Palm leaves are the perfect addition to a tropical or beach-themed wedding, and they’ve made appearances on everything from wedding stationery to the bridal bouquet and even the cake! But the latest take on palms is a little more surprising. Lately, florists have been incorporating palms in their dried form. Once they’re fully dry, palm leaves take on an entirely different personality, becoming more sculptural, wispy, frayed, and textured.
Also, once palm fronds have dried, their bright-green color fades into softer, desaturated tones of mint, sage, taupe, and tobacco, which lend a lovely aged, earthy patina to floral arrangements. Dried palms are a beautiful addition to celebrations held in “blank canvas” locations with lighter palettes and surfaces—think stone walls, industrial concrete, or an arid desert.
Use dried palm leaves to add drama to your ceremony backdrop, or ask your florist to incorporate them into your bouquet for a unique pop of texture; mix them in dinner-table arrangements or highlight them in bud vases on their own. Keep reading for our favorite takes on this new dried-palm trend.
Boho brides, take note: This wild, sculptural bouquet by U.K.-based florist Georgia Westwood is made entirely of dried materials, including strawflower, palm leaves, wheat, and lunaria. Bonus: Since everything in the bouquet is dried, it will last forever and you can display it at home in a vase after the wedding.
Modern Wedding Backdrop
Floral arch not your style? If your wedding aesthetic is more MoMA than the Met, we love the idea of a modern, statement-making ceremony backdrop for your vow exchange. This dramatic display by Hawthorn Floral Studio is fashioned from a dozen oversized palm fronds that have been dried before being constructed together.