Why are cemeteries so crowded? Because people are always dying to get in! Plus other people are having weddings there now.
Fewer people are having traditional, expensive, body-in-casket funerals these days,
because we've learned how to live forever because people are favoring less-expensive options like cremations and natural burials. This means that cash-strapped funeral homes and cemeteries are looking for other ways to make money, and according to The Associated Press, that's led to a growing trend of hosting weddings.
There are a whole bunch of reasons why this is working — "younger generations are growing up without the same stigma toward death," people are looking for non-church wedding venues, and perhaps most importantly, funeral homes can be a hell of a lot cheaper than a lot of other wedding spots. Check out this example from the AP article:
Peak rental rates for the Community Life Center approach $4,000.
That is less than half the average rate of $9,837 in Indiana, according to the wedding planning website TheKnot.com.
Many funeral homes have started building these "community center" buildings that are meant to host events beyond just funerals. The Community Life Center mentioned above actually also hosted a prom, where I'm sure at least 10 guys thought it would be funny to pretend to be a ghost and sneak up on people.
Everybody who the AP interviewed who had a wedding at a funeral home seemed to have really enjoyed the experience, which makes sense because they chose to have their wedding at a funeral home. Nobody said anything like, "I thought it meant fun-eral home. Like a fun home. I didn't know that dead people were in there sometimes!"
There are so many things I love about having weddings at funeral homes and cemeteries. First of all, it helps us remember that death is a natural part of life, and that places where we pay respect to our dead shouldn't be feared. Secondly, funeral homes and cemeteries are GOREOUS. Not all of them, of course. Some of them have the tacky look of your grandma's house circa 1986. But, for example, check out these images from Spring Grove Cemetery, which hosts weddings in Cincinnati:
I'd get married there, even if it was haunted.