Friday, August 12, 2011

Classic Cascade Wedding Bouquet

 Early in my career, I had the opportunity to learn how to properly construct a classic cascade bouquet. I then  had the good fortune to have a business that allowed me LOTS of practice. At that time, all wedding work was what Florists called "wired and taped". Meaning that each individual flower had a wire stem that was wrapped in floral tape. All very time consuming. The more accomplished designers were able to create a very precise but flowing design.

Today, time is money but Florists are still called upon to create a custom handmade product. Thank goodness for all the amazing supplies that Floral Designers can utilize for short cuts. And these tools not only speed up the design process but also benefit the longevity of the fragile blossoms. However there is a downside.

It is my opinion that these gadgets are generating designers that are only able to create within a very narrow repertoire. In addition, modern brides love (and purchase) simple hand tied bouquets. We do them every weekend. But I lament that decades of technique is disappearing.

If you are interested in seeing some fabulous wedding bouquets in many classic styles with modern twists, check out Rene Van Rems new book.

It is a humbling experience to "practice" my craft.  Hey, all you newly engaged girls...would you consider a cascade bouquet?


ExistingBike said...

I think they're stunning and so much more flexible with material and design than a hand tied posey.
The 2 yr floral certificate I'm currently doing focuses very heavily on fine wiring and I'm excited about the possibilities it opens up. Dying to get to cascading bouquets!

Rockingham Florist said...

Beautiful work.

I agree that it is important to retain the wire & tape skills and to pass these skills on to the next generation of florists. Even when we use a "bridie holder" we wire the flowers to the cage to be sure they are secure. Just talk to other wedding professionals like photographers and they have plenty of horror stories to tell about poorly made bouquets falling apart as the bride walks down the aisle.