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How to Choose Funeral Flowers

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

It’s not something we like to think about but sometimes you have to buy flowers – not for a joyous occasion – but for a funeral. A fitting arrangement of flowers is a great way of paying tribute to a person’s life, so make sure you choose wisely. If you have never sent funeral flowers before, here are a few guidelines:

1. Make sure you know where the funeral flowers must be delivered to. Usually the undertakers take care of the flowers and the florist delivers directly to them. Most florists know this and will liaise directly with the funeral director to ensure the flowers are at the right place at the right time.

2. Pick an appropriate arrangement. Think about the weather, where the flowers will be displayed (at home or at the cemetery) and whether the funeral is in the afternoon or in the morning. If in the morning, make sure your florist delivers them the night before. If it’s late in the afternoon and the weather is hot, make sure your funeral flowers will last.  Most florists will be able to advise you.

3. Decide on a type of arrangement. The flower coffin spray is usually selected by the close family or the person arranging the funeral so opt for a wreath, a bouquet, a basket or even a heart or pillow-shaped arrangement.

4. Sometimes a family will request a certain colour theme and you should try to respect this. Think about the person who passed away. Choose colours and flowers that reflect their life and also your own feelings. Think about whether you want traditional funeral flowers or something original. Don’t worry too much about the meaning of flowers. Choose an arrangement that suits your message. Many people like to give white funeral flowers but again, choose something that has meaning for you.

Once you’ve decided on all this, it’s time to order. With today’s vast choice of flowers online, nothing could be easier. Make sure you order the flowers in time and give precise instructions as to the funeral home and what time the service is.

And after it’s all done, perhaps send flowers or even a basket of fruit to the home of the deceased after the funeral to let the mourning family know you are still thinking of them.

How to Say Thank You with Flowers

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

It was Gladys Brown Stern who said “Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” She knew that even the smallest thank you could make the biggest difference. Whether verbally or expressed through a thank you card, a “thank you” never goes amiss. But there are times when a note just wont do; when you feel you owe a huge debt and you want to let someone know: I truly appreciate what you did. You need a visual expression of your gratitude. It’s time to send flowers.

Flowers are a very public token of appreciation. When you send flowers, you send a tangible symbol of your appreciation. Here are some hints and tips to help you choose the right thank you flowers:

Budget
Your budget will dictate the size of the bouquet when you buy flowers. But think about what you are trying to say. Do you want to make a bold statement or do you want to thank someone in a private and personal way? If the former, go for a big, bright bunch of cheaper flowers. If the latter, opt for a more expensive flower in a smaller arrangement.

Flower type vs. colour
If you are buying flowers online, you are spoilt for choice. Most online florists offer the convenience and ease of searching for an arrangement by type of flower or colour. If you are traditional, you might like to consider sending one of the following flower types which all symbolise gratitude: Bellflowers (campanula), camellias, dark pink and peach roses, gladioli and sweet peas. Then again, most people don’t worry too much about the “meaning” of flowers. You might decide to focus on the colour i.e. buy flowers in the recipient’s favourite colour.

To deliver or not to deliver?
There is something magical about a flower delivery. The not-a-salesman-but-a- gorgeous-bunch-of-flowers surprise is hard to beat. And in the UK, flowers are just a click away. Same day flowers, international flower delivery… you can have it all.

One final tip
When you present the hostess of a party with a bunch of thank you flowers, offer to put them in a vase. The hostess will be very busy attending to her other guests and your gift will be one of pleasure, rather than annoyance.