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18 Ideas to Steal for Your Cherry Blossom-Themed Wedding

Cherry blossom season is upon us! Here’s how to incorporate the pretty blush blooms into your wedding.

1. To start, take your engagement photos by the Tidal Basin. 

Photograph by Terri Baskin Photography.

Follow Emily and Jon’s example for some gorgeous cherry blossom-filled photos, and do it the smart way: Arrive at dawn before the crowds show up.

2. Send out cherry blossom printed invitations.

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Photograph by Katelyn James Photography.

Your save the dates and invitations are the first encounter your guests have with your wedding, so it’s a good idea to go ahead and introduce the cherry blossom theme then. Find yours online at Wedding Paper Divas, or head to Old City Press in Alexandria for a custom designed invite.

3. Include vintage Tidal Basin post cards in your welcome bag.


A cute keepsake for your guests, you can buy vintage DC postcards like the one above on Etsy.

4. Get ready in pink floral robes.

Photograph by Julie Lim Photography.

You and your girls will look adorable in all the pre-wedding photos.

5. Wear a pink wedding gown.

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Photograph by Katelyn James Photography.

Wedding gown designers are embracing color, and wearing a blush gown is a great way to both stick to your theme and make an of-the-moment fashion statement.

6. Put on some pink pumps.

Photograph by Astrid Photography.

These preppy bow-topped bridal sandals are adorable–and perfect for cherry blossom season!

7. Dress your bridesmaids in blush.

The Wedding of Dana and Mike
Photograph by Eli Turner.

Keep the light pink theme alive with your bridesmaids’ looks–whether you have them match or give them the option to pick out their own blush gown.

8. And your flower girls in pink tutus.

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Photograph by Isabel and Luke Pirrello.

Because, really, what could be cuter than a little pink tutu?

9. Wrap your wedding arch or chuppah in cherry blossoms.

Photograph by K. Thompson Photography.

The perfect way to dress up a simple wood structure!

10. Or create a grand entrance with cherry blossom branches.

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Photograph by Katelyn James Photography.

Set them up on either side of the aisle for a dramatic welcome to your ceremony.

11. Post for portraits under the cherry blossoms.

Photograph by Marta Locklear.

If it ‘tis the season for cherry blossoms, take advantage.

12. No cherry blossoms in site? Trade in a jumbo pink balloon.

Photograph by Astrid Photography.

If you want an off-season cherry blossom wedding, you can swap a balloon tied with ribbons for branches–and still get a great photo out of it!

13. Serve cherry blossom-themed cocktails.

Photograph by Amelia Johnson Photography.

Given the time of year, cherry blossom beverages can be found all over town–but for your wedding, you can easily request a signature cocktail that’s cherry-flavored.

14. And dress up your cocktail hour with pink sequined tablecloths.

Photograph by Astrid Photography.

Who says cherry blossoms can’t go glam?

15. Stick a few sprigs into your centerpieces.

Photograph by K. Thompson Photography.

Cherry blossoms branches are an easy, elegant addition that can add height to any centerpiece.

16. Serve a cherry blossom cake.

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Photograph by Katelyn James Photography.

Could this confection by The Willard InterContinental be any more perfect?

17. Or opt for a cherry-themed cupcake tower.

Photograph by Astrid Photography.

Create your own tower with treats from cupcakeries around town that are offering cherry-blossom theme cupcakes, including Sprinkles, Georgetown Cupcakes, and Baked & Wired.

18. Send guests home with cherry blossom-flavored macarons.

Photograph by Julie Lim Photography.

A sweet treat to end the night can be supplied by Olivia Macaron.

Associate Editor

Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.