Here’s our little round-up of the best Lancashire wedding venues we’ve supplied that have their own piano. Some are modern places; some are far more traditional. Either way, it seems that having a grand piano in the venue is a key factor in many couples’ decision to book. It’s a statement of style and class, and played by an experienced wedding pianist, that piano can really help to shape your dream day into the fairytale you’ve always wished for.
Let’s start off with one of the venues for which we take bookings most regularly (in fact, we’re here playing modern piano hits this afternoon!). Eaves Hall is a beautiful country manor house of red brick and stone, close to Clitheroe. A long driveway leads you up the hill to the courtyard in front, and a walk through the grand columnar veranda takes you into the entrance hall, where you can’t fail to miss the beautiful gloss black grand piano.
The vast majority of our bookings here are for drinks receptions. The positioning of the piano immediately as you enter the building is perfect for welcoming guests with fantastic live music. The fact that Eaves Hall is such an elegant blend of tradition with modern decor means that any style of music fits perfectly.
Owned by the same company as Eaves Hall, Mitton Hall is another glamorous country pile. Another venue that combines antiquity with modernity, with the main wedding suite is fantastically on trend, with some almost-Mediterranean pagodas in the outside areas. The location of the grand piano at Mitton Hall, however, is in a much older, almost Gothic, setting.
Dark wood paneling, plush soft furnishings, a roaring log fire and chandeliers make this a scene of real brooding grandeur, and a real opportunity for some striking photographs.
Mitton Hall’s piano is often used to accompany singers – a great way to use the piano in a less predictable way!
Close to Whalley (and Mitton Hall) is Mytton Fold, a golf complex and wedding venue that has a grand piano in its main wedding suite. This is a large light room, that offers limitless decoration options (and looks fab lit with up-lighters), and a stage for the top table (a really nice touch), next to which the piano is situated.
Given all of the options open to couples in choosing their visual theme at this venue, this is another room in which the piano lends itself to a range of styles from modern, to jazz and swing to classical. We’re usually booked for wedding breakfasts at Mytton Fold, so a diverse set list with something for everyone is always a popular option.
A short drive west along the A59 from Mytton Fold will see you pass one of Lancashire’s most recognisable buildings, Samlesbury Hall. In the Great Hall of this stunning black and white building with history going back several centuries, can be found a lovely Bechstein concert grand piano, situated in a stained glass bay window of its very own.
In another room used mainly for wedding breakfasts, this is another piano where we’re booked for a wide range of musical styles, although the breath-taking setting of the Great Hall perhaps lends itself best to classical and lounge piano music. Unusually, your pianist will have his/her back to you, which means you’ll be able to see their hands as they play. It’s another little feature that can make the event special, and it’s great for children, who are able to come and watch!
By contrast to ancient (and haunted!) Samlesbury Hall, The Villa, in Wrea Green, is a very modern venue, set within the grounds of a country house. Their piano is an electric grand, located in their cocktail bar space and usually used for post-ceremony drinks receptions. The room is full of clean lines; bright and airy, with a large super sleek bar area and plenty of seating. Running along two sides of the room is a grand staircase and landing, again modern in appearance in light oak.
It is beneath this staircase that the electric piano can be found. One super feature of an electric grand is that it has a controllable volume; you can choose exactly how much of a feature you wish your entertainment to be.
The super cool surroundings of this cocktail bar lend themselves perfectly to suave swing numbers and ultra modern chart hits.
Pop over to www.dreamdaymusic.co.uk for information on wedding pianists in Lancashire who’ll play piano in the style of your choosing, whether it’s romantic classical piano you’re after or if you prefer smooth contemporary hits. There are also a few ideas you might not have though of, such as a saxophonist or singer accompanied on that all important grand piano.
We’re also able to advise on places to hire a piano, which is just what Beth has done for the wedding we’re supplying on Saturday, having booked a beautiful antique walnut grand, which will go perfectly with her vintage theme! She’s booked a whole day package, using the piano for her ceremony and drinks reception, wedding breakfast and evening reception too! Some of the music will be provided by 2Close Lounge Piano Duo: