How To Choose The Funeral Flowers In 5 Simple Steps

Choosing flowers for a funeral can be tough but it doesn’t have to be. Here at Fleur De Vee, we have helped cater for hundreds of funerals and feel like we’ve perfected the best way to choose funeral flowers in order to make them as stress-free as possible.

We hear so many stories from people who have been under pressure from family members or even the deceased’s ‘partner’ to push their own ideas of what they want. Sometimes those choices can be a little out of touch with your loved one’s wishes and we can help guide you through the process of choosing funeral flowers that will be perfect for your loved one’s service.

We believe that the single most important thing to do is to choose funeral flowers that are what you think would have been appropriate.

Whoever you choose to make your funeral flowers, here are 5 things they’ll need to know. And if you’re after something completely bespoke, though this will be a great starting point, feel free to get in touch to start the conversation.

STEP 1: The Shape

Choose the shape of your overall flower design.

First up you need to consider which kind of shape flowers you want to go with.

As a starting point, we’ve narrowed down some of the most popular shapes and listed them below.

However the modern trend for funeral flowers is to personalise them or go with a different shape – we’ve seen Bikes, Bambi, wellie boots and much more!

1 – Double Ended. 2 – Single Ended. 3 – Cross

4 – Posie. 5 – Wreath. 6 – Cushion

7 – Single Heart. 8 – Single Open. 9 – Double Heart. 10 – Double Open

11 – Single Letter. 12 – Three Letters. 13 – Five Letters.

Bespoke Examples – 14 – Teacup. 15 – Bike. 16 – Bear

STEP 2: The Base

Once you’ve chosen the shape of your arrangement, next we’ll start to build the look and feel of your arrangement. This part is key to the overall design and can be boiled down to three options.

  1. Flowers
  2. Mixed Lose
  3. Layered leaves

STEP 3: Colours

Colours of flowers and what they mean. Amongst the popular types of funeral flowers, colours can also signify meaning.

Some of the common ones are;

  • Roses
    • White – reverence, youthfulness & innocence
    • Red – respect, love & courage.
    • Pink – Love & grace.
    • Yellow – Friendship.
  • Carnations 
    • White – pure love & innocence. 
    • Pink – remembrance.
  • Orchids
    • Pink & white – eternal love. 

STEP 4: Edging

This part is all about the finishing touches and is quite simple, ribbon, or natural leaves.

STEP 5: Personalisation

The final part is all about personalisation. When personalising funeral flowers, there are so many ways to go about it. For example, the designs you choose can have specific meanings for both the person who has died and their family.


These can be religious or spiritual in nature, but they don’t have to be, they can be centred around hobbies or elements of the deceased’s life into their funeral arrangements, such as a favourite book.

This stage can be bold with personalising using the outline shape i.e. teddy or bike – or more subtle having names or letters placed within the design on ribbon or across leaves. Adding details of pearls or chain links…..

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Step 3: Colours

Step 5 Personalisation

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