Bouquet Styles: Part 2 – Cascading and Crescent

January 3, 2012
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I hope everyone had a fun, safe and happy New Year! In part one of our bouquet styles series, I went over the different hand-tied bouquets. Now I will dive into two more styles, the cascading and the crescent shaped bouquets. These can also be hand-tied but are known by and named for their shapes.

The cascading bouquet is also known as the shower, the waterfall, the teardrop or the trail bouquet. This style of bouquet is meant to hang or drop down in front of the hand and form an upside down teardrop shape, rounded at top and forming a point at the bottom. Larger bouquets with an exaggerated hang are usual called cascading or waterfall bouquets, while smaller, more structure shapes with a slight drop are usually classified as the teardrop or trail bouquet. Some people think this is an outdated style, Princess Diana carried a cascading bouquet in her early 80′s wedding, but it definitely has it’s place in weddings today. The cascading bouquet is a sophisticated bouquet and would be perfect for a formal and elegant wedding. To make this bouquet modern, use the hand-tied technique instead of using a holder, unless you’re going super formal, since a silver holder can look very elegant. Almost any flower can be used in this bouquet, but using bold flowers like orchids or lilies can make this style modern and fun. In our recent design contest on Facebook, our second place winner had a gorgeous cascading bouquet. See her bouquet and some other examples from theknot.com below…

Corina's 2nd Place Cascading Bouquet

Corina's 2nd Place Cascading Bouquet

Cascading Bouquet- theknot- Photo by Parker Photographic

Cascading Bouquet- theknot- Photo by Parker Photographic

Cascading Bouquet- theknot- Photo by Under Grace

Cascading Bouquet- theknot- Photo by Under Grace

Cascading Bouquet- theknot- Photo by Weddings by Pamela

Cascading Bouquet- theknot- Photo by Weddings by Pamela

The crescent bouquet is a unique style that is shaped in a soft arch. The flowers are usually more compact in the center, then extend out of each side into a more tapered shape. Think of a quarter moon shape or those yummy crescent dinner rolls. It can be symmetrical or not. This bouquet is a great choice for brides that want something a little different. It can be used in modern, romantic or whimsical settings. Some people say this bouquet is best for brides with a slim waist and slim hips because of it’s dainty curved lines. The crescent bouquet can be hand-tied or wired. If you prefer a smaller bouquet, it is usually fine to hand-tie the stems, but if you prefer a large bouquet filled with lots of flowers, you may want to wire some of the flowers to create a smaller handle that is easier to hold. Check out some examples from brides.com and theknot.com…

Crescent Bouquet- Brides.com- Photo by Unknown

Crescent Bouquet- Brides.com- Photo by Unknown

Crescent Bouquet- theknot- Photo by Unknown

Crescent Bouquet- theknot- Photo by Unknown

Would you carry a cascading or a crescent shaped bouquet? Don’t forget to check out part one if you missed it, then stay tuned for part three, where I will cover the presentation or flat bouquet and the composite bouquet!

 

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