Western style arrangements typically consist of a free form assemblage of flowers in a container. In contrast, Ikebana is more of a disciplined form of art, governed by well_defined rules, principles and techniques. For example, certain precepts regulate elements like the light and the shadows. There is also what is known as the three points of balance _ shin_fuku_tai in Japanese _ which symbolize man, heaven and earth, respectively, and that have to be in harmonious equilibrium in order to give true life to an Ikebana flower arrangement. This and the fact that stems and branches are used in addition to flowers, are perhaps the most obvious differences with western_style flower arrangement.
Planning your bouquet size. You should always plan about the size of your bouquet too. Some brides end up buying very large bouquets that are difficult to manage as well as cost much more. Try selecting the flowers that will look good with your dress and that too in an appropriate number. Make sure how big your bouquet size should be before doing any such purchases. It is not a bad idea to carry even a single flower down the aisle, as the bride looks equally good as with a big bouquet. You can use a daisy, lily, or even a single rose with pearl or lace accents around your bouquet, and this will add a unique touch to your ceremony. Selecting the "in_season" flowers also reduces the bouquet cost as compared to ordering the out_of_season flowers.