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Mid-Week Wedding, Decor & Entertainment Offer for 2020 | Art Deco Venue Essex

After the fantastic response to our offer on our open day, we’ve made our 2020 wedding offer available to all! This offer includes:

Art Deco Wedding Reception Venue Essex
  • Exclusive venue hire

  • Prosecco welcome drink, 3-course meal, tea/coffee, half a bottle of house wine per person, toasting prosecco, evening buffet

  • Entertainment (DJ/Singer)

  • Chair covers and sashes, table centre pieces, starlight curtain or flower wall, photo booth, light up dance floor, LOVE letters, red carpet…

Just £4,500! 

Please note this offer is Sunday to Thursday and excludes bank holidays. Additional evening guests charged at £12.95 per person. A £500 deposit will be required to secure your booking. This offer applies to weddings in 2020 only. Get in touch today to look around our ballroom and chat to our events team!

Art Deco Ballroom Light Up Dance Floor and Flower Curtain

New Cocktail Bar at The Arlington Ballroom

We’re pleased to announce our newly refurbished cocktail bar! Our menu is absolutely fantastic, including Long Island Iced Tea, Mojito, Pornstar Martini, Cosmopolitan and, of course, various gins and mixers!

Our cocktails are priced at £9 each. Just head to our fabulous new cocktail bar to order! Why not try one of our cocktails at our Club Classics nights or any of the events we have coming up?

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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).

Why Hold Your Wedding in Southend-on-Sea?

Southend-on-Sea is a seaside town nestled on the Thames Estaury in south Essex. The borough of Southend incorporates quite a large group of towns and villages, including Westcliff-on-Sea, Prittlewell, Leigh-on-Sea and Shoeburyness. Southend is known both as a quaint seaside town and as a commuter town - so why hold your wedding here?

Excellent Transport to London, Essex and the South East of England

With two train lines that take around an hour to reach the heart of London (the C2C Fenchurch St line and Abelio Greater Anglia Liverpool St line), Southend is brilliantly connected to London and the rest of the South East. Furthermore, we have our own airport: London Southend, which has direct flights to Europe (and to honeymoon destinations including Paris, Venice, Malta and Barcelona) and was the highest-rated London area airport in 2018. Your guests won’t have any excuse not to make your wedding with our brilliant transport links!

Brilliant Accommodation & Restaurants

Southend is peppered with fabulous hotels and eateries, perfect for guests and for pre-and-post wedding dinners. Wonderful restaurants include Aurum, part of 7 Hotel. For traditional fish and chips, you can’t beat Oldham’s of Westcliff, which has been open since 1967. For vegans, there’s The Oak Tree on Leigh Road, while Grumpy’s Diner on Southchurch Road is a must-visit for anyone with a hankering for American milkshakes! For those of you who venture to Southend high street, try the Pipe of Port wine merchant and dining rooms, or Ravens bar and restaurant.

Stunning Views in a Historical Town

Southend is full of jaw-dropping views and natural landscapes, perfect for those beautiful wedding photos you’ve always wanted. Hadleigh Castle, an English Heritage site sat between Benfleet, Leigh and Hadleigh, dates back to 1215 and offers beautiful views of the Estuary. Southend is home to the longest pleasure pier in the world (1.34 miles long) which is a wonderful day out for any visitor.

Southend was originally the ‘south end’ of Prittlewell, a village that’s been populated for at least 10,000 years. In fact, the tomb of a Saxon king, compared to the Egyptian tomb of Tutankhamun, was found in Prittlewell in 2003. So why not visit one of Southend’s museums while you’re here?

Oh, and did we mention we have an opulent Art Deco ballroom snug in the heart of Leigh-on-Sea, perfect for intimate weddings? Give us a call on 01702 711 350 or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk to have a look round…

Essex Wedding of the Year 2016

At the Arlington Ballroom we organise many weddings; it is one of our favourite things to do!

Last week we organised our biggest wedding yet! 150 guests for the ceremony and Wedding breakfast and 250 guests for the Evening Reception! It was a great day and not a TOWIE in sight!

Set up for Civil Ceremony
The Wedding Breakfast laid out

Due to the uncertainty of British weather, the couple hired a marquee adding another dimension to the venue.  This turned out to be a roaring success and can now feature in future events giving extra space when needed.

Guests had a constant source of entertainment, from the magician at the drinks reception to the singer who appeared on ‘The Voice’!

A brilliant twist was the Bride giving a speech, projecting a video on the large screen to entertain the guests further, they loved it!

The evening was not a disappointment with a live band for all to enjoy and lots of drinks flowing. The bride also sang a song with the band which just topped off one of the best weddings ever!

Are you planning a wedding? Here are our tops tips for getting it right:

1.      Accept help - if someone would like to help you then accept and give them a specific job to do e.g. a friend could contact all the local venues and arrange viewings for you in one day, so all you have to do is turn up!

2.      If in doubt ask! – If you are not happy with part of your package then ask to have it changed, most venues will be happy to adjust their wedding packages to suit your requirements

3.      Double check! -  Just in case you thought you mentioned it, mention it again, leave no room for error!

Would you like to talk about wedding planning? Please contact us and pop in for a chat..