Cherry Blossom Weddings: Five Great Locations in D.C.
Washingtonians know that one of the best times of the year to host a wedding is during Cherry Blosom season. April, while rainy, is often temperate, and the profusion of spring greenery ensures a scenic backdrop to photo spreads. Planning your own Cherry Blossom wedding in Washington, D.C.? Here are our five favorite locations:
The Willard Intercontinental Hotel
The historic Willard hotel is the only Washington, D.C. property allowed to decorate with actual cherry blossom branches. They mark the return of peak blossom season each year with a fantastical lobby display that includes historic renderings of the first Japanese delegation to America, making it the perfect wedding or wedding reception location. Guests will enjoy the daily cherry-infused teas and nibbles in the hotel's Peacock Alley, cherry blossom themed spa treatments and of course, one of D.C.'s most historic and opulent hotels for your cherry blossom wedding.
Park Hyatt Washington
Guests and visitors alike love the luxe Asian-inspired decor of famed designer Tony Chi at this Foggy Bottom hotel. A perfect location for cherry blosom wedding photos, the hotel's lobby offers massive glass boxes featuring the famed blossoms all year long. Plus, the hotel offers walkable proximity to the Georgetown waterfront, perfect for scenic photo ops. Want to really branch out? Brides can pose inside the glass boxes in the lobby.
Cherry Blossom Riverboat
What better way to experience a cherry blossom wedding than on the water? Experience the elegance of a bygone era with the comforts of modern technology in this refurbished 19th century Victorian paddle boat, atply named the Cherry Blossom. Offering ornate brass railings and a brass and mahogany interior, the boat can fit up to 350, but comfortably seats about 250 during the winter months. Normally docked by Old Town Alexandria's Torpedo Factory, the boat also has special docking priviledges at Mount Vernon Estate.
Mandarin Oriental DC
Offering the perfect East-meets-West tie-in and pristine views of Washington, D.C.'s waterfront, this luxurious hotel is perfect for a fancy cherry blossom wedding or reception with fantastic views of the blossoms themselves. The hotel offers a special cherry blossom wedding package in its gardens, which offer fantastic views of the on-site blossoms. Prep at the hotel spa – one of the best in D.C. – where you can enjoy seasonal cherry blossom themed treatments like the one hour and 50 minute "Cherry Blossom Ritual," a scrub/massage combo that's sure to please, or plan a blossom-themed brunch or tea in the hotel restaurant.
Gaylord National Harbor
Experience pristine water views and breathtaking floor-to-ceiling glass windows in this massive hotel complex. Although technically located in Maryland, the Gaylord hotel offers a perfect "mini destination" wedding feel, ideal for couples who want the feel of a private ceremony with all of D.C.'s activities just minutes away. Planning a cherry blossom wedding? Book the Cherry Blossom Ballroom and Cherry Blossom Wedding Gazebo, where ceremonies are held overlooking the hotel's soaring 19-story glass covered atrium featuring dramatic views the Potomac River and surrounding National Harbor. Guests can take the water taxi to Georgetown or Old Town Alexandria, enjoying scenic blossom views along the way.