Wedding Gallery & Reviews
Lisa & Martin - 28th July 2018
From the moment we first walked into the hotel on the off chance, and you came and met with us, even though we didn't have an appointment, we felt really welcome and at ease. We had looked a several other venues looking to arrange the wedding on quite a tight budget. You explained the package that you offer and we came away to think about it.
It didn't take us long to decide that the Holiday Inn would be our venue and so I called you to book a date and we came and paid the deposit. From then on I have nothing but praise for you. You were very accommodating at every meeting we had and went through everything we needed in detail, always explaining that you could more or less do/provide any service we required.
On our visit for the meal tasting, once again everyone was so accommodating making us feel comfortable and at ease. The food was amazing and we knew that all our guests would enjoy it. You made us feel at ease by saying that the staff on the day would be very attentive and would notice any problems that may occur.
On our final meeting the week before where we met Sue, again both of you were so calm and reassuring that everything would go to plan which made us feel calm and relaxed too.
On arrival on Friday, again I was welcomed and amazed by my room. You even upgraded my sister's room so that she had a room near mine. She was really impressed by the service as I know she had emailed several times prior to the event. The reservations team were really efficient too when I was making the bookings for the day.
We had a lovely meal in the restaurant on Friday, again accommodating individual needs.
On the actual day of the wedding we were all quite relaxed and Sue was very calm and comforting. I went to view the room at around 11am where the tables had been partly set and the ceremony room in progress of being set, which actually looked amazing already. I knew it was going to look brilliant once Sue had made the final touches.
From then on it couldn't have gone any better. Our travelling guests began arriving and the excitement was building even though I felt so relaxed. I heard later that Martin rushed in, he thought late, but Sue was there to greet him and make him feel calm.
The ceremony took place and then the celebrations began. Everything worked so well. Everything was laid out and decorated exactly as we had pictured it. The meal was amazing and we had many guests comment how lovely the food was. Again the staff and chef were very accommodating as I found out later there were a couple of guests who had different meals. All of the staff were very attentive to every detail: Sue and Jean really stood out for me and I know the bar staff were very good too. All of our guests were happy.
As we finished the speeches it was time for the evening guests to arrive. I couldn't believe the time. From our first dance the dance floor was always full and the music was brilliant. Our DJ Dave Aitch was brilliant and I know he enjoyed the evening seeing a full dance floor all night. Even after the evening had finished we went up to the top bar with friends and continued to celebrate and have a good time.
We can't thank you and your team enough. We had the most amazingly perfect day and we would certainly recommend The Holiday Inn for a stress free, amazing wedding.
Charlotte & Adam - 19th May 2018
We had our Wedding May 19th 2018. With a big thank you to to Hayley and Sue for all there help, and of course all of the staff that worked in the day Too! They helped make our day special, without any worries. All the food was fantastic and served promptly. Thank you Holiday Inn!
Keven & Tina - 24th February 2018
"Our day was awesome, everything was exactly how we imagined and we had wanted, it was flawless, thanks to you and your team, Sue was amazing and kept us informed every step of way. Food was lovely, everyone said so. Our day was outstanding, we can’t thank you all enough."
Katie & Adrian - 29th July 2017
"We had our wedding reception at the holiday inn, we both had a amazing evening! Everyone was so helpful Hayley and sue were amazing! Everyone said how nice the buffet was. We couldn't of asked for a better service and would definitely recommend."
Denise & Duncan - 30th June 2017
"We hired the Laker Suite at the Holiday Inn Southend Airport for our wedding ceremony and reception on 30 June 2017. They were absolutely fantastic from the moment we booked last October, we had a wedding taster in April as part of the package. Hayley was so good, so professional and made it so personal, a credit to the hotel. All the staff are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble. Sue our wedding coordinator was absolutely brilliant and the whole day was perfect, mainly due in a large part to Sue. She was always on hand if needed and reassured Denise at all times, especially when Denise was having trouble with her dress and was running late, Sue just reassured Denise and told her to take her time and not to fret. Thank you so so much for helping us create wonderful memories in a wonderful setting with our Family and Friends. Great value for money, great food, which was out of this world. I just wish we could do it all again. Thank you again Hayley and Sue and all the wonderful staff for making our day just that little bit more special. Wonderful occasion. An absolute delightful experience from start to finish. So very happy we decided to have our wedding day with you."
The Laker Suite
The Laker suite is the perfect backdrop for celebrations of up to 175 guests, with natural daylight on both sides of the room. For couples who are planning a more intimate wedding our Ambassador, Britannia and Carvair rooms can accommodate 50 – 75 guests.
1935 Rooftop Restaurant
If you’re looking for an unrivalled venue for your wedding breakfast, our 1935 Rooftop Restaurant will give you breath-taking views across the beautiful Essex countryside and London Southend Airport runway. The 70 seated restaurant can be used to celebrate your wonderful day from Monday – Saturday during selected hours. For more information about 1935 Rooftop Restaurant please speak with your wedding co-ordinator.
For those cherished wedding day photographs, the sweeping glass and stainless steel staircase on the 4th floor will provide a unique and contemporary backdrop.