Here is a Quick Guide to Sending Funeral Flowers for Sydney Locals

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The death of a loved one is undeniably a difficult and heart-wrenching experience in life. To show sympathy and solidarity during a time of grieving, we show our deepest condolences in many ways.

One of them is to have flowers delivered to a residence, funeral home or chapel.

A beautiful floral arrangement expresses heartfelt sympathy to grieving friends and family members know they are not alone during these difficult times. It’s not often that we send out sympathy flowers.

Flowers forever convey compassion, warmth, and hope to anyone who receives them. In this day and age, flowers not only honour the life and work of those who have sadly passed on, but they also provide comfort to those left behind.

You have a few choices when it comes to choosing the right type of sympathy flowers or funeral floral arrangements to accurately express your feelings, too.

 

Here are some useful pointers for sending sympathy flowers:

 

·     Funeral Floral Baskets

A funeral basket is a floral arrangement that comes in a myriad of shapes and sizes. They can be delivered directly to a funeral home where the wake is held, to a chapel during religious service, or to the grieving family’s home.

A floral basket is a general type of floral arrangement that is appropriate to be sent out at any time during a deceased’s memorial period.

 

·     Standing Sprays

Standing sprays are condolence flowers that are featured on a vertical base or easel. They are typically displayed near the casket and are sent to funeral homes during the wake or viewing period. The standing sprays may also be transported to the church during religious ceremonies before burial at the cemetery.

 

·     Wreaths

Wreaths come in all shapes and sizes. They are beautiful floral arrangements that are placed near a casket. The circular shape of funeral wreaths is a lovely representation of eternal life. You may also choose floral arrangements in the shape of funeral crosses that symbolise faith or in the shape of a heart which represents love. Funeral wreaths, hearts and crosses are usually delivered to the funeral home during the wake or to a gravesite during burial.

 

Express your message of love and sympathy to family and friends when they need them the most. Send a beautiful flower arrangement today by calling us on 02 9871 1666.

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Buy Local for Longer Lasting Flowers

When you make any purchasing decisions, what is most important to you?

Some people like to know where a product is grown,  how it was sourced…and with that I guess comes a domino affect of how the workers may have been treated and what conditions they work under. An article posted on Telesur details shocking working conditions where workers clock some 84 hours a week through busy periods, in flower factories near Bogata, Columbia.

The Project for International Accompaniment and Solidarity (PASO) visited the townships where the flowers were grown and conditioned, interviewing workers. Findings included union busting, sexual harassment of female workers and work related disabilities.

“Today, a flower is not produced with sweetness but with tears. Our product is used to express beautiful feelings throughout the world, but we are treated very poorly,” a flower sector employee from Facatativa said as quoted in the report.

With so many of flowers now imported and sourced from areas outside of Australia, it is understandable that we often do not have the whole picture. But, the reason so many of the imported products have become so widely and readily available is the demand. And the demand has been increased by the low cost of the product.

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In an ideal world, it would be lovely to know that all our products were grown locally, by small businesses, and that by supporting a local business you were supporting several families. But I know that the reality is that every household has a budget, and people are making buying decisions based on their budget (as well as a whole host of other factors).

In many areas of our lives, people are beginning to be more conscious with their purchasing decisions. They are choosing to spend more, perhaps less frequently on quality products made or sourced ethically. What that means though is that often they choose NOT to purchase from brands renowned for poor working conditions.

It has also become more popular to source local foods, and patronise growers markets. Part of this is understanding seasonal produce, and buying what is best at a particular time of year. Part of this is ensuring we are eating fresh food from local suppliers. Why are we buying asparagus from Peru? I mean, how old is that ‘fresh’ asparagus by the time we eat it?

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In that way, understanding what flowers are available naturally at a particular time of year, will help you determine what is local and what is imported. Imported stock can be substantially cheaper than locally grown items, and many imported varieties of flowers are now, no longer grown in Australia 🙁

If we are to reduce our carbon footprint, we need to adopt the same standards we hold to other purchases, to flowers. If we pay a little bit more (due to higher wages in Australia) we can ensure that the money is kept in our economy. We can also ensure a higher level of commercial standards, and safe practise. We can also be sure of the freshness of the produce we are buying. To me this is one of the most important factors when considering flower purchases. Let’s face it, flowers are a perishable item, so many consider them to be a luxury. What is more disappointing than buying flowers that are not fresh and do not last. But the reality is when you buy imported products, there is really no way to know, how long ago they were cut, packed, transported and then slowly made their way from the tarmac, and into customs, before being released.

My vote is for local. And my belief is that our purchases determine our future. If we continue to support imported stock, local growers in operation will  continue to decline and our industry will suffer. By buying seasonal, local produce, your blooms will be more beautiful and last longer….why would you consider anything else? 😉

Fwf x

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Tips to Choose Flowers Before Calling a Wedding Florist in Sydney

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Flowers are an important part of weddings. Not only are they a traditional element of wedding aesthetics, but they help in expressing the personality and creativity of the soon-to-be married couple.

The task of choosing wedding flowers is generally entrusted to the bride. It is an enjoyable activity that requires thorough planning and coordination with a reputable Sydney florist. Hiring an expert florist will make wedding flowers selection less daunting to the bride.

 

Here are helpful tips that will help you get started in selecting flowers for your wedding:

 

–      Identify your personal preferences and favourites

There are no special rules to follow when it comes to selecting flowers for a wedding. It’s your special day so you can choose whatever flowers you prefer to walk down the aisle with. Although this is the case, it’s also equally important to choose flowers that complement your existing wedding colour scheme as well as budget.

 

·     Minimalist Beauty

Less is always more. Flowers are not the focal point of your wedding ceremony and neither should they be the centre of attention at the reception. Flowers add to the festive mood of the wedding venue and reception halls but should not be the star of the occasion.

 

·     Strategic Arrangement is Crucial 

Good positioning and placement of flowers in combination with affordable foliage is an excellent way to create an illusion that you have more flower decorations that you actually do.

 

–      Determine your budget

Before you start shopping for wedding flowers, you need to have a budget and stick to it. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on the floral bouquets and arrangements for the venue in order to make your wedding memorable. You have to be smart in selecting flowers so you don’t go over the budget.

Talk to your florist and be honest not only about your preferences but also about how much you have set aside for wedding flowers. This will be helpful in setting a realistic budget and finding beautiful flowers at the same time.

Let us make your day extra memorable with our expertise wedding flowers. Book an appointment with us by calling our direct line on 02 9871 1666 today.

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Choosing the Right Corporate Flowers Sydney for Every Occasion

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One challenging activity that entrepreneurs face is selecting the right gifts for suppliers, partners, and clients. Sending corporate gifts is a tradition that many companies still observe and is an integral element in maintaining good relations with other businesses.

There are a few important things that business owners should consider when giving clients, suppliers, and partners gifts. It can be tricky to choose the perfect gift, but it is undeniable that sending corporate flowers along with special gifts are an excellent way to retain clients, partners, and customers.

When sending out corporate flowers and arrangements to Sydney businesses, here are some things that you need to remember:

 

 

  • Signed a deal?  send them flowers!

 

When you sign a successful deal with a client, a memorable gift that symbolises appreciation is a lovely flower bouquet or floral arrangement. This should be coupled with personalised gift items that are useful to intended recipient.

 

  • Have flowers delivered during major business milestones

Corporate flowers should be a staple in a professional’s career milestone. Boosting morale at the workplace may be as simple as sending employees flower bouquets for each year worked in your company. Using corporate floral arrangements to celebrate an important milestone in your company such as closing a major deal also raises productivity as well as confidence among employees.

 

  • Beautiful token of appreciation

An excellent way to express your appreciation for maintaining a solid relationship with clients, suppliers, investors, and employees is to send them a token of appreciation. They have invested time, money, effort, and hard work into making your business profitable, organised, and productive, too.

If you are going to send corporate flower arrangements to a team rather than send gifts individually, pick flower species and shades that are gender-neutral. You can add a gift basket with your floral arrangement and included wines, cheeses, chocolates and other treats to make them more appealing to recipients.

To check out beautiful corporate flower arrangements, simply give us a ring on 02 9871 1666 today.

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The Best Flower Delivery Carlingford- Ideas for a Newborn Flower Arrangement

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One of the most exciting moments in a woman’s life is childbirth. The lives of a man and woman are forever changed with the arrival of a newborn into the world. And what better way to recognise the birth of a baby than to present the happy couple and their newborn with fresh, beautiful flowers?

Flower delivery for a new baby is a brilliant gift idea if a relative or close friend has recently undergone childbirth. The same-day flower delivery idea is the perfect present that you can send out to your future godchild, too! If this is your first time ordering from a Cherrybrook flower delivery florist, here are some important pointers that you need to remember.

 

What are the best selling flowers for mothers and their newborn babies?

It is important to pick the right type of flowers for bouquets, especially when you are planning to give them to a mother who has just delivered her child.  Before you buy a bouquet online, there are certain rules to follow. Here are some of them:

 

 

  • Avoid delicate and aromatic flowers

 

You will be tempted to choose colourful and fragrant flower arrangements. Although attractive, flowers that are delicate and aromatic wilt and die faster than other flower varieties. Your goal is to present flowers that can last longer so that the mother can put them on display at the hospital, and eventually at home.

Carnations are the perfect blooms for new babies and their mothers. They feature beautiful ruffled petals and an aroma that may be irritating to the recipients.

If you want a more unique flower selection, why not pick same-day flower delivery of Gerber daisies? This flower variety comes in a wide range of colours and is cheaper than other flower selections.

 

 

  • Flower arrangement colour schemes

 

The colour scheme when choosing flower arrangements for newborn babies is predictable; pink for baby girls and blue for baby boys. You can spice things up by choosing non-traditional colours that are still related to the gender of the baby. Purple and white are also good flower colours for baby girls, while green and red flowers may also be presented to mothers of newborn boys. You may also opt for non-gender specific flower arrangements if you want to go elegant and colourful with your gift.

 

 

  • Add a little extra 

 

Besides flowers, you may ask the florist near you to add extra gift items to you order. A stuffed toy or other baby toys are ideal extras that you can include in the gift basket. Chocolates and other comfort food items are also excellent additions that mothers will surely appreciate.

 
You can never go wrong with a thoughtful flower arrangement and a gift basket. For enquiries, you may call us on 02 9871 1666 today.

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A Brief Guide on Flower Delivery Parramatta for Men

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It has been customary for men to send flowers to women. But did you know that you can also give men flowers on special occasions. The act of sending men flowers is a romantic gesture that women can give to the special men in their lives.

Surprise your man by ordering flowers delivery in Sydney during special moments and events.

 

 

  • Succulents

 

If you want to send a flower arrangement that will appeal to men, consider succulents. They are not necessarily flowers, but they function the same way if your intention is to transmit well wishes to the recipient. They come in various shapes and sizes and can survive for many months when provided with adequate care and attention.

 

 

  • Anthurium 

 

Anthurium is an excellent flower option for men due to its gender-neutral quality. The bold red shade of the flower in combination with the glossy green leaves is perfect for men with vibrant personality.

 

 

  • Sunflowers

 

A thoughtful form of showing your affection to your husband or partner is by sending him a bouquet of brightly-coloured sunflowers. These are wonderful flowers for decoration as they are low maintenance and last a long time when given proper care and adequate exposure to sunlight.

 

 

  • Orchids

 

Another bold and unique flower variety that you can send the special man in your life is the orchid. You can include them as part of a bouquet or send them as a potted plant. Orchids come in a wide range of colours. Their exquisite beauty makes them the perfect décor to a bachelor’s pad.

 

If you wish to learn more about flower arrangements for men, give us a call today! You can reach us on 02 9871 1666 today.

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How to Choose the Best Wedding Florist in Sydney

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A wedding is not complete without flowers. From the flower arrangements at the altar to the bouquet and the flower centerpieces at the reception tables, flowers play an integral part in making a wedding special and unforgettable.

 

If you are planning your wedding, picking a florist will be one of your main concerns. It may be tempting to simply pick the first affordable wedding florist in Sydney but bear in mind that your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. You need to be more discerning when choosing the florist that will assist you in putting up uniquely beautiful flower bouquets and arrangements for your dream wedding.

 

When looking for a Sydney wedding florist, here are some guidelines to follow:

 

•    Ask for their portfolio

When choosing from the long list of the best wedding florists in Sydney, it is important that you truly appreciate their aesthetics and signature style. Finding a florist with an aesthetic that you already love will make it easier to come up with a wedding bouquet and arrangement that will match your tastes as well as the overall theme of your wedding.

 

•    Choose a wedding florist who understands your needs, budget, and vision

It is a difficult task to pick the best wedding florist as Sydney has a long list of talented floral designers. However this being the case, it is best to work with one who understands your vision, preferences, and budget. Choose a florist who can translate your vision into reality with their signature style. Work with a florist who is willing to mix your creative vision for flower arrangements with their existing design style. A florist who listens and adapts well to limitations in terms of budget is also ideal so you don’t end up compromising the quality of the design due to limited funds.

 

•    Book your florist as early as you can

The best wedding florist in Sydney is typically booked by clients a few months before their scheduled wedding date. If you don’t want to end up with an empty and dull venue and reception, it is best to schedule your appointment with a florist 4 to 6 months before the big day.

 
For affordable wedding flower packages from the most reliable Sydney-based florist, do not hesitate to contact us on 02 9871 1666 today.

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Comparison in the Thief of Joy

In business, hell, in life in general, it is all to easy to start comparing yourself to someone you think is doing it better. In appreciating that someone is doing something well, it is all to easy to start thinking you are somehow failing.

Recently I have read some pieces about what is dubbed “the scarcity mindset or mentality”. In a nutshell it is the belief that there will never be enough for everyone, whether we are talking about money, food, business…. This way of thinking keeps you operating competitively, and being reactive rather than proactive, and sometimes resentful of others success as you believe that it takes opportunity from you.

The opposite of this is the abundance mindset: the ability to look at things optimisticly, be genuinely happy for others successes as the central belief is there is enough for everyone. How can we keep ourselves thinking abundantly in business?

What sparked the idea of this blog was a conversation I heard recently about a business doing some market research on some local competitors. The business that had been unknowingly “researched” was angry, outraged and questioning the other business’ integrity.

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The assumption was that the business who was doing the research was being lazy; trying to see how the other business quoted rather than do the hard yards themselves….Perhaps because they didn’t have the skill level to do it themselves….

Many years ago, I had something similar happen to me. A ‘customer’ came in for a wedding quote. We spent time going through her theme, making suggestions as to what would be in season, what would be beautiful and how we could create the aesthetic that she was after.

Needless to say, this quote never became a booking…although we never really knew why. Some time later I then went on to run the company that had ‘researched’ us. I went through a series of files from the research they had conducted. It was not an attempt to ‘steal’ our quoting formula, or our consultation technique,  it instead looked at all the things we did well, and the things they felt were lacking in our meetings. It did the same for each of the businesses that had been observed. It felt thorough, and impartial.

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Truthfully, I think this is smart business. While many businesses would be up in arms that they had their time wasted on a job that would never come to fruition, perhaps it is those businesses that would most benefit from conducting some research of their own.

You need to know what your competition does well….not so you can emulate it,  but so you can better understand your target customer. You can also take a moment to appreciate the things that you are doing well, and congratulate your team on what they are excelling at. Let’s face it, each business has its own strengths and weaknesses, and someone will choose to book with you based on what you offer to them that appeals. By the same token, they will choose not to book with you should someone’s style, business approach and pricing etc appeal to them more. This is where it is hard not to feel criticised, but really, you cannot please everyone. Find your niche, and do you, well.

They say that ‘Comparison is the thief of joy’. Businesses are as different as a Rose is to a tulip. Comparing the two, and expecting the same from both, is pointless.

I know that we appreciate our customers, and the loyalty they show to our family business. We don’t do everything, we can’t….but we try to do what we do, well.

Thanks for your support as always 😉

Fwf x

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The Basic Etiquette for Sympathy Flowers Delivery for Beginners

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What type of flowers do you send to a loved one who recently passed away? This might be the first question that comes into mind when it comes to funeral flowers.

 

When choosing what kind of flowers to send as a sign of sympathy and unity, it is important to be aware of important funeral flowers etiquette. There is a set of rules that shoppers like you need to comply when sending flowers to a viewing, burial or to the home of bereaved family members.

 

In this post, we will enumerate some of the rules when selecting flower arrangements for a bereaved friend or family member. Etiquette focuses on utmost consideration with our emotions and that of others. To make your feeling of sympathy feel genuine to recipients here are things you should never forget:

 

 

  • Know the difference between sympathy and funeral flowers

 

Funeral flowers are floral arrangements that you send to a funeral or memorial event.

 

The destination of sympathy flowers is always the home of bereaved family members.

 

 

  • The type of flower arrangement will depend on your association with the deceased

 

Your relationship with the deceased also dictates the type of flower arrangement that you should have delivered, too.

 

Casket sprays are usually purchased by the living spouse or an immediate family member. The spray is installed on top of the casket as tribute. Inside casket flower arrangements are also purchased by spouses and family members for the deceased.

 

If a relative or a close friend passed away, the types of flower arrangements that you can have delivered are funeral flowers with stand, wall spray, centerpiece arrangements, and sympathy flowers.

 

If the deceased is an acquaintance, the types of flower arrangements that you can have delivered are wall sprays, centerpiece arrangements, flowering plants, a bouquet of cut flowers.

 

 

  • Consider the religious affiliation of the deceased 

 

The style of funeral flowers and sympathy flowers should also be considered based on the religious affiliation of the bereaved. Here are a few guidelines:

  • White is an ideal colour of flowers for funeral arrangements if you are going to have them delivered to the deceased with Catholic, Protestant, or Orthodox Christian affiliations.
  • If you are going to send sympathy flowers and standing wreaths for a deceased person and his or her family that are part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, avoid sending flower arrangements with crucifixes.
  • For a Buddhist loved one or friend who passed on, you may send any type of flower arrangement, but do avoid sending sympathy flowers or wreaths that are red in colour.

 

To check our more etiquette and tips when sending flowers at funerals, give us a call now on 02 98711666 today.

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Tips to Remember when Choosing Birthday Flowers Delivery

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It is true that sending flowers to a loved one on his or her birthday is not the most unique gift, but it is a traditional gesture to show them your love and care. The vibrant hues of petals and the elegant arrangement will surely make them smile on their special day. But if the idea of sending flowers to a loved one, family members or friends just dawned on you recently, you are most likely clueless as to which flowers to send a birthday celebrant.

 

This article will serve as a guide on how to pick the perfect flower arrangements for special people in your life during their birthdays!

 

 

  •  Birth month corresponds to specific flower varieties

 

 

Different types of flowers are associated with the 12 months of the year. Find out which flowers apply under the birth month of the recipient. You may ask the florist for this information or you may check out the short guide below:

 

January – Carnation

February- Primrose and Violet

March- Jonquil and Daffodil

April- Sweet Pea and Daisy

May- Hawthorn and Lily of the Valley

June- Honeysuckle and Rose

July- Water Lily and Larkspur

August- Poppy and Gladiolas

September- Morning Glory and Aster

October- Cosmos and Calendula

November- Chrysanthemum

December- Holly and Narcissus

 

 

  • Find out their favourite flowers

 

 

Knowing what flowers your recipients like will take the guesswork out of ordering a flower arrangement. By taking the preferences of your recipient into account, you are guaranteed to further brighten the day of your loved one.

 

How can I send flowers for birthdays?

 

You can get in touch with a reputable florist in your community. An experienced florist may also assist you in coming up with a unique flower arrangement based on your budget, preference or that of the birthday celebrant.

 

Call us now for unique and memorable flower arrangements today! You may reach us on            02 9871 1666 today.

 

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