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.
The goal for a designer is to create arrangements that meet customer requirements. This will ultimately help to minimize or eliminate any negative judgements. To reinforce this point, the most important element that a designer must take into account is designing to the customer requirements. Other skills that help a flower designer to receive positive ratings are having a passion for flowers,and combining that love with lots of creativity and artistic talents to design incredible floral arrangements.