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Flowers for All Occasions 101

Funeral Arrangements for the Dearly Departed

We've gone over the basics of floristry in our past articles. We went over the aspects of design used in making gorgeous flower arrangements. Now, we learn how to apply these concepts in real life. Celebrations are so much brighter and lovely with a fantastic variety of flowers. We're here to help you get started on two of the most common events that come hand in hand with flowers.

In this article we talk about funeral flowers From the planning step to the wake. From deciding on the theme with your clients up to the delivery or pickup of their orders. We've compiled a handy primer for handling orders for a funeral. We'll help you provide stylish arrangements for the grieving family. See our following article for an overview of must-have essentials for every florist.

Making Arrangements with the Client

Flower arrangements, when done right, are a wonderful way of commemorating the loss of a loved one. It's also a way to show deep sympathy for the family left behind. Making floral tributes for them will allow them to express themselves in a hard time. It goes without saying, florists need to take careful note of every detail. This will help make the process of planning go as smoothly as possible. Here are a couple of things florists want to know for planning funeral floral decor.

Flowers in Commemoration

There's no single way to comfort someone who has just lost their loved one. But there are a lot of ways to express your sympathy to a grieving family. Ask if they would like particular flowers included, or what their loved one's favorite blooms are. Keep the arrangement as intimate and personal as possible as a tribute to the departed.


Funeral services are usually held at funeral homes. But some people would prefer to pay respect by having the funeral in their own home. Whatever the case, make sure to ask how big the room or venue will be. That way, you can think ahead for your arrangements and designs. Even better, schedule an ocular viewing of the venue. If they'll do the wake in their home, this is especially essential. With these measurements, you'll be able to make arrangements with the proper size.

Size and Headcount

How many guests are they expecting? How many tables are there, and what size? What's the size of the casket? Any other area your client wants decorated? Every bit of information is vital for the perfect flower arrangements. Wakes usually stretch over a few days. You may need to change the flowers every so often. That way, you get to keep them fragrant and fresh for guests.

Budget and Timeline

Needless to say, you'll want to know how much your client has budgeted for the funeral's flower arrangements. That way, you can plan and provide top-notch service within their budget. Set a timeline for planning and delivery of the flower arrangements. Keep in contact with your client to make sure all designs and flowers you've picked are up to their standards.

Read all about Origins of Flowers and the Industry in our next article.