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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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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!

Half Price Venue Hire at The Arlington Ballroom, Essex, 22nd March 2019

Have you been thinking of throwing an engagement party, birthday party or celebration? We’re offering half price venue hire on Friday 22nd March 2019 for a minimum of 80 people. We have a stunning cocktail bar, can offer a buffet or 3-course meal and can help arrange a DJ or live band.

Please call us asap on 01702 711 350 (10am-4pm weekdays).

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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

Holding a huge event so close to Christmas or New Year might sound like a nightmare, but It doesn’t have to be stressful - and your guests are going to love having something to think about that isn’t turkey and Christmas pud! Read on for our tips on holding a Christmas wedding.

Get Organised

More organised than you would for a non-Christmas wedding, we mean. Christmas is a busy enough 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).

5 Benefits of Holding a Midweek Wedding

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!

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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.

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!

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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.

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1920s Art Deco Wedding Inspiration at The ArlingtonBallroom
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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.

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Birthday Parties at The Arlington Ballroom, Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Party at The Arlington Ballroom Southend-on-Sea

If a birthday ends with a 0, it deserves a party. At The Arlington, we specialise in intimate, elegant 30th, 40th 50th and 60th birthdays. Whether you'd like an understated 3-course sit down meal or a party with buffet, we will make sure you ring in the new decade with style!

With two fully licensed bars, including a fantastic cocktail bar. We can recommend DJs, live bands and singers and can help set you up with photo booths, a dance floor, sweet carts, chocolate fountains and much more!

Our opulent ballroom can hold up to 250 guests and we can colour our lights to match your theme or decorations. We can also provide a projector to share your favourite photographs or videos.

Interested in booking? Give us a call on 01702 711 350 or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk. Why not pop in to view and chat to our Events Team to find out how we can help host your birthday party?

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