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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 earlier articles. We explored the aspects of design used in making stunning flower arrangements. Now, we learn how to apply these principles in real life. Gatherings are so much brighter and lovely with a fantastic variety of flowers. We're here to help you get started on two of the most common events that come hand in hand with flowers.

In this article we talk about funeral flowers From the planning phase to the wake. From deciding on the theme with your clients up to the delivery or pickup of their orders. We've compiled a helpful primer for handling orders for a funeral. We'll help you produce 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 an excellent 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 must take careful note of every detail. This will help make the process of preparing 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 one way to comfort someone who has just lost their loved one. But there are a ton 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 think ahead for your arrangements and designs. Even better, schedule an ocular viewing of the venue. If they'll do the wake in their home, this is especially crucial. With these measurements, you'll be able to make arrangements with the appropriate 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 fresh and fragrant 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 premium 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 designs and flowers you've picked are up to their standards.

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