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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!

Open Day 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

Arlington Ballroom Christmas 2019 Opening Hours

Available Fridays & Saturdays in July, August & September 2019 for a Birthday Party, Wedding or Anniversary in Southend-on-Sea

2019’s weekends are booking up fast! If you’ve got a big birthday, anniversary or wedding planned for 2019 and haven’t found a venue, why not give us a call? We also love holding charity galas, annual dinners and dinner and dances - so if you’re planning any of the above, give us a call on 01702 711 350 (10am-4pm) or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk. Please note we will remove the dates from this list as they are booked - so don’t delay getting in touch!

We only have 1 Saturday left in 2019! Get in touch ASAP to book!

Get Friday weddings at midweek prices until the end of September!

JULY 2019

  • Friday 26th July

AUGUST 2019

  • Friday 30th August

SEPTEMBER 2019

  • Friday 6th September

Looking for 2020 Dates?

Give us a call or drop us an email to see what’s available!

Pink and Blue Wedding at The Arlington Ballroom, Southend-on-Sea
Party at The Arlington Ballroom, Southend-on-Sea

How to Save Money on Your Wedding (Without Compromising Quality)

The average wedding in the UK costs £32,000. That’s a staggering amount when you consider that the money could go toward a house deposit, renovation or holiday instead of a single day. Here are our tips for keeping wedding costs down!

Work out your budget before you plan anything

Sit down with your fiance and work out what you’ve got to spend, or what you’ll have to spend in total. Then add 10 per cent, because unexpected costs sneak up on you! Make a spreadsheet and note down every quote, price and detail you’ll be paying for, from the venue and dress to invitations.

Decide what’s really important to you

Do you have a very specific venue, dress or flower arrangement in mind? Talk to your fiance and decide the five things you absolutely don’t want to compromise on. Then decide the five things you don’t mind doing ‘on the cheap’. For example, it’s very easy to save money on wedding favours by simply buying 50 Love Heart sweets and organza bags from eBay for about £10. On the other hand, if you’ve always wanted hand-painted ceramic plaques for each of your 50 guests then you should ensure that you make a note of the potential costs!

One of the biggest expenses will be the guests themselves, as more guests means a larger venue and more mouths to feed. Par down your list to the people you really want at your ceremony and/or reception (is it really important that your mum’s aunt’s in-laws witness your special day?), then look for venues accordingly. Bear in mind that a handful of people won’t turn up or bring a plus-one, and remember that a buffet is probably going to cost less than a 5-course seated meal.

Work out what can be done cheaply (but remember that ‘cheap’ doesn’t have to mean ‘bad’)

As we said with the wedding favours, it’s possible to make a little bit of cash go a long way. We’ve known brides who have bought tea sets from second hand shops, used them in the floral arrangements, then told guests to help themselves to the arrangements as favours… oh, and the tables looked BEAUTIFUL. Do you mind having a wedding midweek instead of a Saturday? You could save a lot on the venue hire just by swapping days! If you’re planning an open bar, specify that you want prosecco instead of Champagne; do your wedding dress shopping in clearance sales or on classy second hand sites like Brides Do Good (oh, and help end child marriage while you’re at it!), buy a pretty cake from M&S and add some flowers to it instead of commissioning a wedding cake… we could go on.

Use your imagination, ask married friends and family what they’ve done for their wedding and what they would change if they could have their wedding day again.

Intimate Wedding Ceremony at The Arlington Ballroom. Southend-on-Sea

Keep track of everything

Yes, everything. All of it. Every penny. The VAT. Postage costs. Cancellation fees. Who’s RSVP’d. Who hasn’t. Your wedding should be one of the highlights of your life, not a stressful experience that leaves you in debt. Keep an eye on everything, keep communicating with your fiance (and your parents or family, if they’re paying for anything) and remember to enjoy the process!

Are you thinking of having a wedding in Southend-on-Sea? At The Arlington Ballroom we’re a fully licensed venue - and we offer midweek weddings!

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.

The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Last Minute Wedding

The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Last Minute Wedding

It’s no secret that planning a wedding is stressful and time-consuming. Some brides thrive during the time between engagement and marriage, while others dread the stress and planning. Summer dates book up very early in the year, and some venues even have year-long waiting lines to get that perfect summer date! Last minute cancellations can however lead to free dates… But that means less time to plan!

We have composed the ultimate guide to help you plan a last-minute wedding to show you that it can be done and can still be perfect!

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..