Craig Smith Music

Craig Smith Music: Weddings & Functions Solo Piano

Wedding Piano North West

Craig has provided wedding piano and function entertainment at North West wedding venues since 2002, and is now the leading pianist in the region, playing up to 20 weddings a month. He offers packages throughout the UK and destination weddings abroad. To find out more about him, visit the Biography page via the Home menu. He also has a trusted team of other wedding and event pianists that work for him, so there's never the need to be disappointed if Craig is already booked on the date of your event.

As he works full time as a session musician (his CV including work alongside several platinum selling artists and chart toppers), there is no need to charge premium wedding prices; standard packages and prices start at just £240, with destination wedding packages starting at £600. See below for a few recent reviews.

All UK wedding piano bookings include as standard:

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 parts of the day, requests are available to guests on the day as well as to the couple in advance.

Craig can facilitate real grand piano hire through his weddings and events hire company, as well as the portable options above, and a more compact white electric piano is also available for smaller spaces.

Craig doesn't just offer solo piano; he works regularly with saxophonists, singers, violinists and flute players for weddings, all of whom can be booked through him in one simple booking. Craig's team of pianists also offers reassurance in case Craig was to be unavailable on the day due to unforeseen circumstances.

Wedding Venues / Areas Covered

Craig is available nationwide and in parts of Europe, but the majority of his work as a solo wedding pianist is in the North West, in Lancashire wedding hotels, and he regularly plays in the Lake District, Cheshire, Merseyside and West Yorkshire. 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.

map of 75 north west wedding venues played by Craig Smith

Craig is the resident pianist and/or recommended directly by staff at a number of venues, including Bartle Hall, Cheadle House, Eden Barn, The Glendower Hotel, Malmaison Liverpool, Meols Hall, Mitton Hall, Mytton Fold, The Outbarn at Clough Bottom, Samlesbury Hall, Singleton Lodge, Sparth House, Stirk House, West Tower, The Villa at Wrea Green, and Wyreside Hall. His ten most regularly booked venues are currently:

  1. West Tower Wedding Pianist, Aughton near Ormskirk
  2. Eaves Hall Wedding Pianist, Clitheroe
  3. Bartle Hall Wedding Pianist, Preston
  4. Sparth House Wedding Pianist, Clayton le Moors
  5. Merrydale Manor & Colshaw Hall Wedding Pianist, Knutsford
  6. Mitton Hall Wedding Pianist, Clitheroe
  7. The Outbarn Wedding Pianist, Clitheroe
  8. Samlesbury Hall Wedding Pianist, Preston
  9. Farington Lodge Wedding Pianist, Leyland
  10. Singleton Lodge Wedding Pianist, Poulton-le-Fylde

Ribble Valley wedding venues make up a large number of his bookings, with Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn, Shireburn Arms, Stanley House Hotel, Stirk House, and the Inn at Whitewell all regular haunts.

Further afield, Craig pays regular visits to various other Cheshire venues - most notably Peckforton Castle - and lots of Cumbrian / Lake District wedding venues, primarily Augill Castle, Broadoaks Country House, The Grange Hotel and Storrs Hall , but also including Silverholme, Langdale Chase and Belmount Hall.

There are various piano wedding packages available in Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire starting at just £240, 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.

Pianos

The pianos available as standard within all wedding packages include a portable baby grand in white, and one in gloss black. A more compact white electric piano is available too.

White Piano Hire for Weddings in Lancashire Black Piano Hire for Weddings in Lancashire Small White Piano for Weddings

Craig can also arrange the supply of full-sized acoustic grand pianos, although there is really no need to go to the expense with the portable ones looking so stunning!

Corporate Event Clients

As well as wedding music, Craig is a popular choice at venues for restaurant, hotel and corporate piano entertainment. Local and national corporate clients have included:

  • Bartle Hall
  • Best Western Hotels
  • The Born Free Foundation
  • Haven Holidays
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Holmes Mill
  • James' Places
  • M&S Bank
  • Mercure Hotels
  • Mitton Hall
  • Pure Elegance Events
  • Shireburn Arms
  • Stanley House Hotel
  • TalkTalk
  • The Villa Group
  • Whittles Jewellers

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.

Personal Songs

Craig was the pianist at my wedding, he played before the ceremony, during the ceremony and at the drinks reception. Craig did an amazing job, we got so many comments on how beautiful his playing was. Craig did not require us to pick from a song list and we got all the personal songs we wanted on the day performed perfectly by Craig... even the lego movie theme tune. Craig really was an amazing addition to our wedding!

- Lauren & Scott

Wedding Ceremony & Drinks Reception - Solo Piano

The Tithebarn - Skipton - December 13th, 2019

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

Magical

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

Awesome

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