10 must haves for the perfect wedding venue…
A gazebo in enchanting gardens? A twilight wedding close to the ocean? Everyone’s idea of a perfect wedding is different. So for a little inspiration, here are our Top 10 things to look out for when planning your Big Day.
Luckily, all can be found at the Hythe Imperial Hotel, one of the premier Kent wedding venues.
1. The Wow Factor
It goes without saying you’ll want to look your best on your wedding day. But what about the wedding venue?
Having beautiful surroundings is just as important for your photos. After all, they’ll be ones you’ll treasure for the rest of your life.
Whether it’s your professional photos or your friends’ snaps on Instagram, the Hythe Imperial Hotel really has the wow factor.
While some wedding venues are cold and corporate, this Victorian-era hotel is anything but. Full of period charm – it’s an opulent building dating from 1880 – it enjoyed a multimillion-pound refurbishment just a few years ago.
There are many different rooms that you can use throughout the wedding, from the grand Imperial Ballroom to a Moët & Chandon champagne bar. But more of that later.
This means variety throughout the day, as your guests move from the ceremony to the toast, wedding breakfast and evening entertainment. All in one amazingly luxurious coastal location.
And when it comes to the wow factor, nothing beats 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!
2. Beautiful outside spaces
Any time of year, the outside space for your wedding is just as important.
And why choose between a gorgeous sea view or a garden with a gazebo? At the Hythe Imperial you can have both!
Located in Kent; the Garden of England, you can make use of the gazebo for your wedding ceremony and photographs. It’s the crown of the hotel’s enchanting gardens.
Alternatively, the hotel is also a pebble’s throw from a stunning beach, with dramatic sea views from many of the rooms.
The beautiful outside spaces make the Hythe Imperial one of the top twilight wedding venues in Kent too, as the sun sets on this beautiful luxury coastal wedding venue at the southern tip of the UK.
3. Fine dining, day and night
From a sumptuous three-course wedding breakfast to a tasty evening buffet, you can expect delicious fine dining at the Hythe Imperial.
Elegant but relaxed, our flexible range of menus means all your guests will be happy, with vegetarian, vegan and other dietary requirements easily catered for.
Our expert chefs create modern British dishes, using locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible. You and your guests can enjoy this fine dining with white linen, napkins and elegant silver service.
Choosing a Hythe Imperial hotel wedding also means award-winning AA rosette cuisine. According to the AA rosette guide, this means “an excellent restaurant that achieves higher standards… greater precision is apparent in the cooking, and there will be obvious attention to the selection of quality ingredients.”
But this is just the start. We can also cater with barbecues or more relaxed options such as fish and chips or fork buffets. The choice is always yours for your wedding day!
4. Luxury rooms for you and your guests
It’s your Big Day, but making sure your guests have a fantastic time is also important.
Perhaps some of your family and friends will be travelling a long way to attend the wedding. Or maybe they want to have a few drinks without worrying about the taxi home.
At the Hythe Imperial, the luxury bedrooms and suites have been recently refurbished – so wedding parties and their guests can have the perfect night here by the sea in idyllic Kent.
It’s such a comfortable and relaxed way to enjoy your wedding, with everything all under one roof.
Depending on the wedding package you choose, a complimentary overnight stay in a Deluxe room is included for the wedding couple on the wedding night. Special rates are available for your family and guests to stay too.
And we’ll let you into a secret… so many of our wedding parties love it so much they stay for longer, and return to us time and time again!
5. Easy travel connections
If your wedding guests are travelling from around the UK – or even another country – having good travel connections is so important.
A convenient location in Kent makes the Hythe Imperial so easy to get to, wherever your guests are travelling from.
We’re around 90 minutes by car from the main London airports, or just 50 minutes from the capital on the high-speed train to Folkestone. The Eurotunnel and Dover port are only a few minutes away too.
It really is one of the best-connected luxury hotels in Kent.
6. Time to pamper and relax
A luxury spa is an ideal way to enjoy a little pampering ahead of your wedding.
The sumptuous spa on-site at the Hythe Imperial offers a heated indoor pool, a Jacuzzi spa bath, a steam room, sauna, relaxation room and gym.
There are also treatment rooms and therapists offering everything from Caudalie facials to hot stone massages, to really take away any last-minute stresses.
Brides, bridesmaids and even grooms and their groomsmen enjoy these luxury spa treatments at our Hythe spa hotel.
7. A touch of class
If you’re not going to enjoy a little decadence at your wedding, when will you?
Another of the special wedding venues within the Hythe Imperial is the only Moët & Chandon champagne bar in the south east. The other one is at Harrods in London!
Enjoy the finest champagnes and cocktails in this chic and exclusive space, with unrivalled sea views over the English Channel. It can easily be incorporated into your wedding day.
There’s even the option to have an intimate, smaller wedding in this very special and most luxurious of wedding venues.
8. Evening entertainment
From walking the red carpet to the wedding ceremony, the toasts, cutting the cake and sitting down for fine dining, by the time the evening comes you’ll want your wedding to be a night to remember.
It’s the time you and your guests all come together and really start enjoying yourselves.
You can do this in style at the Hythe Imperial Kent, with the evening entertainment planned and the rooms decorated as you wish.
Whether it’s a toe-tapping disco or a live band in the Imperial Ballroom, an unforgettable evening celebration is guaranteed at your Hythe Imperial wedding.
9. A choice of wedding packages
It might not be the most romantic part of planning your Big Day. But we understand that how much your wedding is going to cost is important.
What makes this so easy at the Hythe Imperial is the number of wedding packages you can choose from, and the flexibility they give you.
There are wedding packages available for a range of budgets, and prices for a Hythe Imperial wedding in 2023 start from £4,450 for 60 guests.
Or if you want to tailor every last detail, we can help you to create a totally bespoke wedding package. Just get in touch.
Whatever you decide, you’ll always receive personalised wedding advice from our team, from the initial enquiry right up to your wedding day.
10. The chance to look around for yourself
We hope this countdown has inspired you to see why the Hythe Imperial is the perfect wedding venue set in the most beautiful coastal district of Folkstone and Hythe, at the southern tip of the UK for you and your fiancée.
So why not come and take a look for yourself?
We open the doors several times a year for our popular Wedding Fairs – and the next one is Sunday 26th February, 2023 from 11am to 3pm.
Join us for a relaxed tour with a glass of bubbly, and we will happily show you around this luxury coastal hotel’s grounds and public rooms that could be a part of your special day.
We hope to see you then, or at any of our other Wedding Fairs taking place in 2023.
If you have any questions or queries about having the Hythe Imperial as your luxury wedding venue, please do not hesitate to get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!