It’s perfect for a bridal bouquet because of the cascading flower arrangement.If you want a lush design, buying your bouquet can be expensive.Making your own cascading bouquet can be a great way to save money on your wedding.All you need is a bouquet holder and some flowers.
Step 1: Pick a long-stemmed flower for your bouquet.
It is more elegant to have one main flower repeated throughout the bouquet.You can choose any flowers you want, but make sure the stems are long enough to reach the bouquet holder.White or red roses are an option for a wedding bouquet.Other popular flowers include stargazer lilies, peonies, anemones, and ranunculus.It’s up to you if you want to use the same color for your primary bloom or an assortment of shades.If you want to narrow down your options, think about how each flower would look against your dress.An ornate flower like a hydrangea could give a pretty contrast to a very simple gown.You could choose a flower with special significance to you, like the first flower your fiancée ever gave you or a bloom that reminds you of a loved one.
Step 2: The stems of smaller flowers should be added.
To make your bouquet look full, you need to tuck smaller flowers around the primary blooms.If you want a more diverse bouquet, you can use more than one flower.Just as with your primary blooms, look for flowers with stems that are at least 6 in.Calla lilies, lavender, spray roses, hypericum, and orchids are good options for accent flowers.You can choose accent blooms that are the same color as your primary flower, or choose a coordinating color to add contrast to your bouquet.If you want, you can use multiple colors of accent blooms.
Step 3: There are 10 long sprays of greenery.
You will need several long pieces that drape from the center of the bouquet as far down as you want it to reach in order to shape the cascade bouquet.For an average-sized cascade bouquet, about 8–10 in (20–25 cm) will be long enough, but if you want a dramatically long cascade, you may want it to be even longer.You can use any greenery that is in season.
Step 4: If you want to close any gaps, use baby’s breath or ferns.
You may need to use small, delicate sprays to fill in any gaps since you will be creating a cascade bouquet on a form.You want the focus to be on your bouquet, not the holder.Baby’s breath is so delicate that it won’t detract from your primary blooms, so you can also use any other small flowers, ferns, or additional greenery.Queen Anne’s lace, snapdragons, silver ragwort, delphinium, and poms are some of the filler flowers.
Step 5: The bouquet holder needs to be submerged in warm water.
A bouquet holder has a long handle and a round area on top where you place the flowers.Before you arrange your bouquet, place the top of the holder upside-down in a pitcher or bowl of warm water.The foam on the top of the bouquet holder absorbs water to keep the flowers fresh.Place the holder in the water.If air bubbles form inside the Oasis, don’t push it down into the water.Wherever craft or floral supplies are sold, you can find bouquet holders.
Step 6: The vase has a bouquet holder in it.
Lift the holder out of the water and transfer it to a vase to keep it secure.You will need your hands free to work with the flowers, so make sure you use a heavy vase with a secure base that won’t tip over while you’re creating your bouquet.If you have a stand for your bouquet holder, you can use it.If the vase isn’t heavy enough, add rocks or marbles to it.
Step 7: There are 2 long greenery stems in the holder.
Put your 2 longest pieces of greenery in the bottom of the bouquet holder.Push the bottom of the stems into the gaps or foam in the holder until they feel secure.Next, add the rest of your greenery, cutting it if necessary so it is shorter at the top and the bottom.It will be hard for you to hold the bouquet if it is too long on the top.
Step 8: There is greenery around the top and sides of the holder.
To make the bouquet look symmetrical, you need to have a few short pieces of greenery around the holder, as well as sticking up from the top back.An upside-down shape that is rounded at the top and full on the sides will come to a narrow point.The greenery on the sides and top should be a little shorter than your flowers, unless you have a few pieces you want to showcase.
Step 9: Put your primary blooms in order.
Place your largest, prettiest flowers in the center of your arrangement as the focal point, then work the remaining flowers all the way around the bouquet holder.The flowers should be arranged so they point straight up, the blooms around the holder are horizontal, and the stems are pointing downward.As you arrange the flowers, you should put a few on the top, then some in the sides and so on.The stems interlock in a grid pattern, which will help prevent the flowers from falling out of your bouquet.The flowers should be spread evenly throughout the bouquet.The flowers are cascading down if it isn’t symmetrical.
Step 10: The shortest flower stems should be on top and the longest on the bottom.
As you arrange your bouquet, use a pair of shears to trim the stems to the length you want.The stems on the bottom of your bouquet should be the longest, with medium-length stems in the middle of the arrangement and the shortest blooms on top.You may not need to trim the stems on the bottom of the bouquet if you want them to be 2–3 in at the top.If you want to personalize your bouquet, it is best to trim your flowers one at a time.Cut the flowers on the top and middle so they extend past the greenery when trimming the stems.The thicker the stems, the easier it will be to insert them into the bouquet holder.
Step 11: Your primary blooms should be surrounded by accent flowers.
You can start filling in the body of your bouquet with accent flowers once you have your greenery and primary blooms arranged.Continue adding flowers to the top and sides of the bouquet, criss-crossing the stems to secure them.It is important that you place your accent flowers evenly throughout the bouquet in order to make it look full.
Step 12: With baby’s breath or greenery, fill in any gaps.
If you want to cover up any gaps that are left, look at the bouquet from the top, front, and sides.Depending on the size of the blooms you used and how close they are to each other, you may only need a few sprays.You should buy more than you think you need because baby’s breath is cheap and delicate.This will ensure the bouquet holder isn’t visible in your wedding photographs, and it also helps secure the grid you made that’s holding the larger stems in place.
Step 13: If you need your flowers, keep them in a cool place.
You should assemble your bouquet no later than 1 day before you need it.If you don’t have a floral cooler, you’ll need to find a cool place to keep your flowers, like a shaded, out-of-the-way corner in a bedroom.
Don’t put your bouquet in the fridge.The flowers will be affected by the humidity.If you have to make a bouquet more than a day ahead of time, you can either choose artificial flowers or choose something more traditional.The water in the vase needs to be changed every day.Adding 1 drop of bleach to the water will kill anybacteria and slow down the decomposition process.