No other flower announces the arrival of spring more than the tulip. With its pretty layered petals and cheerful character, the tulip is an ideal flower choice for the bride who is have her wedding between March and June. There are over 3000 varieties of tulips available in a spectrum of colors ranging from crisp white with to soft pastels to vivid hues of purple, yellow, pink, orange, and red.
Originating in Persia and Turkey, the tulip’s name derives from the Turkish word for gauze, the fabric used for turbans, and refers to the flower’s turban-like shape. Introduced to Europe in the 16th century, tulips became incredibly popular. In the Netherlands, the flower’s demand caused “tulip mania” where the price per bulb became so high that the markets crashed!
In the language of flowers, the tulip symbolizes perfection and deep love. Because of its association with spring, the bloom also represents rebirth and renewal. Tulips are used to celebrate eleven-year anniversaries where they represent love and devotion.
Looking for ways to incorporate tulips into your big day? You’re in luck because the tulip is our BB Bloom in Spotlight! From bouquets to centerpieces to invitations, here are gorgeous ideas for tulip wedding flowers.
In wedding bouquets, tulips can be the only flower used or presented in a multi-floral arrangement. A simple display of soft pink tulips radiates classic romance. Make a dramatic statement by carrying a bouquet featuring cascading white tulips paired with blush peonies. For a “just picked” feel, mix bold pink tulips with white and pink roses, ranunculus, freesias, and greenery.
For table decor, tulips offer variety and can be used to express your wedding style while capturing the light mood of the season. For a chic modern look, simply place white tulips in tall cylinder glass vases. Towering centerpieces featuring long-stemmed pink tulips with cherry blossoms are high impact, casting a mood of enchanted elegance. Low centerpieces of vibrant orange and pink tulips paired with colorful blooms and lush greenery are perfect for a spring garden gala!
It may come as a surprise, but tulips are a wonderful flower to use in suspended arrangements thanks to their long, green stems and unique silhouette. To create a light, cheerful reception atmosphere, hang a colorful bed of tulips and greenery for guests to dine under. A canopy of white tulips illuminated by glass globe votives sets a magical ambiance over the dance floor.
Even the men in your wedding can take advantage of this alluring seasonal bloom. A white tulip and dusty miller boutonniere looks most handsome against a light gray suit. For a festive and preppy look, match a bright pink tulip and hypericum berries with a plaid bow tie.
Nothing sets the tone of a spring wedding better than a floral inspired invitation! A whimsical watercolor design evokes the natural splendor of the season. Stationary with a vintage botanical theme is a beautiful expression of understated elegance.
The tulip’s distinct shape makes it a magnificent bloom to incorporate into wedding cake designs. Imagine how lovely a naked cake topped with real blooms would look at a rustic countryside reception! A navy blue dessert embellished with exquisite blooms is perfectly suited for a formal affair. A jaw-dropping six-tier cake adorned with vibrant hued tulips ensures an evening of delightful reverie.
Thinking about using tulips in your spring wedding decor? Here are somethings to keep in mind when choosing this delightful bloom!
Season: Late March through May
Scent: fragrant with a sweet scent
Vase life: 3 to 7 days