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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. Then we explored the principles of design used in making lovely flower arrangements. Now, we learn how to apply these ideas in real life. Celebrations are so much brighter and lovely with an exquisite assortment of flowers. We're here to help you get started on two of the most common activities that come hand in hand with flowers.

In this article we discuss funeral flowers From the planning stage to the wake. From choosing the theme with your clients up to the delivery or pickup of their orders. We've created a helpful primer for handling orders for a funeral. We'll help you provide tasteful arrangements for the grieving family. See our next article for an overview of must-have essentials for every florist.

Making Arrangements with the Client

Flower arrangements, when done properly, are a splendid way of paying respect to 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 help them express themselves in a hard time. It goes without saying, florists should 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 need to know for planning funeral floral decor.

Flowers in Commemoration

There's no one way to console someone who has just lost their loved one. But there are a ton of ways to show 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.


Wakes are usually held at funeral homes. But some people would prefer to pay respect by having the funeral in their own house. Whatever the case, make sure to ask how large the room or venue will be. This way, you can prepare ahead for your arrangements and designs. Better yet, set up an ocular viewing of the venue. This is especially vital if they'll do the wake in their home. With these measurements, you'll be able to make arrangements with the right size.

Size and Headcount

How many guests are they counting on? How many tables are there, and what size? What's the size of the coffin? Any other area your client wants decorated? Every bit of information is crucial for the perfect flower arrangements. Wakes usually stretch over a several days. You may need to replace the flowers from time to time. That way, you get to keep them fragrant and fresh for guests.

Budget and Timeline

Of course, you'll want to know how much your customer has budgeted the funeral's flower arrangements. This way, you can plan and provide high quality service within their budget. Set up a timeline for prep work and delivery of the flower arrangements. Keep in contact with your client to make sure all flowers and designs you've picked out are up to their standards.

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