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Club Classics with Martin Day on 9th November 2018

On Friday 9th November we held a Club Classics night with Heart FM DJ Martin Day. What a day!

Missed it? You can book our February, March, April and May 2019 Club Classics nights here. Tickets are £7 each/4 for £20 and bookings before 31st December will enjoy a free welcome drink on arrival!

You can see videos of the night on our Facebook page.

How to Add Hygge to Your Life (even when you're very, very busy)

The Danish word ‘hygge’ (pronounced ‘hoo-gah’) roughly translates as ‘cosiness’. The concept has taken off in western Europe and Essex in the last few years as the Danish are consistently rated as some of the happiest people in the world, despite their long winters and harsh weather. Basically, achieving hygge means taking time to try to be present to enjoy the little things.

Hygge doesn’t mean buying anything, eating a certain way or decorating your home in a certain style. It just means taking the time to enjoy life however you want to! We know how hard it can be to take time for yourself in the busy months leading up to Christmas, especially when you have a demanding job, young children and British weather to contend with - so we’ve put together a quick guide to adding some hygge to your life.

Smell the Roses (or the scented candles)

What’s your favourite scent? Can you find it in the form of a scented candle, incense stick or perfume? Filling your home, car and even your pockets with something that smells nice will boost your spirits on gloomy days. Even if you just buy the same shampoo you took on your holiday and use that in the winter months, you’ll be reminded of summer every time you wash your hair!

Put Your Phone Down

Just for five minutes. Social media is a fun way of keeping up with friends (and showing off a bit, let’s be honest) but research has shown that too much social media can lead to a decline in mental health including feelings of isolation and a drop in self esteem. So instead of spending five minutes Instagramming your gorgeous dinner, why not take five extra minutes to eat it slowly and savour every mouthful? When you’re out with the family, concentrate on what you’re doing instead of photographing what you’re doing. Your brain will remember the day without 10 accompanying photos, promise.

Spend Time With Friends

In person, not online! We know the run up to Christmas is hectic, and taking the time to meet up with friends can become more stressful than it is relaxing, especially if you have to organise childcare or travel long distances in iffy weather. So why not meet for a coffee during a lunchbreak instead of dinner at the weekend? How about a phone or Skype call or FaceTime while you’re both watching the same TV show? If you’d like to get together for a dinner party but can’t decide who should host, why not go out to a local party night? A good chat with a friend or a group of friends will lift your spirits by miles.

Friends Meeting for Coffee

Wedding Vow Renewals at The Arlington Ballroom in Southend-on-Sea

You’ve had the wedding, you’ve had a few anniversaries (quite a few!) and now you and your other half want to celebrate your love by renewing your vows. Why not hold your renewal at The Arlington Ballroom?

We can host 30-250 guests and our beautiful function suite has high ceilings, black granite mirrored pillars and a mezzanine level with a Grand Piano - everything you need for a party! What’s more, we’ve got two fully licensed bars and can recommend live bands, wedding singers or DJs. If you want to go big, we can add features including photo booths, a dance floor, sweet carts, chocolate fountains… the list goes on!

Live band at The Arlington Ballroom Southend

In terms of food, our excellent chef can create a bespoke menu, from 3 and 5-course meals to buffets. We can organise national cuisine, free-from, vegan and barbecue!

If you’d like to book a consultation to look round the ballroom, give us a call on 01702 711 350 or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk. You can read more about our general wedding service here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Wedding Renewal at The Arlington Ballroom Southend
Vow Renewal Service at The Arlington Ballroom Southend

Why are Continuing Professional Development Courses So Important?

Continuing Professional Development courses, also known as CPD courses, are an integral part of many industries. No matter where you are on the career ladder, it’s important to keep learning from others in your industry. By holding and attending CPD courses, even for subjects that don’t seem related to your day-to-day tasks, such as first aid or human resources, you are maintaining standards of professionalism in your company and throughout your industry.

At The Arlington Ballroom we hold a great deal of networking meetings with Southend Peers and Southend EBN so we know first hand how hard entrepreneurs and small business owners work. We know the effort that goes into your training, networking, public relations, human resources, insurance and much more. We know that attending or holding a CPD course will sound like a drain on your time, but the right course really will continue your professional development! This is true whether the course is on something generalised, like first aid or social media, or on something incredibly specific to your industry, such as a RICS or Corgi-certified course.

If you’re interested in holding a CPD course at the Arlington Ballroom, email us on info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk or call 01702 711 350 and our Events Team will see how we can help!

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Christmas Party Night Availability at The Arlington Ballroom in December 2018

The Christmas season is fast approaching and our brilliant Christmas Party Nights are selling out fast! Bring your friends, work colleagues or family and get Christmas started in style! Relax with a welcome drink on arrival, enjoy an opulent 3-course meal then dance to our fabulous DJ's music until 1am (midnight on Sundays). You can view our availability on our Christmas party page.

Prices & Times

Mid-week Bookings (Mon-Thurs): £34.95 per person
Weekend Bookings: £39.95 per person

Arrival: 7.00pm
Guests Seated: 7.30pm
Food Service: 7.45pm
Carriages: 1.00am

You can view our menu here.

Get in touch with our Events Team to discuss booking on 01702 711 350 or info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk. Christmas lunches are also available - just get in touch if you're interested!

Christmas Party Nights at The Arlington Ballroom Southend

Why Book Your Prom Before Christmas?

We know, we know. Prom season is high summer, when the evenings are long and you don’t need four jumpers to leave the house. So why are we talking about proms in October? Well, venues book up really fast. There’s only a few weeks in June and July when schools and colleges want their prom, so competition is high!

At The Arlington, we know from experience that you’re best off booking your prom before the Christmas holiday, because revision and exams take up so much of January and the spring time. It’s also a good idea to collect deposits as early as possible for events with so many people, because collecting money and keeping track of who’s booked what can quickly become a bit of a headache!

If you’re doing your GCSEs or A Levels in a school or college in Southend, Leigh or Westcliff and want your prom in a classy, sophisticated venue, learn more about our proms on our Events page and get in touch with us today by calling 01702 711 350 or emailing info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk.

Sweet Cart Prom The Arlington Ballroom Southend
Lilac Couch Prom Southend-on-Sea
Prom Dinner at The Arlington Ballroom Southend

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

The average wedding in the UK costs £27,000. 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 do 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.

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!

pink and white wedding at The Arlington Ballroom Southend-on-Sea

Jennie's 1920s Art Deco Wedding Shoot at The Arlington Ballroom (as seen in An Essex Wedding Magazine!)

When bridal hair stylist Jennie Galgey was working at The Lawn in Southend on a wedding shoot, she wasn’t expecting to fall in love with an Art Deco wedding dress. But when a model from Blush Brides walked out in a beaded Eliza Jane Howell dress and took her hoodie off, Jennie (who usually specialises in a more boho style) was enthralled. She embarked on putting together an entire photoshoot around the dress, and got in touch with local suppliers to help her.

The Arlington Ballroom has always been Southend’s go-to Art Deco venue, so Jennie got in touch with us about shooting here - and we were only too pleased to agree!

On the day of the shoot, the Arlington looked like a Great Gatsby film set, with a 1920s Pierce-Arrow Limousine loaned by Arrow Vintage Cars and opulent styling by Rock the Day Styling and Party Squared. The gorgeous stationery was supplied by Cartalia and Gray Starling Designs. Jewellery was by Dee Neicho, while Elisa Jane Howell supplied four beautiful dresses and House of Lovely Stuff supplied the suave pocket square. Make up was by Katie Poole and our stunning models were Nur, Tate and Andrew (please see photos for links to other suppliers!).

When we spoke to Jennie about the shoot months after it happened, she was still brimming with enthusiasm about how well it went. Everyone who worked on the shoot offered their time, products or services for free, and the shoot grew in size as people got in touch with people and everyone pitched in! Jennie was adamant that she wanted to show a different side to Essex, and it paid off - the shoot was featured on the Mrs P and P wedding blog, and on the cover of the November/December 2018 issue of An Essex Wedding Magazine!

Special thanks go to Matthew Harrison Photography for his beautiful photographs and Bow Ties and Bouquets for their cinematography. Want a sneak peek behind the scenes of the shoot? Watch the video here!

Art Deco Wedding Bride and Groom at The Arlington Ballroom
Couple in Vintage Wedding Car, Art Deco 1920s Photoshoot

Want to hold your very own Art Deco wedding at The Arlington? Get in touch today!

 This beautiful wedding cake was by  Pinkface Cakes of South Woodham Ferrers

This beautiful wedding cake was by Pinkface Cakes of South Woodham Ferrers

 This stunning floral arrangement is by our favourite florist,  Courts of Rayleigh .

This stunning floral arrangement is by our favourite florist, Courts of Rayleigh.

 Our gorgeous groom was dressed by  Anthony Formal Wear of Billericay and Colchester .

Our gorgeous groom was dressed by Anthony Formal Wear of Billericay and Colchester.

Table Decorations 1920s Art Deco Wedding
1920s Art Deco Wedding Inspiration at The ArlingtonBallroom
Art Deco Wedding Table Holders at The Arlington Ballroom
 Brooch bouquets were very popular in the 1920s! This was made by London’s  Blue Dove Weddings and Events .

Brooch bouquets were very popular in the 1920s! This was made by London’s Blue Dove Weddings and Events.

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