Located in Biggleswade in the Bedfordshire region of England, Shortmead is a stately home that makes a fantastic wedding venue. Set on 24 acres of picturesque and tranquil countryside, this manor offers a private and peaceful setting for nuptial celebrations. This estate dates back to the 16th century and offers a plethora of opportunities for truly spectacular wedding photos.
Facilities and Capacity
Shortmead can host both ceremonies and receptions, and offers a myriad of event spaces for newlyweds-to-be to choose from. The Thatch is ideal for summer weddings and boasts a rustic yet elegant aesthetic, with a vaulted exposed beam ceiling. The Stables can offer an elegant space for both ceremonies and receptions, with an entrance through a walled courtyard. The Regency Room offers a spectacular setting for intimate ceremonies. Located in the manor itself, this space is opulently decorated with a magnificent chandelier, rich warm hues, and a fireplace. Newlyweds-to-be who are hosting larger gatherings can also set up a marquee in the formal gardens. Couples who choose to celebrate their day at this stunning venue can enjoy exclusive use of the premises, ensuring a private and intimate occasion.
Shortmead offers a range of services to newlyweds-to-be, helping to make the planning process as smooth and as seamless as possible. Catering for your event will be provided by the talented in-house team, who can accommodate both buffets and seated meals. This venue holds an alcohol license, so your guests will be refreshed throughout the celebrations. This venue can also accommodate your choice of entertainment, with facilities for both live bands and DJs available. Outdoor fireworks are permitted at this property, while their experienced team of staff can recommend a range of local suppliers that they have worked with previously.
Newlyweds can enjoy their first night as a married couple in this manor’s spectacular wedding suite. This stunning chamber features a four-poster bed and large windows that flood the room with light and offer excellent views over the main function area. Manor staff can also recommend a selection of local accommodation options for your guests.
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A fairytale place perfect for any wedding or special occasion.
A beautiful place for an amazing day! And the best hosts!
It took 3 attempts for us to get married.
On the first occasion our big day was booked for a destination wedding in Crete. This was cancelled due to the inital covid-19 lockdown.
For the second attempt, we had discovered Shortmead House! We liaised with Ian to arrange our perfect day! (He was very helpful). All our needs were understood and catered for i.e. it was to be an alcohol-free wedding, so Ian arranged for a range of alcohol-free cocktails to be served at the bar.
Sadly, the day before the big day we had to cancel as we both contracted covid. We called Ian to explain the situation. It was probably one of the most stress relieving conversation we've ever had.
Ian, was very understanding and empathetic. Our mind was put to rest when we were given the option to move the date to a suitable day a few months later with Ian and Marilyn offering us the one day they had planned to have off during the peak business period.
The wedding day on the third attempt was a complete success. The guests loved the location, there was something to keep everyone entertained with games set out around the grounds which children absolutely loved!
With the sun out at the start of summer, it felt as if we were abroad on private tropical island. The outdoor setting for the wedding ceremony was perfect for the photos.
This estate offers a fusion of scenic views from the english country side to a luxury resort in the bahamas.
The place truely made our big day memorable and we're glad we finally got married at Shortmead House. We highly recommend it!
Thank you Ian and Marilyn!
May 2022 Wedding Reception
However, may I warn all couples that the meetings with Ian before to plan the event are largely pointless, as on the day, he will largely do whatever he wants on the day anyway.
1) front of house is a mystery. We were unsure what front of house meant and what their role was. We were originally told it was a lady called Katie, and we could meet her the Friday before. However, on the day, we were then told it was going to be Marilyn. Then on the day it was Ian. Not really sure what a ‘front of house’ did anyway. The lead bar tender on the day was however brilliant and dealt with a medical issue expertly.
2) on the morning of the wedding, we had to hose down all of the garden furniture (belonging to Shortmead) that was covered in mud and cobwebs.
3) we had asked numerous times with the plan for all wine and glasses to be out on the tables. However, the waiting staff set them out how Ian normally does it anyway. So in my dress, waiting for guests, I was moving glasses and wine coolers and explaining to the waiting staff how I wanted it.
4) the welcome drinks were still not out for the guests when they started to arrive. I had to go and get them out myself, when finally Ian got the picture. Extra decorations (drink stirrers) were described as ‘faff’ by Ian.
5) the waiting staff were on their phones at the bar or playing the chess game whilst not working, which although understandable wasn’t particularly professional. Ian was also sitting at the bar all night, talking to our guests and eating.
I would advise all people having a wedding / party here to not add your own spin on things, because it will upset you and frustrate you on your day trying to make it what you want.
The fact the house and gardens are wonderful really helped the party atmosphere. Also our suppliers were brilliant, and were able to help and control the day so we were able to enjoy it.
Perfect place to get married
The thatch is a wonderful place to tie the knot and the honeymoon suite is a beautiful, beautiful room and a perfect place to wake up for your first morning as husband and wife. 10/10 for the breakfast too. We hired the cottage for the bridal party and I would recommend doing this too - it is very convenient and great value.
Our perfect wedding and venue
Unique and special, which had the wow factor
THE best wedding venue there is!
We fell in love with the grounds on the first visit and whilst it is already perfect the owners are making improvements to it every week.
Ian was incredibly helpful throughout the booking process and explaining everything to us pre-wedding and Marilyn made the day what it was. You can tell that they have incredible experience in co-ordinating a wedding and are always happy to give advice.
What I would say makes Shortmead House so special is it is not a ‘wedding venue’ the house is someone’s home and you can feel that during your wedding day. For that reason treat it with the respect it and the owners deserve and there will be no cause for complaint.
Every single one of our guests took the time to comment on just how beautiful the house is!
Shortmead House is the perfect wedding venue and we couldn’t imagine having a better day anywhere else.
Amazing Coountry House Wedding Venue
Throughout 2 years of planning and preparing, Ian was such great help and guided us in the right direction with decisions. In the day, both Linda and Marilyn was amazing and made the whole day go so perfectly and smoothly. Right from when we were setting up the decorations, to when we were packing all away.
The caterers that are used by shortmead too were just amazing, good service and all guests absolutely loved their food.
The venue and ground are just so beautiful, something you would find abroad.
Can't recommend enough !
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