Wedding & Party Band

est. Hertfordshire 2012

Shortmead House, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

Discover an elegant manor house wedding venue in Bedfordshire

Shortmead in Bedfordshire is one of Biggleswade’s best kept secrets and the perfect venue for your wedding or function. The elegant manor house is set in 24 acres of grounds with its origins dating from the 16th century and provides an idyllic setting for your whole day.

The Sam Lewis Wedding & Party Band is one of Hertfordshire's busiest bands performing at 50-100 weddings and events per year. We have worked closely with Ian and his team at Shortmead House for three years now and fully understand the requirements of performing with the in-house floating P.A. system. We use our Yamaha DTX700 electric drum kit and provide all necessary lighting.



Our ALL-DAY wedding and party solution means you can sit back and relax right from the point of booking us as all of the entertainment for the day is included. I'll even take on the MC responsibilities as and where required.


The Ceremony

i. live entrance music

ii. 2-4 songs performed live whilst you sign the register

iii. live exit music as a married couple

Reception Drinks

live solo and/or band performance whilst canopies are served and photographs are taken*

The Wedding Breakfast

i. provision of a pre-recorded playlist**

ii. use of radio microphones for speeches***

iii. MC/Host/Compere responsibilities****

The Evening Party

i. live band

ii. professional live DJ

iii. MC/Host/Compere responsibilities

* a solo performance is included. An acoustic band performance is subject to an additional cost.

** this can be completely bespoke. Simply send me a Spotify playlist and I will cue the music up for you.

*** this is conditional on the P.A. system being set up in advance of the ceremony. The Barns at Redcoats have an in-house radio microphone too.

**** I am happy to coordinate photographs, usher guests into the barn for the wedding breakfast, welcome you int as a married couple and introduce the speeches.

Review by Mat & SJ

Sam and his band are superb! Sam was great from the start, communicating with us and sharing ideas.

On our wedding day at the amazing South Farm, Sam played a beautiful acoustic set during the ceremony and reception drinks (with kids songs) and then moved onto a great party set rocking with his band throughout the evening. Sam and his band are very talented and had people dancing from the beginning to the end of the evening.

We have had so many positive comments about Sam and his band from our guests. Thank you so much for making our day that extra bit special. Professional, friendly and talented. Highly recommended. Five Stars.

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It's important to book the right suppliers for the job. Recommended suppliers are usually selected by the venue as their respective brands work well together. A recommended wedding and party band should know when to arrive, where to set up and what music to play to keep guests on the dance floor all night long. All professional bands will have the right equipment for the venue along with public liability insurance and P.A.T. (portable appliance testing) certification.

The Sam Lewis Wedding & Party Band have worked with a number of different photographers at Shortmead including Rafe Abrook, Sharon Cooper, Tony Bruce and others. We're always pleased to see familiar faces and it can make a real difference to the day using suppliers that know eachother.


The Thatch (ceremony) - 120 guests

The Stables (ceremony) - 85

The Marquee (wedding breakfast) - Up to 190 guests (120 seated)

The Regency Room (small event) - 26 guests


Shortmead have a list of places for your guests to stay that can be viewed here.


You can contact Shortmead House on or telephone 01767 313663 to discuss your requirements.