There is rarely a more important responsibility for a floral designer than that of communicating final respects on behalf of a friend or family member of a person passed.

About Funerals, Sympathy Flowers and Prices

The purpose of flowers at a funeral is to celebrate life. A tribute to the deceased, they add decoration, beauty, fragrance and life to a sombre event. Flowers are symbolic of love and sympathy and also eternity and immortality. Flowers have played an important role in funeral services and in ancient times, flowers and herbs were used to anoint the body of the deceased and aromatic flowers were used to decorate the burial site. Whether the floral arrangement is formal or informal, it should include a handwritten note, provide comforting words and help lift the spirit of the family of the deceased.

What’s the difference between “funeral flowers” and “sympathy flowers”?

Flowers for the funeral service go directly to the funeral home. These floral arrangements are often large and formal. They provide decoration and serve as a tribute to the deceased. Due to this, they look best in a funeral home and at graveside services. Funeral flowers are usually not addressed to a particular loved one of the deceased but are intended, instead, as a way to pay respect to the deceased themselves.

Sympathy flowers go to the home of the deceased. They should be addressed and sent directly to a loved one of the deceased (family member, friend, acquaintance or business associate) who has suffered a recent loss. They are usually smaller or mid-sized floral arrangements that look good on end tables or used as centrepieces. Plants also make a great sympathy choice because they provide a lasting reminder of your thoughtfulness and serve as a keepsake in memory of the recipient’s loved one.

I just heard the sad news…is it too late to send funeral flowers?

No matter when you hear the sad news, sending flowers is always appropriate. If you still have time, you can choose to send a flower arrangement to the funeral service, or if you already missed the funeral, then you could send a plant or sympathy flowers to the home of the surviving family members.

The most common types of funeral flower arrangements are:

  • Casket sprays (or coffin flowers)
  • Standing funeral sprays (including funeral wreaths)
  • Bouquets

To give you an idea on how much you should pay for funeral flowers, we have also set out their average costs. Ultimately, the cost of funeral flowers will depend on the size of the arrangement, quality, type of flower and the season.


Casket Sprays (Price: $150-$500)

Casket sprays, otherwise known as coffin flowers, are funeral floral arrangements that are specially designed to cover the top of the casket. Due to their positioning they are the most noticeable flowers at a funeral service and can be customised for your loved one in a number of ways, including colour and type of flowers.

Popular options include red roses, white lilies, multi-coloured assortments and Australian natives.

Standing Funeral Sprays (Cost: $75-$350)

Standing funeral sprays are floral arrangements that are displayed upright on an easel or wire stand. They can take a number of different shapes, including:

  • Funeral wreaths
  • Crosses
  • Hearts

Standing funeral sprays are positioned at the front of the funeral service near the casket.

Bouquet of Funeral Flowers (Price: $40-$200)

The final type of funeral flower arrangement is what people are most familiar with as they are used for all occasions – the traditional bouquet. Bouquets can either be presented wrapped in paper or arranged in a vase.

Floral tributes in the way of wreaths and sheaves are the best ways to express your respects & condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. Choosing what to send can be difficult, so to assist our customers we have conveniently categorised our bestselling flowers for each occasion.

We specialise in all aspects of funeral flowers which means we can contact the funeral homes on your behalf and request service and delivery times. We always double-check to ensure the delivery service address and time against the deceased’s name is correct. Calls are made to funeral homes across Melbourne and this information is confirmed before we proceed. Once it is confirmed to be correct we will pre-order your flowers and start making arrangements for logistics and special order requirements – if you have selected a custom design.

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