Fresh leather leaf fern is a common greenery used by every professional flower shop. Greenery is usually used to extend flowers and stretch your flower budget.
In reality, a single bunch of leather usually runs 15 - 25 stems. Be sure to check the number as my tutorials give the needed stems - not needed bunches.
I cut the fronts away from the central stem with a sharp floral knife so the cut end pierces the wet foam easily.
I begin this crescent bouquet with framing in the general shape with the leather leaf fern.
By quickly filling in with leather leaf, you can determine the final size of your bridal bouquet.
Greenery is fairly flexible. I gently bend the cascade piece over to give it a gentle curve shape that will define the crescent shape.
I visualize how large I want the final bouquet to be. It's a good idea to calculate how many flowers you intend to use in each bouquet, corsage and centerpiece. This "recipe" allows you to order a specific quantity of flowers. By referring to this list when designing, you'll know how many flowers to use in each design.
This helps keep you from getting carried away and putting too many flowers in a bouquet, only to run yourself short later when you get to your last bridesmaid bouquet!