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Marijuana-Themed Are The Latest Trend In Wedding Receptions

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Want some Holy Grail with your holy matrimony?

In this age of fast-paced wedding trends including beta-marriages, wedding hashtags, mason jars, our friends in the green-friendly states have put their finger on a wedding practice that’s more about chilling the fuck out. Weed weddings are predictably starting to gain ground in Colorado and Washington since legalization, because if you’re going to incorporate the people you cherish the most on your special day, you sure as hell can incorporate the Kush you cherish the most.

Smoking up at a wedding isn’t exactly the most ground-breaking act, but couples are really taking advantage of legalization: from bouquets and complementary boutonnieres speckled with buds and leaves to offering joints and mini-vaporizers as wedding favors, to cutting a pot-infused wedding cake. One Colorado couple even used small marijuana plants as a seating arrangement guide instead of being labeled after famous composers or mountains peaks in Colorado, the tables were all named after different strains of weed.

As Lois Smith Brady writes in the New York Times (which by the way is currently running a six-part series of pro-legalization pieces accompanied by the most stonery interactive graphic), marijuana is starting to gain some ground as a legitimate addition to (and alternative to alcohol) in weddings:

Bec Koop, a 30-year-old florist living in Denver, Colorado, has been smoking weed for years. She has endometriosis and severe back pain, and has come to rely on marijuana for pain relief and relaxation. She never thought about combining her love for Mary Jane with her passion for other flowers — until one day, she had an epiphany.

“I had some cannabis coming down out of my own garden and I decided to put the flowers around the cannabis, Koop tells Bustle. “And it was a lightbulb moment. It was like, ‘Aha! Oh my god, cannabis weddings!'”

And just like that, in a state where recreational cannabis consumption is legal, a new woman-owned business was born. Buds & Blossoms became Colorado’s first cannabis florist, and Koop began selling tasteful arrangements incorporating marijuana flowers into everything from bouquets to boutonnières.

Koop asks that customers buy the weed at a dispensary themselves, which makes things simpler, legally speaking. “If you grew your own tulips and you said you wanted these tulips in your bouquet — and they’re legal tulips —what’s the problem here?” None — in Colorado, anyway, where recreational marijuana use has been legal since 2012.

As her arrangements caught on, Koop realized there was a demand for more than just flowers, and decided to start Cannabis Concierge Events, a wedding planning company that helps customers incorporate cannabis into their special day, legally. Customers can plan anything with her, from designing hemp wedding dresses to planning cannabis oil massages and THC-filled vaporizer bars.
The niche industry for cannabis weddings is new but booming, so much so that Koop decided to co-organize the first ever cannabis wedding expo on January 17. Sponsored by the 420-friendly dating site Love and Marij, Koop says they are “fully expecting to sell out.” Attendees will be able to do everything from taste test THC-free samples of edibles to browse custom-made vaporizers for the big day.
Having worked in the traditional wedding industry for years, Koop says that working with “cannabis brides,” as she calls them, is a welcome relief. “I have seen bridezillas. I have had four circumstances where I’ve walked in and I’ve seen the bride screaming at her mom, her sister, her whole bridal party … but I have never had that circumstance, knock on wood, with a cannabis bride.”

Many pot enthusiasts think of alcohol as an old-fashioned, old-school toxin whose overuse can inflame family tensions and cause people to say horrible things, especially at weddings. In comparison, marijuana, they contend, is more like a tonic that calms people down and makes them like each other more rather than less perfect for a wedding, they say.

Brady spoke with a couple who runs a bed and breakfast and hosted a weed-friendly wedding: “Marijuana intoxication is full of positive emotion. People feel love and connection. Every single person cried at the wedding.”

I get it, I get the community building, and the primordial connections being made in the name of the higher One Love, but were they crying because of the wedding or were they crying because they smoked too much, and thought that they were going to die because their hearts literally skipped a beat? Asking for a friend.

As d0pe as weed may be at a wedding, it’s still pretty divisive. Obviously it’s probably not a good idea to have children around a bunch of edibles though plenty of people opt to leave their kids with the sitter for weddings anyway. Still it can be awkward for those who don’t partake in smoking or simply don’t want to come home from a wedding with their nice wedding clothes reeking like a college dorm on 4/20 (or any other day of the year, really). Also, as Brady wrote, one wedding offered marijuana, and everyone ended up getting stoned, leaving the dance floor largely untouched, which is an unforgivable sin in my book.

Nonetheless, it’s an interesting trend considering the size and bankability of the wedding industry to begin with. And given the popularity of Gatsby-themed weddings, barnyard weddings, etc., there is something about having a wedding based around the central idea of “This Shit is Dank” that is just so delightful.

REFERENCES

BUSTLE – http://www.bustle.com/articles/134873-this-is-what-a-cannabis-wedding-looks-like

13ACTIONNEWS – http://www.ktnv.com/news/weed-themed-wedding-chapel-opens-in-las-vegas

NEWSwpxi.com – http://www.wpxi.com/news/marijuana-latest-trend-wedding-receptions/32193325

JEZEBEL – http://jezebel.com/weed-weddings-are-the-latest-trailblazin-trend-in-nupt-1611646088

 

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