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January 21, 2011

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Funeral Home Church

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.


I am all for budget weddings, but this one goes too far for me! Although, I must say the balloon dresses are pretty neat; “I’m lovin” the red one. Not sure I’m lovin’ the cake though (or much else).

I must say, the original couple who wanted to get married in a McDonald’s because that is where they met was strange, but original, and maybe a bit creative. The copycats, that is where it starts to get weird.

The McDonalds in Hong Kong says they have gotten 10 calls a month requesting a McDonald’s wedding after that original couple. Seriously, 10 calls a month. Does anybody else think that’s insane!? Because of this, they have decided to start offering “official” McDonald’s wedding packages.

The cost is a few thousand Hong Kong dollars (a thousand Hong Kong dollars is the equivalent of $129) although the exact cost depends on what your guests order.

Your wedding cake is made out of McDonalds Apple pies. It’s hiddeous, really. I’m thinking the pink boa really adds to the green packaging though wouldn’t you say!?

Alcohol is not allowed so you will have to toast with your soft drinks. I wonder if the straws are optional…

You can use one of the signature twistie balloon dresses (okay, so like I said earlier, I think those look pretty neat. I wouldn’t want to wear one for my wedding, but I am seeing bridezilla chosen bridesmaid dresses written all over these!)

Oh, and I almost forgot, the guests will get a party favor – the happy meal toy.

The “venue” will not be closed to the public so you may have a few unwanted guests.

In other words, if you want to bring your wedding reception to McDonald’s you can buy your guests a happy meal, take a couple of pictures with some fries, and toast with paper cups to your hearts content… all for the jaw dropping price of a few hundred dollars. Does it sound tempting? I hope not!