To dress up your wedding day, consider creating a traditionally romantic cascading bouquet instead of the more contemporary round bouquet. Gather your flowers and follow these simple steps to create a bridal bouquet that flows from your fingers like a waterfall of flowing blooms. These directions work for cut or silk flowers.
12-15 Medium sized flowers
15-20 Small sized flowers
(Instead of individual stems, you can buy sprays of coordinated flower clusters.)
12-15 stems of greenery
Floral stem wrap
Glue gun&glue sticks
Additional materials for cut flowers:
- Prepare the flowers. If you are using silk flowers, begin with step 2. For cut flowers, cut the floral foam to fit the bouquet holder. Place the foam and bouquet holder upside down on the bowl of water to let the foam soak up some water. Make sure the cut flowers you purchased are fresh and have been treated with a preservative so they will survive for your special event.
- Design the bouquet. Once you have gathered the flowers, experiment with the design of the drape. Consider using one or two medium-sized flowers as the focal point of the cascade, then fill in the others up to the rounded top.
- Secure the cascade stems. After deciding upon the design, lay the longest cascade stems on a table and secure them together using the floral stem wrap. The longest stems should be from 6” to 12” long, depending upon the desired length of the cascade.
- Secure the stems to bouquet holder. Insert the cut stem into the floral foam securely. For silk flowers, use glue on the tip of each flower and hold the stem to the bouquet holder until the glue dries.
- Place the remaining medium-sized flowers. Space the medium-sized flowers throughout the bouquet, balancing the rounded top with the cascade.
- Cut the remaining stems to length. To create a balanced bouquet, cut stems from 6” in length and space them evenly. Once the framework of the larger flowers is designed, secure the stems to the bouquet holder.
- Attach greenery and smaller flowers. Repeat the above steps 3 through 6 for the smaller flowers and greenery. Fill in the design so that the flowers are even and balanced. Be sure to use these accents sparingly. The key is to create a full bouquet without it being too busy.
- Shape the bouquet. Position the flowers so that there is a cluster or rounded grouping at the top above the bouquet holder so that the bouquet has no uneven edges or gaps in the greenery.
- Wrap the taped area and bouquet holder with ribbon. Wrapping with ribbon hides the stem tape, glue and any uneven edges near the bouquet holder and gives the bouquet a nice finish. For an additional decoration, tie a knot in the ribbon at the base of the bouquet holder and let the ribbon drape.
- Refrigerate cut flowers. If you are using fresh cut flowers, be sure to keep them cool for your big day.
Now that you have created a beautiful bouquet, you have dressed up your gown and wedding event. Take the time to enjoy the flowing beauty of your blooms.