If you or a loved one is talking with a funeral home in Saskatoon about services, you may be tasked with planning or holding a funeral reception. If you have never done this before, you may feel nervous or anxious. You may have questions and not sure exactly where to turn to get answers. That’s why we have put together this short guide with helpful tips to help you plan a lovely reception.
What is a Funeral Reception?
A funeral reception is held directly after the funeral service. It is a time for friends and family of the deceased to gather with one another, tell stories, support one another, and celebrate the life of the deceased. It is normally a casual event but can be as formal or informal as you wish.
What Should I Do First?
Set a budget. Receptions can get costly quick. The first thing you should do is sit down and decide on an appropriate budget. You do not want to get caught up in spending more money than you should only to feel horrible about the whole situation later. Set a reasonable budget and tick to it!
What Type of Food Should I Serve?
Refreshments are usually served and these can be as simple or elaborate as you prefer. What you decide on can depend on things like the type of event you are wanting, your budget, and even the time of day. You may wish to serve a full dinner meal, buffet, appetizers and finger foods, or things like cookies and fruit trays.
Where Should I Host the Reception?
Many people choose to hold the reception at the funeral home if the space is available. With that being said, there are no rules where it needs to be held so there are many options to find the perfect space. Some popular venues include church banquet rooms (or other event rooms they may have), someone’s home, restaurants, and even parks.
Wherever you decide, make sure the space can accommodate your guests as far as having enough space, chairs, and tables. Another consideration for space is having the room for things like a memorial table, or any flowers or other items you wish to bring in or display.
How Do I Inform People of the Reception?
Once the date, time, and location have been decided, everyone will need to be informed. If this is going to be a private reception, mailing out personal invitations, or directly inviting a group text can work. If the event is public and everyone is welcome, you can announce it on social media or make an announcement after the funeral service letting people know where to go.
We hope these tips help you feel more comfortable about knowing where and how to start planning a funeral reception. When talking to funeral homes in Saskatoon, SK., make sure to ask them any additional questions you may think of. The helpful staff at Martens Warman Funeral Home, LTD. is always happy to answer questions and address any concerns you may have just about anything funeral related as well as funeral etiquette.