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Flowers for All Occasions 101

Funeral Arrangements for the Dearly Departed

We've discussed the basics of floristry in our previous articles. Then we explored the aspects of design used in making gorgeous flower arrangements. Now, we learn how to apply these concepts in real life. Gatherings are so much brighter and lovely with an exquisite variety of flowers. We're here to help you get started on two of the most common occasions that come hand in hand with flowers.

For this article we talk about funeral flowers From the planning step to the wake. From picking the theme with your clients up to the delivery or pickup of their orders. We've put together a helpful primer for handling orders for a funeral. We'll help you provide stylish 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 wonderful way of commemorating 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 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 preparing 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 single way to comfort someone who has just lost their loved one. But there are a ton of ways to show 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 intimate and personal as possible as a tribute to the departed.


Funeral services are usually held at funeral parlors. But some people would prefer to pay respect by having the funeral in their own home. Whichever the case, make sure to ask how large the room or venue will be. That way, you can think ahead for your arrangements and designs. Better yet, set up 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 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 casket? Any other area your customer wants decorated? Every bit of information is vital for the perfect flower arrangements. Wakes usually stretch over a few days. You may need to replace the flowers every so often. This 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 the funeral's flower arrangements. That way, you can plan and provide top quality service within their budget. Set up a timeline for planning and delivery of the flower arrangements. Keep in contact with your customer to make sure all designs and flowers you've picked are up to their standards.

Read all about Origins of Flowers in our next article.