The Pampas Grass Trend
There is one trend that seems to be sweeping the wedding industry at the minute, and that is pampas grass.
It seems you can’t move for the stuff and I totally get why. It’s full of texture, it’s pretty and the array of soft toned colours mean it can be used anywhere and everywhere.
Originally from South America the pampas grass is now available worldwide and can be grown in most gardens. However, it’s not as innocent as this wild grass looks. Back in the day, it was planted in gardens to let people know that the householders were swingers! I think nowadays it’s shaken off its stigma and people are seeing it for its bountiful lustre.
Over the past few weeks I’ve seen pampas grass in bouquets, tipis, ceremony backdrops, hanging from ceilings, and growing from the floor, there’s no escaping it. Suppliers have been so creative with it that the results are unbelievable. It’s hardy and versatile to work with to create different styles. Whether it’s a boho tipi wedding with peacock chairs, Persian rugs or a more romantic set up, it can be incorporated into your wedding day styling one way or another.
So if you want to get this hot trend into your wedding day here are a few of my favourite ways to do it.
Just don’t ask Grandma why she has so much of it in her garden.
In Your Bouquet
A Classic Look
Pampas grass, soft pink roses and eucalyptus team together beautifully for a romantic, wild bouquet, finished with a flowing silk ribbon to mirror the organic look.
A More Edgy Vibe
The protea, (the large chunky spiky flower) goes with the pampas grass in this bouquet to add that contrasting texture which makes it so interesting and punchy. I just love the shape of it! It also gives a little tropical hint to the bouquet.
Keep it Simple
A simple bunch of pampas grass bundled into a bouquet is also beautiful. The pink is divine and really gives off a festival vibe. Also perfect for brides on a budget but still looking to create that strong look.
A Ceremony Backdrop
This guy can really make a statement for a backdrop to say your ‘I Do’s’. The beautiful nature of it can easily give a full effect without too much effort. Layered and made into an arch is a great take on a classic ceremony backdrop. For the more boho look, style it with a naked tipi frame. For a more fine art feel, a circular backdrop mixed with florals is such a gorgeous focal point for the end of the aisle.
A Hanging Table Statement
The hanging trend is hanging around and when trend meets trend, true wonderment tends to happen. So suspended pampas grass is the statement piece of decor to have on your wedding day. By lowering the ceiling height above the table, the set up is more intimate and cosy. I adore the pampas grass cloud in the image below. Imagine that over your wedding tables. Such a real wow factor!
Finish the edges with some greenery that matches the rest of your floral scheme too to keep the styling consistent throughout your wedding ceremony and reception.
On the Table
A table design can usually benefit from a little height which makes pampas grass a useful little addition to the styling. Nestled into florals it can be used on round or rectangle table designs. The feathery texture adds a natural free-flowing effect that will just be itself, instructed and organic. It can be adapted to suit one large centrepiece or simply arranged in smaller clusters alongside eclectic bottles and single stem flowers.
Just in those places in your venue that need that something special
There are usually areas, inlets, window sills or empty corners in a wedding venue that need that little extra something otherwise it can look bare and forgotten about. Pampas grass with large vases, lanterns and candles clustered together are the perfect combo for these areas. It’ll add impact and wow guests for that extra level of detail.
Don’t go overboard with it. Otherwise, your wedding could look like a field that's gotten out of hand. It’s best to work with a florist or stylist on your ideas so they're executed exactly how you imagined and it should be handled with care as it can be a sharp little beast at the edges too.