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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).

Wedding Vow Renewals at The Arlington Ballroom in Southend-on-Sea

You’ve had the wedding, you’ve had a few anniversaries (quite a few!) and now you and your other half want to celebrate your love by renewing your vows. Why not hold your renewal at The Arlington Ballroom?

We can host 30-250 guests and our beautiful function suite has high ceilings, black granite mirrored pillars and a mezzanine level with a Grand Piano - everything you need for a party! What’s more, we’ve got two fully licensed bars and can recommend live bands, wedding singers or DJs. If you want to go big, we can add features including photo booths, a dance floor, sweet carts, chocolate fountains… the list goes on!

Live band at The Arlington Ballroom Southend

In terms of food, our excellent chef can create a bespoke menu, from 3 and 5-course meals to buffets. We can organise national cuisine, free-from, vegan and barbecue!

If you’d like to book a consultation to look round the ballroom, give us a call on 01702 711 350 or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk. You can read more about our general wedding service here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Wedding Renewal at The Arlington Ballroom Southend
Vow Renewal Service at The Arlington Ballroom Southend

Jennie's 1920s Art Deco Wedding Shoot at The Arlington Ballroom (as seen in An Essex Wedding Magazine!)

When bridal hair stylist Jennie Galgey was working at The Lawn in Southend on a wedding shoot, she wasn’t expecting to fall in love with an Art Deco wedding dress. But when a model from Blush Brides walked out in a beaded Eliza Jane Howell dress and took her hoodie off, Jennie (who usually specialises in a more boho style) was enthralled. She embarked on putting together an entire photoshoot around the dress, and got in touch with local suppliers to help her.

The Arlington Ballroom has always been Southend’s go-to Art Deco venue, so Jennie got in touch with us about shooting here - and we were only too pleased to agree!

On the day of the shoot, the Arlington looked like a Great Gatsby film set, with a 1920s Pierce-Arrow Limousine loaned by Arrow Vintage Cars and opulent styling by Rock the Day Styling and Party Squared. The gorgeous stationery was supplied by Cartalia and Gray Starling Designs. Jewellery was by Dee Neicho, while Elisa Jane Howell supplied four beautiful dresses and House of Lovely Stuff supplied the suave pocket square. Make up was by Katie Poole and our stunning models were Nur, Tate and Andrew (please see photos for links to other suppliers!).

When we spoke to Jennie about the shoot months after it happened, she was still brimming with enthusiasm about how well it went. Everyone who worked on the shoot offered their time, products or services for free, and the shoot grew in size as people got in touch with people and everyone pitched in! Jennie was adamant that she wanted to show a different side to Essex, and it paid off - the shoot was featured on the Mrs P and P wedding blog, and on the cover of the November/December 2018 issue of An Essex Wedding Magazine!

Special thanks go to Matthew Harrison Photography for his beautiful photographs and Bow Ties and Bouquets for their cinematography. Want a sneak peek behind the scenes of the shoot? Watch the video here!

Art Deco Wedding Bride and Groom at The Arlington Ballroom
Couple in Vintage Wedding Car, Art Deco 1920s Photoshoot

Want to hold your very own Art Deco wedding at The Arlington? Get in touch today!

This beautiful wedding cake was by  Pinkface Cakes of South Woodham Ferrers

This beautiful wedding cake was by Pinkface Cakes of South Woodham Ferrers

This stunning floral arrangement is by our favourite florist,  Courts of Rayleigh .

This stunning floral arrangement is by our favourite florist, Courts of Rayleigh.

Our gorgeous groom was dressed by  Anthony Formal Wear of Billericay and Colchester .

Our gorgeous groom was dressed by Anthony Formal Wear of Billericay and Colchester.

Table Decorations 1920s Art Deco Wedding
1920s Art Deco Wedding Inspiration at The ArlingtonBallroom
Art Deco Wedding Table Holders at The Arlington Ballroom
Brooch bouquets were very popular in the 1920s! This was made by London’s  Blue Dove Weddings and Events .

Brooch bouquets were very popular in the 1920s! This was made by London’s Blue Dove Weddings and Events.

Car outside The Arlington Ballroom, Art Deco Wedding Shoot.jpg
The Arlington Ballroom in An Essex Wedding Magazine.jpg

Wedding Fairs at The Arlington Ballroom, Southend-on-Sea, in September and October 2018

Are you planning your wedding for 2019 or 2020? Why not come along to one of The Arlington Ballroom's upcoming wedding fairs?

On 23rd September we have a gorgeous wedding fair with Destination Bride, which specialises in weddings and honeymoons abroad but will also be showcasing various suppliers. Entry is free, but we would love for you to register your interest on EventBrite! You can learn more about Destination Bride here. The fair runs 11am-3pm and all couples who book on the day will get £100 off their wedding, honeymoon or holiday booking!

On 14th October we have a delectable fair with magazine The Wedding Guide. Browse suppliers and wedding inspiration to your heart's content! Again, entry is free but we request you register our interest via the form on our listing. This fair is also 11am-3pm and every bride in attendance will receive a £100 voucher towards their honeymoon, holiday or flight bookings! Find out more about The Wedding Guide here.

Wedding Fair at The Arlington Ballroom Southend-on-Sea

Why Hold Your Wedding at The Arlington Ballroom in Essex?

When it comes to wedding venues in the South East of England, there is a lot of choice. From country homes and hotels to barns and actual castles, it can be difficult to know where to choose. So why should you choose The Arlington Ballroom?

We’re in the Heart of Essex

Snug in Leigh-on-Sea (part of the borough of Southend-on-Sea) in Essex, The Arlington Ballroom is tucked along London Road. We can recommend several brilliant local hotels for you and your guests, and there's so much to do in Southend, from visiting the ancient Hadleigh Castle to taking a stroll along the promenade and down Southend Pier.

Excellent Transport Links

Our nearest train station is Chalkwell, on the C2C Fenchurch Street Line. It's easy for guests to arrive from London and Essex (Leigh is around 40 minutes from London!).

Elegant Art Deco Venue Licensed for Civil Ceremonies

Our opulent ballroom was renovated in 2012 to include high ceilings, black granite mirrored pillars and a mezzanine level with a Grand Piano. We were even part of an Art Deco wedding photoshoot that was featured in An Essex Wedding Magazine! We are fully licensed for civil ceremonies, so you can hold both your wedding ceremony and your wedding reception with us if you'd like! 

Bespoke Themes and Menus Available

We can offer customisable coloured downlighting, a projector and various add-ons including a dance floor, sweet carts a dedicated Champagne bar and a DJ. Our menu can be entirely catered to your needs and desires; our excellent chef can whip up free-from, vegan, national cuisine... just name it. We can offer 3-course meals, 5-course meals, buffets and more. One of our weddings this year includes a barbecue!

What are you waiting for? Call 01702 711 350 or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk to book a free consultation with our excellent Events Team, and see our Weddings page for more information and packages.

V&A Wedding Reception at the Arlington Ballroom Essex.jpg

Mehndi Celebration at The Arlington Ballroom

On 22nd July we hosted a gorgeous Mehndi Celebration. Decorated by Lacey's Event Services, our ballroom was a rainforest of colours! Thank you to everyone who helped make the day so special for the happy couple.

Mehndi Celebration Sofa at Arlington Ballroom Southend
Mehndi Celebration Decorations at The Arlington Ballroom in Essex