Flowers are a traditional way to honor someone who is deceased, but not everyone is familiar with the etiquette for sending funeral flowers or what to consider when ordering them. Here are some frequently asked questions about sending funeral flowers.
What’s the difference between funeral flowers and sympathy flowers?
Funeral flowers are typically large elegant floral arrangements or large potted plants that are used at the funeral home and at the service to add color and celebrate the memory of the person who is deceased. Sympathy flowers, on the other hand, can be smaller bouquets or plants sent directly to a family member’s home to show you are thinking of them.
What is a spray and what kind of spray should I send?
Sprays are a specialized type of floral arrangement that are relatively flat on the back side, unlike a traditional floral bouquet that extends in all directions. The flat back of a spray arrangement means they can be set against a wall if needed, and they appear much more full because they are one-sided. Funeral flowers may include casket or urn sprays, easel sprays, basket sprays, vase sprays, and wreaths or special shapes.
The casket or urn spray is typically chosen by the immediate family, but all other types of sprays are appropriate to send for a funeral. Basket sprays are one of the most popular choices to send for a funeral, as are vase sprays. Easel sprays and wreaths are popular as well, although they typically cost more than basket or vase sprays.
Are there any flowers I should avoid sending?
When it comes to sending flowers for a funeral, there aren’t any hard and fast rules. If you know the family and know that allergies are a concern, you might avoid sending highly fragrant flowers. Most funeral flowers tend to be larger arrangements that make a statement, so a smaller arrangement may be better suited as sympathy flowers sent to the family’s home.
What colors or types of flowers should I send?
The color and type of flowers is really up to you as the sender. If you know the favorite color or flower of the deceased or their family members, that’s always a great choice. But if you’re still unsure of what to send, call your local florist and ask for their recommendations. It’s possible they’re doing the flowers chosen by the family or may have several other orders for the same funeral. If that’s the case, they can make an arrangement within your budget that coordinates with the other flowers, or they can simply make something that’s beautiful and appropriate on its own.
While you may not order funeral flowers frequently, your local florist has plenty of experience with both funeral and sympathy flowers and can help you through the process.
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