Flowers spilling over your hands, gently grazing the flowing fabric of your fairy tale gown – does it get any more magical than this? Cascade bouquets have made a flamboyant return from the past and are more romantic and mesmerising than ever before.
While olden day bouquets were restricted to roses and lilies, floral designers today are becoming more and more creative in the use of flowers to create the most breath-taking floral masterpieces – orchids and baby’s breath being the firm favourites. When choosing the flowers for your bouquet, do bear in mind that it will brush up against your dress – ensure that the particular flower’s pollen won’t stain or harm the fabric.
Contemporary Cascades don’t necessarily only imply a flood of flowers from top to bottom – many brides prefer a more plump bouquet with floral wisp or leafy vines dangling down towards the floor. To complement the flowers, feel free to add other natural elements like twigs, feathers or leaves to the cascade of beauty, and play around with ribbons, strings of crystals, beads and soft fabric sashes.
Because of their opulent nature, it’s best not to carry a cascade if your dress is detailed or equally opulent. Simple wedding dresses, like sheath and A-line style gowns on the other hand, call for something dazzling and striking and a waterfall of flowers brings the right amount of flair to complete the ensemble.
The lovely benefit of carrying a cascade bouquet is that it naturally draws the eye up and down, which ultimately creates the illusion of a taller and slimmer bride. If you’re quite petite however, we’d definitely advise against cascade as it might visually overpower your tiny frame and draw attention away from your bridal beauty.
And lastly, if you just don’t see yourself carrying a bouquet in the first place, consider a cascading wrist corsage – a small practical bouquet that’s attached to the wrist with flowers floating from its core.
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