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FLORIST GUIDE TO SYMPATHY FLOWER STYLES

 

If you are just starting a career as a full-service florist then I’m sure you will offer funeral/sympathy arrangements, however, are you well versed on all the different types of sympathy floral arrangement styles? There are quite a few to choose from; it can be quite daunting to know which to offer and why.

If this is how you are feeling, then do not worry! We have compiled a list to guide you along that features the basic sympathy floral styles to help get you started with your sympathy floral recommendations and designs in no time.


Florist Funeral Flower Styles Guide

CASKET SPRAY:

A casket spray is a sympathy floral arrangement that goes on top of the casket to beautify the coffin. Customers can choose from a Half  Couch or Full Couch casket spray depending on if the casket is half-closed or fully closed.

Florist Funeral Flower Styles Guide

Supplies you will need


Casket Saddle

Oasis Blocks

PRESENTATION CASKET SPRAY:

A presentation casket spray is exactly what it sounds like a- “presentation bouquet”  it is a smaller casket spray that only features roses with filler flowers and foliage. I had one funeral home that only liked presentation casket sprays on their caskets as it displayed very well. If there are more things on your list and you would like to have a chat please feel free to contact flower delivery richmond !



Supplies you will need


Casket Saddle

Oasis Blocks

CASKET INSERT:

If the casket if fully open then the family can choose a spray that is placed inside the casket. This a garland flower arrangement that is not as big as a casket spray that is set in the lid of the casket.


ROSARY:

A rosary clip is displayed inside the casket lid and is generally given by close relatives of the departed. You can purchase a half- clip rosary for a half-closed casket of a full-clip for a fully open casket. Typically rosaries are designed with spray roses.


CASKET PILLOW:

A stain casket pillow comes in many shapes, however, most popular is heart-shaped. Casket pillows sit close to the departed in the casket and are often sent by children or grandchildren. The floral design is simple with roses a bit of foliage and pretty filler adorning the left side of the pillow.


FUNERAL URNS:

A funeral floral urn is generally on the side of the casket and is a triangle or round it shape. Characterized as a flat back with only flowers on the front of the urn. These can be augmented in a tall vase or funeral baskets.


FIRESIDE BASKETS:

A Fireside basket sits by the kneeler at the wake service however can be displayed anywhere. The name Fireside comes from the unique design of the basket which allows for flowers to be arranged and viewed beautifully.


CREMATION WREATH:

A cremation wreath or tribute arrangement are flowers that adorn a cremation urn or memorial photo.


Supplies you will need 


Oasis Wreath 


STANDING SPRAYS:

Standing sprays is a one-sided funeral arrangement that is displayed on an easel. A standing spray is the go-to funeral piece when a customer is not sure what to send to the funeral service.


Supplies you will need


Floral Foam Cage

Easels (be sure to retrieve your easels from the funeral home) 

STANDING WREATHS:

Standing wreaths are just as recommended as standing sprays composed of a wreath of flowers, presented on an easel. Florists enjoy designing wreaths as you can really use any blooms you like with a multitude of color combinations.


Supplies you will need


Floral Oasis Wreath 

Easels

BROKEN HEART:

A broken heart is mostly purchased by the departed family members or close friends. Broken Heart floral arrangements are presented on an easel and can be designed in a few variations.  The design includes a full solid heart with white chrysanthemums making the shape of the heart. You can add a cluster of roses to symbolize the break or a line of roses down the heart for the break.


Supplies you will need


Solid Oasis Heart

Easels

Stemming Machine

OPEN HEART:

Just like the standing wreath an open heart is the same just in the shape of a heart. It can be purchased by anyone and is always beautifully received.


Supplies you will need


Open Oasis Heart 

Easels

STANDING CROSS:

A standing cross is designed much like the Broke Heart Tribute background is fully covered with white chrysanthemums with a cluster of usually roses on an angel in center. 


Supplies you will need


Oasis Cross

Easels

Stemming Machine

DISH GARDEN:

Dish Garden is a variety of plants in a basket or ceramic container. It can be adorned with fresh flowers or as-is for the funeral service. This is a great option for customers that want to send a long-lasting sentiment.


SPECIALTY FUNERAL FLOWERS:

Funeral flowers are very personal to your customers, offering a sense of comfort. As florists, it is good to offer options to your customers for specialized funeral flower design -which are more personalized tributes for the departed.


There are many different types from Standing Letter Tributes to Bibles, or even totally imaginative funeral floral designs. Do not shy away from offering these specialty funeral flower arrangements.


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