idea. Asking your wedding band or DJ for their song selections can point you to the perfect music for this particular dance. At Mole Street Artists, our wedding bands and DJ’s are perfectly seasoned and experienced to play the song you’re looking for, and play it well!
We’ve got talented disk jockeys like DJ Serop, DJ Adrian Hardy, DJ Sabeel Chohan, DJ Redasko, DJ Oluwafemi and more to play those jams you requested. Our wedding and dance bands like Blues Junior, the Sermon!, York Street Hustle, Brian Williams and the Getback, The 9’s, and the Hoppin’ John Orchestra are skilled performers guaranteed to make your dance, and all the dances of the night just right. Feel free to book some jazz with Tom Moon’s Jazz Casual, Chelsea Reed, The Vance Camisa Quartet, Bonjour Paris, Peter Gaudioso, or Christopher Davis Shannon.
All of our bands and artists are well-equipped to make this moment unique for both you and your family members. We know how important this day is for you, your family, and your future husband/wife and we’d be more than excited to book one of our artists to play the perfect songs for all the special moments of the night.
Get in touch to speak with our talent booker, Sean Timmons to find your wedding band or DJ!