Popular flower arrangements for funerals

05 January 2023
Boyd renowden chapel

Flowers are a respectful, thoughtful way of sending your condolences after a friend or loved-one has passed-away.

Your choice of tribute can be elaborate or simple, a personal tribute, or simply a token of respect. With that in mind, choosing the right flower and arrangement is worth a moment of careful consideration.

Choosing the right flowers

Regardless of season and budget, your choice of flower type is important. If you are planning a funeral or memorial service for a loved one, add a personal touch by incorporating their favourite blooms.

Although almost any flowers are appropriate, some popular choices include:

  • Orchids – Orchids represent faith, elegance, and beauty, making them a popular choice for funerals and gifts. When presented at a funeral, they’re a symbol of everlasting love for those who have passed. Potted orchids make an ideal gift, as they are low maintenance.
  • Roses – As an extremely popular, universally recognised flower, roses have been grown and gifted for centuries. They are available in a wide variety of colours, with each colour implying a different meaning.
  • Lilies – Commonly found in shades of white, yellow, pink, red, and orange, lilies are a popular flower. They are associated with femininity, purity, and innocence.

Colours and their meanings

One of the most important things to consider when choosing flowers is colour. Different colours symbolise different meanings and feelings.

  • White – Symbolising innocence, clarity, wholeness, completion, and new beginnings, white flowers can be found within almost any species.
  • Pink – As symbols of grace, gentility, and happiness, pink flowers add a feminine touch to any service.
  • Blue – Although less common, blue arrangements stand out. They represent truth, loyalty, and honesty.
  • Yellow – Vibrant and neutral, yellow flowers can be used if the service is more of a celebration of life. Yellow flowers denote optimism, enlightenment, and friendship.

You may like to consider mixing colours in your floral tribute or having a single-colour theme. You could choose multiple colours of the same flower or combine various colours and blooms to individualise the tribute.

Consider using delicate shades, or alternatively, go bold and bright. The choices are limitless and enable you to design a floral tribute that is truly unique to the person you are honouring.

Flower arrangement

Finding the perfect arrangement

Now that you’ve chosen the perfect flowers, the next step is to organise them into a stunning arrangement. Here are some of the most popular.

  • Bouquets – Bouquets can be designed to a size of your choosing, depending on budget and purpose, and can include a small note or card.
  • Sheaf – Similar to a traditional bouquet, a sheaf is a flat-backed bouquet of flowers and foliage. Sheaves make a perfect choice for an arrangement larger than a traditional bouquet.
  • Sprays – A standing spray or a spray to sit on top of a casket can be as elaborate or as simple as you choose. This type of arrangement is often chosen by the family to farewell a loved one.
  • Wreaths – A popular choice for funerals, wreaths can be designed in a number of shapes including round, heart-shaped, and pillow.
  • Letters – Some families choose to farewell their loved ones with floral tributes in the shape of letters and words. These arrangements can be made to say whatever you choose, with popular examples being Mum, Dad, Nanna, and Pop.
  • Cross Tributes – Popular with people of faith, cross-shaped floral tributes can be made using a combination of flowers and foliage.

Floral arrangements can be a thoughtful and personal way of sending your condolences when a person has passed.

If you need help choosing the perfect arrangement, our on-site florist teams at Cafe Vita et flores located at both Springvale Botanical Cemetery and Bunurong Memorial Park will be happy to assist you to create something special.

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