Read our guide to tying the knot at one of the top summer wedding venues in Kent.
From winter to summer…
Outside the nights are dark, the weather’s turned cold, and autumn is fast turning into winter.
And while the Hythe Imperial Hotel will soon be gearing up for a season of Christmas celebrations, we’ve got something else on our mind – summer weddings!
Whether you’re looking for your perfect venue to get married in Summer 2024, Summer 2025 or beyond, discover all the benefits of a summertime wedding ceremony beside the beautiful Kent coast.
The dream summer setting
Kent is famously known as the Garden of England – for good reason.
More than 70% of our county is green, rural land.
Not only does the Hythe Imperial have this as a natural backdrop, with 44 acres of landscaped grounds, but we are also a pebble’s throw from the beach!
It really is the best of both worlds, and our venue has a range of spaces both inside and out that you can incorporate into your wedding day.
You can have a summer wedding under the shade of our beautiful, ornate gazebo, use the sundecks and terraces facing the ocean, and then enjoy a big party in our grand ballroom. All in one venue.
Summer dining and trends
Summer is always the most popular time for weddings. And you might want to incorporate some of the season’s magic into your big day.
Think big blooms with colourful flowers and detailing. Or go a little bohemian with flowing fabrics, floral headpieces and neutral tones for a more relaxed garden-style wedding.
Nautical is popular too – embrace the setting by the coast with seaside touches such as navy-blue stripes, water, waves and shells.
Our gardens also have a giant deckchair for photos, and popular lawn games. Plus, you have your own private bar on the terrace.
Whatever your vision, our experienced staff will work with you to bring your dream summer wedding to life.
As for dining – you’ll always have delicious cuisine from our expert chefs. This team runs the hotel’s award-winning AA Rosette Coast restaurant.
You can opt for a traditional three-course wedding breakfast, celebrating the season with fresh farm meat and fresh vegetables, and local fish..
Other summer dining options for you and your guests could be a hot fork buffet with a choice of salads – perfect for a lighter meal in the sunny weather. Or even a barbecue with a range of meat and veggie options, or fresh fish and chips from your very own dedicated fish and chip van!
It’s entirely up to you both.
Wedding packages for your summer ceremony
We also offer a variety of wedding packages available in the summertime.
Our packages include everything you need for a beautiful and memorable wedding, including food, drinks, and entertainment.
The most popular for summer is the Gazebo Wedding Package. This is available from April to September and includes a red carpet arrival with Pimms or prosecco, a wedding breakfast and evening buffet, house wine for your guests, a toastmaster, and an overnight stay at the hotel for the wedding couple.
Your ceremony takes place in the enchanted gardens, with the gazebo as a stunning backdrop.
But that’s just the start – there are many more wedding packages to choose from and we have special offers available for selected dates in 2024, with packages starting from only £5,600.
With so much included in every one of our fantastic wedding packages, all in one upfront cost, they’re a great way to stay on budget.
Our team of dedicated wedding planners will work closely with you to create a wedding experience that surpasses your expectations, ensuring that every step of the planning process is seamless and enjoyable.
We cater for everyone and have performed civil ceremonies, traditional weddings, civil partnerships and everything in between, both big and small.
This includes same-sex wedding packages for LGBT+ weddings too. We’re so proud to be an inclusive venue for all – all year round.
Whatever the weather
Of course, summer weddings at the Hythe Imperial embrace the great outdoors. There’s our gardens and the sea air to enjoy, and hopefully lots of sunshine too!
But this is England, and we do all know nothing is guaranteed weather-wise.
It’s another big advantage of our venue – we can quickly change plans if you need to.
That’s because within the hotel we have a choice of indoor ceremony rooms that can be used should there be a shower.
It takes away any stress about the weather. Your wedding will be a magical event, no matter what.
Get in touch with our friendly weddings team
Summer weddings are a celebration of love, laughter, and new beginnings. And at the Hythe Imperial, we have the perfect sunny setting for you to create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.
Get in touch, and let our friendly and highly-experienced weddings team show you around our beautiful coastal wedding venue.
We’re confident you’ll see why it’s the perfect choice for your summer wedding in Kent.