When choosing funeral flowers, sometimes there are so many things to consider that it makes the process very difficult. If you are choosing all of the funeral flowers, you also carry the burden of trying to make sure that the rest of the family approve of your choices. Here are some suggestions to help you choose the right flowers for a funeral.
If you are choosing for the whole funeral, try to get a few basic ideas or input from the family but don’t make it into a committee—you’ll never get it done, and only cause arguments if you allow too much discussion. But you will also make people upset if you don’t even give them any chance to make suggestions. (Of course if you are the deceased next of kin, you should have the final say anyway.)Think about classic flowers—formal flowers often used at funerals include roses and lilies in red or white. But just because those are traditional doesn’t mean you have to use them. Some people like to use flowers that match the personality or taste of the deceased. If her favourite colour was pink, some pink carnations or pink lilies would be lovely. If his favourite flower was a tulip, why not choose some white or yellow tulips?
If you want to incorporate the favourite flowers or colours of the deceased but you don’t know them, ask another close friend or relative of the person if they know. Chances are they will have a few other ideas for you as well.
Many florists will be able to give you some basic tips and advice on what flowers are best for funerals. Some even have a range of ready-made arrangements that will make it easier for you to decide what to have.