Etymologically, the origins of the name Ikebana comes from two Japanese words: ikeru, which means to give or conserve life, and hana, which translates as flower. There is an old Japanese saying relating to Japanese flower arrangement that goes kokoro wo ikeru, which literally means to give life to your heart. In all cultures, nature has always been an essential source for healing of the soul. In Japan, the use of flowers to enrich the spirit has been part of the culture since ancient times. By extension, Ikebana is also considered a form of artistic expression meant to enrich and heal the spirit.
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.