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On since 2020

Last update: November 2023

The Royal Southern Yacht Club is a waterfront wedding venue situated in Southampton, Hampshire, England. On the banks of the River Hamble in Southampton lies the elegant clubhouse, available for exclusive use by to-be-weds seeking a coastal wedding location. The two-storey club features full-length windows that overlook the river and a large function room for sophisticated soirées. There are numerous outdoor beauty spots that provide the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs. This nautical haven is located in the heart of Hamble Village and is suited to couples seeking relaxation and refinement.

Facilities and Capacity

Prospective newlyweds are able to hire this prestigious venue for a day or an entire weekend. Couples can arrive by boat and exchange vows on the deck overlooking the boat-lined jetties and picturesque waters. Receptions and wedding breakfasts are held in the club’s main ballroom. This spacious room is elegantly decorated and has a capacity of 170 guests for seated meals. Loved ones can soak in the setting sun and admire beautiful views of the surrounding area from this vantage point. The in-house events team supply marquees and tents, should you wish to enjoy a semi-alfresco experience.

Services Offered

Royal Southern Yacht Club is home to an experienced events team. Prospective newlyweds collaborate with an on-site coordinator who endeavours to bring their vision to fruition. From intimate elopements to large scale celebrations, there are no limitations when it comes to hosting a party here. The staff prides itself on curating bespoke weddings that are tailored to clients’ tastes. In-house catering is devised by talented chefs, with customised menus created for buffets or formal dining. This licensed club provides beverages and bartending services for the duration of private parties. With the assistance of dedicated personnel, you can relax and watch your dreams set sail.


Overnight accommodation is available for the happy newlyweds and a number of their cherished guests. The yacht club proudly presents listed cottages dating back to the 18th century for your exclusive use. There are 11 bedrooms and a master suite located in what was once the original clubhouse. The building’s exterior has been preserved to exude historic charm, while inside the state-of-the-art rooms boast modern interiors and amenities.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Small hotel
Pub or restaurant
Coastal weddings
Unusual weddings
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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4.7 out of 5 rating
9 reviews
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88% Recommended by couples
Debbie T. Sent on 11/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Mr & Mrs Appleby

Great location! Events team are hard working and open to trying different things even if not previously done before at your wedding on request. They are can do happy team very professional . Helped with outside supplier like DJ , flowers etc as recommendations if you need . The food was amazing and service / waiter staff on the day were engaging with guests . Didn't have to worry about a thing on the day as Events were always a step ahead of us. We had a truly amazing day bonus with weather with great views day and night thanks to all just perfect.
Jessica M. Sent on 07/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely Amazing

Zoe and her team were amazing. Nothing was too much of an ask. They helped so much through the planning. The tasting menu was great! A lot of food!! Then when it got to the day every member of staff helped made me feel relaxed and calm. It all ran to plan and we had the most amazing day in a beautiful venue.
Rebecca T. Sent on 27/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A hidden gem

I could not recommend The Royal Southern Yacht club more. The venue itself is beautiful, not only the gorgeous backdrop of the River Hamble, but fabulous spaces for ceremony (whether you want it inside or outside), dinning and evening party.

I could not fault the amazing staff once. Zoe and the events team were so accommodating and well organised. In fact, I work in corporate events and was worried I would go into work mode on the day, but I had so much confidence in Zoe that I didn't stress once as I knew everything was in hand. Equally the catering staff were so professional and helpful and every member of staff we came into contact was just lovely.

The food was delicious, the addition of accommodation of site was so useful and the price, in my opinion, was an amazing deal.

I could honestly go on forever about all the positives of this venue - thank you Royal Southern Yacht Club for creating the perfect wedding day for us.
Fanny C. Sent on 12/08/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful wedding ceremony with a lovely sea breeze

Becky, Zoe and the whole team at the Royal Southern Yacht Club were amazing at organising and holding our wedding ceremony just as the lock down rules were lifted on weddings. The team streamed the wedding to our loved ones in Sweden and Spain which was so important to us. The upper deck is gorgeous for a ceremony with an amazing view of the river Hamble, the Solent and the sail boats. After the ceremony we had bubbles on the balcony and enjoyed being together with our guests. No one wanted to leave when we headed off. It felt very open, airy and friendly and the light from the sea makes for lovely pictures. (Pictures by Matt Parry Photography)
Amy B. Sent on 12/08/2022
2 out of 5 rating

Couldn’t even book!

When we went to view this venue, we fell in love with it. We had a lovely chat with one of the team, explained dates, what we wanted and we left with all intentions of booking.
However it has been 8 weeks since we went and they cannot give us an idea of when we can book! We gave our date, gave alternative dates, tried to see if we could book Friday instead of Saturday.
While I understand they are a yacht club and that comes first for them, it was very disappointing. Especially when it would take up to a week to hear from them, just to hear them say we have no idea still when you could book in!
Emma B. Sent on 04/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating


The team at the Royal Southern Yacht Club were fantastic from start to finish. They took the time to get to know us and where always quick to answer our questions and extremely helpful with all our queries. When we had to postpone due to Covid they were understanding, flexible and accommodating which made postponing much easier. They looked after us so amazingly well. As we got closer to the wedding they were fabulous, getting the day sorted as we had envisaged and the day run so smoothly and so perfectly. Beyond what we had hoped for. The team were amazing, so helpful and on the day just brilliant with ensuring all went well and the guests were looked after. They all commented on it. The venue itself is beautiful, we got married outside with the river behind us and then we had drinks and music out on the patio ahead of our wedding breakfast. Food was amazing, venue gorgeous, team fabulous. We had the best day ever! Outstanding
W.collins Sent on 17/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Memorable Day

Thank you both again for a perfect, memorable day! I do think you have captured the atmosphere of the gorgeous day.
R Sent on 17/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

A delight to be with

My sons wedding to our now daughter in law, Oliver and Samantha, was an exceptional event due to the work by your staff and self on Friday,Saturday and Sunday morning. The room was a delight when guests walked in, and during the setting up on Friday nothing was too much effort. Your management team were a delight to be with, helpful in every way.

The catering on Saturday was of a very high standard, and the comments from many many guests was of delight at such fine food from a private members establishment not a commercial restaurant. The competitors in your local have a great deal of work to do to catch up!

May I also ask that you pass on my thanks to the upstairs staff who put in such sterling work to get rooms ready before the allotted time which allowed guests to get ready for what was a most wonderful day.

I will most certainly recommend your venue to our friends as the place to stay when in the Southampton area
E.wyman Sent on 17/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Rain didnt stop my day

I can not tell you how beautiful the Royal Southern is as a venue, it poured with rain and yet it was the most perfect day
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