Craig Smith Music

Craig Smith Music: Wedding Piano Prices

Craig Smith Music offers highly sought-after entertainment and music wedding packages in Lancashire starting as standard at just £450* for solo piano, with various duos and bands also available.

Transparency of pricing is important; you want to know what you're paying and what you're getting for that, so everything is listed below with no hidden extras.

Wedding Musicians and Wedding Pianists for Lancashire Wedding Venues

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

Affordable wedding packages in Lancashire

Our North West wedding packages are designed to offer affordable wedding music ideas without scrimping on the quality of musicians. Our musicians are amongst the best Lancashire wedding music options at affordable prices, and include superb wedding singers, violinists, flute players and saxophonists.

Best wedding music for Bartle Hall wedding packages

Bartle Hall is a stunning Lancashire wedding venue, requiring classy music. Bartle Hall pianist Craig Smith is available for wedding breakfast piano from £350, and piano for Bartle Hall wedding ceremony piano from just £350 would be perfect. Also consider a flute player for Bartle Hall, saxophone or violin and piano duos. We are able to provide classy acoustic music and Live Lounge music for Bartle Hall in the form of Acoustics By Kate.

Wedding pianist for Eaves Hall

Eaves Hall is a stunning country hall wedding venue in Lancashire with a grand piano in its entrance hall. Craig is recommended to play the piano at Eaves Hall for wedding cocktail music and guests arrival entertainment. He is also available to provide a electric piano for Eaves Hall wedding ceremony piano music.

Wedding pianist for Mitton Hall

Mitton Hall is a fantastic country hotel wedding venue in Lancashire with a grand piano in its bar area. Craig is available as a Mitton Hall piano player, for wedding ceremony, wedding reception cocktails and guests arrival entertainment.

Wedding Packages & Prices

There is one price list for all locations within a drive of 90 minutes (beyond this, there may be a small surcharge). All packages include a portable baby grand piano in white or gloss black (a more compact option is available for smaller spaces or as a second piano on any booking that requires two), time to learn requests, travel, insurance etc.

Popular Packages

To better tie in with the way weddings are structured, our packages are made up of "parts of the day" rather than durations of music, meaning if your drinks reception overruns, for example, you're covered.

The following are just the most popular packages of parts of the day; if you'd like a different combination of parts of the day, that's fine! For more information on what's included for each part of the day, see the section "What's Included?" below the pricing section.

Four Part Packages

Combo 1:

  • guests arriving at the venue
  • wedding ceremony
  • drinks reception
  • wedding breakfast

Combo 2:

  • wedding ceremony
  • drinks reception
  • wedding breakfast
  • evening turnaround
Three Part Packages

[Our most popular choice]

Combo 1:

  • guests arriving at the venue
  • wedding ceremony
  • drinks reception

Combo 2:

  • wedding ceremony
  • drinks reception
  • wedding breakfast
Two Part Packages

Combo 1:

  • guests arriving at the venue
  • drinks reception

Combo 2:

  • wedding ceremony
  • drinks reception

Combo 3:

  • wedding ceremony
  • wedding breakfast
Single Part Packages

Bookings for any one single part of the day:

  • Guests' Arrivals; or
  • Wedding Ceremony; or
  • Drinks Reception; or
  • Wedding Breakfast; or
  • Evening Turnaround; or
  • Nighttime Breakout Room

Please note that, with the exception of short notice bookings, Single Part Packages are generally not available on Saturdays, or on Fridays and Sundays in July to September. There may also be discretionary restrictions on other Summer dates, school holidays, bank holidays and bank holiday weekends etc.

Wedding Piano Prices

Prices are made up of two parts:

  1. £150 Date Retainer (payable upon booking to keep your musician free exclusively for you between the necessary times on your date); plus
  2. Package Price (see below)

The "Package Price", is determined by how many "time slots" your booking will occupy and is finalised a few weeks before the wedding when the expected schedule is confirmed with your venue.

The four time slots are:

  1. Before 2pm
  2. Between 2pm and 4pm
  3. Between 4pm and 7pm
  4. After 7pm

... and Package Prices are as follows:

For example, a wedding ceremony and drinks reception package may have music starting at 12.45pm and finishing at 3.30pm. This therefore occupies time slots 1 and 2 and would be priced at £550 (£150 Date Retainer plus the £400 Package Price for two time slots).

Craig co-owns a wider wedding company providing decor items, lighting and evening entertainment. All bookings made for his piano services entitle couples to discounts on these, potentially saving you £100s!

*There is a discretionary discount of up to £100 on short notice bookings where availability remains 6 months before a given date, but it is rare that Craig is not fully booked by this point so book early to avoid disappointment!

What's Included?

As standard all packages include travel, insurance (most venues require this from external suppliers), set up time, all necessary equipment, the time to source music and prepare requests, and a portable baby grand piano in your choice of white or gloss black (subject to availability), which can be used indoors or outside and can be moved quickly between spaces if required. There is the option to add vocals, saxophone, violin or flute to any package.

Guests' Arrivals

Entertainment for guests arriving at the venue, usually starting an hour before they will be called to the ceremony. This can be in the bar to which they will arrive or outside (weather permitting) to give them a grand welcome as they walk up the drive.

Please note this is not music for guests taking seats for the ceremony, which is included as part of the Ceremony Music itself.

Ceremony Music

Entertainment for guests taking seats and awaiting the ceremony start (usually 20-30 minutes of music, dependent on venue and how fashionably late you make your entrance!), then music for the entrance, exit and your signing of the register songs. Songs are a completely free choice; there is no list that you are asked to choose from.

Drinks Receptions

Entertainment for drinks receptions following a wedding ceremony. Receptions are typically about 90 minutes of music but everything is flexible and your music will be for the duration of this part of your day unless a relocation is needed for subsequent parts of the day.

Music will be in your chosen style(s), with the set list put together by Craig specifically for your event, combining your favourite songs, styles, artists, decades etc and Craig's experience as to the best music to play in any given situation. Requests from guests are always welcome.

Wedding Breakfasts

Entertainment throughout the meal, beginning either as the newlyweds take their seats, or when speeches finish if these are to take place before food is served. Where speehes are after the meal, we'll play you into the room either with some upbeat live music, or if you'd prefer something from Spotify, that can be played through the PA.

Music will be in your chosen style(s), with the set list put together by Craig specifically for your event, based on discussion of your preferences and Craig's experience as to the best music to play. Unless you'd rather guests didn't make requests, Craig will visit each table as guests take their seats to introduce himself and tell your guests how they can send their requests direct to his phone throughout the meal! Background music will be provided whilst he does so.

Evening Turnarounds

With music between the main daytime proceedings and the re-opening of the main function room for the evening party, your daytime guests (and any evening guests arriving early) get some entertainment while your DJ/band set up. Usually, the music is upbeat and/or sing-along, to help get the party started, and requests are always welcome. Turnarounds tend to last around 60-90 minutes, finishing between 7.30pm and 8pm.

Other Private Functions / Bespoke Packages

Other non-wedding functions are priced on an individual basis. Please get in touch with details of location, music start and finish times and an anticipated time to be set up by.

Corporate Piano Bookings

Piano for Corporate Functions

Prices are available upon discussion of each individual client's requirements. Enquiries from entertainment agencies are welcome.

Piano for Hotel & Restaurant Bookings

All bookings negotiated dependent on performance requirements, marketing opportunities etc.

Corporate clients have included:

All packages, prices, promotions and offers are subject to Craig's availability on your wedding/event date. Bookings are handled by North West Weddings & Events Ltd, except corporate bookings, which are managed by Soundsmiths Promotions Ltd. Both can be booked through Craig, however.