In Vogue: Dried Materials

You’ve probably seen them online, and couples are definitely asking for them: dried elements in wedding floral design. From stately and impressive pampas grass plumes to delicate and lacy bleached ruscus, dried botanicals are having their moment in floral trends.

Wedding centerpiece in vintage terrarium
An antique terrarium makes a conversation-worthy centerpiece when filled with an arrangement of dried and fresh flowers.

Dried materials never go out of season, so if they’re on your wishlist, you’re in luck! Fall wedding palettes are a natural pair for most dried materials. The wide availability of dried botanicals such as wheat, millet, and broom corn lend a harvest style and unique texture to wedding work, especially when paired with fresh flowers. But the softness of eulalia grass and other bleached elements also works well with airy spring and summer designs.

Detail of floral wedding arbor with dried grasses
Fresh pink roses and spray roses in several varieties lend soft lushness to dried foliages and grass plumes in this design.

Dried palm fronds make a dramatic architectural statement that would be ideal for a modern floral interpretation when used all alone. Adding soft pampas plumes and fresh florals as shown below, brings an updated look to a rustic setting.

Floral arbor with dried materials for barn wedding


Dried florals on cakes bring a crispness that echos the design of the cake without competing.

Dried strawflower and ruscus on an embossed cake from The Gingersnap Cake Shop.

Location: The Wedding Barn at Lakota’s Farm

Photography: Elizabeth Pedinotti Haynes Photography

Hair and Makeup: Lauren Trudeau and Mia Mangino, The True Beauty Company

Cake: The Gingersnap Cake Shop