Your Kent Wedding - January/February 2024 (Issue 112)

HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL 01303 267 441 | Nestled in impeccably manicured gardens, the award-winning Hythe Imperial Hotel’s enviable seafront location allows for panoramic seaside views. Its exterior is an architectural marvel that beautifully complements its picturesque surroundings. More than just a wedding venue, it’s a luxurious haven that exudes both elegance, charm and exhibits a neutral colour scheme, providing a perfect blank canvas for wedding themes. It also houses a magnificent chandelier, the tallest in Europe! This resplendent centrepiece reaches dizzyingly high into the elegant, vaulted ceiling of the hotel’s grand entrance hall. For vows, couples can wed al fresco in the hotel’s gazebo with up to 130 guests. Nestled in the heart of its landscaped grounds, this structural masterpiece commands a captivating view of the hotel’s exterior. Inside, experience the grandeur of the Imperial Ballroom with up to 130 guests, elegantly positioned with adjoining sundecks that offer an impeccable view. Or, the hotel’s Coast Restaurant (130) serves more than just fine cuisine, it transforms into an exquisite ceremony room. Additionally, The Elizabeth Room (130) is a blank canvas space, full of light and brimming with potential. The beauty of this room lies in its versatility, elegance and space. The Afternoon Tea Parlour provides a majestic view of the hotel gardens and is a distinguished spot for an intimate 50 guests. The luxurious hotel boasts Kent’s sole Moët and Chandon Champagne Bar; the epitome of elegance and sophistication, it’s often regarded as the pièce de résistance of this venue. The bar accommodates 40 guests and is ideal for hosting an intimate ceremony with a grand ambience. Post-vows, couples can celebrate in the Imperial Ballroom with the capacity to comfortably seat 130 guests. With spectacular floor-length windows offering stunning sea views and walls adorned with opulent mirrors, it’s an effortlessly impressive backdrop. It’s also adjacent to the aforementioned champagne bar! When tying the knot here, couples benefit from a free menu tasting and night’s accommodation for the wedding couple. Some packages include complimentary three-course meal on the first anniversary too! The Sunday package includes eight complimentary bedrooms, and, with the Seabrook, Small & Intimate, Twilight and Imperial packages, complimentary ceremony room is included with chiavari chairs, white carpet and lanterns. BETTESHANGER COUNTRY PARK 01304 619 227 | This stunning venue, set among 250 acres of picturesque grounds is the ideal location to capture an unforgettable experience. The land has been developed since becoming a country park in the 1990s, and continues to flourish in its natural offerings complete with green pastures, woodlands and sea views. There are even hidden spots where you can capture memorable and private moments, or open green space where you can accommodate group shots or images with real impact. What’s more, the beautiful open interior spaces, with high ceilings and cascades of natural light, offer idyllic settings for your special day. The venue brings the outside in by incorporating stunning florals, live olive trees and rustic textures to create the essential backdrop for a romantic countryside wedding. From the in-house events team to the bespoke styling, delicious full-service catering and rustic bar, the team crafts event packages to suit all budgets. The Glass Room offers space for up to 120 loved ones to join you for your wedding breakfast and up to 200 standing for an evening bash. The Lamp Room is also available for evening receptions and parties; it’s an intimate and stylish venue catering for up to 80 standing or 40 banqueting style. The venue doesn’t currently hold a ceremony licence, however, the application is in the works and the team are hoping to have this in place in 2024. The aim is to offer both indoor and outdoor ceremonies with an option of two locations for vows − watch this space! 25 LOCAL VENUES