When arranging a funeral, you may want to consider having a reception prior to the event or afterwards, where friends and family can gather to remember the life of your loved one.
What is a wake?
A funeral wake or reception is the social gathering that generally happens after the formal funeral proceedings have taken place. A wake and funeral might be attended by the same people or there may be reasons mourners could attend one, but not the other. Funeral wakes are usually less formal than the service, offering a place for the bereaved to gather, share stories of a loved one, and celebrate their life.
Where can I hold the wake or reception?
If you are arranging a wake, you may want to consider the venue, catering, and whether or not there will be entertainment. The wake can be held anywhere you want, just keep in mind how many guests will be attending. Some of the more common wake venues include church halls, pubs, social clubs, sports clubs and hotels.
Make sure you book the venue in advance and let guests know where it is being held and at what time. You may need to visit the venue beforehand if you wish to decorate it with flowers or photographs. Many venues will also be able to help with catering options if you wish and can organise set up to help ease any potential stress on an already difficult day.
Fine Farewell is here to help you plan your loved ones send off. Read our detailed guide to planning a funeral wake or reception here.