How To Make a Trailing Wedding Bouquet

A wedding bouquet complements the bride’s wedding gown.  It adds an element of elegance and femininity to the overall bridal look.  There are many different styles of wedding bouquets to choose from like arm sheaf, nosegay, Biedermeier, cascading and trailing bouquets.

  • Cascading Bouquet - sometimes referred to as the shower or teardrop bouquet is the most formal and traditional of all the bouquets.
  • Trailing Bouquet - is similar to the cascading bouquet but is more tapered.  The trailing bouquet gracefully spills downward from the bride’s hand.  It gives the semblance of a waterfall flowing down towards the ground.  There is usually only one main or central trail.  The top is normally rounded in shape. 

Materials Needed for a Trailing Bouquet

To make a trailing bouquet, you will need the following materials:

1.    Bouquet holder (Oasis foam) with a bent handle
2.    Three sizes of flowers:
  • Main flowers like roses, orchids, lilies or anything with strong, sturdy stems
  • Secondary or smaller flowers such as smaller roses, daisies, irises, freesias
  • Filler flowers like baby’s breath, Queen Ann’s lace, lily of the valley

3.    Greenery or foliage like ferns and ivy
4.    Floral tape and floral wire
5.    Silk ribbon
6.    Scissors
7.    Large vase
8.    Bowl of water


  1. Soak the bouquet holder in a bowl of water.  When totally soaked, place the bouquet holder in a large vase or receptacle on your work table.
  2. Starting with the foliage cut several stems. Insert these to the outer edge of the bouquet holder to create a frame for the bouquet.  Take note that the length of the foliage inserted at the bottom of the bouquet holder will serve as the completed length of the trailing bouquet.  Trim the stems where appropriate.
  3. Cut the main flowers to about 2-3 inches.  Insert one main flower into the center of the foam.  Continue adding main flowers but do not go beyond the foliage.  There should be at least three or five main flowers around the edge.
  4. Cut the secondary flowers.  Insert these between the main flowers.
  5. Cut filler flowers and insert these between the main and secondary flowers.  Make sure to leave a small gap at the bottom of the foam holder.  You will insert the trail here.
  6. Make the trail by taking a piece of floral wire that is no longer than the longest foliage at the bottom of the bouquet holder.
  7. Attach secondary flowers and filler flowers to this wire using floral tape.  The end of this wire should be a small flower or tiny bud.  Make sure to leave a few inches of exposed wire at the top.
  8. Wrap any exposed wire (except the part which you will insert into the foam holder) with more foliage and floral tape.  Insert it into the open space at the bottom of the bouquet holder.  Make sure to push the wire until it comes out of the top part of the holder.
  9. Bend the wire and insert it back into the bouquet holder to hold the trail securely in place.
  10. Finish the trailing bouquet with a silk ribbon tied to the bouquet handle.

Trailing bouquets are elegant, traditional bouquets that go beautifully with any bridal gown.  The variations of this type of bouquet are endless.  With enough practice, you can make your own trailing bouquet that will surely be a wonderful complement to a bride’s ensemble. 


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