Tips for Choosing a Memorial Venue
While planning the service aspect of the memorial, writing a eulogy, and even deciding on the flowers are all very important, one of the most important aspects of planning a memorial after a cremation service in Muskegon, MI is choosing the right venue.
Unfortunately, choosing a venue can be stressful. Rather than get overwhelmed, use this list of things to think about when choosing an event center in which to host your lost loved one’s memorial.
Start with insurance. Depending on the venue, you might need insurance. Check with potential venues to see what their insurance policies are and if they include event insurance in their packages. There’s also accessibility. You need to be sure that any venue you choose is accessible to everyone who wants to attend the memorial no matter their physical abilities. Are there wheelchair ramps? Handicap bathrooms? If there will be children at the memorial, you also need to think about access to children’s amenities. You need to be aware of being welcoming to any and all capabilities.
Being flexible on open dates is another great way to narrow down venues. Some venues book up years in advance, while others keep open dates on their calendars for more last-minute bookings. Be sure to check if a venue has your desired date open before you spend a lot of time researching it. What about the ambiance? The existing décor or ambiance in the space is key. Think about the architecture, décor, and interior style. Do you want a more intimate feel? Then look for a venue that is already more intimate and cozier. Do you want lots of greenery and plants? Look at event spaces with pre-existing greenery. The less the existing ambiance matches the feel you want for the memorial, the more work you will have to do once you begin planning.
Don’t forget about acoustics. You don’t want your memorial to be too loud to too quiet, so you need to think about acoustics when looking at venues. A low ceiling may make a space feel cozy, but it might also make sounds too loud during eulogies or speeches. The reverse can also be true if a ceiling is too high. Acoustics can almost always be fixed with sound systems, but those do get pricey. Finally, you can also check out local online reviews, consumer bureaus, and other websites for more information to narrow down your options. If you take the time to do your research, you’ll find a great venue for your lost loved one’s memorial in no time.
Finding the right event space for your lost loved one can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be, especially if you enlist Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care to help. As a Muskegon, MI cremation service provider, we have years of experience in the industry and would be happy to make venue recommendations. Please stop by and visit us or give us a call today to learn more about what we can do for you in your time of loss or of preplanning.