I only have two paphs so I can't help you much with them. I staked both of them when they were in bud and before the flowers opened.
I have a couple of cattleyas that hold their flowers at an angle that makes a good display without staking at all but most of my cattleyas require staking if they're going to look good. It's important to stake cattleyas pretty early because as the buds mature they orient themselves at the proper angle. If the flowers open before you stake them they could open at unusual angles that don't look right after you stake them. When the buds first break out of the sheath I maneuver the pseudobulb to as close to straight up as possible. Then with my other hand I hold a stake beside the straight pseudobulb and see where it would enter the medium (it's often further from the pseudobulb than you would think). Then I angle the stake away from the pseudobulb a little bit and push it into the medium. The angle helps to counteract the pull of the pseudobulb against the stake. Then I tie the pseudobulb to the stake at the narrow area where the leaf and the pseudobulb connect. If I need extra support I sometimes make a second tie lower on the psuedobulb. I leave plenty of stake above the buds because it's hard to judge how high the buds will grow before they flower. I don't connect the actual buds to the stake until they grow out long enough to start to droop down. Then I make a loose connection to the stake, just below the buds. This allows the buds to keep growing but holds them in the right position. You need to be careful when you're actually manipulating the buds, but I've never broken one off. Once the flower opens I tighten the tie below the buds to bring the flower up straight. I use split bamboo stakes that can be cut off above the flower so the stake doesn't show above the flower. I hope this makes sense. I should take some pictures. Check out YouTube also. They sometimes have videos on these kinds of things.