…And it can be yours at one of Kent’s most elegant venues, the Hythe Imperial Hotel.
The garden by the sea
Kent might be best known as the ‘Garden of England’, but our county also boasts more than 350 miles of stunning coastline.
And when it comes to weddings, one of the jewels of the south-east coast is the ancient town of Hythe. This is where you’ll find the Hythe Imperial Hotel, the premier venue for Kent coastal weddings.
With the hotel set right on the beach, it means you can have stunning views of the English Channel as part of your wedding celebration and reception at The Hythe Imperial.
A luxury coastal hotel full of history
This luxury coastal hotel started life as an 18th-century manor house, and has some of the most dramatic seaside scenery in all of Kent.
But it’s not just those panoramic ocean views. The Hythe Imperial also has beautifully landscaped grounds, set across 44 acres.
Within the gardens you’ll find a charming gazebo – gazebo wedding packages available April to September 7 days a week – while inside the hotel there wealth of rooms available for wedding celebrations including the Grand Imperial Ballroom and a choice of smaller intimate function rooms for ceremonies and receptions.
Although full of history, the hotel had a multimillion refurbishment a few years ago, updating the main Victorian building with luxurious and contemporary interiors throughout. No two rooms or suites are the same in design.
From walking the red carpet to saying ‘I do’, the toasts, cutting the cake and sitting down for a sumptuous three-course meal, by the time the evening comes, weddings here promise a night to remember. All in one amazingly luxurious coastal location; Hythe.
A Kent wedding venue with wow factor
A jewel in the crown is the hotel’s impressive Imperial Ballroom. This grand room overlooks the sea, with private access to an outside terrace and sundeck, and its own bar. There’s nowhere better for wedding receptions. Opulent and full of character, it’s still a perfect blank canvas for individual décor ideas to come to life.
Another thing delivering the wedding wow factor is the hotel’s spectacular chandelier, which is 11 metres long and hangs in the centre staircase. Weighing 250kg and made of 25,000 individual crystals, it’s the largest chandelier in Europe!
Fine dining at the Hythe Imperial Hotel
So what about dining?
The Coast restaurant has been awarded an AA rosette for fine dining. From chef-prepared 3 course wedding breakfasts to a tasty evening buffet, you can expect modern British cuisine using local ingredients, served with flair.
If you want to feature the flavours of the ocean at your wedding, this can include fresh fish landed just a pebble’s throw away along the beach, with vegetables also sourced from local producers in Kent.
But that’s just the start. The hotel also offers a number of wedding menu upgrade options including barbecues or more relaxed options such as hot fork buffets and even a dedicated fish and chip van to really tie in with the hotel’s fantastic seaside location.
The hotel even has a glitzy Moet & Chandon champagne bar, the only one on the south coast – the other one is at Harrods in London. This exclusive venue seats 40 and can even be used for a small, family-only wedding.
A coast wedding with accommodation
If you’re looking for a wedding with accommodation in Kent, the Hythe Imperial is hard to beat.
Being a hotel, it’s easy for the wedding couple and guests to enjoy a seaside stay for a day or two, or perhaps longer. It’s such a comfortable and relaxed way to enjoy your wedding, with everything all under one roof.
The Belcourt Suite is a popular choice for the wedding couple. It’s a penthouse at the top of the hotel with uninterrupted ocean views. For the wedding party there’s a wide choice of recently-refurbished rooms and suites, ranging from spacious and decadent, to family rooms and cottage-style suites.
As part of many packages, a complimentary overnight stay in a Deluxe room is included for the couple on their wedding night. Special rates are available for family and guests to stay too.
There’s even a luxury spa for some pampering before the Big Day. This includes a heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, relaxation room and gym. Plus, therapists offer everything from facials to hot stone massages, to really take away any last-minute stresses.
Get in touch with our expert wedding team
The Hythe Imperial really is the perfect place to say “I do” by the ocean.
Backed by years of experience, you’ll also have an expert in-house wedding team at your disposal. They will help you plan every detail for your perfect Kent coast wedding.
Choose from a selection of flexible wedding packages, or put together a bespoke wedding experience tailored just for you both.
Want to take the next step for your dream ocean wedding? Get in touch and book a viewing. Step inside with a glass of fizz, take a walk around the hotel’s grand rooms and outside spaces, and start to fall in love with this landmark venue on the Kent coast.