The Cost of a Funeral Reception or Wake

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The Cost of a Funeral Reception or Wake

The cost of a funeral reception or wake will vary greatly depending on where you hold it, what you choose to do in terms of catering and how many people you are expecting.

Some people decide to have a very simple gathering at home with sandwiches and cakes, often provided by family and friends. If necessary, and if you have a suitable outdoor space, a marquee or gazebo can provide extra room. Do not be afraid to ask for help. People are only too happy to give support at this very difficult time.

If you have quite a few people coming, or would rather host it elsewhere, local village hallspubs and hotels are also popular.

Possible Costs to Consider

  • the hire of a venue or marquee
  • catering (food and refreshments)
  • flowers
  • hire of cutlery, glasses, chairs and tables, if required
  • waitresses, if required
  • music/musicians
  • personal touches

For ideas and inspiration, or lists of local venues, please look at Funeral Reception & Wake Venues in our Inspiration and Providers sections.

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