How to make a trailing wedding bouquet

Updated February 21, 2017

A bridal bouquet that has flowers, greenery and ribbons trailing from it is called a cascade bouquet. The cascade bouquet is like a waterfall that cascades down the front of the bridal gown in a stunning effect. You can have a simple cascade with one trail of materials or a series of cascades. The trailing bouquet is generally made in a bouquet holder, which can be found at floral suppliers and many craft stores. You can learn to make a trailing wedding bouquet. This project will take at least an hour and a half to complete.

Shop for flowers. Select the type and colour you want for your trailing wedding bouquet. Hold a bundle of stems in your hands to be sure the mixture is pleasing to you. Add more flowers to the mix to be sure that you have enough for the project.

Prepare bouquet holder. Soak Oasis foam overnight in a bucket of water. Set Oasis or Sahara foam bouquet holder into a vase on a large work surface.

Cut several pieces of greenery to 2 and 3 inches long. Insert stems at the back outer edge of the foam near the bouquet holder.This puts a layer of greenery behind the bouquet flowers.

Cut several main and secondary flower stems at 2 to 3 inches long. Select one beautiful blossom for the centre flower. Insert flower into the centre of the foam.

Add three more main flowers to the front of the foam. Add three to five more main flowers to the outer edge of the foam.

Add secondary flowers between the main flowers. Leave a gap open at the bottom of the foam. The cascading piece will be inserted here.

Continue adding secondary and filler flowers until the gaps between blossoms are filled. Hold the bouquet up to a mirror to check for shape and fullness of the bouquet.

Take an 18-inch piece of florist wire and place on your work surface. Place a stem of a small flower halfway down the wire. Wrap floral tape to secure the stem to the wire.

Add more flower stems by floral taping them securely to the main piece of wire. End the piece with one tiny flower or bud. This may remind you of a thin, elongated corsage.

Make sure to wrap all exposed stems and wire except for the 9 inches of exposed wire at the top. For a more formal wedding bouquet, wrap the stems and wire with white floral tape.

Locate the open area in the bottom of the bouquet foam. Slowly insert the exposed 9 inches of florist wire at the point closest to the plastic cage that holds the foam. Push the wire up through the foam all the way to the back of the top portion.

Bend the end of the wire into a U shape, and feed it back down into the foam over one of the plastic supports in the top of the foam. This will hold the cascade firmly in place. Cut a 15-inch piece of lace or ribbon. Lay it flat on the work surface. Lay a 24-inch piece of ribbon or lace vertically across the centre of the horizontal piece. Add a second 18-inch piece of lace, ribbon, or string of rhinestones or pearl beads.Tie the horizontal 15-inch piece into a tight knot to secure the other pieces. Tie to secure the cascade of ribbons to the bouquet handle.


Make sure the cascade or trailing piece is secure, or it can tear through the bouquet.

Things You'll Need

  • Mass or main flower (roses, carnations, orchids)
  • Small or secondary flowers (daisies, Fuji chrysanthemum poms, asters, irises)
  • Filler flowers (baby's breath, statice, button poms)
  • Bouquet holder: Sahara foam for dry, Oasis foam for fresh flowers
  • Ivy, fern and leather leaf
  • Ribbon or lace
  • Pearl or rhinestone bead sprays
  • Wire cutters for silk flowers
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About the Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for various websites. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.