Funeral Flowers FAQ

At such a sad time, we know choosing Funeral Flowers and all the little details for planning a funeral can feel overwhelming. So to help make things a little easier, we have put together some Frequently Asked Questions about Funeral Flowers which may help answer your queries and give you lots of useful information.

How do I order Funeral Flowers?

Here at Susan’s Flower Shop in Devon we understand ordering funeral flowers can feel stressful. So there are several ways you can choose and order funeral flowers to best suit you.

  • Browse our online Funeral Flowers collection for ideas of designs and place your order through the website.
  • Give us a call on 01803 556595 and chat to one of our lovely florists about the funeral flowers you want.
  • Pop in to see us at our Paignton flower shop - find us at 12/14 Hyde Road. We can talk over a cup of tea about flowers, colours and style you want for the funeral flowers.

For family members looking to order the main funeral flowers, we can also offer a home consultation if you are local to us. This means we can come at a time that suits you, and in the comfort of your own home we can look through examples of floral designs and choose the finest farewell flowers for your loved one. Please contact us to arrange a home consultation.

What Funeral Directors can you deliver to?

As a long-established florist in Paignton, Susan's Flower Shop has built up many strong relationships with local funeral directors in the Torbay area. We can deliver funeral flowers to:


To make the process as easy as possible for you, we can arrange delivery of your funeral flowers direct to a chosen funeral directors, church or crematorium on the day. Delivery of funeral flowers is free of charge within the Torbay area.

How much notice do you need for funeral flowers?

We understand that time can be limited, so we have some funeral flower designs such as Wreaths and Posies which are available to order for next day delivery. For more bespoke funeral tributes we ask for as much notice as possible, with a minimum of 5 working days preferred, to allow us time to source and create the unique floral tribute design.

What details will you need?

There are some basic details required for the funeral flowers, to ensure we can create and deliver them safely.

  • Date and time of funeral
  • Name of deceased
  • Name & Address of the funeral directors, church or crematorium the flowers to be sent to.
  • Message for the card
  • Preferred colours or flowers to use

Which flowers are best for funeral flowers?

Some of the most popular flowers to use for funeral tributes include;

  • Lilies. The white lily is most commonly associated flower for funerals as they symbolise innocence and sympathy.
  • Roses. A beautiful flower available in many colours, white roses symbolising purity, red roses symbolising love and yellow symbolising friendship.
  • Carnations. A long-lasting flower with very subtle scent and array of colours, making Carnations a great choice for arrangements.

However if your loved one had a favourite flower such as tulips, daffodils, dahlias or sunflowers, or a favourite colour, then let our florists know and we can include this where possible. It can be so lovely to incorporate a favourite flower or colour in the funeral design to make it more personal.

What is a bespoke funeral tribute?

A bespoke funeral tribute is a one-of-a-kind floral design, created by our expert florists especially for your loved one. This might represent their beloved football team shirt, letters to spell out a name or nickname, a hobby or pastime, favourite food or a special memory. We use fresh flowers, foliage and accessories such as ribbon to create these special tributes in 2D or 3D. Due to the detailed work required for a bespoke funeral tribute, we ask for 5 working days notice when ordering if possible. 

You can view some examples of past designs our talented florists have created of bespoke floral tributes here.

Susan’s Flower Shop has over 50 years’ experience creating bespoke funeral tributes and funeral flowers. It is an honour for us to design such personal flowers to help you say farewell, and we take every care when creating the tribute and ensure the flowers are safely delivered to the funeral home or crematorium.

What funeral flower design should I pick?

There is no right or wrong when choosing funeral flowers, as it is such a personal choice. Generally we would recommend that bigger funeral tributes such as coffin sprays, letter tributes and bespoke tributes are ordered by close family.

Posies, wreaths and sheaves are a good option for friends and colleagues to send for funeral flowers.  All our funeral flowers are sent with a message card, so you can include some lovely words and who the flowers are from.

If you have any questions whilst trying to decide which funeral flowers to pick, please get in touch with Susan’s Flower Shop team – we are here to help.