Wedding Ceremonies, Receptions & Renewals of Vows for Essex

2020 Mid-Week Wedding, Decor & Entertainment Offer for 50 Guests

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.

At The Arlington Ballroom we understand that each wedding and vow renewal is unique to each couple. Our professional staff help you at every stage of the planning process to ensure your special day runs smoothly. We offer both weekend and midweek weddings to suit your needs and can host up to 250 guests. Located on London Road, Leigh-on-Sea, we are close to public transport links for guests coming from further afield in Essex, London and the South East!

We are licensed to hold civil ceremonies as well as evening receptions, so you can enjoy your entire day under one roof or just hold your evening reception with us. Our professional, experienced Events Team help you throughout the planning process to ensure your day runs smoothly. Want to see some more photos? Have a look at our Wedding Gallery. Want to see some reviews? Browse them here!

Photograph by Boutique Wedding Films, styling by Scarlett Heart Weddings

Photograph by Boutique Wedding Films, styling by Scarlett Heart Weddings

Midweek Weddings & Small Weddings

Our ballroom has capacity for 80-250 guests, so if you want to keep your ceremony an intimate, affordable occasion with your closest friends and family, get in touch! We know that Saturday weddings can get expensive, so we also offer midweek weddings at a lower cost and with no minimum spend.

Diverse & LGBT Weddings

As we have a civil ceremony license, we regularly host diverse weddings for multi-faith couples, LGBT couples or couples who just want a secular or humanist ceremony! We’re committed to hosting your perfect day - whatever perfect means to you. Read our blog post about humanist weddings here.

Wedding Ceremony at The Arlington Ballroom Southend-on-Sea

Our Elegant Wedding Venue in the Heart of Southend-on-Sea, Essex

The Arlington is an elegant, intimate Art Deco-inspired ballroom in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Our gorgeous function suite boasts high ceilings, black granite mirrored pillars and a mezzanine level with a Grand Piano – the perfect backdrop for anything from a chic, stylish wedding to an informal celebration to a themed wedding!

Bespoke Wedding Packages

We have two fully licensed bars, including a dedicated cocktail bar, offering brilliant drinks and cocktail menus – why not create a cocktail or hold a Champagne bar? We can recommend live bands, wedding singers or DJs and can add features including photo booths, a dance floor, sweet carts, chocolate fountains and more – just ask!

Our excellent chef can put together your perfect menu, from 3-course and 5-course meals to buffets. We can offer national cuisine, free-from, vegan and even barbecue!

We also offer extras including tepees for children, so you can include your whole family in your special day, and gorgeous table plan suppliers!,

Recent Weddings at The Arlington Ballroom

Wedding Venue Hire Costs & Information

Ballroom Capacity & Minimum Spends

Our minimum capacity is 80 people; our maximum capacity is 250 people. Please note there are also minimum spends for different days. We offer a variety of wedding packages and can cater for every couple - just get in touch to discuss what you’d like!

Midweek & Weekend Venue Hire

Friday night venue hire is £450. Saturday night venue hire is £600.

Sunday venue hire is £400.

Midweek venue hire is £350.

Recommended Wedding Suppliers in Essex


Scarlett Heart Weddings - T. 01702 876090


Lacey's Event Services - T. 07565 860751



The Perfect Wedding Shop - T. 07545 830392


Big Event Drapery - T. 07754 064304


Calligraphy by Tash - T. 07729 719996


Please mention The Arlington Ballroom when calling suppliers!


Scott Miller Photography - T. 07887 641698


Doodle Shots Photography - T. 07549 891 983



Rebelflux - T. 07375 859198


Boutique Wedding Films - T. 07887 641698



Courts of Rayleigh - T. 01268 777983



Sarah Johnson (Sew in Love) - T. 07769 803692


Bleubell Tents


Looking for a Live Band for Your Wedding?

We recommend Sound With Us - just look at them go!

Reviews of Weddings at The Arlington Ballroom

We got married at the Arlington on Saturday 14th September. We had the ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception there. Everything from start to finish was fantastic, from the answering of all my crazy questions some months back, to everything on the day. I couldn’t have wished for any more. The food was amazing and all of our guests were more than impressed with the atmosphere. All in all a perfect day and I can’t recommend high enough.

Liz Walsh

We had our wedding reception there on Friday 13th September. We had an absolutely amazing time, it ran smoothly, staff were amazing on the night and during the organising stages highly recommend thanks so much…

Charlotte & Tony Babbs

Where do we start as soon as we walked into the Arlington ballroom it had the wow factor, we both looked at each other and knew this was where we would love to have our wedding reception. Yvette was so professional and very helpful all the way through planning our special day. The venue cleanliness was immaculate, the food was lovely and the staff were fantastic, which made the evening an amazing reception. From the waitresses at dinner all the way through to the owner were polite well mannered and could not do enough for you. Thank you all at the Arlington for a day & night that will stay in our hearts forever.

Sara Robinson, 28th May 2019

We had our engagement party here, and yesterday we had a truly magical day from start to finish with our wedding. The venue looked incredible, my facebook has gone wild today with wonderful comments of how stunning it was.
Everything about our wedding was just amazing, from the venue, to the delicious food, to the staff who were attentive and professional, you were completely on point with every little detail.
I can’t thank you enough for an incredible day and evening.

Jodie & Nicole, December 2018

The Arlington is a fabulous venue for weddings, we had the best day! Yvette and the team were very attentive from the start and made us feel very special, and we didn’t have to worry about a thing. The day went very smoothly with Paul quietly choreographing in the background. We had both the ceremony and wedding breakfast there, with photographs taken outside with our guests. The Arlington frontage gives a lovely back drop for photographs, after which we went to Chalkwell Park for more pictures. The room looked amazing with lovely lighting and white table linen. We had many positive comments about the food from our guests. It was wonderful. Top quality meat and fish and very generous portion sizes. I cannot recommend The Arlington highly enough – wonderful!

Vicki George

Our very recent wedding was held here and I cannot praise the service enough. Everything was to my own specifications and perfectly implemented. The hot buffet was delicious and plentiful. The bar staff helpful and polite. Yvette and Paul, I cannot thank you enough for everything you both did to ensure my dream wedding went off without a hitch, and my million emails were answered so patiently. The guests commented on how stunning and different the venue was and you even made the sun shine. Thank you once again From the new Mr and Mrs Charles x

Mr and Mrs Charles

We would just like to say thank you and how very grateful we were for the time you spent with us planning the day. The advice on how to make sure the day flowed and that we had enough time to put in all our personal touches helped to focus our minds and gave us confidence our plans would be achieved. The day itself was how we hoped, the food was delicious with many of our guests commenting on how they enjoyed their meal, it was served quickly and efficiently by the serving staff. We are so pleased we chose The Arlington for our wedding and would recommend it to anyone wishing to hire a beautiful and stylish venue which is efficiently managed and staffed. Thank you all once again for all your help, advice and professionalism and we hope to visit you again for future events.

Lynne and Keith

We had such a fantastic day, everything went exactly as we had hoped, it couldn't have been any better. Thank you for setting up the tables, they looked great, and so many people said how lovely the venue was. The staff were all really nice and friendly, which was wonderful.

Claire & Rosario

So many people commented that it was the best food they've ever had at a wedding and we have some difficult family and friends to please.

Hannah & Paul

We had our wedding reception at The Arlington Rooms on Saturday 15th September. Had an absolutely brilliant night! The staff were great and the whole atmosphere was excellent!

From the start of organising the event, Yvette was very helpful and always responded to emails straight away. The staff made the evening absolutely perfect and couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Emily Jones

Everyone has said how much they enjoyed it and how lovely it looked, so thank you all very much for making the day special.

Tricia & John

We are proud to be listed  in G Wedding Directory , a premiere wedding guide for LGBT couples.

We are proud to be listed in G Wedding Directory, a premiere wedding guide for LGBT couples.