Cannabis Ceremonies Are A “Budding” Wedding Trend

Cannabis ceremonies, aka weed weddings, are becoming quite the thing in states such as Washington, Oregan and Colorado where the sale and usage of recreational pot is legal. Interest in these ceremonies is also growing in California. However, despite the passage of Prop 64 in 2016, the sale and use of recreational pot will not be legal until January 1, 2018. That means that all you California brides and grooms who are looking forward to replacing the unity candle with a hit off a unity bong will have to wait a few more months, that is if you want your ceremony to be above board.

Marijuana no longer carries the social stigma that it once did. Not only is it going mainstream, it’s going upscale and wedding vendors around the country are tailoring their services to accommodate clients who want to view their nuptials through a purple haze. Indeed, there are vendors offering  everything from cannabis accented floral arrangements, to bud bars & budtenders, to favor bags filled with edibles and joints.

A word of caution about edibles: Part of California legislation going into effect in January prohibits the sale of edibles that might entice children. Specifically, the law prohibits the sale of edibles that resemble animals, fruits or people or those that look like children’s  candy. So hold off on those edibles that look like lollipops and gummy bears.

Due to current California law, weed weddings, marijuana marriages or cannabis ceremonies are currently not a feasible option in this state. Therefore I reached out to Elizabeth Corr Sheils of Bridal Bliss a wedding planning service that offers these ceremonies in Washington state and Oregon where the use of recreational cannabis is legal.

So Elizabeth how many weed weddings has Bridal Bliss coordinated?

We have coordinated three weed weddings over the past couple of years. We have loved each wedding as they are all unique and fun in their own ways.

What special considerations go into plsnning weed weddings??

When planning weed weddings we have to carefully take into consideration Oregon’s tobacco and smoking laws. Because of these laws our past weddings that incorporated weed were all held on private properties. We set up the weed tents away from the general reception area as we wanted to be mindful that not all guests at the wedding would partake in smoking.

Is alcohol allowed at these weddings?

Alcohol is allowed to be served at weddings where weed is also present, but they must be administered by two separate companies. When weed is being distributed we always rely on the services of experienced “budtenders” who are able to make educated suggestions and control distribution.

Aside from weed, do you offer edibles to the guests?

None of our guests have opted to offer edibles to their guests.

How do you handle the presence of children at these weddings?

The presence of children at a weed themed wedding is no different than the presence of children at weddings where alcohol is served. Part of the budtender’s service is to ensure that minors are not being administered weed.

Have you received complaints from guests at any of your weed themed weddings?

We have not received any complaints from guests. When planning a wedding that incorporates weed, we try to be as thoughtful as possible as we know that not everyone will partake. We always recommend our couples to design an area that is a little more inconspicuous and away from the main reception area.

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Photo of the bud bar from John and Whitney’s 2015 wedding. Photo credit: Jessica Hill Photography

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John and Whitney’s budtender about his craft. Photo credit Jessica Hill Photography.

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Liesl and Eric’s weed tent at their June 2017 wedding. Photo credit Brittany Lauren Photography.

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Reading material from Liesl and Eric’s wedding. Photo credit Brittany Lauren Photography.

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The area of the weed tent is discreetly identified by a sign bearing the green cross. Photo credit Jessica Hill Photography.

Bridal Bliss has a strong reputation as a leader in the Northwest wedding planning industry. The planners of Bridal Bliss are known for planning weddings that are innovative and fun. Bridal Bliss serves the areas of Central Oregan and Seattle, Washington, offering full planning services, day of coordination  and elopement packages.

Reiki Your Way to the Big Day

According to the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale,! marriage ranks in the top ten most stressful life events. On what is supposed to be one of the happiest days in your life, the quest for perfection can rob you and everyone around you of any joy at all. Important keys to staying calm and finding happiness in the moment are keeping a realistic perspective and striving for balance. This is where Reiki can help.

Stress is often the result of misplaced priorities. Wedding planning presents opportunity-after-opportunity to lose focus of the goal of the day — the joining of two people who love and cherish one another. That is all. Everything else is distraction — the gown, flowers, cake, location, date, time, guests, family members — it’s all fluff. Reiki can be of tremendous help as you work to restore balance and maintain a positive outlook. In fact, Reiki is associated with at least five of the 10 Keys to Happier Living.

Take care of your body. In addition to physical activity, the body needs time to rest and rejuvenate. During a Reiki session, breathing is slowed and the body tends to enter a state of deep relaxation. External stimulation is arrested while higher consciousness takes over to relieve pain and activate the body’s natural ability to self-heal.

Live life mindfully. Reiki heightens awareness by setting a stage for quiet reflection. It is a forced respite that opens the door to self-awareness and a renewed consciousness. The down time spent in a Reiki session can help you to reconnect with the universe, thus empowering you to see the bigger (or smaller) picture of what is occurring in the moment.

Find ways to bounce back. The disappointment of not being able to get the venue you want, falling short of your weight loss goal or being unable to afford the wedding you’ve dreamed about can be crushing.  Reiki can help speed the cycle of recovery from disappointment. It is an opportunity to reconnect with the God of your belief system, reflect on the setback and gain a proper perspective.

Look for what’s good. Reiki can help you find the good in challenging situations instead of reacting emotionally to every little thing. It facilitates time to see things realistically. This will help to even out your feelings, prevent mood swings and restore a sense of control so that you are less likely to tailspin.

Be part of something bigger. What is bigger than the universe in which we exist? Reiki is a direct connect to the Source of all things. The time spent in each session will strengthen your link to Source. If it is in alignment with your belief system, you can call upon your spiritual support team for assistance with any problem or answers to any question. You are not alone.

By adding Reiki to your pre-wedding plans, you will be reminded to keep the main thing the main thing. Bi-monthly sessions will bring a greater sense of control, clear insight and a heightened sense of joy to what may otherwise be a harrowing time.

Rhonda Kuykendall-Jabari is an advanced Reiki Practitioner and teacher. To learn more about Rhonda and her Reiki practice, visit www.wellnessuprising.com.

5 Ways To Serve Donuts At Your Wedding

September 14th is National Cream Filled Donut Day. Therefore today’s blog post is all about following the trend of including these delectable desserts as part of your wedding day festivities. Here are five ways that are sure to make a sweet impression on your guests.

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1. The donut buffet:  According to Carrie Lux of Details on Demand, designer of donut and wedding favor bags, donut buffets are super popular right now. Indeed this is a wedding trend that shows no signs of letting up. Many couples offer the donut buffet as a stand-in or alternative to the traditional wedding cake. However there are other ways to offer these tasty treats to your friends and family.

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2. As a welcome gifts: Have boxes of warm donuts delivered, in place of fruit baskets or other standard fare, to the hotel rooms of your out of town guests.

3. As a centerpiece: Use towers of donuts frosted with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry icing as a centerpiece for the kids table. Use paper coasters or flattened coffee filters between the layers to prevent the donuts from sticking together. Photo credit Martha Stewart Weddings.

4. As wedding favors: place donuts in donut bags and leave on place settings for your guests. You can also place the bags near the donut buffet for guests to fill with the pastry of their choosing.  Bags available from Details on Demand.

5. As appetizers: after the ceremony, offer donut holes or mini donuts to hold your guests over until the meal is served. I

Stand Up To Cancer On Your Wedding Day

The second Friday of September is Stand Up To Cancer Day; this year it falls in September 8. 2017. Perhaps you are a loved one is dealing with cancer and you’re looking for a way to give a big F**k you to this dreaded condition. There are many ways, both creative and practical, that your wedding can be turned into a platform to Stand Up To Cancer.

1. If you are a cancer survivor bride like Jordan Lambert, you can face the illness head on with boldness and style.  When chemo took her hair, she refused to let it steal her joy and she opted to not camouflage her baldness beneath a wig. Instead she chose to adorn her head with this queenly floral crown during her ceremony.

Later during the reception, she exchanged the crown for a turban. When the heat of  the turban became too much, Jordan showcased her bald head beautifully tattooed with henna by her husband.

Says Jordan “Cancer gave me the opportunity to make beauty from pain. On my wedding day I was a living work of art.” Read Jordan’s complete story at Offbeat Bride. 

2. Donate your wedding gown to The Brides Project.  Undoubtedly you invested a great deal of time, money and emotion into choosing your wedding gown. Now that the wedding day has come and gone you could have a trash the dress photo session or you could take the opportunity to enrich multiple lives by donating your gown to The Brides Project. This charity offers “pre- loved” wedding gowns at a discount to brides and then passes the profits on to cancer research and support charities.

The mission of TBP is to support adults and kids impacted by cancer by ensuring sustainable funding to the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, and to provide brides with a socially-conscious, eco- and budget-friendly option for purchasing their wedding gowns .”For more information, visit  The Brides Project website.

3. Give your guests the option to make donations to cancer research in lieu of wedding gifts.

If you’re  like most of today’s brides and grooms you’ve led established lives before getting married. Therefore you probably don’t need any new kitchen appliances or household items as much as you need to figure out how to deal with the fact that you know have two of everything.

Instead of registering for gifts with a department store, why not create a fundraising page at the Cancer Research Institute’s website? On this page you can set your fundraising goal, describe why CRI is your charity of choice, and track donations. It also allows you to create a page for your cause on Facebook, where your guests can give directly through the social networking site. For more information visit the Cancer Research Institute

4. Give a donation in lieu of or in addition to wedding favors.   For example, take advantage of the American Cancer Society’s Wedding Favors program that enables brides and grooms to purchase scrolls indicating that a donation to the American Cancer Society has been made in honor of their guests in lieu of traditional wedding favors. For more information visit The Hope Shop 

Alternatively,  give a small edible treat dressed with a ribbon or card that states a donation to your charity was made in the guest’s honor.

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5. Sell your unwanted wedding gifts on eBay. 100 per cent of the profits will go to your chosen charity. Ebay makes it easy to unload your unwanted gifts and claims to have raised over $750,000.00 for its roster of charities. The company does charge a per item insertion fee and a final value fee to list your items. However those fees are credited back to you, seller, once the item sells. Visit eBay For Charity for more information.

5 Signature Cocktails To Celebrate Your Autumn Wedding.

5 Signature Cocktails To Celebrate Your Autumn Wedding.

If you’ve chosen an autumn date on which to exchange your vows then you, like me, must be an autumn lover. In my opinion no other season pleases the five senses in the way that autumn does: the eye-catching colors of the falling leaves, the smell of crisp, clean morning air, the tastes of autumn fruits, Halloween treats and Thanksgiving delights, the feel of cozy sweaters long tucked away and the sounds of silence around the house now that the kids are back in school. Yep, autumn is the “It” season.

So my fellow autumn lover, are you going to let just any old cocktail serve as the signature drink at your wedding reception or are you going to express your love of autumn by offeeing a drink or drinks that vibe with the flavors, scents, colors and feelings of cozy warmth that is the stuff autumn dreams are made of?

Here are recipes for five seasonal cocktails that I’ve rounded up from around the web to share with you. If you serve any of these drinks at your wedding, feel free to leave a comment and tell me how much you enjoyed them.

1. Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned 

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2 tsp maple syrup

1 tsp water

1 piece orange peel

1 dash bitters

2 ounces bourbon

1 maraschino cherry 

Mix liquid ingredients well. Add ice cubes and orange peel. Garnish with cherry. Recipe and photo from Delish

2. Pumpkin Spice Martini

Ingredients

For the martini

2ounces pumpkin flavored vodka 

1 ounce dark rum

2 tablespoons pumpkin puree

1/2 ounce half and half

1 ounce maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 ice cubes

For the rim

Graham crackers, cinnamon and sugar, pulverized in a food processor.

Directions 

Rim martini glass with graham cracker mixture. Place drink ingredients into a martini shaker a shake until chilled. Pour drink into glasses and garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Recipe and photo from No Spoon Necessary 

3. Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Ingredients :

Crushed ice

1 1/3 ounces caramel vodka

3 ounces apple cider

Ginger beer

Directions:

Fill mule mug with ice. Add vodka and cider. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with apple slices.  Recipe and photo from Pretty Plain Janes .

4. Persimmon Smash 

Ingredients:

1 ounce persimmon puree

1 ounce St. Germane

Champaign 

Ice

Directions:

Place puree, St. German and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled. Pour into Champaign flute and tip with Champaign. Photo and recipe from Pippin Hill Farms

5. The Juice And Treuse

Ingredients:

3/4 ounce green Chartreuse

1/2 ounce Chareau

1/2 ounce Wild Turkey 101 Rye

1/2 ounce lemon juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

1 ounce carrot juice

Ice

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a cocktails glass. Garnish with a fennel frond. Recipe from Forbes. Photo credit: Nico Osteria.