Would You Have Your Wedding in a Funeral Home to Save Money?
Or replace the term funeral home with community center, as some entrepreneurs have done. And why not? If you can get past the thought of what might be in the basement cooler, you're usually looking at a facility completely equipped for the festivities, a facility with lovely decor, great parking and plenty of mingling room.Using a funeral home for other community functions is nothing new, according to a spokesperson for the National Funeral Directors Association, James Olson of the Lippert-Olson Funeral Home in Sheboygan, Wisc. Olson tells WalletPop that his facility, for example, has been used for charity events such as cocktail parties, for group meetings, murder mystery dinners and wedding receptions.
Is a funeral home wedding a rare occurrence? According to USA Today, the Community Life Center owned by the Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Centers, in the Washington Park East Cemetery is scheduled to host almost 100 weddings this year.
And the events provide a benefit to the host home beyond the rental fee. Olson said that by hosting people for more pleasant events, (and what is more pleasant than a wedding?) he hopes that they will remember his home in times of more dire need.
Please use the comment feature below to tell us why you think having a wedding at a funeral home is or is not a good idea. Are there other affordable venues that you'd suggest instead?