Flowers for All Occasions 101

Funeral Arrangements for the Dearly Departed

We’ve gone over the basics of floristry in our earlier articles. We talked about the principles of design used in crafting exquisite flower arrangements. Now, we learn how to apply these ideas in real life.

Celebrations are so much brighter and exquisite with a gorgeous choice of flowers. We’re here to help you get started on two of the most common occasions that come hand in hand with flowers.

In this article we talk about funeral flowers From the planning stage to the wake. From picking 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 supply classy arrangements for the grieving family. See our upcoming article for an overview of must-have essentials for every florist.

Making Arrangements with the Client

Flower arrangements, when done right, are a splendid way of paying respect to the loss of a loved one. It’s also a way to show great 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 must take careful note of every detail. This will help make the process of organizing go as smoothly as possible.

Here are a handful of things florists want to know for planning funeral floral decor.

Flowers in Commemoration

There’s no single 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 certain 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 parlors. But some people prefer to pay respect by having the funeral in their own home.

Whichever the case, make sure to ask how big the room or venue will be. That way, you can plan ahead for your arrangements and designs.

Better yet, plan an ocular viewing of the venue. If they’ll do the wake in their home, this is especially important. With these measurements, you’ll be able to make arrangements with the suitable 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 casket? Any other area your customer wants decorated? Every bit of information is crucial for the perfect flower arrangements.

Wakes usually stretch over a several days. You may need to change the flowers from time to time. That way, you get to keep them fresh and fragrant for guests.

Budget and Timeline

Of course, you’ll want to know how much your customer has budgeted for the funeral’s flower arrangements. That way, you can plan and provide top quality service within their budget.

Set a timeline for prep work and delivery of the flower arrangements. Keep in contact with your customer to make sure all flowers and designs you’ve chosen are up to their standards.

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