Making a funeral bouquet is a personal tribute to a deceased person's memory. Special considerations also need to be made in terms of what is appropriate for funeral service displays, durability and flower choices. Whether you are trying to save money by not using a professional florist or you simply want to offer a more personal and intimate funeral bouquet to the deceased person's family, if you follow a few simple steps to make your arrangement fresh and sturdy, it will be well worth the effort.
Call the funeral home where the service will be held and ask if it has requirements for floral displays and the best time to deliver your bouquet. For example, the funeral home will want you to take into consideration that mourners will view and touch the bouquet and having a vase with a heavy bottom will prevent the bouquet from tipping over too easily. In addition, funeral home personnel will need to move the bouquet several times, so the bouquet needs to be able to withstand these issues.
Purchase the freshest flowers possible from your local florist or garden centre. Choose flowers that have personal meaning for the deceased, if possible. Otherwise, it is best to use flowers that do not fall apart easily. Good choices include carnations, roses, orchids and lilies. Flower meaning is also important.
Soak floral foam in water and insert it in your vase. Place the wire grid across the top of the vase and secure it onto the vase edge with floral tape.
Put the fern stems into the vase one at a time. Place them at an angle so the stems appear to crisscross each other. Space them apart equally for a uniform appearance.
Remove 1 inch of stem from nine of the roses. Insert the three longest crimson roses through the centre area of the grid and into the floral foam. Space them approximately 3 inches apart in a triangular pattern. Insert five roses at an angle around the bottom edge of the bouquet pointing outward. Follow with the remaining four roses placed in between the top and bottom of the bouquet.
Insert the baby's breath stems to fill out the remaining empty spaces within the bouquet. Fill the vase halfway with flower preservative mixed with water. Add a cardholder and sympathy card including the deceased's name and your name.
If you do not have a grid for bracing your flowers, you can make your own by crossing four strips of floral tape in a square across the top of the vase. If a bottom-heavy vase is not available, try putting clear marbles in the bottom of the vase. All of the needed supplies can be purchased from a craft store and florist. The vase should be no less than half the length of your tallest flower. If your tallest flower is 12 inches, your vase should be at least 6 inches tall.
Take into account a grieving family's religious background when choosing flowers. For example, red flowers are not appropriate for a Hindu funeral service.