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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 previous articles. We went over the aspects of design used in creating stunning flower arrangements. Now, we learn how to apply these ideas in real life. Celebrations are so much brighter and exquisite with an exquisite selection of flowers. We're here to help you get started on two of the most common events that come hand in hand with flowers.

For this article we talk about funeral flowers From the planning phase to the wake. From choosing the theme with your clients up to the delivery or pickup of their orders. We've created a handy primer for handling orders for a funeral. We'll help you provide classy 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 allow them to 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 some things florists want to know for planning funeral floral decor.

Flowers in Commemoration

There's no one way to comfort someone who has just lost their loved one. But there are a bunch 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 blooms 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 house. Whichever the case, make sure to ask how large the room or venue will be. This way, you can plan ahead for your arrangements and designs. Better yet, set up an ocular viewing of the venue. This is especially essential if they'll do the wake in their home. With these measurements, you'll be able to make arrangements with the proper 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 client wants decorated? Every bit of information is crucial for the perfect flower arrangements. Wakes usually stretch over a few days. You may need to change 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. Arrange a timeline for planning and delivery of the flower arrangements. Keep in contact with your customer to make sure all flowers and designs you've picked out are up to their standards.

Read all about Art of Floristry in our next article.