How to Create a Bridal Spray Bouquet

Updated April 17, 2017

A spray bouquet or cascading bouquet is a floral arrangement that bears a bundle of flowers at the hand with a long trailing spray of flowers cascading downward. You can easily create one of these dramatic bouquets for your wedding to lend your ensemble a feminine touch. You can use whatever flowers and greenery you want to make your bouquet blend in with any colours associated with the ceremony. This bouquet uses fresh flowers for the most natural and organic feel.

Soak a fresh flower foam bouquet holder in water and professional flower food. The food and water will keep the flowers fresh throughout your wedding.

Fill the vase with heavy pebbles and push the handle of the bouquet holder into the pebbles. The handle should be pointing down and away from you with the head facing you.

Arrange six pieces of greenery around the edge of the holder with one each pointing to 12 o'clock, 1:30, 4:30, 6, 7:30 and 10:30.

Place the shortest piece of greenery at the 12 o'clock position. The 1:30 and 10:30 pieces should be the same length as each other and slightly longer than the first piece. Lengthen the 4:30 and 7:30 pieces the same way, and use a very long piece at the 6 o'clock mark.

Cut the 6 o'clock piece to whatever length you want the spray to end at. This greenery is the skeleton of the bouquet.

Fill in the perimeter of the holder using more greenery. Shape the edges of the greenery to create an upside down teardrop shape.

Place the central or largest flowers into the centre of the holder. Adjust the positioning so the flowers angle up and down from the middle.

Spread out the filling flowers around the central flowers in an outward, sunburst pattern. The direction of the flowers should follow the same pattern as the greenery.

Fill in the gap around the central flowers and the outer edge of flowers. These flowers should be tilted slightly between lying horizontally and standing vertically.

Insert the accent flower and miniatures between the small gaps in the flowers and greenery. Vary the lengths of the accent and keep them slightly longer than the flowers.


Add pearls, beads and other embellishments to draw your bouquet into the theme of your wedding.


Do not leave untreated fresh flowers out before making the bouquet or they will shrivel and wilt.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh flower foam bouquet holder with slanted handle
  • Professional flower food
  • Vase
  • Heavy pebbles
  • Long greenery
  • Large, central flowers
  • Accent flowers such as baby's breath
  • Miniature flowers
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Based in New York, Ann Sofer has been writing travel- and political-related articles since 2004. Her work has appeared in the “ASTA” and “Red Herring” magazines. It has also appeared in various online publications. Sofer received the Lilly M. Fuchs Literary Award in 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Science in English from Missouri State University.