Flowers for All Occasions 101

Funeral Arrangements for the Dearly Departed

We've gone over the basics of floristry in our previous articles. We explored the elements of design used in creating exquisite flower arrangements. Now, we learn how to apply these concepts in real life. Celebrations are so much brighter and stunning with a fantastic choice of flowers. We're here to help you get started on two of the most common gatherings 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 compiled a handy primer for handling orders for a funeral. We'll help you provide stylish arrangements for the grieving family. See our following 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. Creating 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 planning go as smoothly as possible. Here are a handful of things florists need 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 if they would like specific 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.

Venue

Wakes are usually held at funeral homes. But some people prefer 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 prepare ahead for your arrangements and designs. Even better, plan an ocular viewing of the venue. This is especially important if they'll do the wake in their home. With these measurements, you'll be able to make arrangements with the suitable 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 essential for the perfect flower arrangements. Wakes usually stretch over a several days. You may need to replace the flowers every so often. 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-notch service within their budget. Arrange a timeline for preparation and delivery of the flower arrangements. Keep in contact with your customer to make sure all designs and flowers you've chosen are up to their standards.


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