Craig Smith Music

Craig Smith Music: Weddings & Functions Solo Piano

Wedding Piano North West

Craig has provided wedding piano and function entertainment in North West wedding venues since 2002, and has become one of the leading and most-recommended North West wedding pianists. For just a few of his recent reviews, see below. As he works full time as a session musician (his CV including work alongside acts such as Paloma Faith, Bryan Adams, Pixie Lott and many more), there is no need to charge premium wedding prices; packages & prices start at just £180, the same as regular functions.

All necessary equipment can be supplied if your venue doesn't have a piano, or if you'd like a second (or even third!) piano in other rooms. As standard, all bookings include a white electric piano and PA system, and a discount is offered where these are not needed. Also included in all bookings is fuel, travel and set-up time, insurance (most venues require insurance from external suppliers as a condition of their own insurance) and so on, so there are no surprises on the day. Bookings are secured with a small £100 deposit, with any balance payable two weeks before the performance, and are handled by Craig's specialist wedding music promotions company, Dream Day Music. It means that there will always be someone available to you should you need advice, even if Craig is unavailable due to touring or similar.

All prices include:

Craig can facilitate real grand piano hire through his promotions company, and Craig is also available with more compact portable baby grand pianos too!

For wedding ceremonies, all of the music is your choice - there is no pre-set list that you are asked to choose from as is the case with many North West wedding pianists, nor is there any charge to learn pieces of music. For all other types of performance, requests are welcome too.

Craig doesn't just offer solo piano; he works regularly with saxophonists, singers, violinists and flautists, all of whom can be booked through him in one simple booking. Craig also has other pianists that work for him should he already have a booking, and also as insurance in case there was an unforeseen short-notice circumstance preventing Craig from performing.

Wedding Venues / Areas Covered

map of 75 north west wedding venues played by Craig Smith

Craig has played as a solo wedding pianist at most of the Lancashire wedding hotels, and regularly plays in the Lake District, Wirral, Cheshire, and West Yorkshire too (as shown on the map). He is available for both receptions and ceremonies, and is a part of acts including talented singers and session musicians on other instruments, such as saxophone and violin.

Ribble Valley wedding venues form the majority of his bookings, with Eaves Hall his most regular venue, closely followed by Mitton Hall, Shireburn Arms and Mytton Fold. Other venues such as The Outbarn, Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn and the Inn at Whitewell see regular bookings too.

Preston wedding venues, and those immediately surrounding Preston, are also regular haunts. Bartle Hall, Samlesbury Hall, The Villa at Wrea Green, Farington Lodge, Brockholes and Beeston Manor are all favourite places to play, along with various Lytham and Blackpool venues like The Glendower Hotel and Singleton Lodge.

Further afield, Craig pays visits to various Cheshire and Liverpool venues (Peckforton Castle, Crabwall Manor and Nunsmere Hall being three) and lots of Cumbrian and Lake District wedding venues, including but not limited to Eden Barn, Broadoaks Country House, Silverholme, Augill Castle, The Grange Hotel, Langdale Chase and Belmount Hall.

Craig's is recommended by several wedding venues, their staff, wedding planners / co-ordinators and fellow suppliers. Various venues book him directly for their open events and other corporate functions, as do local wedding businesses wanting to add music to their special events. His ten most regularly booked venues are:

  1. Eaves Hall, Clitheroe (as shown in the background image, courtesy of Anthony Ives Photography)
  2. Bartle Hall, Preston
  3. Mitton Hall, Clitheroe
  4. West Tower, near Ormskirk
  5. Lancashire Manor, Skelmersdale
  6. Peckforton Castle, Cheshire
  7. Samlesbury Hall, Preston
  8. Stanley House Hotel, Mellor (near Blackburn)
  9. Stirk House, Clitheroe
  10. The Outbarn, Clitheroe

Wedding piano Lancashire

Craig is available as a wedding pianist in Lancashire wedding hotels: Preston Marriott weddings, Rufford Old Hall weddings, Leyland Hotel weddings, Eaves Hall Weddings, Mitton Hall Weddings, Preston Guild Hall Weddings, Shaw Hill weddings, Ferrari's Country House weddings in Whalley, Stanley House weddings, The Villa weddings, Gibbon Bridge weddings, Dunkenhalgh Hotel weddings and Last Drop Village weddings.

Wedding piano Manchester

Craig is also available to play live music for weddings as a wedding pianist in Manchester. Manchester wedding venue piano music is available for The Lowry weddings, The Castlefield Rooms weddings, Manchester Marriot weddings, Great John Street weddings, Manchester Town Hall weddings, The Midland weddings Manchester, The Palace Hotel Manchester weddings, Manchester Malmaison weddings etc.

Wedding piano Liverpool / Merseyside

Merseyside / Liverpool wedding piano is available at various wedding venues in Liverpool for The Park Hotel weddings, The Liverpool Isla Gladstone Convervatory weddings, Eccleston Park golf club weddings, Blundels Hill golf club weddings, Blenheim Lakeside Hotel weddings, Liverpool Alicia Hotel weddings, Everton FC weddings, Liverpool FC weddings, Liverpool Radisson Blu weddings, Hard Days Night Hotel weddings, Liverpool Malmaison weddings, Liverpool Thistle Hotel weddings, Liverpool Marriott weddings, Sir Thomas Hotel weddings, The Bluecoat weddings, Leasowe Castle weddings etc. Craig plays in Liverpool acoustic music and live lounge duo Acoustics By Kate, available for acoustic wedding music in Liverpool with a professional Liverpool wedding singer singing soul and motown and a professional Liverpool wedding pianist.

Lake District wedding piano

Craig has performed at many Cumbria wedding venues and is available for Lake District hotel wedding venues such as: Kendal Riverside Hotel weddings; Damson Dene hotel weddings; Windermere weddings at Belsfield Hotel, Beech Hill Hotel, Merewood Country House, Cragwood Country House, Langdale Chase Hotel, and Storrs Hall; Grassmere Wordsworth Hotel weddings.

Craig's wedding performances are managed by Dream Day Music. Local Preston wedding piano is available at all of the local wedding venues. Craig has recently provided or been booked to provide piano music at wedding hotels, often with saxophone or singers too, at venues including:

Musicians for Lancashire Wedding Venues

We are proud to offer the best quality musicians for the following venues:

There are various piano wedding packages available in Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire available starting at just £180, ranging from simple piano solos during a wedding ceremony, right through to a full day of wedding music. Our packages are priced to be affordable; due to the musicians we use all being busy professional musicians working most days of the week, they do not need to surcharge for weddings at weekends.

Happy Customers

Craig never asks for references. Once you've had your big day, you want to be left alone in peace to enjoy your first days of married life; the last thing you want it suppliers pestering you for reviews, or worse: award nominations! Still, most couples do choose to get in touch at some point when things have settled down, with letters, cards and emails of thanks and recommendation. Please browse below just a small selection of these. There are many more on Craig's Facebook Page.


It was lovely getting serenaded as we decorated this morning!!! #SuperTalented

- Pretty Little Parties [venue dressers]

Heard Craig while working - Wedding Ceremony & Wedding Breakfast - Solo Piano Preston Marriott - Preston - June 17th, 2018

Out Of This World!!

five star rating on Facebook

Craig performed at our wedding on Saturday & he was out of this world!! We would highly recommend him to anybody wanting a pianist he is truly talented. All our guests commented on how fantastic he was.

- Danielle & Paul

Wedding Ceremony & Drinks Reception - Sax & Piano Duo

Samlesbury Hotel - Preston - May 19th, 2018

Absolutely Fantastic!

five star rating on Facebook

I booked Craig & John to play piano and sax at our wedding on 4th February 2018 at Peckforton Castle. They were absolutely fantastic! They played music during our service and reception and it was warming and beautiful. So happy! I requested a handful of songs that meant something to us but then decided to let John and Craig decide the rest and we were not disappointed. Complete professionals, friendly and such stars! Highly recommend! Thank you so much, you made our day!

- Victoria & James

Wedding Ceremony & Drinks Reception - Sax & Piano Duo

Peckforton Castle - Tarporley - February 4th, 2018


five star rating on Facebook

Me and my husband would like to thank you for your wonderful music at our wedding ceremony at Newhouse Farm. We were blown away by your professionalism and your talent. It really made our day even more magical than we had anticipated. We just wish that you lived in our house and played your piano there 24/7. Thank you so much!

- Lizzie & Lance

Whole Day Wedding Package - Solo Piano

New House Farm - Lorton, nr. Keswick - March 18th, 2017

Our Guests Were Awestruck

five star rating on Facebook

We got married on Saturday 17th September at Samlesbury Hall and were literally blown away by Craig. He is so talented and genuinely made our day. Craig set the atmosphere so perfectly and our guests were awestruck. He even helped me do my speech by playing along with cards I held. Nothing was too much and he played so beautifully, I had tears in my eyes. Thank you so much Craig, you're the best!

- Hollie & James

Wedding Breakfast - Solo Piano

Samlesbury Hall - Preston - September 17th, 2016

Made My Husband's Day

five star rating on Facebook

My new husband & I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you for playing at our wedding. You made our wedding breakfast perfect & made my husband's day by playing Z-cars! We couldn't recommend you highly enough. Thanks for everything!

- Louise and Martin

Wedding Breakfast - Solo Piano

The Villa - Wrea Green - September 16th, 2016

Had Me In Tears!

My husband and I would like to say a massive thank you for the beautiful music you arranged and played at our wedding on the 13th of August at the Last Drop Village. My entrance music was just perfect and even though the day went by in such a blur, I'll always remember hearing it before I came in the room, it had me in tears! It was all so beautiful and our guests loved it.

- Charlotte and Matthew

Wedding Ceremony - Piano & Violin

Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa - Bolton - August 13th, 2016

Professional and Reliable

How lovely yesterday was to work with a professional and reliable pianist as yourself Craig. Look forward to doing so again soon. Mr & Mrs Taylor loved it!

- Donna Brown, Pure Elegance Weddings & Events Ltd [Wedding Planner]

Wedding Ceremony, Drinks Reception & Wedding Breakfast - Solo Piano (ceremony); Piano & Sax (reception) and Piano & Vocals (meal)

Eaves Hall - Clitheroe - July 1st, 2016

Nothing Was Too Much Hassle

five star rating on Facebook

We booked Craig for our wedding at Barton grange in June 2016. Nothing was too much hassle, he was even prepared to learn music that he had never played before. Having the piano played as guests entered the room made the setting even more perfect. All of our guest commented on how lovely it was having Craig play the piano whilst relaxing having a drink and said it was nice just to sit listening to him play. We couldn't recommend Craig enough.

- Lucy and Anthony

Drinks Reception & Wedding Breakfast - Solo Piano

Barton Grange Hotel - Preston - June 4th, 2016

Absolutely Perfect

With love and thanks for your help in making our wedding day everything we dreamed of and more! Thanks you so much for playing at our drinks reception and wedding breakfast, your music was absolutely perfect and we would recommend you to everyone.

- Laura and Craig

Drinks Reception & Wedding Breakfast - Solo Piano

Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa - Southport - March 26th, 2016

Would Highly Recommend!

Just want to say a massive thanks to Craig for playing at our wedding on 13th Feb - he was absolutely fantastic throughout and so helpful! I had very specific requirements as to the procession music and Craig put me totally at ease that all would go to plan and really delivered on the day! Thanks Craig! Would highly recommend!

- Steph and Carl

Whole Day Package - Solo Piano

Peckforton Castle - Cheshire - February 13, 2016

Fantastic Decision

I just wanted to say on behalf of all of us - a huge thank you for your great playing at our wedding yesterday. It was a fantastic decision to choose you and it was nice to simply get on with things without having to worry, knowing that the music was taken care of. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend you and certainly would use you again for other family occasions.

- Alan Taylor (father of the bride)

Ceremony & Drinks Reeption - Solo Piano

Carden Park - Cheshire - October 11, 2015

What a Great Job

Just watching our wedding video and I wanted to say what a great job you did playing the piano at our wedding at Eaves Hall last November. Your performance of Paradise by Coldplay was awesome and our videographer got it all. You should have it on your website. Thank you so much, albeit belated!

- Sue and Oliver

Wedding Ceremony & Drinks Reception - Solo Piano

Eaves Hall - Clitheroe - November 1st, 2014


You were too awesome for words!

- Derek Gustard [wedding magician]

Heard Craig while working - Drinks Reception - Solo Piano The Villa - Wrea Green - August 30th, 2014

Professional Throughout

Just a quick message to say a massive thank you for playing at our wedding. All our guests commented on how beautiful the music was, you were a very special part of our day. You were professional throughout and it was a pleasure to have you with us. We had a truly magical day. We won't hesitate in recommending you to our friends and family in the future.

- Emma & Damien

Wedding Breakfast - Solo Piano

Mytton Fold - Whalley - August 30th, 2013

Perfect Backdrop to our Beautiful Day

Thank you so much for the amazing music you played which was the perfect backdrop to our beautiful day.

- Caroline & Ian

Cocktail Reception - Piano & Sax

Mitton Hall - Clitheroe - July 6th, 2013

Beautiful Musical Arrangements

Thank you so much for your beautiful musical arrangements, many of our guests commented about "the wonderful music". We had a fantastic day and all ran like clockwork.

- Juliet & Gary

Wedding Ceremony - Solo Piano

Bolton School - Bolton - August 26th, 2012

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