For a funeral reception, the planning and catering involved will be different from a typical hosted event. Though it is not required, it is customary to hold a reception after the funeral or memorial service. The gathering of family and friends in a less formal environment can give them the outlet to fully express themselves if they weren’t able to do so during the funeral. This gives everyone the chance to comfort each other by telling stories and sharing the memories that they made with the one who passed. For the funeral reception, the celebration of the life who passed is prioritized.
Tip 1: Don’t overthink the setting
Unlike other events where you may have to go all out to make the occasion special, a funeral reception is going to be more solemn. This is where the family and friends of the deceased can get the chance to perhaps connect with those who they weren’t able to. Everyone will have a mutual topic to talk about which is the person who passed on. During the funeral reception, the only important thing is to give everyone a facility to talk with each other and reminisce about the experiences they had with the deceased.
Tip 2: The menu differs
As said above, a funeral reception is going to be a lot different from your typical hosted event. You don’t necessarily have to create a full course meal. Serving alcohol is also not your obligation. Everyone will grieve in their own way. Some people may leave earlier and grieve by themselves. Those that do attend the funeral reception will at least need some catering funeral during the duration of it. All the guests should be fed. Any special requirements when it comes to dietary restrictions and such have to be considered when thinking of a menu for the funeral reception.
Tip 3: Consider the number of guests attending
There have been stories of hosts not expecting the number of guests that attended the funeral and the funeral reception. Sometimes, we don’t truly know the many circles of friends that a person may be a part of. For this, it is essential to use tools at your disposal such as social media in an attempt to connect with possible guests and note whether or not they are going to be at the funeral reception. This will give you the ability to make an intelligent decision with the venue, amount of food with catering, and more.
Tip 4: Celebrate the life of the deceased
As the deceased passes on, it is important that their life is celebrated. If you can provide special memorabilia during the funeral reception, then go for it. You should also prioritize taking photos and videos of everyone who is at the funeral reception so you can keep a memory of everyone who attended to celebrate the life of the one who passed. It may also be a great time to ask for those who may be interested in speaking in front of everyone in a less formal manner.
Saint Germain Catering is always there to support you when you need good food and good service most. We offer catering funeral so you can focus on the more important things during a time of grief.