Post # 1
I’m new here 🙂 but I’m hoping some of y’all kind folks will be willing to welcome me and help me out on something.
I’m considering making my own (real flowers) cascading bouquet, partly because I am more of a see it/play around with it/like it person than “I have this idea in my head and I can spell out every detail to you” person. Also, I do know I want a more vintage-y, picked out of the garden look. . .which is not as common these days.
I’ve already located a good fresh cut flower source and been informed that I would need to use a bouquet holder with floral foam in it to make a cascading bouquet (and I only want a small one, no dramatic cascade). My question at this point is — how hard is it to make/maintain a bouquet like this and is making it myself likely to save me any appreciable money? I have a very small budget wedding and am not planning on buying many fresh flowers outside of my bouquet, flowers on the cake, and possibly enough for a few vases or one ceremony centerpiece.
I would appreciate any advice, whether yay or nay :-).
Post # 3
Oh, and I should have mentioned that I LOVE greenery and typically called “fillers” like baby’s breath and ferns. . .and tough flowers like carnations I much prefer over orchids. 🙂
Post # 4
There are lots of websites that can help you make one:
And be sure to search Youtube.com for videos, too.
Whenever you are using foam (in this case your bouquet handle will have foam) be sure to wrap each and every flower stem and piece of filler/foliage with floral tape and picks so that they are firmly stuck in the foam.
Having said all that, I am going to have a professional make my own bridal bouquet and I’m going to make the bridesmaid’s bouquets myself. First, I want my bouquet to be a surprise and extra special, so I’m willing to pay for it. I also want it to be sturdy. Bridesmaid bouquets are just sooooo much easier to make, even the pretty ribbon and pearl-pin handles for them are very, very easy. Just my two cents. 🙂
Post # 5
I have not made one, but I think cascading is hard, because you will have to wire the parts that are “cascading” if that makes sense. I would try to do a trial run with one to see if it’s within your abilities.
Also I think it may be difficult to use as much filler as you like because cascading bouquets need to have the bulk of the top part filled out with flowers to cover the foam, and then the filler just “fills,” whereas hand-tied bouquets don’t need to cover anything, if that makes sense.
Cascades also tend to be heavy, FYI.
Will you have time to soak the foam, arrange the bouquet, wire the flowers, etc. the day before? But a florist will charge more for cascading than for hand-tied, so it’s up to you.