the black tulip

Red tulip wedding inspiration board with hints of yellow, black, and cute retro paper straws.

Alexandre Dumas The Black Tulip, and black tulips in a beautiful green field.

The Black Tulip is one of my favorite books by Alexandre Dumas. Action, adventure, intrigue, romance, and tulips!?! Tell me more!  The city of Haarlem, Netherlands has set a prize of 100,000 guilders (a lot of money back then!) to the person who can grow a black tulip, sparking competition between the country’s best gardeners to win the money, honour and fame. The young and bourgeois Cornelius van Baerle has almost succeeded, but is suddenly thrown into the Loevestein prison. There he meets the prison guard’s beautiful daughter Rosa, who will be his comfort and help, and at last his rescuer.

A beautiful black tulip and a white wedding dress with black sash from BHLDN.

Black tulips (which are actually a very deep purple) are increasing in popularity at weddings, buy yours here!

photo credits: book, windmill, typewriter, red velvet cake, bridesmaids, black car, je t’aime, woman, tulip field, straws, stairs, coke bottles, black tulip, black tulip fieldtulip dress.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. This is so neat! I had no idea that black tulips existed.