No matter how beautiful funeral homes are, they are inherently creepy. But funeral directors are trying to end the stigma by getting into the business of life. Are people just not dying fast enough?
More likely, funeral trends (there's a blog idea!) are moving further away from traditional wakes toward more personalized services, leaving funeral directors looking for new ways to bring in business. I get why funeral homes are offering weddings, but why are couples going along with it? I've rounded up a few reasons below.
- Personal ties: One bride said she wanted to be married near her grandmother's grave, while another said she could think of no better place to wed than in the chapel of the funeral home her late grandfather once owned.
- Rebranding: "Event center," "life center," and "community center" all sound better than funeral home. One bride-to-be said she didn't even know it was a funeral home until she saw it, and at that point she fell in love.
- Remodeling: Can't just change a name! Lots of funeral homes are remodeling and expanding to incorporate banquet rooms, gardens, and patios.
- Great for shotgun weddings: "If you want to plan a wedding, you should talk to a funeral director first," said James Olson, spokesman for the National Funeral Directors Association. "We take three days to plan what it takes (a wedding planner) to do in a year." Now some funeral homes are hiring their own wedding planners!
- What's the difference? Churches hold weddings and funerals, said one groom, so why can't funeral homes? Fair enough!
- Money: Ultimately, what it comes down to is money. Funeral homes are cheaper and have better availability than every other wedding spot in town.
Would you consider it?