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Flowers for All Occasions 101

Funeral Arrangements for the Dearly Departed

We've talked about the basics of floristry in our past articles. We explored the principles of design used in crafting beautiful flower arrangements. Now, we learn how to apply these concepts in real life. Gatherings are so much brighter and exquisite 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.

For this article we discuss funeral flowers From the planning phase 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 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 right, are a splendid 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 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 organizing go as smoothly as possible. Here are a few things florists want 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 lot of ways to express your sympathy to a grieving family. Ask them if they would like particular flowers included, or what their loved one's favorite flowers are. Keep the arrangement as personal and intimate as possible as a tribute to the departed.


Funeral services are usually held at funeral homes. But some people want to pay respect by having the funeral in their own house. Whatever the case, make sure to ask how big the room or venue will be. This way, you can plan ahead for your designs and arrangements. Better yet, plan an ocular viewing of the venue. If they'll do the wake in their home, this is especially necessary. 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 customer wants decorated? Every bit of information is important for the perfect flower arrangements. Wakes usually stretch over a few days. You may need to replace the flowers every now and then. This way, you get to keep them fresh and fragrant for guests.

Budget and Timeline

Needless to say, you'll want to know how much your client has budgeted the funeral's flower arrangements. This way, you can plan and provide premium service within their budget. Determine 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 selected are up to their standards.

Read all about Origin of Flowers in our next article.