Life is worth celebrating – and in the sad event of the passing of a loved one, it is all the more important to ensure you hold a suitable funeral reception to bring people together.
Funerals are contemplative occasions, where people can come together and mourn those who meant so much to them. At The OEC, we offer a sensitive, adaptive venue and service to ensure you and your funeral reception guests have somewhere comfortable to head to after the service.
Your Reception Planned in Detail
If you are arranging the funeral, funeral reception and/or wake for a loved one, we understand that it can be a distressing period. During such an emotional time, many people find they need to reach out for support to ensure the planning of a wake and/or reception is seamless.
At The OEC, our talented team of on-hand planners will be more than happy to assist with your specific requirements and the wishes of those who have passed to ensure the event unfolds precisely as you expect.
The OEC is host to modern, stylish interior design, with various room options and suites to ensure that you and any guests have ample room to settle in, talk, and celebrate the life of your loved one. Our dedicated staff will be on hand to assist with the greeting of guests and to ensure that all needs are attended to promptly and courteously.
The Space You Need
In addition to a dedicated and sensitive service, The OEC presents adaptable, luxury rooms that are both comfortable and welcoming for a funeral reception. Our spaces are highly versatile, with our popular Rivelin Suite being available to pair with VIP boxes, enabling a bespoke combination that includes quiet areas if necessary.
The perfect funeral wake venue should be one that adapts to its guests. In addition to contemporary space, The OEC will provide you with complete hospitality across the whole of your experience. From welcoming you and your guests at the venue to accessibility needs and video on demand, if there is any way in which we can attend to your individual requirements, we are always open and receptive. The OEC’s spaces for after funeral reception functions can comfortably welcome between 10 and 500 people.
The OEC is a multi-purpose venue that not only supports conferences and celebrations, but is also a popular choice for local wakes and receptions. Our aim is always to ensure that you have all the support and space you need to welcome guests and attendees after a main service.
Ideally, a funeral reception will also include catering elements and at The OEC, we are pleased to present a talented team of chefs and catering experts to provide bespoke menus to your tastes and needs.
We help to create menus and spreads to your exact demands – from individual tastes to dietary requirements, simply get in touch to set up a discussion with our dedicated team at your convenience.
As part of your bespoke wake venue catering, The OEC will also be happy to help recreate dishes and menus that have significance to your family and attendees. If there are any favourite dishes or destinations that you’d love to be reflected in the menus, please be sure to let us know.
The OEC’s attentive staff are on hand to assist you with complete menu creation and food preparation, delivering to exceptional service standards, making the funeral reception suit your exact requirements.
Sheffield’s Premier Funeral Wake Venue
As a multi-faceted venue in the heart of Sheffield city, many will know The OEC as a primary source of entertainment and as a conference centre. However, we’re proud to offer a flexible and versatile space for almost any kind of celebration, meeting and congregation. We’re proud to offer a sensitive wake venue service that will do your friends, family and guests proud.
Our contemporary venue is easy to reach from the heart of Sheffield itself, close to transport links, and offers more than 400 free parking spaces for those arriving via the road. Our aim is to continue providing a central, accessible, welcoming venue for multiple purposes and demands.
If you are in the process of setting up a funeral reception and are unsure where to turn for the best, please make sure to contact our booking team at your earliest convenience. We will be only too pleased to offer you a tour of the venue and spaces, and to carefully guide you through options for menus and service options for the day.
A funeral reception should be a time and a space for people to reflect and congregate at their own pace and comfort – be sure to take a closer look at The OEC for inspiration.