Post # 1
My FH and I are planning a small wedding. We’ve changed the dated, and our original venue is all booked up until next year.. so we’re hunting for another place that will be just as great.
We found a great little chapel – this is a picture of the outside, the inside is what we really love though – a beautiful wooden ceiling, small and intimate, maintained by the parks department, so it doesn’t have an overly religious feel (his request)…
The rental fee is even reasonable – $500 for non-residents. (We both moved out of state a few years ago.) We were ready to book the place! Then I finished reading the website… http://www.friendsofevergreen.org/evergreen-cemetery/wilde-memorial-chapel/
That’s right, this is a memorial chapel. It’s on the grounds of a cemetery. A cemetery that’s still active.
Now the chapel is just inside the wall of the cemetery, no one would pass any grave sites; and there are other weddings that have been held in this venue. Neither of us have any family interred in this cemetery, and it is designed as a “Park-like” cemetery… walking, jogging and cross country skiing are all allowed and encouraged on the grounds.
The wall is a very low brick wall and there is a gate with a road that leads directly to this chapel.
So… what do you think? Is this too morbid/creepy/inappropriate a venue? Or are you in the “meh, Circle of Life” camp? Or do you have another thought?
Post # 3
Nah, I mean even most regular old non memorial specific churches do have the cemetery attached. It’s pretty! No one will think it’s morbid.
Post # 4
I think it would be fine. I’m in the circle of life camp.
Post # 5
I think it is beautiful and no one will know any different. Even if they did know I don’t think anyone would mind. Every venue is going to have a little history we just usually don’t know about it. Especially if no family is burried there it will be fine and I think kind of cool.
Post # 6
It looks beautiful, and I don’t think the cemetery should deter you from using it as your venue. Many churches (that are not memorial churches) have cemeteries on the grounds, so I wouldn’t view this any differently.
Post # 7
My church has a really old cemetery outside. Lots of old churches do, and no one thinks anything of it.
I think it’s lovely to have a wedding at a place constructed as a memorial to people’s lives.
Post # 8
I would love to get comments from the Bees who think this is morbid… FH is a little creeped out by the thought, I’d like to undertand the issues a little better.
Post # 9
I think it’s a beautiful venue for a wedding. The area around it looks very green an picturesque! I doubt anyone would make such a big deal with how there’s a cemetary attached.
Post # 10
no help from me, I don’t think it’s morbid.
Post # 11
Just to offer the opposing viewpoint, I think there is a big difference between a memorial chapel that is on the grounds of a cemetary and an older church that happens to have a cemetary outside. The sole purpose of this chapel (except for the occasional wedding that has been held there) is to have memorial services, whereas a church with a grave yard has so many different purposes. That being said, if you are comfortable with it, it seems like a lovely little chapel for a wedding.
Post # 12
Lots of churches have cemetaries, and while I personally wouldn’t want my wedding in a cemetary, if it isn’t like their are rows of headstones between your guests and the alter, I don’t think anyone will think twice about it. I would however, put the name of the chapel, not the cemetary on the invite 😛
Post # 13
As PPs have said, most churches have graveyards attached… it’s traditional. Nobody should think it’s weird or morbid don’t worry 🙂 It looks pretty!
Post # 14
Gorgeous! I thought this was another chapel that’s in Georgia, I think? Anyway, it’s beautiful, and if they encourage people to use it for walking/jogging/skiing, what’s the harm in having a wedding there?
Post # 15
I think its looks amazing. I would love to have/go to a wedding there. I’m pretty sure people wont even notice the graveyard.
Post # 16
Me and SO have agreed not to have a church wedding as neither of us are religious but if I had to I would deffo pick a chapel like this, its lovely