Common Wedding Mistakes - and How You Can Avoid Them

We've been hosting weddings at The Arlington Ballroom since 2013, and we’ve seen a lot of happy couples! Although the odd snag is perfectly normal (and nothing to worry about!) there are some mistakes people make during the planning process that make the whole day still stressful.

Food Mistakes: If You Don’t Cater for All Your Guests, They Won’t All Have Enough to Eat

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It sounds obvious, but if you only cater for 50% of your guests, there will only be enough food for 50% of your guests! We always recommend people cater for 75% of guests at an absolute minimum - there’s nothing worse than running out of food!

Budget Mistakes: Be Aware of Minimum Spends

Most venues have a minimum spend in place, especially on a weekend. Ensure you talk about the venue hire fee and food costs with the event staff early in the booking process. Find out if there is a separate bar spend in place. Once you’re aware of all the potential costs, do the maths to check if you can achieve the minimum spend with the number of guests you’re expecting.

Budget Mistakes: Mistaking Guest Numbers

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It can be a disappointing thought, but unfortunately not everyone you invite to your wedding will turn up on the day, even if they’ve RSVPd. Send out your save the date notes as early as possible and emphasise the importance of RSVPing, but prepare for some people to simply not turn up. Similarly, be mindful that an extra 20 or so guests might mean a bigger venue and higher costs - so ensure you’re inviting only the people you really want!

Communication Mistakes: Read the Notes

Many venues will send you notes prior to your event, detailing things like timings, menu choices and any extras you’ve chosen. Ensure you read through these notes carefully before signing off on them!

Planning to hold your wedding in Southend-on-Sea in 2019 or 2020? Get in touch with The Arlington Ballroom today!

The Arlington Ballroom Wins Best Premiere Wedding Venue - Essex at UK Enterprise Awards 2019

Hi everyone,

We’re pleased to announce we’re winners of the Best Premiere Wedding Venue in Essex at the 2019 the SME News UK Enterprise Awards! We’re proud to be a local business so we’re really chuffed with this award!

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The Arlington Ballroom as Finalists in the National Event Entertainment Awards 2019

Hi everyone,

We’re pleased to announce we’re finalists in the Book Entertainment National Event Entertainment Awards 2019! We’re nominated in the Best Event Venue category and we’d love it if you could take a minute to vote for us here. Voting closes on 3rd June!

Top Honeymoon Destinations in the Mediterranean


Tuscany, in central Italy, is home to several beautiful cities and landscapes. It’s also regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, so Tuscany is an ideal destination for any couple who wants to mix relaxation with culture! Wander the ancient streets of Florence, taste wine in the vineyards of Chianti, snap a photo next to the Leaning Tower of Pisa…


The French island of Corsica has 200 beaches and 1000km of coastline, so is a beach-lover’s paradise! There are many other activities too - take a boat to the Scandola nature reserve, visit Ajaccio (the birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte!) or explore the fortress town of Bonifacio.

Scandola Nature Reserve,  from Corsica Travel Guide

Scandola Nature Reserve, from Corsica Travel Guide


The tiny archipelago of Malta is full of beautiful destinations. Just off the coast of Italy, Malta is an ancient country with so much to do and see! Swim in the Blue Lagoon, take a ferry to the stunning island of Gozo or learn to SCUBA dive in the safe, clear waters. What’s more, Malta is reachable from Southend Airport!

Malta’s Blue Lagoon,  from Lonely Planet

Malta’s Blue Lagoon, from Lonely Planet


On the western side of Greece in the Ionian islands, Corfu is a beautiful island perfect for honeymooners. Relax on one of the many beaches, spend a day shopping in Corfu Town or take a trip to Korission Lagoon, a saltwater lake teeming with wildlife. Like Malta, Corfu is reachable from Southend Airport.

Planning your wedding? Why not consider The Arlington Ballroom in Leigh-on-Sea?

Florence, Tuscany,  from Lonely Planet

Florence, Tuscany, from Lonely Planet

Wedding Favour Ideas from Local Businesses

Wedding favours are a tiny part of most weddings, but they’re a little detail that your guests will really appreciate, especially if they’re relevant to you as a couple. Read on a for a few inexpensive wedding favour ideas, all produced by UK-based small businesses!

Customisable Miniatures

Whether you’re a gin fan or a Champagne connoisseur, a miniature at every place setting can be a memorable wedding favour, especially if it’s customised, like these pink gin miniatures from Hearth and Heritage, a Bingham-based small business. Your guests can enjoy a tipple at their leisure and keep the gorgeous bottles if they’d like to!


Eco-Friendly Seed Packets

Seed packets are a novel way of sharing your love for nature and the environment. Wildflower Favours is a Kent-based small business that specialises in customisable seed packet wedding favours. They offer a variety of packets in different colours and seed types, as well as charity seed packets - so you can support an important charity while you enjoy your big day!


Customisable Porcelain Favours

Porcelain is beautiful and can be kept long after your wedding is over. These customisable, lace porcelain wedding favours by Northamptonshire -based artisan Karen Turner Ceramics on Folksy will add a delicate detail to your special day.


Personalised Scented Candles

Scented candles are a popular gift, so why not use them as a wedding favour? If you opt for candles in an aluminium tin, like these from Serendipity Naturals in Chatham, your guests can reuse the tin once the candle runs out!


If you’re looking for an intimate wedding venue in the Southend-on-Sea area of Essex, please do not hesitate to get in touch with The Arlington Ballroom via our Weddings page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Opening Day at The Arlington Ballroom: 13th October 2019

Come along to the Arlington Ballroom to meet our staff, have a look around the ballroom while it’s professionally set up for a wedding ceremony and sample our cocktail bar.

Entry is free, and we’re open from 11am-3pm. You can register your interest here. We look forward to seeing you!

Open Day at The Arlington Ballroom Southend-on-Sea

Special Offer: Half Price Venue Hire on Saturday 1st June 2019

Hi everyone,

We’re offering half price venue hire on Saturday 1st June! Enjoy a venue hire fee of just £300 with a minimum of 80 guests. We can help arrange a DJ, and offer 3-course meals, 5-course meals and buffets.

Celebrate a birthday or anniversary or just get your friends together to enjoy our gin and cocktail bar!

Call 01702 711 350 (10am-4pm weekdays) or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk to speak to our events team!