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Depending upon the time of day the service takes place, your budget and preferences, funeral receptions can range from simple cake and coffee to a light sandwich and salad luncheon, to a full buffet meal or sit-down dinner.

The old tried-and-true turkey and ham sandwich in the church fellowship hall is still a popular option, but many families choose to hire caterers for more elaborate fare. There are a wide variety of menus to choose from, including those that reflect the personal taste or heritage of the deceased.

Memorial meals can take place where the funeral is held or they can be held at family homes, reception halls, restaurants, or other venues. Caterers have event planners that can help with every detail of your event, including menu choices and quantities, set up, and logistics.

Here are some things you should consider before hiring a caterer:

Do they have experience doing funerals?
Do they have references?
What are their policies regarding guaranteed minimums?
What services will they provide?
What are the extra costs for beverages, table linens, decorations, etc.
If wait staff is used, what is their dress code and how are gratuities handled?
What is the payment policy? Most caterers require one payment before the event and the other immediately following.

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