From flower crowns to corsages, fresh blooms are one of the best ways to bring your wedding day style to fruition. When it comes to bouquets, not much has changed in terms of shapes and styles to consider, but there’s one trend that is making a comeback in only the chicest of ways: cascading bouquets. Wildly popular in the 1980s thanks to the royals (we’re looking at you, Princess Diana) the traditionally dramatic design has returned, in ways both subtle and straightforward.
What Is a Cascading Bouquet?
A cascading bouquet is an arrangement of flowers that literally cascades from the bride’s hands, creating a natural, trailing effect.
“When done well, [a cascading bouquet] creates a visual line that draws attention to the person holding it,” says wedding planner and floral designer Shean Strong. “While recent brides may see this as a dated design, a cascading bouquet is a way to offer something eye-catching for those who want to add drama to their wedding day look.”
With a beautiful color palette, a modern-day cascade moves the design trend-forward, while still keeping it iconic. But where do you begin when attempting to make a decades-old design trend elevated and sophisticated for the modern era? Cascades of weddings past often brings to mind a typical color palette of white and green, and very (very) long cascades. An updated take on the trend could be a more petite cascade that serves to highlight the full bridal look.
Ultimately, your flowers should reflect your style, first and foremost. “I say the rules don’t matter when it comes to what you want for your wedding, so long as everything is done intentionally and purposefully,” encourages Strong. “Your refined, glam, boho, or romantic wedding can have a cascade, so long as your floral designer is giving you what you want while anchoring it to the aesthetics of the day.”
“For a traditionally inspired bouquet, you’re going to see a cascade that includes lilies, roses, stephanotis, and trailing greenery,” says Strong. “To update a cascade to be more of-the-moment for today, but still feel relevant in the future, it’s important to have a cascade predominantly of flowers that will fall effortlessly: think orchids, fritillaria, clematis, hellebore, blooming jasmine, or berries on the vine.”
From romantic to modern, here are 20 cascading bouquet ideas that will definitely turn heads on your trip down the aisle.