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Design Guide: How To Choose Funeral Flowers

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Whether you are pre-planning a funeral, or you’d like some help choosing funeral flowers for a loved one, we have all of the resources you need to help navigate this difficult decision.

Getting to know the types of flowers and tributes which are available will be a great help to working out how much you have to spend as well as of course, giving you more in-depth knowledge to help you discuss with your florist.

Types of Funeral Flowers

classic yellow rose funeral sheafFuneral Sheafs

Funeral sheafs are the most popular type of flower tribute in Britain. You can buy funeral sheafs in two different varieties – large and small. Small funeral sheafs are usually purchased as general family tributes, but can also be used for small caskets. Large sheafs are more suitable as the principal tribute.

You can order funeral sheafs according to your preferred size and colours if you need a tribute which is more bespoke. We would be happy to help you with this.  Funeral sheafs are tasteful, beautiful and are preferred by many because of their compostable properties making them ideal for natural cemeteries and for crematoriums.

funeral flowers - funeral pillowFuneral Pillows

Funeral pillows are a delicate, pillow shaped oasis based tribute. These can be placed ontop of the coffin or also make great additional tributes to the principle tribute.  You can be creative with the types of flowers used for funeral pillows, using contemporary bright colours or incorporating some more natural elements such as wild flowers and greenery. It should be noted that funeral pillows are non-compostable.

Funeral pillows are a great way to explore personalities and create a tribute which is personalised to their life story.

white lily and rose casket sprayCasket Sprays

Casket sprays are used as the main funeral flowers which lay across the top of the coffin. These are statement primary funeral tributes and available in various colour options and floral styles.

Our casket sprays are available in both single or double ended spray options. We have a range of pre-designed styles available and we are also able to work to your specific brief to create your personalised casket spray design.

I like to offer recommendations that make the tribute more personal for the family such as offering wild and natural flowers from your own garden incorporated into your arrangement or a choice of their favourite colours.

funeral tributeFuneral Posies

A simple and elegant round shaped floral tribute, funeral posies are based on an oasis tribute, and can be customised according to your preferences. Ideal for general family and friends to give for the funeral service.

Not too showy but colourful and always fitting for the occasion, we love a simple funeral posy. We always encourage clients to consider scented, colourful elements in designs.


funeral crossFuneral Cross

Funeral crosses are ideal for those looking for a striking funeral tribute reflecting their religious belief. Designed using seasonal foliage currently in stock at our floristry, we can also add some rosemary which is seen as a symbol of remembrance. We also have tribute designs reflecting other religious symbols – for example, Hindu and Sikh symbols.

Sympathy Flowers

Sympathy flowers are designed to be sent in advance of the funeral, and therefore are suitable to be sent to the loved ones or relatives of the deceased. Sympathy flowers feature arrangements which are typically white or pastel arrangements, making them ideal for putting in vases.

Frequently Asked Questions About Funeral Flowers

Am I able to send flowers not designed for funerals?

Funeral flowers have specific designs which allow them to be laid flat on coffins, to fit within the Hearse or outside on the ground whereas other types of flower arrangement are more suitable for being stood up in a vase. You may send other types of flowers to relatives of the deceased as a gesture of sympathy, but for the funeral service itself it is advisable to send funeral-specific arrangements.

Are there certain types of funeral flowers I should avoid?

Unless you are an immediate family member, it would be advisable to avoid casket sprays or other large arrangements as these will usually be chosen collectively by the family. Other than that, you should feel free to send any type of arrangement that you feel is fitting.

Do funerals usually have colour schemes?

Unlike weddings, christenings or other services, funerals do not usually have a colour scheme unless the individual was known for their love of a certain colour. It is more important that you choose an arrangement which is fitting and appropriate for your loved one, and one that reflects love and remembrance. White is a popular choice for its elegance, but you are free to create the arrangement of your choosing.

When should I order Funeral flowers?

You should order funeral flowers at least 3 days in advance and ideally as soon as possible to ensure you can have the arrangement you want.  Many funeral tributes and arrangements require specialist oasis bases or flower content which has to be ordered from our wholesalers in advance, but we will always try to accommodate your options.  In most cases we can provide your arrangement with just one working days’ notice.

Should flowers be delivered home or to the funeral director?

If you can, it is recommended that you have the flowers delivered to the funeral director, but it is of course possible to have them delivered to a residential address if that is preferred. It is not advisable to send them directly to the church/crematorium unless there is someone there to receive them.

How much should I spend on funeral flowers?

Spending on funeral flowers is a very personal decision to be honest – it all depends on what you feel is fitting and appropriate for your loved one – the person whose life you are celebrating. Typical clients will spend anywhere between £80 and £200 on the main casket sprays, tribute or sheaf.  Smaller general family tributes which are not the main tribute start from £35.  If you have a budget in mind, we will be delighted to help you find a tribute that suits.

What if I have further questions?

We want to help you as much as we can through what we know is a difficult and sad time for you and your family. If you have any further questions which you would like to discuss with us, you can contact us on 01983 756333.