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Spring 2020 Wedding Promotion at The Arlington Ballroom, Essex

Hi everyone,

We’ve got a fabulous promotion for couples in Southend-on-Sea or the wider Essex area who are planning a wedding in spring 2020!

If you book by 30th November for any date in April or May 2020, you’ll enjoy a complimentary red carpet, complimentary chair covers and complimentary DJ!

You can view our wedding options here. To get in touch about visiting the Arlington Ballroom and talking to our events team, please call 01702 711 350 (10am-4pm weekdays) or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk.

Spring Wedding Promotion 2020 The Arlington Ballroom Art Deco wedding venue Essex

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 12:30pm-4:30pm. You can register your interest here. We look forward to seeing you!

Looking for more local wedding fairs? Why not try browsing Guides for Brides? They have a list of upcoming wedding events!

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 Autumn & Winter 2019 for a Birthday Party, Wedding or Anniversary in Southend-on-Sea

2020 Mid-Week Wedding Offer

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*

*Sunday-Thursday, excludes bank holidays. Additional evening guests charged at £12.95 per person. A £500 deposit will be required to secure your booking. 2020 weddings only. Based on 50 guests.

If you’ve got a big birthday, anniversary or wedding planned 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!

OCTOBER 2019

  • No available dates

NOVEMBER 2019

  • No available dates

DECEMBER 2019

Our weekends in December are taken up with Christmas party nights. You can see all available Christmas party nights on our page - get in touch today if you’re interested in coming along!

Looking for 2020 Dates for a Wedding, Party or Celebration?

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!

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.

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!