Bridal Ikebana Bouquet Award

Award Ceremony: 10 AM - 11 AM, 7 September 2024

Exhibition: 7 & 8 September 2024

Auction:  4 PM - 5 PM, 8 September 2024

Salon, Abbotsford Convent

The Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival aims to promote ikebana to the broader community, showcasing its positive impact. We want to underscore that ikebana artists possess untapped potential for creating captivating commercial floral works. 

Among these, crafting bridal bouquets stands out as one of the most challenging and rewarding ventures. We aspire to provide ikebana artists with the chance to explore this avenue, showcasing their ability to produce high-quality bridal bouquets with a distinct ikebana touch.

Who Can Participate?

Qualified ikebana teachers are invited to enter. They must join our ikebana exhibition and submit their designs or concepts upon application. Accepted applicants will be advised by 10 August 2024.

Entry Fee

Free. Accepted participants can join the competition without charge.

Creation Timeline

Participants are expected to submit their works by 8 pm on Friday 6 September. Submitted works will be displayed in containers.


The winner will receive a certificate and a gift from our sponsor, Metascent (Perfumes worth $150). Being recognized as the recipient of the Bridal Bouquet Award at the Melbourne Ikebana Festival holds significant prestige for any ikebana artist.

Judging Process

Four brides-to-be with upcoming weddings within the next year will serve as judges. They will select their favourite works, and each judge will receive a small gift from our sponsor (A bottle of Hanadayori collection perfumes, $55 each). Judging will take place between 9 am and 10 am on Saturday, September 7, 2024.

If your wedding is scheduled after September 8, 2024, and you're interested in being a judge, please reach out to us:

Award Ceremony

The award will be presented during our opening ceremony from 10 to 11 AM on Saturday, September 7.


All bouquets will be auctioned at Salon starting from 4 PM on Sunday, September 8 (after the Hana-Awase performance). The funds raised will cover the running costs of the Wa festival.