Funerals are not a joyous occasion. Trying to arrange a funeral whilst emotions are running high and wild is a daunting and difficult task in itself. We all try our best to give our loved one the best funeral because we believe that they deserve it. So the last thing anyone wants is to be sitting at the funeral, only to see that the flowers around the casket are wilting and dying.
Purchasing flowers for a funeral is difficult. You want to purchase flowers which are going to last, even after the service has ended. You want the flowers to decorate the graveside and to make it look more attractive for many days to come after the service. However, it is difficult to find flowers which are suitable for the occasion i.e. do not look too bright and cheery, yet last a long time.
This article will discuss a few guidelines which should help you pick the perfect flowers to ensure that the funeral goes smoothly, and that you get the most for your money.
Purchasing thicker flowers will instantly increase their life. Thin petals are delicate and this means that they will lose moisture the quickest. So when you are looking at flowers, pay more attention to those which thick petals that will not wilt quickly. Flowers which fit this description include Carnations, Lilies, and Marigolds, which are very elegant, making them perfect for a funeral. There are many more and any florist will gladly guide you to them.
It is also wise to purchase fuller flowers, since these are less likely to wilt quicker. Flowers which fit this description include Dahlias, which are also available in a variety of colours. Once again, a florist or flower specialist at a department store can help with choosing others of the similar characteristic.
Picking flowers which are on branches can last up to a month, making them excellent for funerals. A common flower on a branch is the Peruvian Lilly.
If you wish to have a more traditional funeral, you may wish to stick to traditional flowers such as Carnations and Daisies. These also last a long time, making them ideal for a funeral. These beautiful, elegant will also work out cheaper than some of the others, so if you are worried about budgeting, these may be the ones for you. These flowers also come in a variety of colours, giving you the option to choose an arrangement. You may wish to choose a combination of dark colours such as dark red or blue. On the other hand, you may wish to portray the message of innocence and simplicity, so all white will also be a good choice.
There are some flowers which should definitely be avoided at a funeral. These include flowers that will not last long. Whilst these may be more beautiful than Carnations or Daisies, they will wilt quick and may not even make it through the whole service. At the end of the day, you want your money’s worth, and you want flowers that last more than just a few hours.
Choosing delicate flowers is also a strict no no. Often they are not strong enough to stand up at a funeral and will not last long enough in order to be kept at the graveside. Choosing funeral flowers is no walk in the park. It is the last thing anyone wants to think about. But at one point or another, we all have to face those dreaded demons. So when doing so, ensure that you pick the perfect flowers for the perfect funeral.
Submitted by Izzy Smith, Guest Blogger
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