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Looking for the perfect venue for a memorial?

Your choice of venue for a memorial service is a deeply personal decision. You’ll want to be sure that the venue reflects the memory of your loved one in terms of setting and ambiance. There are so many options, from village halls to pubs, traditional to contemporary. Where do you start?
Here are some suggestions for what you need to think about when researching the perfect venue for a memorial service.

Most people drive to funeral services, so you’ll need a venue that’s easy to find and offers plenty of free parking. The last thing you want is people getting lost or struggling to find somewhere to park the car.

Capacity and layout
Hopefully, you will have a good idea of numbers attending. So you can choose a venue that has plenty of space, so everyone feels comfortable. Avoid anywhere too large as this may feel impersonal. You may want sufficient space for formal speeches or space to set up a slideshow, so check that the venue can facilitate this.

Getting the right ambiance is important. For the majority of memorial services, a peaceful atmosphere is generally preferred. You don’t want somewhere overwhelming or soulless, but rather a venue that is warm and friendly. Something a little different but not too much so!
Outside space
No-one can guarantee the British weather, but it’s nice to have the option of going outdoors to enjoy a drink or cuppa, have a chat, or take a moment for personal reflection.
Make sure that the venue has enough in terms of restrooms and seating. You’ll need to consider catering, too. It’s easiest to book somewhere that offers in-house catering, whether that’s a buffet, or tea and cake, as this means you won’t have to spend time organising external caterers. It’s important for catering to take into account the dietary requirements of your guests – you’ll need to inform the venue of any particular needs.
Generally speaking memorial services aren’t flamboyant affairs (although they can be!) but you may want to decorate the space with flowers and displays, play some music or have a musician to play some relevant tunes. So ask about the options. Your venue may well be able to help with recommendations for suppliers.

Venues will give you a price based on your requirements, and a good venue will advise you what you need to include, from room hire, staff and equipment to catering. Ask if there are likely to be any extra costs or charges that will be added on.
Ask for recommendations from friends and family or funeral directors. Once you have some suggestions, check out reviews and testimonials for the venue. This doesn’t have to just be for memorial services, you are looking for praise for staff, atmosphere and overall experience.
The environment has become an important consideration and you may prefer to opt for a venue that has good green credentials. This may be sustainable catering options that focus on local sourcing, renewable energy or an affinity with nature.

Escot House as a memorial service venue
We believe Escot House offers the ideal combination of benefits to make your memorial service memorable for all the right reasons. We have been hosting not just memorial services but wakes and even funeral services at the house for many years and have received many glowing testimonials with comments about the beautiful grounds, tranquillity, kind staff, lovely food, ambiance and ease of booking. We offer:
Three options of light-filled day rooms
Plentiful free parking
Terrace and garden
In-house catering
Cost-effectiveness: Room hire £130, catering from £12 per person

To find out more please get in contact.


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