Top 7 Flower Arrangement Checklists

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How to Arrange Flower like a Pro

Today we are sharing the flower arrangement tips, especially for beginner florists. This guide is applicable for advanced florists that needed a quick refresher on the fundamentals of flower arrangement. These flower arrangements know-hows are applicable for Wedding, Christmas, Hand-Tied Bouquets, Home-Display, and Funeral.


Color plays a vital part in your floral arrangement, do spend some time to consider the right tone of colors to use. This does not come naturally to some florists. Different colors and combinations of colors bring out different bursts of emotions.

A common trick used is to combine dark and bright flowers, or contrasting colors. Fret not, you can have a look at the source where we like to draw inspiration from, Pinterest. People are generous in their sharing, experience, and their arrangements. Remember to credit them if you find it inspiring!


As a beginner florist, strive to limit your flower varieties to one or two in your flower arrangement. We all know that varieties will garner much excitement in an arrangement, but it can be a double-edged sword that in turn spoil it. Top up with greeneries to add to the variety. There are many greeneries that you can add to enhance the visual attractiveness of your arrangement.


Proportion is all about the relationship between the size of the floral mix that you are creating. You must pay close attention to the proportion of flowers, foliages, and accessories during design. One should not be bigger than another. 


Do not ever confuse scale with proportions. Scale is the relationship of the overall floral design with its surrounding setting, or the so-called “environment”. You do not want a small flower on a huge table. You would want to arrange it in a way that is proportionate with the environment that you are presenting it. Do not forget about the vase or container that houses the flowers.

Rule of thumb for flower arrangement:

  • A good measure of proportions or groupings in arrangements should have groups of an odd-number mix. This will help to visually balance the design so it does not look uncomfortable
  • There are two types of visual arrangements
    • Symmetrical Arrangement: Beginner florist should strive for this. You can achieve this easily by balancing both sides of the arrangement by having a similar quantity, or a mirror effect, to achieve this floral balance.
    • Asymmetrical/Open Arrangement: If you are more experienced, you can try to aim for this arrangement depending on your client type. This arrangement type revolves around your creativity and the ability to incorporate different forms of flower groupings into the mixture yet maintaining its balance. Beware that some people may not appreciate these informal modern floral arrangements.

Harmony and Unity

Another closely knitted concept is the Harmony and Unity of your floral arrangement. As a beginner florist, you might be struggling to understand what combination is pleasing to the eye and what is not. You must strive to create a pleasing combination of the materials, colors, and textures of the floral arrangement.

The combination must display the concept of unity. You have achieved it only when the whole designs become the center of attention. Do not to let individual flower parts outshine the whole arrangement. This is especially important when it comes to theme settings.


Have you come across instances where when you are observing a floral arrangement, and you felt it doesn’t flower smoothly? This is because of a break in the rhythm, causing it to feel displeasing to the eye.

Great arrangements, when observed from a 360 angle perspective, feels smooth and soothing. Always look from different angles when your floral arrangement is ready.

Physical Balance

Physical Balance is especially important when it comes to bouquet arrangements and non-floral arrangement designs (Chocolates, Beer, or Graduation bouquet). It matters a lot to the holder or receiver of the bouquet. The distribution of materials and their weights must balance out. You wouldn’t want the receiver to constantly feel one side of the bouquet is heavier.

Before delivering your flowers, hold it up in many angles, with care, and feel for the weight distribution of the bouquet arrangement. Again, this comes with experience, but relatively easier to grasp once you experience the weights of flowers and foliages.

There you have it! Our checklist for the dear floristas out there that aspire to have their own floral arrangement done up nicely and beautifully.

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