Have you recently attended a wedding and instead of spotting your standard baby’s breath or hydrangeas noticed an abundance of wispy, dried florals you couldn’t quite recall the name of? They first appeared as part of the arch at Kaley Cuoco’s July wedding, and then again lining the aisle at Mandy Moore’s backyard ceremony. What exactly was this mystery stalk? Was it wheat? Feathers? Or just the biggest wedding decor trend of 2019?
Introducing pampas grass: the ornamental dried grass that has slowly become the It-wedding floral in Hollywood and beyond. Aside from popping up at highly photographed ceremonies, pampas grass has become a popular ask at florist shops everywhere. “We have had more brides request pampas grass in the past year, versus all years combined,” says Meredith Perez of Belle Fleur New York. “That says a lot.”
Kelsie Hayes of Popup Florist thinks the rise in popularity of pampas grass in recent months has a lot to do with dry flowers really having a moment in wedding decor. “Pampas grass has a beautiful feathered texture and dries beautifully,” she explains; a plus for brides who won’t have to worry about keeping flowers fresh and perky for the big day. “Any time you work with dried flowers, it takes the stress of wilting, etc, off of your mind,” adds Hayes.
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Another plus of pampas grass is their versatility. Not only does this natural, neutral wheat hue go with most color schemes, but they are also easy to to dye. Felisa Funes, owner of L.A. shop Of The Flowers, recently spoke to Domino magazine about how she created the romantic florals for Mandy Moore’s pink-oasis wedding. “For the ceremony path, we dip-dyed pampas grass in hues of pink just by leaving it in the dye bath for different periods of time and mixing it with the natural colors,” she explained, adding that she hoped to see more of these fun arrangements in the future. “People often feel kind of skittish about not having everything be fresh, juicy, and bountiful, but I think it would be cool if people in 2019 stepped away from the fresh and went with things that took longer to fabricate.” Seems like her prediction is already becoming a reality!