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New Cocktail Bar at The Arlington Ballroom

We’re pleased to announce our newly refurbished cocktail bar! Our menu is absolutely fantastic, including Long Island Iced Tea, Mojito, Pornstar Martini, Cosmopolitan and, of course, various gins and mixers!

Our cocktails are priced at £9 each. Just head to our fabulous new cocktail bar to order! Why not try one of our cocktails at our Club Classics nights or any of the events we have coming up?

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Club Classics 2019 with Martin Day from Heart FM

Hi everyone,

Please find our upcoming Club Classics nights with local Heart FM DJ Martin Day. Tickets are £7 each or 4 for £20, and can be purchased either via PayPal using links below or by phoning 01702 711 350 (10am-4pm weekdays). Please note there are no tickets available on the door - so booking is essential!

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Come along with a group of friends, for your hen night or just for an evening of great music and lots of dancing! Enjoy our 2 bars and drinks offers and bring your dancing shoes!

Club Classics at The Arlington Ballroom Leigh-on-Sea

Christmas Weddings in Essex

We all know someone whose favourite time of year is Christmas. They have their decorations up the first week of December (or before). They go buy stockings for everyone they know, partake in 10 Secret Santas and share posts on Facebook informing you how many sleeps there are until The Big Day. If you’re that person and you’re engaged to be married, why not hold your wedding at Christmas?

Jodie and Nicole’s Christmas wedding on 22nd December 2018.  Photograph by Boutique Wedding Films & Photography

Jodie and Nicole’s Christmas wedding on 22nd December 2018. Photograph by Boutique Wedding Films & Photography

It doesn’t have to be stressful - and your guests are going to love having something to think about that isn’t Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve! Read on for our tips on holding a Christmas wedding.

Be Organised

More organised than normal, we mean. Christmas is a busy time without a wedding to plan, so we recommend organising your wedding as much as possible earlier in the year. It might seem strange trying on winter wedding dresses in March, or planning white glittering decorations in August, but the more you do before December hits, the more you can relax on your big day! It might be an idea to do your Christmas shopping earlier in the year too…

Decide on Your Christmas Theme

Jodie and Nicole next to their Christmas tree.  Photograph by Boutique Wedding Films & Photography

Jodie and Nicole next to their Christmas tree. Photograph by Boutique Wedding Films & Photography

‘Christmas’ means different things to different people. For some, it’s all about the Father Christmas hats and multicoloured tinsel while for others, it’s about subtle gold or silver drapes and soft lighting. Talk with your partner about how you want to ‘theme’ your Christmas wedding - will it be a sparkling silver winter wonderland, or a bold red and gold grotto? Will you have carols and a Christmassy wedding cake? You could incorporate holly into your flower decorations, use Christmas crackers as wedding favours and even use gingerbread infusers to really get the Christmas theme going!

Are You Having a Christmas-Themed Wedding or Just a Winter Wedding?

How much Christmas is too much Christmas? Some couples want carols as part of their service, some want the Master of Ceremonies to dress up as Father Christmas, some want a choir. Others just want, well, a winter theme for their winter wedding.

Mulled Wine at a Winter Wedding

Plan Your Winter Wedding Breakfast Menu

Winter is the perfect time to be adventurous with your menu. Think mulled wine, Baileys or eggnog as a welcome drink or hearty hot chocolate as a dessert. You could have roast turkey for your mains, as it’s Christmas - or go with something more traditional like venison or pheasant.

Make Plans for Bad Weather

Andrea and Paul’s snowy wedding in winter 2018.  Photos by RM1 Photography.

Andrea and Paul’s snowy wedding in winter 2018. Photos by RM1 Photography.

Winter weather can be unpredictable, so make plans for putting guests up in hotels should it snow. Consider your outfits too - will your bridesmaids want to walk around in strapless dresses in December? Consider adding a wrap to their outfits, or choose a high-necked dress. Remember that guests may not want to hang around in the cold, so consider investing in a marquee.

Are you looking to hold a winter wedding at The Arlington Ballroom? Have a look at what we offer for weddings on our page, and get in touch via info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk or 01702 711 350 (10am-4pm weekdays).

Jodie & Nicole's Wedding, 22nd December 2018

We love a big, seasonal wedding at The Arlington, and they didn’t come bigger or more seasonal than Jodie and Nicole’s wedding on 22nd December 2018. Jodie and Nicole held their engagement party with us in March 2017 wanted the venue for their wedding as well!

As the big day was the last Saturday before Christmas, the brides chose quite a traditional wintery, Christmassy theme, mixing stunning white and blue sparkling decorations with some natural features including pine cones and a stunning Christmas tree. The styling was by Scarlett Heart Weddings & Events, who did an absolutely fabulous job, while the gorgeous flowers were by Courts of Rayleigh. A big thank you to Yvette and the Events team for putting the whole day together as well!

The whole day was a busy one for our staff, especially as we had just hosted several weeks of Christmas parties and were holding Christmas Day Lunch a couple of days later! Everything went smoothly and Jodie and Nicole were both beautiful brides - it was a really emotional and wonderful day that we loved being a part of. All these wonderful photographs were taken by Boutique Wedding Films. Have a browse!

Are you interested in holding your wedding at The Arlington Ballroom? Visit our weddings page to find out more about what we offer, then drop us an email on info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk or call 01702 711 350 (10am-4pm weekdays).

Say Yes to the Wedding Dress… on a Budget

Weddings can quickly become eye-wateringly expensive. With the venue hire, photography, catering and flowers, plus insurance and transport, it’s no surprise that the average wedding in Britain now costs around £30,000. One aspect that’s sure to be talked about for years to come is the wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses - but there’s no need to spend a fortune! Here are our tips on on getting fabulous dresses at an affordable price!

Shop on the High Street

The high street can be a treasure trove for beautiful wedding and bridesmaids dresses - without the eye-watering price tag. All of these Debenhams dresses are £60 or under, as are all of these Next dresses.

Go Vintage on eBay or at Local Fairs

What’s better than a new dress? A vintage dress! No one else will have one, after all.

If you’re in Essex, we recommend checking out Hotties Vintage Village fairs, or The Bearded Gypsy Vintage.

Online, eBay is a must-visit for two reasons. One, eBay has a plethora of vintage dresses on offer that won’t be available anywhere else. Two, a lot of people buy new dresses from big brands, but end up changing their plans. As long as you’re willing to take a risk with the sizing, you can’t go wrong!

Visit Brides Do Good

Have you always wanted a luxury label wedding dress? Visit Brides Do Good, a wonderful organisation that resells pre-owned luxury wedding dresses at up to 70% off, then donates up to two thirds of sales to charities working to end child marriage.

Ask Your Friends

The best way to find a bargain: ask your mates! If you know anyone who’s recently had their wedding, been in a wedding party or even works in the events industry, pick their brain for ideas. They might know a good local warehouse offering clothes at trade prices, or have the inside line to a cute local boutique. You won’t know unless you ask!

Why Hold Your Wedding in Southend-on-Sea?

Southend-on-Sea is a seaside town nestled on the Thames Estaury in south Essex. The borough of Southend incorporates quite a large group of towns and villages, including Westcliff-on-Sea, Prittlewell, Leigh-on-Sea and Shoeburyness. Southend is known both as a quaint seaside town and as a commuter town - so why hold your wedding here?

Excellent Transport to London, Essex and the South East of England

With two train lines that take around an hour to reach the heart of London (the C2C Fenchurch St line and Abelio Greater Anglia Liverpool St line), Southend is brilliantly connected to London and the rest of the South East. Furthermore, we have our own airport: London Southend, which has direct flights to Europe (and to honeymoon destinations including Paris, Venice, Malta and Barcelona) and was the highest-rated London area airport in 2018. Your guests won’t have any excuse not to make your wedding with our brilliant transport links!

Brilliant Accommodation & Restaurants

Southend is peppered with fabulous hotels and eateries, perfect for guests and for pre-and-post wedding dinners. We recommend Gleneagles Guesthouse on Southend sea front to all our guests, which has gorgeous views of the Thames Estuary. Wonderful restaurants include Aurum, part of 7 Hotel. For traditional fish and chips, you can’t beat Oldham’s of Westcliff, which has been open since 1967. For vegans, there’s The Oak Tree on Leigh Road, while Grumpy’s Diner on Southchurch Road is a must-visit for anyone with a hankering for American milkshakes! For those of you who venture to Southend high street, try the Pipe of Port wine merchant and dining rooms, or Ravens bar and restaurant.

Stunning Views in a Historical Town

Southend is full of jaw-dropping views and natural landscapes, perfect for those beautiful wedding photos you’ve always wanted. Hadleigh Castle, an English Heritage site sat between Benfleet, Leigh and Hadleigh, dates back to 1215 and offers beautiful views of the Estuary. Southend is home to the longest pleasure pier in the world (1.34 miles long) which is a wonderful day out for any visitor.

Southend was originally the ‘south end’ of Prittlewell, a village that’s been populated for at least 10,000 years. In fact, the tomb of a Saxon king was found in Prittlewell in 2003. So why not visit one of Southend’s museums while you’re here?

Oh, and did we mention we have an opulent Art Deco ballroom snug in the heart of Leigh-on-Sea, perfect for intimate weddings? Give us a call on 01702 711 350 or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk to have a look round…

3 Course Meal and Live Music for Mother's Day 2019 - Mum Eats Free!

Treat your mum this Mother’s Day with a decadent 3-course meal and a fabulous live singer at The Arlington Ballroom. What’s more, Mum eats free with books of 4 or more people (only one mum per party).

Price: £29.95 per person, children aged 3-12 £14.95, children under 3 eat free. £10 per person deposit; full payment due 2 weeks before the event. Arrival at 12:30pm for 1pm service.

Learn more here. Book my calling 01702 711 350 (10am-4pm) or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk. Don’t delay, we sold out last year! You can see video’s of last yea'r’s fabulous lunch on our Facebook page.

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Midweek Weddings: 5 Benefits

Midweek weddings are becoming increasingly popular due to a rise in couples choosing quieter, cheaper wedding ceremonies and receptions than they have in years gone by. It’s easy to see why - the average cost of a wedding is around £27,000! So why have a midweek wedding?

Keep Your Costs Down

As we said, weddings are expensive - so why not save your cash and put it toward a house, your family or your honeymoon? Midweek weddings are cheaper than midweek weddings as venue hire is so much cheaper during the week. For example, at The Arlington our Friday venue hire is £450, and Saturday is £600 - but midweek is just £350. That’s £250 you could put elsewhere!

Small Midweek Wedding at The Arlington Ballroom Essex

Be Selective With Your Guests… Which Keeps Costs Down!

You don’t really want your great aunt’s son-in-law and his children at your wedding, do you? A midweek wedding is the perfect excuse to trim your guest list down to those who really matter - the people you know will make the effort to be there. Oh, and a smaller guest list will mean fewer mouths to feed at the wedding reception, fewer complimentary drinks, a smaller cake and possibly even a smaller venue! So you’ll be saving money as well!

That being said, if you send out your save the dates early enough, your guests will have more than enough time to book a day or two'’s holiday!

Have Your Pick of Suppliers… and Pay a Bit Less for Them!

All good suppliers, from photographers to make up artists to venue stylists, will be booked up every weekend for months in advance. But their Wednesdays or their Thursdays are probably free - and cheaper than the weekends! Why not use the money you saved on your venue hire to get in the very best venue stylist, or to splash out on the dress or cake of your dreams?

Save Your Guests Money

B&B, hotel and often travel costs are cheaper during the week than at the weekend. Your guests might not feel as ‘festive’ during the week as they might on a weekend, but they’ll be grateful for the reduced costs associated with your big day!

Marry On a Special Day

It’s not all about saving money! Did you get engaged on an anniversary, or meet on a special day? With a midweek wedding, you have greater choice of wedding dates, so you can take advantage and get married on a date that really means something to you!

Have we persuaded you that a midweek wedding is a good idea? Get in touch with us on 01702 711 350 or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk to book a consultation. Browse our wedding page and options here.