The expense of a memorial service is significantly less than that of a funeral. The greatest cost, generally, is that of the venue. Rental of a reception or event hall usually includes chairs; if the ceremony is outside or at a home, you can arrange for chairs through an event equipment rental company, which will deliver and pick them up. Prices increase with additional accouterments (candles, flowers, photo arrangements, balloons, doves, butterflies, and so on).
Memorial Service Checklist:
___Select the date
___Select a tone
___Select a venue
___Create a guest list
___Choose an officiant
___Select music for the ceremony
___Select speakers for the ceremony
___Select additional memorial accouterments
___Prepare and print memorial programs
___Write and submit the obituary
Some thieves check obituary notices and target homes they know will be vacant during a memorial service. If possible, arrange for someone to safeguard the deceased’s home during that time.