Only 2 Weekend Dates Left in 2019 with Half Price Venue Hire on 6th September! Book Now to Avoid Disappointment

Hi everyone,

We now only have 2 available weekend dates left in 2019 (6th September and 25th October), both Fridays. November is completely booked up, and we run our Christmas party nights throughout December.

What’s more, we’re offering half price venue hire for 6th September! Get in touch asap on 01702 711 350 or info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk if you’re interested! Minimum of 80 people.

To book for 2020, please get in touch on 01702 711 350 (10am-4pm weekdays) or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk.

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Tips for a Relaxed Hen Party... for Any Budget

In this day and age, hen parties can go on for days! Some brides hold one hen party at home and another abroad. Some make ridiculously expensive requests of their guests, who find that they’re spending thousands of pounds a year on a few hen nights.

This writer, for example, spent around £2,000 on her friend’s hen party activities: which included a villa in Ibiza, salsa lessons and themed pool parties… ouch.

But hen parties shouldn’t feel like a competitive rush! We’ve put together some tips for having a relaxed, fun hen party that won’t break the bank.

Decide who you really want at your hen party

Don’t feel you have to invite every lady you’ve ever met. Just like your wedding day, you hen night should be a fun occasion with your loved ones - so don’t feel guilty if your guest list only consists of your mum, your sister, your best friend from school and your sister-in-law! Conversely, if you have a big group of good friends, consider what you could all do as a group. Perhaps a night out in a bar or a dinner, as opposed to a spa day or weekend trip?

Don’t expect your guests to have the same expectations as you

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Remember that different guests are on different salaries, with different family lives. Some might have a lot of disposable income and expect to be swept off their feet by a fancy night out or weekend away. Others might consider a night in a bar with some funny props a big night out.

So with that in mind…

Decide on your budget early

It might be best to speak to your guests in person before deciding what you’re going to do or where. What seems cheap for you might not be for your friends! Estimate what the event or trip will cost and run it past your guests. Don’t forget to factor in drinks, food, etc!

If you’re really keen to do something a bit quirky, why not do a cupcake baking workshop or arts and crafts workshop?

Keep it local

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It might sound like fun to jet off on a city break, but do you really want to put yourself and your guests under that sort of stress and financial pressure? Why not spend an evening at your favourite restaurant after a day in a local spa, then head out to a party night? We get a lot of hen dos at our Club Classics nights, for example - some dress up in 1920s outfits, which we love! By keeping your hen party local, you’re ensuring everyone can get home easily and cheaply, without forking out for a hotel or flight tickets.

Spring 2020 Wedding Promotion at The Arlington Ballroom, Essex

Hi everyone,

We’ve got a fabulous promotion for couples in Southend-on-Sea or the wider Essex area who are planning a wedding in spring 2020!

If you book by 30th November for any date in April or May 2020, you’ll enjoy a complimentary red carpet, complimentary chair covers and complimentary DJ!

You can view our wedding options here. To get in touch about visiting the Arlington Ballroom and talking to our events team, please call 01702 711 350 (10am-4pm weekdays) or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk.

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Back to the '80s Night with Martin Day on 4th October - Dancing, Cocktails and '80s Music!

Hi everyone,

If you like ‘80s music and Martin Day, you’re going to love our upcoming Back to the ‘80s Night with Martin Day on 4th October! Dance the evening away to the hits of the 1980s, and enjoy a breather at our two bars.

Tickets are £7 each or 4 for £20 and can be booked by calling 01702 711 350 (10am-4pm weekdays). We look forward to seeing you!

Update: 4th October is now sold out, but due to popular demand we have added another Back to the ‘80s Night on 8th November!


Christmas Party Nights 2019 at The Arlington Ballroom, Southend-on-Sea

Hi everyone,

We’re pleased to announce our menu and availability for Christmas party nights at The Arlington Ballroom! This year’s party nights run from 29th November to 22nd December; you’ll enjoy a sumptuous 3-course meal and dance to our fantastic DJ's music until 1am (midnight on Sundays). What’s more, if you book a table of 10 or more people and enjoy one complimentary bottle of red wine and one complimentary bottle of white wine per table!

Get in touch with our Events Team to discuss booking on 01702 711 350 info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk. Some dates are available for exclusive parties of 80 or more people - get in touch for more info! A couple of weekend dates have already been booked so get in touch ASAP.

Prices & Availability

  • Mid-week Bookings (Mon-Thurs): £34.95 per person

  • Weekend Bookings: £39.95 per person

  • View weekend availability here; please get in touch for midweek availability.

Christmas Party Night at The Arlington Ballroom Southend-on-Sea

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!