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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!

Small Midweek Wedding at The Arlington Ballroom Southend-on-Sea

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.

Jessica and Joe's Wedding at The Arlington Ballroom

We love a wedding. Have we mentioned that? The lovely Jessica and Joe got married at The Arlington on Saturday 4th August and the entire evening was absolutely beautiful. Congratulations!

 

Wedding at The Arlington Ballroom Essex
Wedding Reception at The Arlington Ballroom Southend-on-Sea
Cutting the Cake at The Arlington Ballroom Wedding, Essex
Jessica and Joe's Wedding at The Arlington Ballroom Southend black and white

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?

Jodie and Nicole Winter Wedding Reception at The Arlington Ballroom Essex

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 to Essex and London

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

Pink and Blue Wedding Ceremony at The Arlington Ballroom Essex

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.