Each type of funeral flower arrangement can be made using silk flowers instead of fresh flowers. Artificial flowers last longer and can be placed on the grave each year as a memorial to the deceased or to be preserved as keepsakes for family members. When designing or ordering artificial funeral flower arrangements, keep in mind the favourite flowers and colours of the deceased individual.
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Funeral wreaths are circular-shaped floral arrangements attached to an easel for display. The circular shape of the wreath symbolises eternal life. The wreath's background consists of green and brown sprigs of foliage. Roses, carnations, lilies, daisies and baby's breath are mixed into the greenery. These large floral arrangement are often ordered from a florist and delivered to the funeral home before the service.
The casket spray is the centrepiece floral arrangement at a funeral service. It is most often provided by direct family members of the deceased. Casket sprays commonly contain large blooms such as lilies, roses, gladiolas, hydrangeas, carnations and delphiniums on a green background. This arrangement sits atop the closed lid of the casket and cascades over the sides. Full-length casket sprays span the entire length of the casket and are appropriate for closed-casket funerals. Half-length casket sprays cover only half of the casket and are used during open-casket funerals. Once the lid is closed, half-length casket sprays are moved to the centre of the casket.
Funeral floral sprays are attached to easels and displayed beside the casket during the funeral. These arrangements are often large with greenery stems, decorative twigs and long stemmed flowers. Gladiolas, bells of Ireland, queen Anne's lace, carnations, lilies and roses are included in floral sprays.
Table arrangements are created in a vase, basket or other decorative container. Table arrangements consist of ferns and other greenery placed as a background to carnations, lilies, gladiolas and mums. Most often they are arranged in a tall, triangular fashion and are often placed on tables or flat surfaces around the room of a memorial service. These types of arrangements are appropriate for friends, neighbours and acquaintances to send to the funeral home as sympathy gifts for the family of the deceased.
Gravestone sprays are made using a gravestone saddle. A gravestone saddle is a wire frame that sits over the top of the gravestone to anchor the arrangement in place. Roses, carnations and lilies are appropriate flowers to include in a gravestone spray.
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