Designing an arrangement begins with the vase!
In this picture, I selected four examples of vases. Starting from the left is a budvase, a fluted bubble bowl, a large rose vase, and a straight budvase.
Many people do not realize the information a designer needs to make a simple choice. What is the occasion? What is the design? How stable do the flowers need to be? How big a vessel is needed to hold the amount of water needed for the arrangement?
A budvase is used for blooms with long stems. These usually are roses or carnations. The sample on the left with the ballooned base is most often used with multiple stems. This budvase holds no more than three stems. The straight budvase on the right is usually used with single blooms. The water of the vase assists in keeping the arrangement stable.
A rose vase is a tall, large vase the usually holds one dozen roses. The vase is tall and holds a vast amount of water to feed the roses. I take waterproof tape and make a crisscross on the top of the vase. This keeps the roses from shifting in the arrangement. The shape of the vase contributes to showing each bloom of the arrangement.
This example of the bubble bowl is fluted. Many bubble bowls have a clean edge. This creates a truer bubble shape. This vases are perfect for tulips. Many times the stems are less rigid. The vase allows the stems to lay lower on the vase.
In my opinion, these are the most popular styles used by many professionals. These vases are found most often on the shelves of the shop.