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On since 2022

Last update: January 2024

Situated in Stamford, Lincolnshire, The William Cecil is a charming hotel for weddings, engagements, and other joyous events. If you've imagined a luxury honeymoon suite or a stunning private garden with quintessentially English surroundings, then The William Cecil is your ideal choice.

Facilities and Capacity

The William Cecil offers a licensed venue for outdoor ceremonies in their unique Garden Pavilion. These beautiful spaces are available for your ceremony, cocktail hour, or reception with romantic sunset views. The establishment also provides several areas for a spectacular breakfast for you and up to 120 of your beloved friends and family members.

Services Offered

The William Cecil's team is happy to work with you to create your perfect wedding day. From your first visit to the hotel to your last dance, their professional staff will tend to your every need and get to know you and your plans just as well as you do. These meticulous coordinators will find out precisely what you're looking for and put together a personal package and quote. The team also welcomes all four-legged pooches, big or small, so you don't have to leave them at home on your special day. Whether your pet is an honoured guest or given an essential role in the wedding party, having your furry friend by your side is always a great idea. Your beloved pooch can also relax in a dog-friendly suite and enjoy its very own meal during your wedding breakfast.


The chefs at The William Cecil pride themselves on tailoring each wedding to your bespoke needs, including your cuisine needs. They want you and your guests to be hit with the 'wow' factor and enjoy the wonderful ambience of the hotel while sampling some of their two AA Rosette award-winning dishes. For more information, their dedicated team will be delighted to assist you.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Pub or restaurant
Marquees and tents
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:


Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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100% Recommended by couples

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76 reviews
Charlotte B. Sent on 23/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect wedding venue!

We simply fell in love with The William Cecil, on our first visit we knew this was the place where we wanted to get married. The setting was perfect and the food was delicious, all of our guests LOVED the food! Every single member of the team there worked hard to make sure we had the day we wanted, the day was everything we imagined it would be and more. Nothing was ever too much trouble, Amy was patient and understanding throughout our entire planning process, she supported us in every aspect of the day and helped execute our day perfectly. We cannot recommend this venue enough, a great place to eat and stay but especially as a wedding venue. We wish we could do our day all over again.
Alice E. Sent on 27/02/2024
4.8 out of 5 rating

The perfect wedding!

The venue is stunning, full of character and charm. In a great location in the beautiful town of Stamford. The team are brilliant and enabled us to personalise the wedding to us, our tastes and ideas. The food was delicious and the highest quality. The same can be said for the drinks! Guests commented it was the best wedding they had ever been to. We had the most perfect day and couldn’t be happier! The bridal suite is just WOW! Can’t fault anything about the venue, we have nothing but praise and wish we could do it all over again!
Phil L. Sent on 12/09/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating


Thank you to all the team at The William Cecil, we had an amazing day and hope to return each year around the same time.
Ali B. Sent on 25/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Baker / Chick The Perfect Day

What a fantastic day, the team at the William Cecil delivered on every level. Amy, Jonathan and his team were faultless and couldn’t do enough for us all. The venue itself was amazing, the garden and outside area for the ceremony truly made it magical. We couldn’t of asked for more and would 100% recommend for anyone. Our perfect day
Stacey N. Sent on 11/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding service

We had the most amazing wedding day at The William Cecil, the date had been changed a couple of times due to COVID but the venue where amazing! We still can’t believe how perfect our day was from start to finish, the team at the venue gave outstanding service to us and our guests. We can’t thank them enough, our guests had the best day too, and are still commenting on how great it was. It means the world to us.
Andrew K. Sent on 08/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Highly Recommend - The William Cecil, Stamford

We recently got ‘hitched’ on NYE and chose The William Cecil because of their desire to help make our wedding the very best day possible!

They catered for all of our needs - increased number of guests, dietary requirements, full use of the hotel and bedrooms, confetti cannons, greek plate smashing ceremony - you name it.

Everything was made possible and everyone we dealt with was fantastic - Amy, Sergio, Laura and all of their great team helpful team!

They also helped with recommendations for other suppliers and on the day there was no stress!

We’d highly recommend and wish we could repeat the event every year!
Odile F. Sent on 30/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

October Wedding - Frascogna/Holmes

Where do I start?! From the moment I set foot in The William Cecil, I knew it was going to be the wedding venue of dreams and I wasn’t wrong.

The venue itself is stunning, all of the rooms are divine and the setting is just incredible. As soon as you walk in to the hotel you feel like you’re at home, and are treated impeccably by all staff.

Our wedding day was a dream thanks to The William Cecil and their team of dedicated and friendly staff. Despite some big timing/schedule changes on the day due to our car not arriving to take us to the church and failing to pick us up after the ceremony too to take us back to The William Cecil, the team worked tirelessly to ensure our day still ran as smoothly as possible and went completely above and beyond from the morning until the evening.

I am so grateful to each and every one of the staff at William Cecil, especially our wonderful coordinator on the day, the chef, waiting and bar staff who were all amazing during the entirety of the day. Amy was so super helpful and awesome in the run up to the day, and always made me feel confident and comfortable with my choices everytime I felt a little self conscious about them due to our wedding being slightly untraditional, she always made us feel so comfortable and was always on hand to answer any questions no matter how big or small, we felt so supported by her.

The food, service, and pretty much everything on the day was faultless, our guests were full of compliments, and I would highly recommend this venue for anyone’s wedding, no matter the style. You won’t regret it!
Jenny R. Sent on 18/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

October Wedding 2023

Amy was so helpful at organising our day and it was absolutely perfect! We had so many comments about how nice the food was and the chef worked with us to produce our dishes of choice. The rooms are spectacular and all guests enjoyed breakfast.
Philip H. Sent on 20/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect day

Our wedding took place at The William Cecil in September and it really was the perfect day from start to finish. Lottie and the team were amazing and always so professional, we never felt stressed and everything was taken care of so we could enjoy our day. We would highly recommend The William Cecil as a wedding venue.
Chloe S. Sent on 31/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Rayner/ Sherwin Wedding!

The wonderful William Cecil was the perfect venue for our wedding. From our first viewing of the venue, the staff were warm and welcoming and went over and above to answer any questions we had. Amy in particular was always on hand throughout the planning to help with any little concerns or silly questions I had.

We had booked the William Cecil particularly for the amazing outdoor wedding pavilion. Typically, the morning of our wedding it was torrential rain but the staff were so brilliant in allowing my husband time to make the decision right up until the last minute. Luckily, the rain stopped and the ceremony was absolutely perfect.

Throughout the day, Amy, Jonathan and all the staff were outstanding; they were as brilliant as they were the first time we viewed the venue! Nothing was too much trouble and they made sure the day ran seamlessly.

It really was the perfect day and that was all thanks to the brilliant William Cecil!
Kevin S. Sent on 17/09/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Exceptional Wedding Venue & Service

Expertly handled from start to finish. Excellent staff, superb food, nothing too much trouble.
Anita Sent on 22/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A lovely wedding

Originally we wanted to get married quietly with no fuss, but made the mistake in telling a few people.. and surprisingly they wanted to come, so our plans evolved … and I’m so glad we chose the William Cecil. We had a lovely intimate wedding for about 35 people (more in the evening) which was just perfect.

We held the date mid week as we wanted it on a specific date. It also rained the day we got married, (which was my fear) but because it was so beautifully set up inside - we didn’t really care about the rain at all.

Amy, the wedding planner ensured everything went seamlessly.
The food, the service - particularly Fran who was in charge of the hospitality on the day , all was amazing.

A great venue for a wedding.
Rebecca Sent on 04/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect venue for a relaxed wedding

We had our wedding at the William Cecil just over a week ago & it was fabulous! We instantly fell in love with the original features and grounds. We also found Amy and her team to be super friendly and helpful throughout - nothing was too much. We wanted a laid back, relaxed wedding & that’s exactly what we got. Wishing we could go back and do it all again
Louise Sent on 12/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating

We had the most wonderful day

We had the most wonderful day and everything went as planned. Thank you and the rest of the team for the best day we could have wished for. So many compliments about the hotel and staff. All fabulous!! Special thanks to Shane on the day- he was brilliant with everyone old and young. Sophie was equally as awesome at planning and setting up the rooms. Once again thank you to all that made our perfect day.
Carol Sent on 27/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The Best Day Ever

We could not have wished for a more helpful and thoughtful wedding planner than Amy. She was thorough, imaginative and professional - a pleasure to work with. The venue is fantastic, food delicious and the staff on the day of our celebration (led by Ria) were all brilliant. I would recommend The William Cecil to anyone for their wedding celebration.
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Come have a look around theirr stunning venue, relax with some bubbles, sample some canapes and meet their favourite wedding suppliers.

Their Wedding & Events Manager will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to kick-start your wedding planning journey. See you there!

Date: From 24/03/2024 to 24/03/2024 Schedule 11:30 - 14:30
Place: High Street St Martin's, Stamford, Lincolnshire

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