So, let's talk about 2013 and the trends we think will be hitting our bridal magazines really soon! Flowers, flowers everywhere and especially in your hair! Options available to you are flowers made from pure silk. These are usually hand cut, shaped and fixed on to either hair pins or small combs. The great thing about silk is that you get a lovely muted colour that looks amazing for the photographs and you can embellish the centres of the flowers with either Swarovski crystals or even fresh water pearls. You can ask for lace backing that surrounds the flowers giving a deeper, richer look.
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.