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Shortmead House

"Discover an elegant manor house wedding venue in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire"

Shortmead in Bedfordshire is one of Biggleswade’s best kept secrets and the perfect venue for your outdoors 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 And Party Band is one of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire's busiest live wedding bands performing at up to 100 weddings a year but no more to ensure the quality always remains high. Shortmead House has recently been taken over by Lee Smith & Esme Robinson who between them have over 30 years experience in the wedding industry. 



Our ALL-DAY wedding music solution ensures you have music from the beginning to the end of your special day. From when your guests arrive at the venue to the last song of the night when everybody says goodbye. Just take a look at what's included below...

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

** this can be completely bespoke. 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.

**** I can help coordinate photographs, usher guests into the venue for the wedding breakfast, welcome you in as a married couple and introduce the speeches.


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

Available from £1795

About Shortmead House


Shortmead wedding venue boasts all the facilities you need. You’ll love our Georgian house and our stylish, contemporary reception barn. There’s superb overnight accommodation too for the happy couple. Plus lots of photo opportunities in the delightful formal gardens and open spaces.


Civil licence for up to 120 guests

Dining in the marquee for up to 120 guests

suite available

On site catering for 190 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.


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.

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