In Flower Arrangements, flowers are arranged in a vase or a basket in a way that perks up the environs where it is kept. Flower arrangements can be given as gifts and can also be placed at homes and offices.
There are many types of flower arrangements -- wedding flower arrangements, silk flower arrangements, funeral flower arrangements, edible flower arrangements, dried flower arrangements, fruit flower arrangements, tropical flower arrangements and Ikebana.
Wedding flower arrangements
Wedding flowers arrangements enhance the beauty and add an extra touch of glamour to the decor of the wedding flowers venue. You should consult your florist and decide whether you want fresh flowers or silk flowers. You should also decide which flowers you would want in the arrangements depending on the season and the budget you have set yourself.
You can take a look at various wedding magazines for deciding the type of flower arrangements you want for your wedding. You should also design the flower arrangements keeping in the mind the overall ambience of the wedding venue.
Silk flower arrangements
Though made of silk-like material, silk flower arrangements resemble just like arrangements made of fresh flowers. Only an expert eye can detect the difference between fresh flowers and silk flowers.
Unlike fresh flower arrangements, these arrangements are durable and last for longer periods. With these arrangements, you don't have to worry about wilting of the flowers. Available in all kinds of varieties and colors, these arrangements are, however, a bit costly.
Edible flower bouquet
These are arrangements made in the shape of a bouquet with the help of delicious fruits and yummy chocolates. Strawberries covered with fruit chocolate, vegetable platters and fruit dipped in chocolate are some such examples of edible flower bouquet. It can be a good gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and Valentines Day.
Artificial flower arrangements
The concept of artificial flower arrangements originated in the 18th century in France. There are three types of artificial flower arrangements - clay flower arrangements, soap flower arrangements and cloth and Paper flower arrangements. However, it is the cloth and paper flower arrangements which are more popular. In this type, various fabrics are used to make leaves and flowers. These leaves are tied to a stalk which is made of brass or iron.
Dried flower arrangements
As the name suggests, these arrangements use dried flowers instead of fresh flowers. These arrangements have been in vogue since the 19th century when they were used to decorate homes during winter as one couldn't find fresh flowers at that time. These arrangements give you a chance to explore and express your creativity. It is very necessary that you keep in mind the overall ambience of the room where you plan to keep these arrangements before deciding on the colors of the flowers.
Meaning 'Flowers kept alive', Ikebana is a style of flower arrangement prevalent in Japan. Different symbols are used in Ikebana to portray the relationship between nature and art. Initially, there were three styles in Ikebana -- Shin, Gyo and So. While flowers were arranged in a bronze container atop a teakwood stand in Shin, in Gyo different containers were used to create flowing lines. Baskets, bamboo vases and natural wood containers were used in So to display flowers.
These days, Ikebana is divided into Rikka, Nageire and Shoka. Spherical in shape, Rikka flower arrangement, also known as Standing Flower, is three to five times bigger than the container in which it is kept. Nageire, which means to throw in Japanese, is a casual type of flower arrangement which provides immense opportunities to be creative.
Be it any type of flower arrangement, one thing that binds them together is that they add jazz, life and color to the place where they are kept.