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.
Budget Issues: Hiring professionals is often considered expensive but there is also a solution for this issue. If your budget is low then experts can give you the best floral decoration without spending too much in unnecessary things. But, in case of amateur chances are high that your most of the budget get wasted in the purchase of needless items and your decoration gets only satisfactory which you don not want after spending thousands of dollars.