Choosing a Venue

If you or the person who has died attended a church or other place of worship, this may be the natural choice for the funeral ceremony. This is particularly appropriate when a family wishes to arrange a ceremony of traditional religious significance, such as a funeral mass.

To see a range of venue photos, visit our Funeral Service Venues page.

Possible venues are only limited by your imagination and can include:

  • a cremation chapel
  • the graveside
  • a garden setting
  • a rural property
  • a private residence
  • a school assembly hall
  • a Church
  • a beach
  • a Function Centre

If you choose a venue other than a church building, a member of the clergy, or, if you prefer, a celebrant, can be arranged to officiate at the ceremony.

Some points to consider when choosing the venue for the funeral ceremony:

  • How many people will be accommodated? Is the facility large enough or perhaps too large?
  • Is there adequate seating?
  • Do you require special facilities, for example, video projection, room for musicians, on-site catering?
  • Will the service be conducted completely in one location or move in cortege to the cemetery or crematorium?
  • Is the venue easy to find?
  • Is there adequate parking?
  • Are there time restrictions in using the facility?