We are feeling dehydrated: pretty pampas grass and dried flower ideas for your wedding

Once upon a time, drying out their bouquet is something many brides would’ve considered doing after the wedding, but these days, dried flowers, pampas grass, bunny tails and other grasses are one of the hottest trends when it comes to big-day blooms and decor

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A magical aisle set up at St Mary’s Space in Argyll courtesy of stylist Scarlett and Bell and florist Wild Flower Workshop. Who needs peonies anyway, when dried grasses are just as pretty? (photo: Melody Joy)

Go to any of It-girl’s Instagram page and we’re sure that amongst the OOTDs, the travel snaps (pandemic? What pandemic?) and the questionable green juices, you’ll find a photo of pampas grass and dried flowers, the smart set’s hottest interior design tip, and currently one of the chicest ways to style your wedding.

“When it comes to weddings, dried flowers and grasses are definitely having a moment. The addition of dried flowers in bouquets and arrangements adds that much sought-after boho vibe,” says florist Aoife Dooley, who runs Feather Grass Florals in Edinburgh. “Dried flowers lend themselves to so many different styles adding lots texture and warm tones to arrangements. And an added bonus is they are everlasting, so you can enjoy them long after your wedding day.”

pampas grass ceremony arrangement
Where better to marry than in front of this pampas grass, mixed grasses and mixed greenery aisle arrangement by Feather Grass Florals? (photo: Neil Thomas Douglas)

The secret to their success? Versatility. Used with complementary hues, their warm, sandy tones give us Cali-cool vibes, but pair them with bold colours and you’ve got yourself a riot of colour and texture to suit even the most diehard maximalist.

Bouquets and centrepieces may be the easiest way to work them in, but we also adore when they are used to play up the proportions of your venue: they look just as great hanging from the ceiling in a whimsical cloud design as they do sprouting from floor-level pots used to section off the space.

“As they are long-lasting in nature and lightweight, dried grasses and flowers also allow greater flexibility in creating larger installations with them that might be more challenging with fresh flowers,” notes Katie Brigstock, creative director and founder of Style Your Spaces, a floral design studio based in Edinburgh. “The resurgence in the popularity of dried flowers for wedding florals has also been influenced by the conscious movement towards more sustainable floristry methods.”

dried flower cloud installation
Although this one was made as a gift, Studio Seapink’s stunning dried flower cloud would be a talking point at a wedding

Dried flowers and grasses may indeed offer eco-friendly credentials, but Jenny Bell Harman from Studio Seapink cautions that some suppliers chemically bleach, paint or spray their creations to get the brightly coloured and bleached look that is on-trend for flowers and foliage right how. However, she and many more are using natural processes to give the perfect result. She says: “There’s more and more florists looking to naturally colour and sun-bleach materials now, which is an interesting movement. For example, my dried flower cloud [above] is made with a range of materials I’ve collected (hoarded!) – a mixture of British grown, lovingly dried botanicals from local flower farmers, gathered foraged textures and some lovely flowery bits salvaged from previous projects, dried in my studio.”

Since they’re dried, arrangements and bouquets such as this can last for a few years and – as Jenny notes – if they’re treated with care, they can be brought into your home as a “lovely, long lasting and distinctive memento of your amazing day.”

Being left high and dry never felt (or looked) so good – scroll on for more ideas!

bride wearing lace dress and fedora hat hiding eyes; black grid decorated with pink and white flowers and grasses
From left: This asymmetric and textured bouquet by The Flower Ranger features a mix of autumn flowers, foliage and pampas grass. Apart from the protea, all other flowers were locally grown (photo: Matthew Johnson Photography; dress by Amy King Bridal and Beauty); Kim Dalgleish added dried pampas, palm spears and grasses to make this nude and pink grid wall installation really pop! (photo: Emma Lawson)

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Pink, palms and pampas – it doesn’t get more romantic than this dried bouquet by To A Mountain Daisy

dinner table set with candles, pink table runner and gold terrarium floral arrangement
Venue stylist Scarlett and Bell oversaw this lush wedding set-up at Dovecot Studios. The table centrepieces by Adelaide’s Secret Garden feature dried bracken (photo: Nikki Leadbetter)

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Two colour-takes – one muted, one autumnal – on the dried bouquet trend courtesy of botanical design studio, Boyes Botanics

From left: A gorgeous dried bouquet of mixed grasses, yellow spray rose, limonium, scabious seed heads and dried gypsophila is backdropped by an equally beguiling hanging installation of reed grasses, pampas grass, palms and dried gypsophila, both Feather Grass Florals (photo: Claire Fleck); To A Mountain Daisy has used bunny tails and lunaria to give a classic corsage a rustic spin

wedding barn set for dinner
This dried flower chandelier by Style Your Spaces features a mixture of dried grasses, autumnal dried flowers and greenery (photo: Amelia Claudia)

wedding cake and wooden bench surrounded with dried grasses
From left: Dried grasses and bunny tails needn’t just be for the bouquet as Gorgeously Sweet Cake Emporium proves; Make a focus of bench-style seating in a wedding barn by flanking each end with a freestanding arrangement of dried grasses, oats, Iona flowers and wheat a la Style Your Spaces (photo: Paula Russell)

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