Mike McLaughlin | Stepfather of the Bride

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Stepfather of the Bride

by Mike McLaughlin

True to life, original country song created out of the need for a heartfelt Stepfather/Stepdaughter dance for her wedding.
Genre: Country: Country Pop
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Album Notes
Mike McLaughlin studied piano and guitar from the age of 8. In high school Mike took to the trumpet in order to be in the high school band. By senior year, Mike was first chair trumpet with many solo opportunities.

Mike attended West Chester State University and majored in Music Education. While at West Chester he participated in many bands and vocal choruses. He studied voice, keyboard, strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion.

After college, Mike married and began a life of a salesman. Although still very interested in music, the dream took a back seat to raising a family.

At mid-life, the love of performing music took hold once again. Now that the kids are grown, he is back at it with a vengeance writing his own material as well as performing cover tunes of today's country & yesterday's pop oldies. He has performed locally with Kurt Johnston, Debrann Tocce, & the Romano Sisters. Mike is currently active in the Eastern PA chapter (www.epansai.com) of NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) as webmaster, and as a moderator at www.thesongwritersforum.com.

The inspiration for "Stepfather of the Bride" came from a conversation between Mike and his stepdaughter while planning her wedding. The chorus was conceived when Mike asked what was the role of step dad in the wedding besides financially. He said "if I can't walk you down the aisle, can I at least get a dance?" Then came the search for a suitable stepfather/stepdaughter song to accompany their dance. The best we could come up with was Brad Paisley's, "He Didn't Have To Be". Beautiful song, but is sung from the stepson's point of view. He hopes that he could be half the Dad that his stepfather didn't have to be.

Mike sat down and wrote his own song for this special occasion. Mike recorded the song and his stepdaughter knew, but did not hear the song until her special day during the stepfather/stepdaughter dance. On the day of her wedding it was a big hit with his stepdaughter as well as the invited guests. Just 2 days later Mike performed the song live to a 4th of July crowd of about 500. Several DJs asked for copies to play at weddings and he could see that it touched a majority of the people. In this day and age of blended families, his song may become a standard at weddings of blended families.

Please feel free to contact me at mike@mjmmusicgroup.com if you would like to personalize the song!

Title: Stepfather of the Bride (for Erin)
Words & Music By: Michael J. McLaughlin
copyright 2005 MJM * MIKEMCL@USA.NET

I remember when I met you; you looked like you could be mine
With your blue eyes and freckles; maybe it was a sign.
I fell in love with your mama and you came along for the ride.
Now you're getting married, I'm the stepfather of the bride.

I couldn't replace your daddy, and I wouldn't want to try
The one who you relied on all the way to junior high
He was your mamma's man when he gave you life, he should be at your side
It isn't always easy for the stepfather of the bride

I was there as you grew, but can't walk you down the aisle
After all we've been through, Can I dance with you for a while?
Tomorrow I'm gonna miss you; but today I'm filled with pride
Smiling ear to ear, I'm the stepfather of the bride

There were many times we argued, not seeing eye to eye
I tried to raise you up right, sometimes I made you cry.
But you touched my heart so many times that now I must confide
I love you like a daughter; I'm the stepfather of the bride.



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Jessica K.

I want this for my wedding on 8/18/12 please?!?
Hi Mike! I love this song - so touching. I would like to please order it, customized for my wedding on 8/18/2012 - can you please contact me at jessicankays@gmail.com? I have already written all of the lyric request that I want from you please? I would appreciate your help sooooo much! Thank you!

Candice Minton

Need this song personalized
I love this song, but I need some lyrics altered.
Can you contact me at cminton27@gmail.com? I would like to know pricing info.



Thanks for the CD My husband and I are anxious to play it at our daughter's wedding. He has been there so long it is like he is her father and I know that she will love to dance with him to this song. Thanks a bunch!!!!!


what a heartfelt song. I love it the words hit home a number one.

Tammy Crowther

Stepfather of the bride
I have not heard this song yet but am sure it's perfect. My daughter is getting married May 3, 2008. We have spent many hours searching for a special song for her to dance to with her Step-father. He is very important in her life. Her own dad was never really there. You said this could be personalized, But the question I have is. Her step father is walking her down the aisle. Is there any way to change those words. Please let me know soon as the wedding isn't far away... Thanks so much.I wish I could here a demo of this song,but my computer won't play itTammy (mother of the bride)


We played this song at my daughter's wedding 9/16/06. It was a surprise for her stepfather, and he absolutely loved the song as they played it. My daughter has red hair and freckles, so the words were perfect; so much so; that guests asked my husband if he wrote it!
It's not a professional song; but a simple song with a very nice melody and sung from the heart..that's what I liked about it.


LOVE THIS SONG! && Personalize??
i have been searching for months for the perfect song to dance to with my stepdad at my wedding!!! its in a week!!! LOL! i was beginning to think i was just going to have to pick a random song. i was so upset because i want one with meaning. this song is the absolute best song ever for a stepfather/daughter dance!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! also i have seen below that you personalize!? i was wondering if you could change the part that says "12 years old when i met you" to "16 years old when i met you". the rest of the song is perfect!!!! i am close with my daddy, but he also lives far away, and hasnt been with me through the years i needed him most. my stepdad has, so he is like a dad too. i would love to dance to this song with him. i know he would love and appreciate it! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!


Need personalization info please
I love love love your song but there is just one line that i was wondering if you could personalize, its the line that says I was there as you grew, but can't walk you down the aisle , was wondering if you could change it to I was there as you grew, and Im glad to walk you down the aisle, if you think that sounds ok, my step dad is the best dad in the world and he is walking me down the aisle. I would also like to know how much that would cost. Please e-mail me back as soon as you can bc i am getting married may 19th 2012 and I just found this song so sorry for late notice!! Thank you so much I look forward to hearing from you.


if forgot
I forgot to give you my e-mail address and it is betsy14302@yahoo.com


Mike McLaughlin

Personalized/custom versions
I have done dozens of custom recordings of \"Stepfather of the Bride\", and would be glad to help. Please email me at mike@mjmmusicgroup.com if there is something that doesn\'t fit your situation. you may also visit my site for further info. There is a link on the left-hand side of the page.
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