If the honoree was a member of a particular house of worship or an active member of a religious community, then holding a reception in that setting may be the most appropriate act of remembrance.

Here are some suggestions of other venues:

  • Church, chapel or temple
  • Community facility
  • A large yard, park, beach or other outdoor location (be sure to check with the town to see if you need a permit for public locations)
  • The home of the honoree or a family member
  • A location special to the honoree (a tailgate party for the football enthusiast, a barbeque for a grillmaster, a garden tea for the gardener

Once you choose a reception location, be sure to enter it in your Heart2Soul Community to keep everyone up to date on the reception information.

Does it Meet Your Needs?

Before you make a final decision, ensure the location will accommodate all of your needs. Does it have enough space for your guests? Is there a suitable reception area? Other considerations are the venue's alcohol policy and food-service policy. If a champagne toast is an important part of your celebration and alcohol is not allowed, then you will need to hold the reception elsewhere.

Flexibility is also important in terms of the guests themselves, as there is no way to anticipate the actual number of guests. What do you do when an unexpectedly large number of people show up? You may simply need to acknowledge the overwhelming response and ask people to forgive the lack of accommodations. Everyone will understand.

Below are some questions to ask when choosing a venue for your reception:

  • Are there any events directly preceding or following your reception?
  • Would it be all right if you provided the restrooms with a basket of amenities, including soaps, folding hand towels, and flowers?
  • Does the venue require permits for preparing and serving food and alcoholic beverages? Similar permission may also be necessary to use candles, or a fire marshal's presence may be required
  • Will you need to rent or provide tables and chairs, valet parking drivers, coat check personnel or portable toilets?
  • Who is responsible for cleaning up?

Adapted with permission from Celebrating a Life by Faith Moore, published in 2009 by Stewart, Tabori & Chang

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Celebrating a Life: Planning Memorial Services and Other Creative Remembrances
By Faith Moore
Faith Moore