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8 Most Popular Funeral Flowers And Why People Choose Them October 23, 2018 08:43

Los Angeles FloristEvery year, more than 2.7 million Americans die. When they do, they leave behind loved ones who are often devastated by the news of their deaths.  Did you just experience the death of someone important in your life? If so, you might be struggling to come to terms with it. You might also be wishing that there was a way you could show your loved one just how much you cared for and appreciated them one last time.

Fortunately, there is a way to do this. You can send funeral flowers to your loved one's funeral home. The flowers will be used to adorn their casket or urn during their funeral services.

Depending on which funeral flowers you choose, they'll also deliver a final message to your loved one. Here are the meanings behind the 8 most popular funeral flowers.

1. Lilies

Close your eyes and try to imagine what it smells like inside of a funeral home. Are you picking up on that familiar scent that usually hits you as soon as you set foot in a funeral home?

That smell is most likely the smell of lilies. Lilies are one of the most popular funeral flowers on the market today. They have a very strong and sweet smell to them that has turned them into a funeral home favorite.

People like more than just the smell of lilies. They also like what they represent. Most people believe that lilies symbolize a person's soul exiting their body and returning back to the state of innocence that it was in when the person was first born.

Lilies have also come to symbolize things like purity and radiance. You really can't go wrong when you send these to a loved one.

2. Roses

When you think about roses, you probably think about Valentine's Day and romantic love. Roses have become a symbol of love throughout the world over the course of time.

But roses are also used as funeral flowers quite a bit. They can be sent on their own or mixed into a larger arrangement or casket spray.

People send different colored roses to express different emotions. For example, they'll send red roses to represent love, yellow roses to represent friendship, and pink roses to represent gratefulness.

Choose the appropriate colored roses based on your relationship with the deceased.

3. Carnations

Much like roses, carnations come in all different colors, with each color symbolizing a different emotion.

You can find red carnations that stand for love and affection. You can also find white carnations that stand for innocence. There are even pink carnations that some people believe are made out of tears from the Virgin Mary, thus giving them a religious significance.

Regardless of what color carnations you choose, you can have them arranged in any way before they're delivered to a funeral home. They can be used to create wreaths, standing sprays, and other arrangements.

4. Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are a little bit less popular than funeral flowers like lilies, roses, and carnations. But don't leave them out of the discussion when you're looking for the right funeral flowers.

The thought is that they're perfect for those wishing to express very strong and heartfelt emotions for someone who has died. They're also great for those who wish to choose something that'll stand out in the crowd since not everyone decides to go with them.

One tip: If you send hydrangeas to a funeral home, consider a hydrangea plant instead of individual flowers. It'll give the family of the deceased a chance to take them home and keep them.

5. Chrysanthemums

While most of the flowers on this list have universal meanings that stretch across the world, chrysanthemums are different. You wouldn't want to send chrysanthemums to a funeral home in Asia because they actually represent the idea of rebirth there and are often given to those throwing baby showers.

Here in the U.S., the meaning of chrysanthemums varies depending upon the color of the flowers. Red chrysanthemums usually represent love with white ones representing innocence.

6. Orchids

At this point, you might be picking up on a pattern as far as funeral flowers are concerned. Almost all of them symbolize love in some way.

Orchids keep that pattern going. If you want to show your love to someone who passed away recently, sending orchids to them is arguably the best way to do it.

7. Hyacinths

A lot of people who choose to send funeral flowers to a funeral home do so with some form of a flower arrangement. Rather than picking just one type of flower, they'll combine several of them together.

In the middle of funeral flower arrangements, you'll usually find hyacinths. They're very colorful flowers that pair nicely with tons of other flower types.

They're also supposed to let people know that you're praying for them and mourning their loss. Their bright pop of color will let the grieving family of the deceased know how much you care.

8. Tulips

Tulips are yet another type of funeral flower that comes in a range of colors with each color standing for a different emotion.

There are red tulips that represent love and white tulips that are associated with grace. You should feel free to mix and match the tulip colors to send a message to the deceased and their family.

Purchase Funeral Flowers for a Loved One Today

Picking out the right funeral flowers can be a lot harder than you might think. There are so many options, and since each one means something different, it's not always easy to find the right flowers to express the right emotions.

Work closely with a reputable florist to choose the flowers that will express your emotions best. Whether that means sending one big bouquet of roses or a combination of several different options, your flowers will look gorgeous when they arrive.

Check out our blog to discover other tips for picking out the perfect flowers for just about any occasion.


How to Choose A Funeral Bouquet August 3, 2018 08:22

Los Angeles FloristSaying goodbye to our loved ones is often a difficult time. We want to show respect and send them off in a way that reflects their time with us. Picking the right funeral bouquet is more than just buying flowers. It requires some thought. You can just grab a bouquet at the gas station on the way to the funeral, but do you really want that to be your last and lasting reminder? Picking out a nice bouquet is as much for you as it is for them.

Here are a few tips for choosing the best funeral bouquet.

Your Quick Guide to Funeral Bouquets

Funerals don't always need to be solemn and stuffy. With many people planning their own before they die, making requests for a more fun and upbeat affair are becoming the norm.

People are moving away from severe dark and black clothing to brighter colors, cheerful music and celebrations of love and life, not of loss.

Requests

Find out if the deceased made any plans. if so, this will make your flower purchase easier. They may have asked for a particular favorite flower to be used.

If it is a celebration of life, then splash out on color and stay away from the more traditional themes and somber bouquets.

If they always enjoyed life, then let your flowers reflect that in them. It doesn't need to be expensive to show your love and appreciation for their life and enjoyment of it.

Themes

If you knew the person well, you should know their favorite flower. If not, sometimes it can be nice to match up the flower to the person. Certain types of flowers seem to have certain characteristics.

You can consider their background when choosing flowers, perhaps they had a rose garden or loved lilacs in the spring. Maybe they hated carnations or were allergic altogether.

Name

You can use their name, as well, which is very easy as many women have names for flowers. Daisy, Rose, Violet, and Lily, which is a very popular flower to buy for funerals.

Matching up the flower to the person being remembered can be fun and make you feel like you have made an extra effort. You can find hearty, sturdy flowers, as well, that are suitable for men.

Color

You could also go with a particular color they liked. Maybe your aunt Gladys loved purple, so you could get purple gladioli for the bouquet. A flower bouquet in a special color for their favorite color is a nice way to remember them.

It's nice to remember the person with small tributes to them through the flowers. If they always wore yellow, use that for the flowers. If they loved the outdoors, consider a rustic bouquet in a basket or wooden box.

Culture and Background

Traditional wreaths or flowers on a cross are appropriate for people with religious backgrounds. The wreath is for eternity and the cross has more Catholic or religious symbols.

You do need to take into consideration their religious background, as some may not traditionally use flowers and be careful with religious symbols, and their appropriateness for the person.

If you are attending the funeral of someone from a diverse cultural background, some flowers may have different meanings. Be sure to look up what the flowers mean before you order them.

Types of Flowers and Arrangments

There are many directions you can go with bouquets and beyond, for funeral flowers.

  • bouquets
  • sprays
  • potted
  • wicker baskets
  • plastic pots
  • scarf
  • couch lid
  • easel stands

You may opt for a vase, a bowl, or an orchid dish with succulents for a beautiful arrangement.

You can buy something that will last. You can buy a potted plant that blooms and lasts longer than a traditional bouquet. This makes a nice memento for the family to retain long after the funeral.

Or, buy a shrub or perennial plants to plant at or on the gravesite that blooms for many years to come. Flowers like tulips or daffodils that come up every year are beautiful and keep on giving.

Succulents

You may want to opt for a different type of arrangement. Succulents are a beautiful choice, as they require very little maintenance and last for years. These make a wonderful, long-lasting and very unique choice to bring.

Cost

Usually, with a funeral bouquet, you try not to worry about the cost. That doesn't mean you need to blow your whole budget. The nicest bouquets don't always cost the most.

The less expensive funeral bouquets are just as nice and if you have found something that has personal meaning, then you shouldn't worry about the cost if you didn't pay very much.

If you have a garden or know someone who does, a small bouquet of wildflowers or freshly cut flowers are always beautiful and always welcome. If you didn't know the person very well, then shop accordingly.

Consider Your Relationship

The size and cost of the flowers you choose should be appropriate for the relationship you had with the deceased. If you are immediate family, then you want to go with a bigger bouquet or the family will buy together.

If you are buying for a neighbor or work colleague you didn't know very well, but still want to buy an arrangement, then a nice bouquet in a vase or bowl is kind and suffice. It may seem inappropriate to get something larger.

In Lieu of Flowers

It isn't uncommon for people to ask for a charitable donation instead of sending flowers. You should make the donation, but if you still want to send flowers, as long as you know it will be alright, go ahead. it doesn't need to be something big, just a little funeral bouquet so the family knows you are thinking of them.

This is also a good time to consider the shrub or perennials at the grave site. You can plant them when it's convenient and let the family know if needed.

For more ideas or information about flowers for a funeral bouquet or any other flower needs, please contact us.