A wake is a celebration of sorts which usually takes place after a funeral or the day before, and it is a place where everyone can come together in one place and finally say goodbye and farewell to someone that they love. A wake can be a sombre occasion, and everyone comes together to make sure that they can say a final goodbye to a person who has been a huge part of their lives.
Running a wake can be hard, because you are likely just as upset as everyone else and this can make things incredibly difficult. But with some simple planning you can make a lovely, respectful wake for your loved one and allow them to be remembered forever.
After you have paid the funeral directors, bought flowers and hired cars for the funeral service it is impossible to think about spending much more money on another party. If you are on a tight budget you can think about making your party as simple as you can and you really don’t need to spend a ton of money to make it happen.
The first question you might ask yourself is where you want to hold the wake. A wake is often an open affair where people can come and go as they please to pay their respects, so you can think about holding this celebration in your own home or garden if you have the space to do so. It will cut down the stress you have to go through when planning the affair and means that you don’t need to set up decorations in a big hall or venue.
When planning the food for a wake you will want to keep things as simple as you can to reduce the stress you and your family have to go through in order to prepare it all. The food for a wake doesn’t need to be anything special or complex, it can just as easily be a plate of sandwiches and some sausage rolls for everyone to pick at during the day. As far as drinks go, you will want to buy some champagne to make a toast to your passed loved one, and other than that you can buy a few bottles of wine and some beer for everyone to make sure they are comfortable in the place.
Decorating your home for a wake is a hard task and you might struggle to decide what to bring into the space. Think about hanging photographs of your loved one with family and friends and this can act as a lovely talking point for people as they walk around the house. You can tell stories and share secrets and generally have a great time. You can also think of bringing flowers into the space and hanging garlands around the home as a simple gesture. Make sure to use their favourite colour in your designs and you will feel closer to them as a result. Keep it simple, clean and make sure that you still have plenty of room to walk around.