How to choose a funeral venue

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Looking for a funeral venue? If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve explained your options, as well as giving you some ideas for traditional and alternative venues.

How many funeral venues do you want?

There are two main types of venue to consider when you’re planning a funeral:

You can choose to have a funeral service or a wake, or to have both. This means you may need to look for 2 or 3 venues depending on your plans. If, for example, you’re organising a funeral service at a place of worship, followed by a cremation and then a wake you’ll need to book a combination of funeral venues. On the other hand, if the person who died didn’t want a service then you might only want to organise a small, informal get-together to remember them.

Different types of funeral venue

Here are some ideas for different types of funeral venue you could choose.

Burial site

If the person who died is going to be buried you can choose to have the funeral at the place where the burial will take place. This could be a place of worship or a non-religious funeral venue. Or you could decide to have a short graveside ceremony instead.

Crematorium

Many crematoriums have chapels and non-religious service rooms on site where the funeral can take place. This may make planning simpler. But it’s also possible to have the service at another venue (for example, your local church) before going to the crematorium. Keep in mind that hiring transport to take guests from the funeral venue to the crematorium will increase the cost.

Place of Worship

Did the person who died attend a local place of worship? In that case, you may already have a relationship with the venue for the funeral as well as the service leader and the local community. This could also make transport for guests easier, especially if they’re already familiar with the venue.

Non-religious funeral venues

Looking for non-religious funeral venues? You could get in touch with:

If you’re hiring out a non-traditional funeral venue such as a function room in a hotel or pub, check that the owner or manager is happy for the funeral service to take place before booking. This is because not all venues are comfortable with hosting a funeral.

Remember you may want to book an officiant for the service or organise for a family member or friend to lead the service if that’s what you’d prefer.

Alternative funeral venues

There are no limits when choosing a funeral venue. An alternative funeral venue that reflects the beliefs or personality of the person who died could be a fitting tribute to them. And it doesn’t have to cost the earth. If you want to celebrate their life a little differently, you could book a more unusual venue. Here are a few ideas:

What about funeral wake venues?

The wake venue could be at a catered venue or a function room where you can bring along some food you’ve made yourself, depending on your budget. Keep in mind that you don’t have to provide food – you could simply invite guests to a café or into your home after the service for a cup of tea and a chat if you’d like. You don’t have to hold a wake. But if you decide to you can keep things flexible so that family and friends can pay their respects in a way that feels most appropriate.

Do you have to book a funeral venue?

If the person who died didn’t want a fuss, or if you’re working with a small budget, you could choose an unattended funeral (also known as a direct cremation or direct burial). This means that the person is cremated or buried, but there are no readings and no mourners. It’s up to you whether or not you’d like to book a wake venue or a gathering after this. If it’s not in keeping with the person’s wishes or beliefs or isn’t what you’d had in mind you don’t have to book a venue at all. Keeping things simple might be just what you need.

Still unsure which venue is best for the funeral you’re planning? You may benefit from the help of a funeral director. They’ll have the local knowledge to answer your questions about your options and what they’ll cost.

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Funeral Director fees

The price quoted contains the Funeral Director fees for a simple funeral. This includes:

  • Funeral Director fees for meetings, paperwork and running the funeral
  • Collection of the deceased and care prior to funeral
  • Hearse or appropriate vehicle for transport to the funeral
  • Basic coffin

The Funeral Director fees quoted do not include third party costs (often called disbursements). The Funeral Director will guide you through your options. These costs are:

  • Cremation or burial fees
  • Medical certificate for cremation
  • Clergy or officiant fee for conducting the ceremony

In addition to the disbursements you may want to discuss optional costs with your Funeral Director - these could include:

  • Funeral flowers
  • Memorial (venue hire, catering etc)
  • Memorial headstone
  • Orders of service
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What is a Direct Cremation?

A Direct Cremation is an alternative to the traditional funeral. This involves the cremation of the deceased without a funeral service. A Direct Cremation is generally the most economic option because costs of the coffin, preparation of the body, funeral service and expensive transportation are not included. However, many people choose Direct Cremations for reasons other than expense, for example:

  • - Wanting to have a memorial at a different time to the cremation
  • - Expressed desire from the deceased to not have a ceremony
  • - Individuals with relatives who face big physical or geographical challenges in coming together for a ceremony

The prices quoted for Direct Cremations include:

  • All charges, meetings and paperwork for the cremation
  • Collection of deceased and care prior to cremation
  • A simple coffin and urn for the ashes
  • Cremation fees and delivery of ashes to the family
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Attended funeral

This is Funeral Choice’s best estimate of this Funeral Director’s fees for an Attended Funeral, which is where family and friends have a ceremony or service for the deceased person at the same time as they attend their burial or cremation.

This price includes the following:

  • Taking care of all necessary legal and administrative arrangements
  • Collecting and transporting the deceased person from the place of death (normally within 15 miles of the funeral director’s premises) into the funeral director’s care
  • Care of the deceased person before the funeral in appropriate facilities.
  • Providing a suitable coffin
  • Optional viewing of the deceased person for family and friends, by appointment with the funeral director
  • At a date and time you agree with the funeral director, taking the deceased person direct to the agreed cemetery or crematorium (normally within 20 miles of the funeral director’s premises) in a hearse or other appropriate vehicle

In addition to the Funeral Director’s fee, there will be third party costs to consider (sometimes called disbursements) to cover the other aspects of a funeral (such as the crematorium or burial fees). Your chosen Funeral Director will be able to provide these for you.

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Unattended funeral

This is Funeral Choice’s best estimate of this Funeral Director’s fees and the crematorium fee for an Unattended Funeral, which is where family and friends may choose to have a ceremony, event or service for the deceased person, but they do not attend the burial or cremation itself. This is also known as a Direct Cremation.

This price includes the following:

  • Funeral Director's fees
  • Crematorium fee (for an unattended funeral) as selected by the Funeral Director

In addition to this fee, there might be additional third party costs to consider (sometimes called disbursements). Your chosen Funeral Director will be able to explain these for you.

If you wish to attend the funeral, you should view the “Attended Funeral” price instead.

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Why is this price Estimated?

We work hard to ensure the Funeral Director Fees we display are accurate and up to date. However, unlike with our partners, we cannot guarantee this price is correct today.

Funeral Director fees

The price quoted contains the Funeral Director fees for a simple funeral. This includes:

  • Funeral Director fees for meetings, paperwork and running the funeral
  • Collection of the deceased and care prior to funeral
  • Hearse or appropriate vehicle for transport to the funeral
  • Basic coffin

The Funeral Director fees quoted do not include third party costs (often called disbursements). The Funeral Director will guide you through your options. These costs are:

  • Cremation or burial fees
  • Medical certificate for cremation
  • Clergy or officiant fee for conducting the ceremony

In addition to the disbursements you may want to discuss optional costs with your Funeral Director - these could include:

  • Funeral flowers
  • Memorial (venue hire, catering etc)
  • Memorial headstone
  • Orders of service
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Funeral Choice charity donation

To redeem the £20 charity donation all you have to do is select the charity from the dropdown list in the Make Contact form. Once you have confirmed arrangements with that funeral director send us an email to info@yourfuneralchoice.com confirming the service has been arranged. After we receive this email we will make the donation to the chosen charity and confirm back to you.

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