How Weddings and Funerals Are Surprisingly Similar

It might be a weird thought, but have you ever noticed how weddings and funerals are surprisingly similar?

Let’s talk about this.

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Weddings and Funerals

It’s true. Check it out – weddings and funerals are similar because in each:

  • Everyone gets dressed up
  • There are flowers
  • There is a guest book
  • The decor is pretty much the same
  • Everyone you know is there, plus some odd family members you barely know
  • People bring cards, some of which have money in them
  • Things are organized by a priest/pastor/funeral(or wedding) director
  • Family argues about the service and/or decor
  • There’s a reception afterwards with a meal, potluck, finger foods, or just dessert
  • It’s an event about someone you love
  • Family and friends honor a milestone in someone’s life
  • A notice often gets printed in the local newspaper
  • There are specialty websites you can create for each
  • Guests will often get personalized or eco-friendly favors

It’s not a bad life if your wedding and funeral are both celebrated with lots of family and friends gathered around to honor you in a weighty ceremony, share humorous and touching stories about your life, enjoy a nice meal together, and have great hope for the next stage of your journey.

Stuff You’ll Find at Both Weddings & Funerals

Here’s a few specific features that you will tend to find at both weddings and funerals.

An Elegant RSVP Invite

What’s inside? Is it a “save the date” for the happy couple’s wedding? Or is an invitation to a “celebration of life” for a departed family member? Hard to tell…

Creative Guest Books

Memorial Service or Wedding Guest Book Ideas

This shadow box guest book is popular for both funerals and weddings.

Flowers Galore

Weddings and Funerals

Look at these gorgeous wedding flowers! Oh wait, she’s going to set them on a on a casket…

Unique Favors

These antique key bottle openers are the trendy favor right now – for both weddings and funerals. We have a whole list of unique memorial service favors, any of which can be used at weddings as well.

Decorative Candle Accents

Weddings and Funerals

The entry table, family area, or the reception tables are often accented with cute candles such as any of these easy DIY candles. You’ll find them at weddings and funerals alike.

Dressed-Up Kids Playing Cornhole

Weddings and funerals - practically the same

These kids can’t tell the difference between a wedding and a “life celebration event.” They have to dress up for both, they’re both boring, there’s usually food, and finally they get to play cornhole.

Lots of Food at the Reception

Funeral and Wedding Reception Buffet

Hard to tell, looking at this photo, if we’re at a small family wedding or a post-funeral reception. In either case, there’s always food.

Weird Family Members Doing Their Thing

Weddings and Funerals

We all have those weird family members who just do their thing. Doesn’t matter if it’s a funeral or a wedding; they’ll be there.

Similar Yet Different

In short, weddings and funerals are interesting in how similar the trappings are. Yet they are so very different in many other ways… but that’s for another post.

Weddings and Funerals: How they are surprisingly similar

How else have you found weddings and funerals to be surprisingly similar?

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