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.
Photo of the bud bar from John and Whitney’s 2015 wedding. Photo credit: Jessica Hill Photography
John and Whitney’s budtender about his craft. Photo credit Jessica Hill Photography.
Liesl and Eric’s weed tent at their June 2017 wedding. Photo credit Brittany Lauren Photography.
Reading material from Liesl and Eric’s wedding. Photo credit Brittany Lauren Photography.
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.