Category Archives: Popular Wedding Music

Sunriver Wedding Music

If you’ve decided to get married in Sunirver, you’re in good company; it is one of the most popular wedding venues in Oregon. The music that accompanies your big day should be something that is both classy with a dash of rustic chic. Musicians that can play both classical and Americana/Folk would be perfect for this venue, and my band the Ashlings is a great example of a group that can perform Sunriver Wedding music that fits the setting.

Just the Way You Are – Amazing – Bruno Mars

For a Sunriver Wedding we played in February of 2013, the groom Matt Gorman requested this Bruno Mars song as the processional and it was a surprise for his wife. The chorus on this song is particularly powerful “When I see your face, there’s not a thing that I would change, ’cause you’re amazing just the way you are.” A great sentiment for a wedding and more of a modern and personal choice for couples looking to change it up a bit.

Tennesee Waltz

This was a first dance choice for a mother and son song during a Sunriver wedding in the winter. The Great Room is absolutely enchanting in the winter, decorated with thousands a little tea lights and candles and a cozy fire burning at the centerpiece of the room. This song brought everyone back in time.

What a Wonderful World

This was the recessional for a Sunriver Wedding in the summer of 2012. The couple was from Hawaii and loved the version by Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole with Somewhere Over the Rainbow at the beginning. This is just one of those “perfect” songs.

A Thousand Years

Again this was Sunriver Wedding in the winter, so the candles and the lights inside the cozy lodge reminded us all of the video. A lot of bridge request this song and it has really grown on me. While it may be more of a “pop” choice that everyone will recognize, there is a reason it is such a famous song. I always get it stuck in my head after we play it.


john denver wedding songs

John Denver Wedding Music

I feel conflicted writing a post about John Denver songs you might consider for your wedding: He is just so totally over the top sometimes. We were forced to learn “Wedding Song – There is Love” for a ceremony one summer… and I’m sorry, it’s just too much, and too many Jesus references. Our generation cannot deal with that kind of earnestness.

That said, my friend Annie got married that summer and wanted the song “Annie’s Song” for her first dance with her new husband Derek. The first time I listened to it again to learn it, I definitely shed a few tears! So there, in the song also known as “You Fill Up My Senses,” he nails it.

(I also have one more confession to make, and that is my mom was his neighbor in Aspen in the 70s and used to listen to his songs in the backyard of their apartment building. She told him she thought he should be famous!)

Annie’s Song

This is such a timeless and utterly gorgeous song, especially for a wedding where nature is center stage. I love his delivery of this song. The lyrics are so emotional, monumental even, and his voice still sounds kind of casual, as if this was something he would say to his wife everyday.

You fill up me senses like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses come fill me again.

Come let me love you, let me give my life to you
Let me drown in your laughter, let me die in your arms
Let me lay down beside you, let me always be with you
Come let me love you, come love me again.

Country Roads

Perhaps one of his best known songs, I think this would make a great recessional song for a country wedding, or for a couple who misses the rural life.

In conclusion, I know this list is short, and there are many other amazing John Denver wedding music to choose from, but these are my favorite and feel the most timeless for modern weddings.

Jack Johnson Wedding Music

Jack Johnson Wedding Songs

I fell in love with Jack Johnson’s music in college at Lewis & Clark in Portland. At the time it seemed like there was just nothing else out there like he was doing. His music sounded like surfing in Hawaii… sitting around a campfire after a long day out on the water.

I fell out of love with his music for a time as I often do when artists go on to be hugely popular and I can no longer pretend they are my little secret. But now I’ve come to my senses, and I’m into it again. I’ve been really inspired by his songs lately and even wrote a bunch of my own, borrowing chord progressions and rhythms from some of his albums.

Below are my handpicked top five Jack Johnson wedding songs for your ceremony or reception.


I recorded a cover of Jack Johnson’s “Constellations” with my friend Franchot Tone on the guitar. I’ve spent so much time over the past year exploring different coast lines either kayaking or sailing that this song resonated in a lot of ways. He manages to capture something both beautiful and wholesome and mysterious all in one song. You can see yourself there on the beach watching the kids play in the surf, or later in the song sitting under a tree and waiting out the rain. It’s so specific to time and place and yet universal. Nice work.


What a perfect song for the first dance of the bride and groom. This album was first released on his album “Sleep Through the Static” in 2008 and recorded at the Solar Powered Plastic Plant in LA (making it his first album not recorded in Hawaii.) Jack Johnson’s performance of “Angel” is perfecto, but something about this version of Angel by Jess Delgado seems to do the song a new kind of justice.

Better Together

I can only come to the conclusion as evidenced by this song and many others that the man is definitely in love with his wife. Again the word wholesome comes to mind. I’d recommend this as a casual recessional for a small ceremony or a first dance.

Key lyrics:

Our dreams, (and) they are made out of real things
Like a, shoebox of photographs
With sepia-toned loving
Love is the answer…

I Got You

This is a cool video of Jack having fun in Hawaii. I image this song sung by a guitar strumming groom.

Banana Pancakes

He manages to take something so mundane and make it all cozy. How does he do that? Even the very first line transports me somewhere I want to go. I recorded my own cover of this song and had a great old time playing it last year when we were down in Baja on a sailing trip and that’s what we had for breakfast. There were some particularly harrowing moments on that journey where I definitely wished I was inside making pancakes… with Jack Johnson 🙂

Can’t you see that it’s been raining?
Ain’t no need to go outside…

Hopefully that gives you some ideas if you’re looking for a little Jack Johnson wedding music for your big day. The Ashlings love to learn new songs, so pick your favorite and we’ll add it to our repertoire if you’d like us to play at your reception or ceremony.

Popular Wedding Songs for Generation X

We’ve played dozens of weddings over the last four years, and they are almost always for people around our age, Generation Xers. There is probably a quality to our music that resonates with this generation. I did a little research and was surprised to find that Generation Xers actually don’t feel like a generation at all. But I was also surprised to find how well I fit the description… it was a little disconcerting. Some highlights: first generation to come home to empty houses with both parents still working, we’re entrepreneurial, individualistic, feel misunderstood, want to save the neighborhood, not the world, late to marry etc. Does this resonate with anyone else out there?

I decided to make a list of some of our most popular requests from this generation. I love how they are a mix of mainstream and alternative.


Many of us can remember the first time we heard the Jeff Buckley version of this Leonard Cohen song. It’s powerful, romantic, painful, and vulnerable with redemption possible at the end. Probably one of the most cathartic songs about the complications of love and the relief of finding it at last.

Beloved One

Our generation really made the career of Ben Harper, so it is no surprise that we claim this one as our own. I love the honesty and simplicity of the lyrics: “We have both been here before, knocking upon loves door, hoping for someone to let us in.”

All I Want Is You

We grew up on U2 and your favorite bands as a kid stay with you for life. Bono has this incredible ability to mix vivid imagery with memorable choruses and melodies. The story on him is that all of his love songs, every single one, was written for his wife. So I can’t think of a more appropriate catalogue of songs to dig up for a Gen X wedding. “You say you’ll give me eyes in a moon of blindness, a river in a time of dryness, a harbour in the tempest.”

Good Feeling

I’m definitely borrowing the idea for this song from the show “How I Met Your Mother” a TV series basically written by and about our generation. On the show the Violent Femmes song is performed by the LA band The 88, and their version is less gritty than the original but beautifully done in their own style. I like this song as an idea for the first dance: edgier, likely not understood by the grandparents, by a high resonance with folks our own age.

These are just a few of the most popular wedding songs for Generation X that we’ve come across. We’d love to know if you have any suggestions.