What are Floral Wreaths?
Floral Wreaths are rings made out of flowers, leaves, twigs that can be used for funerals or for just door decoration. In most countries, wreaths are used for door decoration or mantle decorations and are mostly used during Christmas time. The Christmas Wreath symbolizes the strength of life overcoming the forces of winter. In ancient times wreaths hung on doors symbolized victory and celebration. This is one of the reasons it is still hung on doors today. Most of these wreaths are made of exotic flowers.
Wreaths are also used during funerals which are usually placed on the grave or on the casket. The funeral wreaths have usually pale colors such as yellows or whites and could sometimes bear flowers with a slight fragrance. A funeral wreath symbolizes a touching tribute to the deceased. They are sometimes even presented on a freestanding easel.
In India wreaths are usually sent only for funerals and they are mostly white in color. Wreaths are widely used by Christians in India and you would rarely see any other religious group using a wreath.
Flowers used in wreaths widely are Lilies. White Lilies are usually considered the go-to funeral flower and there’s a significant meaning behind this strongly aromatic flower. Lilies suggest that the soul of the deceased has returned to the state of innocence and peacefulness.
Roses are another common flower that are used for funeral wreaths. White Roses are the ultimate symbol of spirituality, purity and innocence. Yellow roses are often given by friends to show their bond. Orchids are another popular choice when making wreaths. Their delicate touch and swaying posture add a beautiful abstract touch to the wreath design. Most of these wreaths will have flowers that provide a background to the structure and these flowers are none other than chrysanthemums. Most of the wreaths will have white Chrysanthemums to add texture and often white symbolizes innocence.
Other flowers used at wreaths may include Carnations, Gerbera’s, and in some rare cases even Hydrangea’s.
We at May Flower prepare wreaths which are used with a floral sponge so that the flowers can retain the water and when placed, it would last for a couple of days. Most florist’s wreaths do not contain the floral sponge and thus tend to die out in a few hours. We also make Cross’s. These are another variety of a wreah in a shape of a cross having similar white and pale colored flowers. You can find many such designs and flowers that are sent for such occasions on the site under Sympathy section.