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The Arlington Ballroom

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 ‘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!

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Opening Day at The Arlington Ballroom: 13th October 2019

Come along to the Arlington Ballroom to meet our staff, have a look around the ballroom while it’s professionally set up for a wedding ceremony and sample our cocktail bar.

Entry is free, and we’re open from 11am-3pm. You can register your interest here. We look forward to seeing you!

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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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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.

What is a Humanist Wedding? A Guide for Secular Couples

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Humanist weddings are increasingly popular, as non-religious or multi-faith couples wish to celebrate their wedding somewhere other than a religious building or a simple registry office. But what exactly is a humanist wedding? Simply put, humanist weddings are non-religious, or secular. There aren’t any rules per se, so couples can tailor their wedding to their exact specifications!

Are Humanist Weddings Legally Binding?

As of 2018, humanist weddings are not legally binding in England and Wales and couples require a civil ceremony as well as or alongside their humanist ceremony. Humanist weddings are legally binding in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and activists are pressing the UK government for change in England and Wales.

Are Wedding Vows Allowed? Is Music Allowed? What is Allowed at a Humanist Wedding?

Anything is allowed! You can have poetry readings, live music, a speech from a friend or loved one. You can write your own vows, incorporating your favourite music or poetry, or even incorporating something from a religious text that you do like. You can include elements of ‘traditional’ weddings - the white dress, bridesmaids, a bouquet… or not! It’s really up to you and what you want: a big appeal of humanist weddings is the bespoke element. Whether you’re an LGBT couple, a multi-faith couple or simply looking for something that isn’t ‘a church wedding’ or ‘a ceremony at a registry office’, you can tailor your wedding to you, as a couple.

What is a Celebrant?

Although popular in countries like Australia, the term ‘celebrant’ isn’t very well known in the UK. A celebrant is the person who conducts the ceremony, often writing or creating the ceremony. You can find a celebrant using Humanist.org.uk’s interactive map. You can also learn more about what celebrants are with Humanist.org.uk’s guide.

Can a Humanist Wedding Take Place Outside?

Yes! As we said, humanist weddings are not legally binding in England so you will have to have a civil ceremony as well.

Where Can I Have a Humanist Wedding in Essex?

Pretty much anywhere! Some people choose the beach, some choose their front room, some choose a traditional wedding venue. At the Arlington Ballroom, we’re always happy to host a humanist wedding! We’re also licensed for civil ceremonies, so you can always have a registrar conduct your legally-binding ceremony alongside all your preferred ‘humanist’ elements. We also host wedding receptions, so you can hold your wedding underneath one roof! You can learn about our wedding packages and what we offer on our Weddings page.

Humanist Wedding Ceremony at The Arlington Ballroom, Southend-on-Sea

Arlington Ballroom Office Closure: 24th December - 7th January 2019

Hi everyone,

Please note our office is closed from 24th December this year until Monday 7th January 2019. If you’d like to enquire about a booking, please email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk or phone 01702 711 350 and leave a message. Our team will get back to you from 7th January.

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year,

The Arlington Ballroom team

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Getting To and From The Arlington Ballroom

The Arlington Ballroom is at 905 London Road, Leigh-on-Sea - we’re just past the Chalkwell Park traffic lights! We want our guests to have the best possible experience when visiting our ballroom, so we always advise that you take a taxi to and from The Arlington.

Why - well, there is parking on the streets nearby, but we don’t like to take advantage of our lovely neighbours. We also want to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable evening and get home in one piece: so absolutely no driving if you’re planning to have a drink!

So how should you get here? Well, we recommend AC Radio Cab Taxis. Give them a call on 01702 33 44 55 and they’ll get you to and from The Arlington in comfort.

We’re also on the bus route, located between Darlinghurst Grove bus stop (which serves no. 1, no. 3, no. 27 and no.28 buses) and Chalkwell Schools bus stop (which serves no. 1, no. 27, no. 27A and no. 28 buses).

Our nearest train station is Chalkwell Station, on the C2C Fenchurch St. line.

So there you have it: getting to and from The Arlington Ballroom is easy and comfortable - so don’t drink and drive this Christmas.

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