Five things to consider when arranging a celebration of life

At Wivenhoe House we have held many celebrations of life in our peaceful and relaxed setting. Here we have caught up with our events team to discuss what to consider when planning an event like this.

  1. Budget

Your loved one may have put money aside for their funeral and celebration of life.   If not, check how much money is available before you start planning.

  1. Number of guests

You can extend your invitations to friends, work colleagues, club members or choose to have a family only function.  If you make a list of people who are likely to attend it will give you a good idea for numbers for catering.

  1. Venue

A lot of different places will host celebrations of life now and you may have somewhere special you enjoyed together.  Do check availability as soon as you can and make sure the venue is suitable for all your guests, for instance offering free parking and step free access.

  1. Mementoes

It may be tough to do, but if you can put together a selection of mementoes from your loved ones life, it could be photos, videos, books, trophies.  It will be a lovely way to recall the good times and give your friends and family something to talk about and reminisce over.

  1. Accept help

Whether it is from friends, family, the funeral director or an event planner, accept help when it is offered. Everyone will want to support you at this difficult time.

Find out more

To find out more about our celebration of life packages please visit our webpage, call us on 01206 863666 or email us on


find us, however you travel
By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

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By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.