How to Make a Cascading Orchid Bridal Bouquet

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Orchids, by themselves or combined with other florals, can create magical effects as a wedding bouquet. Delicate white lady's slipper orchids look innocent, while cymbidiums offer a bolder contrast to other flowers like tuberose and astilbe. To capture the trailing effect of a cascading orchid bridal bouquet, you can combine orchids of different sizes to create a graduated effect from larger flowers to smaller as the bouquet tapers. A bouquet made of silk flowers allows you to prepare the bouquet well in advance, without having to worry about how to keep the orchids fresh.

Cut several flowers from the top of both orchid stalks.

Weave the stalks and flowers together so that you have a single long entwined branch with a tapering point.

Secure the stalks to one another with short floral wire.

Insert a length of florist wire through the flowers' stem at the base. Insert another wire perpendicular to the other wire until you have two wire arms on either side. Twist the wire arms down around the first wire to secure the flower. Wind the wired stems with floral tape.

Attach each wired flower in turn to the intertwined branch, taping it down with floral tape. You will end up with a collection of stems, which will act as the bouquet holder. Add more flowers at the top of the stalk so that you have a rounded cluster gradually tapering to a plumed trail.

Tape the tropical fronds individually to the topmost parts of the bouquet.

Bind all the stems of the cut flower attachments with tape to form a single unified bouquet holder.

Wrap the bouquet holder with satin ribbon. Use a hot glue gun, if necessary.