The Ashings are a wedding duo/trio featuring alto-soprano female vocals, classical/folk guitar, violin and/or cello. Based in Bend, Oregon, The Ashlings provide the perfect combination of elegant classical and time-honored pieces for your ceremony, with upbeat Americana, traditional and Irish songs for your reception and dinner. While many groups can provide one or the other, no other group in Central Oregon offers this unique combination. In addition, The Ashlings will learn your special song(s), a piece of music that you can carry with you long after your wedding day is over.
Let us help you pick your songs. We’ve played 100s of weddings and we know what works! Its hard to know where to start. Here is a sample of some typical music choices. Please see our blog to get an idea of some other approaches that might be a better fit for you.
Pre-ceremony music: Classical and contemporary mix of instrumentals only
Wedding Party: “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” Elvis – Instrumental
Bridal Entrance: Pachelbel’s Canon in D – Instrumental
Recessional – Couple Leaves the Ceremony: “All I Want is You” U2 – With Vocals
Cocktail Hour: Upbeat Americana with vocals
Here is a sample of our wedding repertoire. If you are looking for a song or piece that you don’t see on this list please contact us. We love learning new songs.
By far the world’s most popular wedding song for the processional, Pachelbel’s Canon never gets old. It brings out emotion in me no matter how many times we play it. This song was buried for centuries and then rediscovered in the 20th Century and first published in 1919. But it’s placement in a number of pop songs of the 90’s include Green Day’s Basket Case and the Pet Shop Boy’s cover of “Go West” is what really catapulted this song into the American consciousness.
Wedding March – Mendelssohn
Written by Felix Mendelssohn in 1842, this song feels the most cliche of all the typical wedding classical pieces, but it’s charm definitely lies in its history and tradition. Mendelssohn wrote this for a suite of pieces to Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” but this song was first popularized by the royals, namely Princess Victoria when she married Prince Rederick William of Prussia in 1858.
Bridal Chorus – Wagner
Also popularized by Princess Victoria’s wedding, and often coupled with Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, Bridal Chorus is also known as “Here Comes the Bride” and is one of the most popular processionals in the western world. It was originally written for the German opera Lohengrin in 1850, and was sung by the women of the wedding party in the opera as they accompany the protagonist, Elsa to her bridal chamber.
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
Also known as the Prince of Denmark’s March, it was written by Jeremiah Clarke around 1700. It’s perfect for the procession or recessional after the couple has been presented to the guests. Great bit of trivia: it was the song played at the 1918 wedding of Charles, the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. The Ashlings do a wonderful version of this song with violin or cello and guitar, but here is a link to Trumpet Voluntary played with trumpets, how it was originally intended.
Pavane – Fauré
From the composer that brought the world the magnificent opera “Requiem,” Pavane is named for a sixteenth century court dance performed in pairs and influenced by the Spanish aristocracy. An emotional and melancholy piece, this elegant composition nonetheless sets the stage for a sophisticated ceremony. A great prelude while the guests are being seated.
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Mozart
In German this translates as “a little serenade” or more commonly known as “a little night music.” Originally written for a string quartet, this piece sounds authentic with guitar and cello (or cello and violin) as performed by The Ashlings below.
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
One of The Cure’s best songs, and one of the best songs to come out of the 80s for that matter, Just Like Heaven’s can stand on it’s own as a melodic masterpiece. Wait to you hear the intro and interludes on a cello! (Hear The Ashling’s version below.) Robert Smith says that on one level the song was written about a trip to the coast of southern England with his fiancé, but it is also about learning magic tricks as a child, and later seduction tricks as an adult. So in quintessential Cure fashion the song is playful, a little creepy, and little morose with more than a few strokes of brilliance. Perfect for the couple who remembers loving this song as kids or teenagers.
She Moved Through The Fair – Irish Traditional
This haunting Irish ballad written in mixolydian mode can be traced by to Mediaeval times, and was originally collected by Padraic Colum who rewrote the first few verses.
Into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie
An instant classic and one of the truly timeless gems that can be claimed by our generation, Ben Gibbard’s I Will Follow You Into the Dark is the band’s best selling single to date. In layman’s terms, Gibbard explores the conflicts of upbringing, love, death and the quest for some kind of spirituality outside of the Catholic Church.