Quick, take a look at your photo albums. You may notice that every photo has something in common: flowers.
42,300 Americans work as floral designers, creating arrangements for baby showers, weddings, and funerals. One of the most popular flower arrangements for funerals is the casket spray.
It is a simple arrangement that goes directly on top of the casket. Though it is basic, you can create any casket spray you want.
What kinds of sprays are there? What flowers can you put in your sprays? How can you combine colors and textures without seeming garish?
Answer these questions and you can commemorate your loved one’s life with the perfect flowers. Here is your quick guide.
Pick the Perfect Kind of Casket Spray
There are two main types of casket sprays. A half casket spray sits on top of an open casket. It is a small collection of flowers, though it is big enough for guests to see as they walk by the casket.
A full casket spray sits on top of a closed casket. It can cover the entire length of the coffin, or it can sit on a particular location like the head of the casket. Even if your loved one’s casket will be closed, you may want to purchase a half spray to save money.
You can also get other arrangements in addition to a spray. You can place standing sprays beside the casket or a wreath over the casket. Spend time looking at your different options and then figure out what the right ones would be.
Find the Right Casket Spray Flowers
The key to creating unique casket sprays is to find meaningful flowers for a casket spray. Many flowers have symbolic meanings that can relate to your loved one.
Roses are a traditional flower for very close loved ones. Red roses indicate respect while yellow roses are standard presents for friends. You can also purchase pink roses and arrange them in different ways, as you can see here.
If your loved one was religious, you can put white lilies over their casket. White lilies signify that a person’s soul has departed and gone to heaven. You can couple them with white carnations to create different textures in your spray.
If you want something a little more upbeat, you can put gladioli in your spray. Their bright petals can suggest hope and strength. You can also put orchids and daffodils, though you should be careful with their stems.
Learn How to Make a Casket Spray
Creating the perfect casket spray isn’t difficult. A half casket spray is compact and works perfectly for an open casket funeral. But you can select a full casket spray if you want a lot of flowers or have a big casket.
Many flowers have symbolic meanings in addition to bold colors. Pair flowers together with complementary meanings, like lilies and carnations. You can create subtle clashes of color and texture by putting gladioli next to daffodils.
Keep your options open for funeral flowers. Read more funeral flower guides by following our coverage.
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