Often referred to as the ‘Wake’, the reception that often follows a funeral can be an important part of the funeral celebrations.

The reception is an opportunity for family and friends to get together in a more informal setting to the funeral and to remember the person who has died.

It is usual to have light refreshments available at such a reception; in our opinion a light finger buffet works well as people are able to move around and be more social than they would otherwise be at a more formal meal. It is also much easier to cater for numbers.


Often a family will have the reception at home either catering for themselves or asking the assistance of an outside caterer.

Otherwise, a family may consider a location away from home. If there is an association with a particular club then the way forward may well be obvious.

In our opinion the most important consideration is convenience of location; if you are hoping people will join you and for the reception to be a success you need to make it convenient.

When we make the funeral arrangements with you, we will discuss your requirements for this important aspect of the day and will be happy to assist you with both the venue and providing caterers if required.

Please see below a selection of contacts for venues we highly recommend

The Lawns Hotel
High Street
DE73 6TB
Tel: 01332 701 553

The Coopers Arms
Weston Hall
Weston on Trent
DE72 2BJ
Tel: 01332 701 107

Amalfi White
50 Derby Road
DE73 8FE
Tel: 01332 694 890

Get in touch

If you require guidance with making Funeral arrangements, contact the understanding professionals at G. E. Simnett & Family Funeral Directors in Chellaston.
To speak to a member of our team in Chellaston or Spondon, please contact us via the number listed at the top of our website. Alternatively if you wish to send us an email with any enquiries you can fill out the form located on the Contact Us page of this website.

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