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. 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.
After palms are completely dehydrated, 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 ways to decorate with dried palm leaves.
Peach and Mint Bridal Bouquet
Dried, spiky-leafed fan palms are a sculptural addition to this peachy bouquet of garden roses and ranunculus. The preserved palm fronds were spray-painted with a soft shade of mint green.
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 Flower Studio is fashioned from a dozen oversized palm fronds that have been dried before being constructed together.
A Sympathetic Scene
In lieu of a traditional ceremony arch, this couple opted to exchange their vows in front of a stately tree decorated with flowing garlands of baby's breath, white blooms, and a spray of dried palm leaves. The floral design remained sympathetic to the venue's surrounding natural landscape while reflecting themes of "planting seeds and growing roots" that were woven into the vows.
A Modernist Mélange
Playful, modernist authenticity was the inspiration for this sunset rooftop ceremony. The space was outlined with a backdrop of dried palm fronds, fluffy grass, and dehydrated florals for a satisfying mix of textures and desert hues.
Fall Bridal Bouquet
This sculptural bouquet is perfect for fall brides. It includes autumnal foliage branches, cappuccino roses, phalaenopsis orchids, chocolate cosmos, and dried sago palm leaves, which fade from a fresh, vivid green color to a lime, almost mustard-yellow hue.
Coastal Ceremony Arch
Tying the knot on the beach? Mark your ceremony spot with a spectacular arbor made entirely of dried palm leaves. The sculptural palm fronds have a wonderful windswept look that’s perfect for an oceanside ceremony.
Dreamy Table Runners
A neutral color palette doesn't have to be monotonous or boring. These floral table runners incorporate a captivating mix of orchids, dusty roses, white anthurium, and bleached dried sun palms for a tranquil and dusky aesthetic. "The vibe was dreamy and romantic, yet effortless with a touch of boho-chic," recalls the bride.
Have Your Cake (and Eat It, Too)
Stark, contemporary minimalism with just a touch of vintage Palm Springs. This white, two-tier wedding cake was adorned with a restrained touch of dried palm leaves and birds of paradise. (And the inside was just as delicious with a mix of fresh berries and vanilla!)
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 on display in your home.
Dried-Palm Ceremony Backdrop
Imagine saying “I do” in front of an oversized ceremony arch made of dried palm leaves. The towering structure also features tufts of smokebush and cream-colored astilbes, which add just the right amount of softness and romance.
A Vintage-Inspired Centerpiece
Add an unexpected touch to your dinner-table centerpieces with a couple of preserved fan palms. Here, the patina of the dried palm leaves perfectly complements the vintage color palette of the florals, which include Queen Anne’s lace, scabiosa, smokebush, and garden roses.
A Tropical Bouquet
Things are seriously heating up with this tropical bouquet of white anthurium, giant monstera leaves, and dried palms. We love that the colors were kept neutral (and minimal) for an intentional and elevated look.
An Earthy Arrangement
Inspirations of earth tones, whiskey, and warm light permeated this relaxed-yet-elevated wedding theme. An oversized arrangement of dried palm leaves, textured pampas grass, and toffee roses created a deliciously delicate arbor for the nuptial ceremony.
A Glowing Backdrop
This copper structure held a vibrant display of hanging woven discs, dried palms, pampas grass, and wedding signage to create a stand-out photo backdrop. We love the warmth that emanates from this collection of tones and textures creating a golden (and photogenic!) glow.
A Namesake Flower Wall
In a refined, natural color palette of ivories, champagnes, creams, and tans, this flower wall is sheer elegance. The addition of bleached, dried fan leaves and sun palms stays true to the theme while incorporating a spiky texture and decidedly boho feel. Not to be forgotten, a custom neon sign of the newlyweds' name adds a touch of cool-factor.
An Organic Pergola
A wooden pergola takes on a lush, feminine vibe with powdery-hued roses, wispy pampas, and dried palm leaves. Blush paneling and plush carpets complete this romantic altar, lovingly built by the bride's father.
A Dramatic Display
A modern, bohemian theme meets the tropics where guests dine under a dramatic canopy of pale green amaranthus, baby's breath, and dried palm leaves. The washed-out neutral color palette just radiates of a beachy fête.
It isn't Palm Springs chic without a hint of retro glamour. This dessert table was accented with a hanging installation of a rose-gold hoop bedecked in white flowers, ferns, and dried palm leaves—painted in gold, of course!
A Spicy Bouquet
Foraged florals in spicy hues of crimson, ruby, and ginger are accented with pale pink anthuriums and organic subtleties of dried palms. After forgoing a traditional dress train, the bride riffed off the idea by adding a 60-inch amber ribbon to the bouquet for a "sense of flow."
A Trending Arch
Dried palm leaves and pampas grass are two elements of wedding décor that brides just can't seem to get enough of. This statement wedding arch incorporates both in an ultra-modern gradient effect.
A Statement Centerpiece
We're filing this particular centerpiece under statement-making simplicity. An architectural display of dried palm leaves and birds of paradise is the very essence of elevated, tropical modernity.
A Sacred Ceremony Frame
Feminine florals or an over-the-top wedding arch would have been completely out of place in this ancient Guatemalan chapel. This incredible installation of dried palm leaves, local flowers, pink anthuriums, and candlelight preserved the sacred nature of the space while providing a sympathetic frame for the ceremony.
A Focal Point of Fronds
A focal point of giant monstera leaves, palm fronds, and dried spear palms doubled as both a ceremony backdrop and photo op for this mid-century-inspired wedding. We honestly can't get enough of the combination of both fresh and dried foliage.
A Grand Centerpiece
This centerpiece will definitely not go unseen, nor should it, given the fact that it also houses the signature cocktail signage. The plush arrangement is overflowing with locally foraged blooms, fuzzy pampas grass, dried palm leaves, and anthuriums.
A Tropical Chuppah
We've seen a lot of chuppahs, but none are quite as tropical as this beauty. A combination of tropical foliage, saturated florals, pampas grass, and a mixture of both fresh and dried palm leaves outfit this verdant vision.
A Playful Bar
A Hawaiian wedding with Costa Rican influences is no place for an ordinary bar. This station plays off all the fun of the tropics with bold prints, local foliage, fresh fruits, bright colors, and dried pink desert sun palms.
Turn the tables by utilizing an arch to decorate the entrance of the ceremony space, and frame the bride's processional instead of as an altarpiece. This stunner incorporated a natural mix of marigold garlands, playa blanca roses, pampas grass, quicksand roses, and dried palm leaves.
A Romantic Bouquet
This elegant boho color scheme is so precise it could be an Instagram filter. Bleached, dried desert palms, tiny sprigs of greenery, feathery pampas, and roses in shades of pink, tan, and ivory are oh-so soft and romantic.
A Beachy-Boho Chuppah
Equal parts beachy and bohemian—and wholly a statement structure—this chuppah is one for the books. Covered in florals of muted shades and sea-centric textures of dried palm leaves, grasses, pampas, and baby's breath, the stand-out design blends effortlessly into the coastal backdrop beyond.
An Industrial Wedding Arch
Metal piping and a geometric design outfit a modern wedding arch fit for the industrial vibe of this downtown Los Angeles venue. But industrial doesn't have to mean cold, as dried palm leaves and brooding, autumnal florals play off the natural warmth of the copper installation.
A Locally Sourced Backdrop
Destination nuptials really shine when the unique native culture is incorporated into the wedding décor. This backdrop offers a boho mix of locally woven textiles, vibrant colors, and indigenous textures of dried grasses and palms.
A Boho Approach to Modern Romance
With bohemian textures, romantic hues, and a modern design, this wedding arch has it all. The creamy white wooden structure is adorned with a grandiose arrangement of dried palm leaves, pampas grass, and matching flowers all framed by miniature arrangements on gilded plinths.