(Last Updated On: November 19, 2015)

Tulips are beautiful flowers with an extraordinary history. They come in a very wide range of colors and brighten spring gardens. They’re inexpensive, easy to grow, and yet they’ve never become a wedding favorite.

If, like me, you’ve bought a bunch of these lovely flowers at the supermarket, expected to use them on the dinner table and been dissappointed by the result, the good news is, I’ve found the answer. It’s all down to how you choose the flowers you buy, and how you care for them.

Whether you’re preparing for a dinner party, or creating flower arrangements for a special event, or even making a wedding bouquet, you need to process your flowers before you use them. Having the blooms properly hydrated will make a huge difference to their vase life, but it’s also important to buy them at the right point.
When you’re planning a flower arrangement, it’s a good idea to work in advance of the event, you’ll want to buy tulips which haven’t quite reached their peak. In the video below, Leanne, the lovely lady from the flower school whose videos have taught me so much, explains that tulips continue to grow after they have been cut, and will grow as much as the size of the flower head every day. The weight of the head is what causes their characteristic droop.
The best idea is to buy flowers when the flower is not yet as tall as the leaves, and then to process them carefully as shown in this video.

If you’re planning a special event, and want to order some spectacular tulips, here are some of the varieties available from online wholesalers.

Parrot Tulips

These flowers are not shy! They have frilled foliage, and wonderful colors ranging from a gentle blush, white and pink to the stunning Flaming parrot, all red and yellow.

Peony Tulips

A wonderful choice when you can’t get peonies, or when you’d like something like and peony, but a bit smaller.

Peony tulips have the same wonderful cup shape filled with frilly petals, but they also have a wide range of colors. Although standard tulips are always beautiful, peony tulips are truly special. I used to grow pots of them in my garden in the UK, and the always made a spectacular display. What they can do in a pot, they can also do in a vase!

The Best Tulips for Weddings

White tulips are always popular as wedding flowers, but there are some other varieties which are worth noting, even if you’re looking for that classic ‘all white’ look.

White French Tulip
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White French Tulip, Available from Fifty Flowers

Pink and white bi-color tulip available from Fifty Flowers

White and mint green parrot tulip
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White and mint green parrot tulip

Tulip Bouquet and Centerpiece Ideas

The soft stems of tulips make it easy to arrange them like calla lilies, around the inside of a glass bowl or vase, but that’s certainly not the only thing you can do with a tulip!

Fascinating design made from tulips and mini cubes of colored florists foam and other accessories from Smithes Oasis
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Unusual and dramatic tulip centerpiece from Smithers Oasis

Green and white bouquet of parrot tulips. Photo by James Abel events.
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Green and white bouquet of parrot tulips. Photo by James Abel events.

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