This article was also in USA Today.
Across the U.S., more funeral homes are building such centers and marketing them not only as places to mourn the dead but as sites for events celebrating the living, including birthdays, anniversaries, holiday parties, proms and weddings.
The lure? It is often less expensive; there is greater availability; and the settings — inside and outside — can be nothing short of wedding-picture perfect.
Is this more of a perception/image/ event scheduling problem than a commercial land use issue ?
They have the parking space. But they would need the foodservice / bar license/inspection.