A guide to buying funeral flowers - British Florist Association
A guide to buying funeral flowers - British Florist Association

A guide to buying funeral flowers

A funeral tribute in the form of beautiful flowers is the final gift we can give to the deceased prior to their burial or cremation, flowers can bring great comfort at such a sad time.

Whilst there are no hard and fast rules associated with funeral flowers we are pleased to offer advice and guidance that we hope you’ll find helpful when making the choice of the funeral tribute you’d like to send. The funeral flowers you send can be hugely personal and reflect the personality of the friend or family member. Your relationship with the deceased has a huge influence on the funeral piece you’ll be sending.

We have created this guide to give you a clear understanding of the many types of funeral flowers there are to choose from. Whilst selecting the correct tribute may seem daunting we do hope this offers useful information, anyone of our local BFA expert florists will be pleased to offer professional advice to you about your funeral flowers.  

Wreath by Ellas Minde

A Word on Adding a Personal Touch

Whilst there are several designs to choose from that we’ll continue to describe below, if you wish to make the design personal to the loved one that’s passed away your florist will be pleased to help you achieve this.

Funeral Sprays

Funeral Spray

Funeral sprays are a very popular tribute. They come in both double ended (an elongated diamond or leaf type shape) or single ended (teardrop type design). It’s very appropriate for anyone to send this style of tribute, and it can be made with a selection of flowers, and in many colour schemes.

Coffin Sprays

Casket Spray

Coffin or Caskets sprays are usually chosen by the family, they are placed on the top of the coffin. The entire top of the coffin is filled with this design. There are many options available in both the flower choices and colour schemes for this tribute and your BFA florist will be pleased to discuss personal preferences to ensure this design is the perfect tailor-made tribute.

Coffin or Casket Tribute

Casket tribute

This includes the casket spray as described above, but there are also a range of designs that can be placed on the coffin top that are different shapes and styles, some include a modern feel that might be appropriate for the family to select.



Posy arrangements are often smaller designs, and often sent as a tribute from a child. They can be a selection of flowers either created as a traditional tied design, or as a contemporary posy arrangement. The design is created so it can be viewed perfectly from all angles.

Posy pads

Posy Pad

An adaptation from posies made on a base and can be larger than a standard posy arrangement. Similar to the standard posy, they can be created with different flowers. They can also be a ‘based design’ where a mass of closely bonded flowers are used and arranged to the frame to give a uniform look that quite special, the addition of a small arrangement over the based flowers finishes the design beautifully.


Loose Wreath

A Wreath is a circular design with a hollow centre. These come in a variety of sizes and can be described as “Loose” which means a variety of flowers are used, making the overall design look natural and textured. A “Based” design uses the same flower in close order to create a smoother look.


Based Lettering

Lettering can be used to display a personal message, usually ordered by close family to say your connection to the deceased. Mum, Dad, Grandma, Grandad and so on. These letters come on a frame and stand up to be displayed.


Crosses come in different sizes and styles and are often used as a religious symbol.


Loose Heart

Hearts come in a full design or with a hollow centre. These can be of various sizes and used as a symbol of love.

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