I thought I had heard it all when I wrote the post about getting married at McDonalds, but today that story was topped! The Consumerist reported that some funeral homes are trying to diversify themselves by offering brides and grooms a (cheap) wedding at the funeral home.
“Although people may think it morbid to start a marriage in a place surrounded by sadness, it would be no different than doing it at a church — where both caskets and newlyweds occupy the aisles throughout the year, says Sue Totterdale, national chairwoman of the National Association of Wedding Professionals. “A banquet hall is a banquet hall, and a chapel is a chapel,” she says. “If you can get past the driveway and the cemetery, it’s going to be beautiful.”
Okay, so who is this Sue Totterdale and how did she get the job as the national chairwoman of the National Association of Wedding Professionals! There are many problems with having your wedding in a funeral home, but two of them stick out in my mind.
First, you might creep out your guests. The wedding may be for you, but do you really want to be the couple that had their wedding at the funeral home for the rest of your life? You will be remembered, that is for sure. How many of your wedding guests will spend at least part of the reception wondering if there is an embalming going on in the basement?
On that note, do you want to give your wedding guests alcohol in a location where an embalming might be going on?
Second, what if there is a funeral going on in the other room? I don’t know if they thought of that or not, but generally there are multiple rooms in funeral homes so there can be more than one funeral at one time. It would be HORRIBLE to be celebrating your wedding when there is a group mourning a death in the room next to yours.
The picture is of a church that has been turned into a funeral home. Funeral homes can be beautiful, but let’s keep them as funeral homes. If you want a cheap wedding and are looking to save on the reception or wedding location then go with a park.
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