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Grow Your Own Wedding Bouquet

Growing your own flowers is a charming way to personalize your wedding and it saves money, too. For a spring wedding it's hard to beat tulips. The color choices are almost endless and they are very easy to grow.

Tulip bulbs are planted in the fall so you'll need to plan in advance. You can grow them in the ground or in containers. Plant plenty for both a lush bouquet and to cover unexpected loss to weather or wildlife. Read more about growing tulips.

If you are growing flowers for your bouquet the most important thing to know is bloom time to ensure the tulips are at their peak on the right day. Depending on where you live and the type of tulip you select you can expect blooms from late March to early may.

DIY wedding bouquet Angelique tulips

Types of Tulips Good for Bouquets

Homegrown coral wedding bouquet with tulips, rannuculous, and helicrysum

With Mother Nature as your florist it's important to have a backup plan, which may include a run to the florist, the farmer's market or to the grocery store for last minute flowers to either add to your homegrown blooms or act as a stand in.

So that you're not too overwhelmed with last minute wedding activities, pick your flowers a day before the wedding. Flowers will hold up in vases or containers in fresh water for two or three days. Assemble the flowers cutting off the blooms at a uniform length of your choice then tie the bundle with a satin ribbon, make a pretty bow and refrigerate the bouquet until it's time to take your march down the aisle!

Purple wedding bouquet with homegrown tulips.

See you at the wedding!

Good to Know:

Reluctant blooms can be coaxed open with warm water. Place the cut stems in warm water in a warm spot overnight and they should be open the next morning.