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 elements of design used in creating exquisite flower arrangements. Now, we learn how to apply these principles in real life.
Gatherings are so much brighter and beautiful with a fantastic choice 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 deciding on 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 produce tasteful arrangements for the grieving family. See our upcoming 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 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 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 single way to console someone who has just lost their loved one. But there are a bunch of ways to express your sympathy to a grieving family.
Ask 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.
Wakes are usually held at funeral parlors. But some people want to pay respect by having the funeral in their own home.
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.
Better yet, set up an ocular viewing of the venue. This is especially crucial if they'll do the wake in their home. 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 customer wants decorated? Every bit of information is essential for the perfect flower arrangements.
Wakes usually stretch over a few days. You may need to replace the flowers from time to time. That 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 for the funeral's flower arrangements
. This way, you can plan and provide premium service within their budget.
Set up 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 selected are up to their standards.