Making your own bridal bouquet saves money compared to buying from a florist and allows you to use seasonal garden-fresh flowers. Tulips are the epitome of spring, and therefore a good choice for spring wedding bouquets, especially with their sturdy stems and large colorful flowers. When creating a bridal bouquet, think simplicity and elegance, both of which tulips have, and when tied together with ribbon, you have a bouquet any bride would be proud to carry down the aisle.
Cut the tulips the day before you will make your bouquet, no longer than 24 hours ahead of time. Pick the flowers in the morning and choose tulips whose flowers are still partly closed. Store the flowers in a vase of water overnight to keep fresh.
Arrange the tulips into a rounded bouquet by putting taller tulips in the center and gradually adding shorter tulips, working out towards the edges of the bouquet. Turn the bouquet frequently as you add flowers to make sure it is even.
Use leaves to form a collar around the edges of the tulips. Examples of leaves that work well in bouquets include: camellia, fatsia or polycia leaves or ferns. Adding greenery around the tulips gives more dimension to the bouquet and softens the look.
Cut the stems to about 8 inches long, and wrap floral wire from the top of the stems down about halfway. Wrap the wire tightly to secure the stems together and hold the flowers in place.
Cut two pieces of 1/2-inch wide ribbon each 10 inches long. Set one piece aside and hot glue the end of one piece of the ribbon at the top of the stems, directly underneath the flowers; let dry. Wrap the ribbon down over the floral wire to cover, overlapping the ribbon as you wrap down the stems. Wrap only down far enough to the cover the bottom of the wire (halfway down the stems), cut off the excess ribbon and secure with hot glue; let dry completely.
Tie the second piece of ribbon around the stems underneath the flowers. Make a simple bow and, if necessary, glue to the stems to hold in place.