Singing songs to break, melt, and mend the heart.
Based in Chico, CA, The Bidwells is a musical group available for weddings and special events. This talented duo has a wealth of experience and a vast repertoire, making them the ideal musical accompaniment for your big day. From romantic ceremony music to lively reception numbers, these musicians can elevate your celebration with their professional performance.
The Bidwells comprise Ben Ruttenburg and Samantha Francis, two talented artists who have over 15 years of combined experience. The pair has recorded and released an album of original work in 2020 which showcases 14 of their own songs. This acoustic duet has played over 200 shows together throughout California, Nevada, Oregon, and beyond.
From folksy ballads to pop classics and everything in between, The Bidwells can easily adapt their style to suit your occasion. They are happy to provide ceremony songs, cocktail hour music, and reception performances. They also offer professional MC services, a sound system, wireless microphones, and more. They are happy to learn new musical numbers to ensure that they can play your special song for you on your special day.
3 Reviews for The Bidwells
Recommended by 100% of couples
Nathan · Married on 05/23/2020
Once in a Lifetime Experience
Ben and Sam’s music created the wedding of our dreams. Their voices created a sound track and experience for our wedding I thought only happened in the movies. They know how to perform hundreds of songs for anyone’s taste. At cocktail hour they put on a show that mesmerized our guests! They were truly the best part of our wedding and created memories for a lifetime.Sent on 12/21/2020
The Bidwells's reply:We were honored to be a part of your special day! It was such a joy for us to contribute the live music soundtrack to your ceremony, and entertain your guests during cocktail hour. Thank you so much for all of these kind words!
Kathryn W. · Married on 01/09/2021
Beyond all expectations!
From the moment I reached out to Ben from The Bidwells, I was beyond amazed at the genuine kindness and excitement for playing out small during our small wedding ceremony and through dinner. He was quick to respond, and always ready and willing to jump on anything to help make our big day special. He was easy to work with, and they were great about learning songs that were requested. They were fantastic about working with and communicating with our venues events manager so that on the day of the wedding I had no worries. Aside just the amazing customer service expired, their performance was just perfect. Every single one of my guests made a point to tell my husband and I how much they loved the musicians. I honestly believe, had we not had The Bidwells perform and gone with our original planned D.J. our wedding would not have been as special. The postive energy this duo bring to the table was truly wonderful. Ben was kind enough to act as an MC, and helped keep the night moving forward with no pressure or sense of urgency, (which for this mellow bride was very appreciative). While they are based out of Chico, they were happy to make the two hour drive to our venue, and still managed to more affordable then our originallly planned D.J. and they even surprised my husband and I with a wedding gift of band shirts, (whichSent on 01/11/2021
is so comfy, and rocks their awesome logo!) Honestly and truly The Bidwells went above and beyond, and blew all my expectations out of the water. They made our day perfect.
The Bidwells's reply:We are so grateful for all of the kind words! We had a fantastic time singing for you and your guests! It was the perfect way to start the new year! Thank you thank you thank you! We'll look forward to the 10-year-anniversary party! ;)
Kelly · Married on 09/09/2017
The perfect musical duo for your perfect day!
Ben and Samantha performed at our wedding in San Diego on 9/9/17. They provided our ceremony music and we couldn't have asked for a better musical experience! Our wedding was set at a Hawaiian themed venue on the bay and at the last minute Ben decided to use a ukulele instead of a guitar and it was magical! It fit the venue and vibe so perfectly, it really brought it all together and Samantha's vocals, as always were stunning. Our wedding planner, who is local to San Diego asked for their contact information as she was so impressed and wanted to put them on her preferred vender list. Since then, I have also had friend reach out asking what songs we used since for the ceremony so it clearly made a lasting impression on everyone there. If you want to make your big day even more personal and intimate, do not hesitate to book these two. You won't be disappointed!Sent on 12/21/2020
The Bidwells's reply:Thank you so much, Kelly! What a sincere joy it was to be there in San Diego for your wedding! We loved every minute of music we got to play for you and Matt on your special day! Thank you for these wonderful words and for your enthusiastic endorsement!!
Team of The Bidwells
Ben has over 7 years experience in a Top 40s Dance Band called Decades, during which time he served as the primary contact for all wedding services related to the band. Decades had a 5-Star Rating on Wedding Wire and was voted "Couples Choice 2020" during Ben's tenure. Wedding Coordinators and Couples love working with Ben because of his calm professionalism, clear communication, musical flexibility, and personable nature. Call, text, or email Ben anytime. He is here to help make all of your wedding dreams come true!
Born in Chico, California, Samantha Francis (32) is a music instructor and a mixed media artist, dabbling in sculpture, charcoal, house paint, chalk, pencil & ink, as well as her favorite mediums, watercolor and acrylic. She has devoted the past 17 years focusing a majority of her work on the human body (specifically hands and portraiture), looking to gain a better understanding of physical expression through poses.
Samantha is also a professional singer & musician, currently performing with The Bidwells. Samantha has performed and contributed to a number of local bands and various musical endeavors, including with The Uncle Dad's Art Collective, Decades, Bogg, Cute As Hell, Phantom Hearts, QuasiMofos, Stereosparks, Chico Cabaret, Blue Room Theatre, Chico Theater Company, and many more.
As a result of Samantha's creative leanings and interests, she has, over the years, developed skills in loom knitting, earring creation, and various other projects.