30+ Parent Dance Pictures for Your Inspiration

Weddings are woven with rituals and moments that celebrate love, unity, and family. Among these treasured traditions, the parent dance stands out as a deeply symbolic and emotional highlight. It’s a moment that honors the past, celebrates the present, and looks forward to the future. For many brides and grooms, this dance is more than just a formality; it’s a rite of passage, a heartfelt tribute to the parents who have guided them to this pivotal moment in life.  In this article, we’ll celebrate these parent dances and show you 30+ incredible pictures from our photographers for your inspiration.

Parent Dance Examples

See these beautiful examples of father-daughter, mother-son, and mother-daughter dances below.

Scott Josuweit foreground, shootthrough Photo by SMJ Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg, PA
Elyssa Kivus planning? mother, daughter Photo by Kivus and Camera (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at The Meadows in Raleigh, NC

Mauricio Urena close and wide for emotions Photo by Mauricio Urena (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Doka Estate Events in Sabanilla, Alajuela Costa Rica
Magda Moiola father, close for emotions Photo by Magda Moiola (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Hotel La Genzianella in Bormio Italy
Franklin Balzan father, up close and wide Photo by Frank Balzan (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Villa Mdina in Malta

Belinda Philleo close and zoomed in for emotions Photo by Belinda Philleo (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier, CA
Lucia Diaz close and zoomed in for emotions Photo by Luzye Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at in Palos Verdes, CA
Danieka wide Photo by Picturist Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, California
Kat MacDonald wide Photo by TKM Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Terrace Banquet Hall in Vaughan, Ontario Canada
Lukas Slobodzian wide Photo by 4 Eyes Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Valley Ridge Golf Course in Calgary Canada
Stoyan Katinov wide Photo by Katinov Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Wadley Farm in Lindon, Utah
Leif Nielsen clean, soft flash Photo by Roc Focus (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Hyatt Rochester in Rochester, NY
Jess and Kim clean, soft flash Photo by Party of Two (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at The Venues at Langtree in Mooresville, NC
Nicole Brodzik clean, soft flash Photo by Images by Nic (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Minneapolis Golf Club in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Nina Larsen Reed nautral light Photo by Larsen Photo Co (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Breckenridge Nordic Center in Breckenridge, CO
Austin Sylvest nautral light Photo by Francis Sylvest (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Historic Crags Lodge in Estes Park, Colorado
Kristin Cheatwood nautral light Photo by Kristin Cheatwood (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Croney Cove in Ketchum, ID
Zack Bradley nautral light Photo by Zack Bradley (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Avenue in Greenville, SC
Andy Madea spotlight with flash Photo by Andy Madea Photo (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Tourterelle Inn in New Haven, VT
Tracy Jenkins side angle for emotion Photo by Tracy Jenkins (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Omni Providence in Providence

Paul Cooper side angle for emotion Photo by PMC Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Whispering Oaks Terrace in Pala, California

Roy Serafin shootthrough Photo by Roy Serafin (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Oak Brook Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, IL

Thien Tong exisitng, ambient light for more moody look Photo by Thien Tong (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Da Nang Viet Nam

Jeff Tisman creative lighting Photo by Jeff Tisman (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Clarks Landing in Point Pleasant NJ
Maddy Mahairas negative space and creative compositions Photo by Maddness Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Barrington Hill Farms in Dade City, FL
Thaddeus Ladzinski shoot towards a beautiful background Photo by Ladman Studios (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at The Aria in Prospect CT
Charles Moll father, zoom in, other Photo by Charles Moll (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at The Ponds at Dry Creek in Belgrade Montana
Sid Chauhan other Photo by Sidpix Studios (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Personal Farm House in Kerrville, Texas
Eric Hammonds other Photo by Uniquely Created Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Swan Lake Event Center in Powell, Ohio
Alberto Lora other Photo by Alberto & Vanessa Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant, New Jersey

Tips for Having a Beautiful Parent Dance

To ensure this special dance tugs at the heartstrings and looks as magical in photos as it feels, consider these tips:

Choose a Meaningful Song

Select music that reflects your relationship with your parent, something that resonates with shared memories or sentiments.

Adrian Ong other Photo by Lets Make a Memory (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at South End Racquet & Health Club in Torrance, CA

Practice the Dance

While spontaneity is beautiful, a little practice can help make both participants feel comfortable and confident.

Sean Thurston close and zoomed in for emotions Photo by Sean Thurston (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Four Winds at North Mountain in VA

Communicate with Your Photographer

Let your photographer know about the dance in advance, including the song choice and any choreographed moves, so they can prepare to capture every emotion.

Shukhrat Kamalov bride's reaction Photo by Shukhrat Kamalov (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Connecticut National Golf Club in Putnam, CT

Timing is Everything

Schedule the dance at a moment when all guests’ attention can be directed to the dance floor, ensuring the atmosphere is charged with emotion.

keep backgrounds moody and interesting Photo by BridgetQ Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile)

Unique Ideas for Parent Dances

To make your parent dance memorable and unique, consider adding a creative twist:

Christina MacMeeken balcony Photo by The Macmeekens (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at The Springs Event Venue in Weatherford, Texas

Choreographed Routines

Shake things up with a choreographed number that showcases your personalities and surprises the guests.
Photo by Stefani Ciotti (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Knotting Hill Place in Little Elm, Texas

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Mix the music to include several songs that have been significant throughout your life for a nostalgic touch.

info@jessieanddallin.com side angle for emotion Photo by Jessie and Dallin (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Walker Farms in Lindon, UT

Incorporate Family Traditions

If there’s a dance or song that holds special meaning to your family, weave it into the moment.

Luis Roberto Cabello Garza close and wide for emotions Photo by Creando Fotos (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Las Nubes Eventos in Monterrey México

Do it Together!

Combine the Mother-Son Dance and the Father-Daughter Dance Vows and Peaks planning important - same time Photo by Vows and Peaks (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Auto Camp in Zion National Park in Utah

Flash Mob Style

Involve the bridal party or family members in a flash mob dance, starting with the traditional parent dance and evolving into an all-inclusive celebration.


The parent dance is a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle that deserves to be immortalized in the most beautiful way possible. It’s an ode to the profound bond between parents and their children. With the right preparation, music, and photographer, this dance can be transformed into an evocative tableau

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