‪Shortmead House‬
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Mohammed Sajid
‪Luton‬, UKمساهمتيْن
زوجان • ‪فبراير 2022‬
‪We decided to get married at Shortmead House in February 2022. I can honestly say it was the best decision we have made so far as it was exactly how we had imagined our wedding to be.

For around 3-4 months prior to our wedding we had visited majority of venues within the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire area. We found one common problem with them all. Either we felt they lacked in character and the traditional English heritage feel we were after or we felt they were far too overpriced… then we stumbled upon Shortmead House.

From the offset, everything was perfect. On our first visit we were so impressed and knew this was what we were looking for. But we had been in this position before and were preparing ourselves to be let down again with a very expensive quote. But we were wrong. Once Ian mentioned the price we were actually shocked. It was a fraction of what other venues were charging and this place offered so much more. It was perfect. And every moment after this went exactly how we had imagined.

From the moment we stepped into Shortmead House until the moment we left, it has been nothing short of perfection. I feel like we have made some beautiful memories and also made some amazing friends in Ian and Marilyn.

Thank you so much.

Mohammed Sajid and Leila‬
كُتب بتاريخ 28 ديسمبر 2022
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Stacey E
مساهمة
‪سبتمبر 2022‬
‪When we got engaged in May 2021, we originally thought we would have to wait until 2023 to get married. We then came across this hidden gem 5 min drive from our house!! We met with Ian and he was extremely accommodating, and managed to find us a date in Sept 2022!! We were super excited and got right into the planning. Throughout the whole process, everything has gone smoothly. We had a lot of changes with our guest list due to adding more people, and then last-minute cancellations. But this did not phase them at Shortmead and were extremely helpful on the wedding morning when I told them that I changed the seating plan last minute. They took care of everything. Linda on Front of house was amazing, she made me feel super calm when it was go time, making sure everyone was seated where they needed to be, and even grabbed us a glass of prosecco while we waited for our surprise guest for everyone.
The catering team that came with Shortmead where also amazing. The food was to die for! We had so much options to choose from and the team were extremely helpful throughout.
The whole day was absolutely incredible and we couldn't be happier with our special day!
Thank you all at Shortmead House!!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 21 سبتمبر 2022
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sophiemonksy
‪Bedford‬, UKمساهمة
زوجان • ‪أغسطس 2022‬
‪We got married here in August 2022. We had originally planned to get married here in June 2020.

The whole experience was perfect, every little detail was thought of. All of our guests commented on how relaxed the day was - which is exactly what we wanted!

Ian was very good at helping with any queries or questions we had. Front of house, Helen, was amazing so calm and collected.

We would not hesitate to recommend getting married here. Well worth a look, if you’re looking to get married in Bedfordshire but for it to feel like the Mediterranean!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 16 سبتمبر 2022
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Rachel
لندن, UK42 مساهمة
زوجان • ‪يوليو 2022‬
‪We had our wedding reception at Shortmead House in July 2022. We were supposed to have our wedding in July 2020 but covid made us wait an extra two years! Booking the wedding in 2018 we got to know Ian who owns Shortmead quite well over the four years of planning. He was always very responsive with any requests we or our suppliers had, no matter how small a query and he is very organised. Ian was very understanding with our postponements and worked with us during the difficult times that we experienced during our planning.

The house and gardens are so beautiful - it’s hard to believe when you start driving up the lane and the hidden gem of Shortmead appears in front of you that you have just left Biggleswade Town Centre. Ian and Marilyn take pride in their property which is so noticeable as you walk around and listen to Ian talking about changes they have put in place over the years.

What is nice about this venue is the exclusivity. We also had the cottage and cabin the night before our wedding, which sit in the beautiful grounds. It was lovely to get ready with the bridal party in the cottage on the morning of the wedding. The cottage was kitted out with everything we needed.

Linda who was front of house on the day was very attentive and anything we needed, Linda was there to help and keep everything calm. Most importantly with her tips on how to smile for the photographs (smile from your eyes!) and ensuring I got that chilled glass of Prosecco on return to the venue after the ceremony.

We had a gorgeous Horse and Carriage which took us to the church and back and it felt so special. The setting of Shortmead in the photos added that extra touch to our experience also. There are so many amazing locations around the venue and gardens to have your photos in.

Many of our guests commented on how incredible and unique the venue was. We were so lucky with the weather - it felt like we were in the Mediterranean! We even had the pool open later in the evening and our guests even enjoyed a dip!

The great thing is the gardens are so stunning, they are really looked after. Marilyn even removed some red flowers so they didn’t clash with our colour scheme! (I didn’t request this but this is the kind of attention to detail that you notice)
You really don’t have to spend extra time and money decorating this venue - we simply put up some bunting and added some flowers and lights on the tables.
The one thing I would change is we weren’t keen on the chairs that were used on the day- we felt they looked a little conference room like- unfortunately on the Friday it was too late to change this. But this tiny issue didn’t dampen our day and it was only us that didn’t like the chairs- no one else noticed or commented (the chairs were very comfy to be fair!) But if I was to change anything we would have had seat covers or different decorative chairs.

Ian has been carrying out weddings at Shortmead for many years and has ways of working which he knows works well. At times when you have your own ideas, he will advise how he thinks it works best. You could find this frustrating if you had a particular vision but he will work with you to make your vision come to life. You also respect the fact that this is their home and they really do care about what happens on the day as well as how anything might affect their neighbours (eg we had a live band and the drum kit had to be an electric one to ensure the noise wasn’t too intense for the neighbours- this didn’t impact our band in anyway as we were made aware well in advance to make the necessary arrangements)
We wanted a relaxed and informal reception - no seating plans, just a garden party vibe. No other venue we looked at locally seemed to tick the boxes for us - Shortmead allowed us that flexibility without having to shoehorn us into a standard wedding package deal. It made our wedding feel unique and not off the shelf.

The caterer we used is the company that Ian puts you in touch with. At first I was a little worried - as a fussy eater, would I like having to use his preferred supplier? However, you can tell why Ian has Steve as his caterer for events. Firstly, Steve is such a lovely guy and a pleasure to work with. Secondly, the food is stunning and Steve and his team worked with us to create a menu that suited everyone - nothing was too much trouble for them and the food received many complements. My only disappointment was I didn’t get to try any of the tasty canapés myself!

Overall we had the best day and it was worth the very long wait! We would recommend having your wedding reception here.

We also think Ian should do an afternoon tea day once a year for couples to return to where they had their special day to reminisce!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 10 سبتمبر 2022
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bananaandco
‪Ipswich‬, UK24 مساهمة
‪مايو 2022‬
‪We had a wedding party at Shortmead House in May 2022. The day was wonderful, and the grounds of Shortmead were really perfect for our plans of a games event.

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.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 26 يونيو 2022
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Lizzie C
مساهمة
‪يوليو 2021‬
‪We were lucky enough to get married at Shortmead House in July this year and we wouldn't change anything about the venue at all. It really was perfect in every way. The grounds, cottage and bridal suite were all beautifully kept, clean and spacious. Throughout the lead up to our wedding Ian was a fantastic help, offering his ideas and suggestions and answering even the tiniest of questions very promptly. On the day, everybody working at Shortmead was great. In particular, Linda who worked as front of house, was brilliant. She made sure that the day ran smoothly without us having to worry about anything at all. We really were able to relax and enjoy our day without any stress. Our guests were really blown away by the venue and a few even said it felt like we could have been in the South of France sat around the pool in the sun. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Shortmead house to anyone considering it for their wedding.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 2 نوفمبر 2021
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jade m
8 مساهمات
زوجان • ‪أغسطس 2021‬
‪recently had our wedding at shortmead house, what a venue! literally is a hidden gem. The day run smoothly and couldnt of asked for a better day! shortmead house were accomadating and made it a relaxed atmosphere for us and our guests and the wine reccomendation were superb and went down a storm with everyone. The venue looks beautiful both in the day time and night time with all the little attention to detail with the lighting.The cottage accommodation was clean, spacious and a lovely place to stay before the wedding. myself and husband and all our guests truly had an amazing day.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 28 أغسطس 2021
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Emma N
7 مساهمات
زوجان • ‪يوليو 2021‬
‪What a beautiful, stunning day!
We can’t thank Ian and his Staff for the most perfect Wedding day! After postponing once and the stress this caused Ian was very helpful. So glad I found this place, all our guests loved the venue and couldn’t believe we were in Biggleswade.
We can’t thank you enough for everything you did for us. Emma and Vincenzo x‬
كُتب بتاريخ 23 أغسطس 2021
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JOANNA R
مساهمة
العائلة • ‪يوليو 2021‬
‪We can’t thank enough the Shortmead House crew for making our wedding day so special and beautiful. Every single aspect of the venue was defined by an unbelievable amount of detail and was prepared beyond our expectations! All we needed was a few rays of the sunshine and luckily we had that too. Unforgettable and amazing place, warm, friendly and 100% professional staff, especially lovely owners who made us feel so special and unbelievably happy. Our families and friends will never forget this magical day! We couldn’t imagine better start of our life journey together.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 20 أغسطس 2021
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gerri53
england110 مساهمات
العائلة • ‪يوليو 2021‬
‪My daughter and her husband held their wedding reception here after having their wedding cancelled in Italy twice due to COVID19. It was absolutely perfect from start to finish. I can not imagine any where could be more perfect than this venue. It was absolutely stunning and created the perfect setting. The hosts were great and managed to accommodate the wedding reception with 4 weeks notice.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 20 يوليو 2021
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