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The Arlington Ballroom Leigh-on-Sea

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!

The Arlington Ballroom as Finalists in the National Event Entertainment Awards 2019

Hi everyone,

We’re pleased to announce we’re finalists in the Book Entertainment National Event Entertainment Awards 2019! We’re nominated in the Best Event Venue category and we’d love it if you could take a minute to vote for us here. Voting closes on 3rd June!

Special Offer: Half Price Venue Hire on Saturday 1st June 2019

Hi everyone,

We’re offering half price venue hire on Saturday 1st June! Enjoy a venue hire fee of just £300 with a minimum of 80 guests. We can help arrange a DJ, and offer 3-course meals, 5-course meals and buffets.

Celebrate a birthday or anniversary or just get your friends together to enjoy our gin and cocktail bar!

Call 01702 711 350 (10am-4pm weekdays) or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk to speak to our events team!