Normally a $300 billion industry, the wedding business has come to a complete stop due to the coronavirus outbreak. Brides and grooms fear they have no choice put to postpone or cancel entirely for the 2020 year. The state of COVID-19 might change the way we gather for weddings, funerals, sporting events, movie screenings—you name it. But hey, it’s not all gloom and doom. We can think of at least one way to make weddings fun and stress-free again…any guesses? Yep, marijuana! Once life resumes to semi-normalcy, we could see a lot more weed weddings. Keep reading to find out more!
What Is A Weed Wedding?
While it’s more traditional for couples to serve alcohol or arrange an open bar at their wedding, some choose marijuana as their mind-altering substance of choice. Simply put: a weed wedding is a wedding during which marijuana is consumed, either smoked or eaten in the form of edibles, by the guests and happy couple. This is a genius way to cater to guests who need to drive later on in the night or live a more sober lifestyle without alcohol. It’s also less likely that guests will experience a massive hangover the next day.
Couples Who’ve Hosted Weed Weddings
Take Michelle Casanova, for example. This California bride says she wanted to “take a huge bong rip in my wedding dress,” and she did just that on in October 2018 with groom Jason by her side. According to The Guardian, “The 34-year-old Texan walked down the aisle holding a bouquet of sunflowers and weed leaves. Guests were served slices of a THC-infused cake and treated to a dab bar where they could take hits of potent, concentrated cannabis oil via a vaporizer.”
Michelle also hired budtenders for the night to hand out rolled joints. The wedding started with a sativa to get the crowd pumped up before the ceremony. Up next, she served hybrids to mellow out her guests after the service, followed by indica strains once the party wound down. Sounds phenomenal, don’t you think?
Moving a little more inland, we have a Colorado-based couple who chose marijuana as their wedding theme. The bride, dressed in a gorgeous white dress, took a massive hit from her white bong. Dusty and Clara Higgins served edibles at their June 2017 wedding and decorated their tables with floral marijuana varieties.
For this couple, marijuana meant so much more than a simple party favor—it’s actually how their relationship blossomed! Clara worked at a bar years ago when a handsome stranger, now her husband, offered her a joint mid-shift. Now, Clara makes a living as a marijuana influencer on Instagram.
Are Weed Weddings Legal?
That depends on where you live. For brides Michelle and Clara, they both lived in states with recreational marijuana at the time of their wedding. We can assume that weed weddings are legal in the following states:
How To Serve Weed At Your Wedding
Dear brides, this is *your* big day. Sure, you have a groom, but we’re willing to bet that he’ll go along with anything you say for your wedding. “Happy wife, happy life,” ya’ know? So, if it’s weed you want, make it happen! You could start with a budtender the same way you’d hire a bartender. Leave it to the experts to put a fantastic weed menu together for you.
Food & Drink Ideas
Like Michelle, you could start the celebration with a sativa and gradually turn down the party with an indica by the time the caterers serve dessert. Imagine sinking your teeth into a double fudge cake with cream cheese frosting and whipped cream on top. As for the drinks, have you heard of canna-cocktails? These alcohol-free “mocktails” include single servings of THC and/or CBD that are mixed with juice and garnishes.
Work Around Your Budget
If money were no issue, we’d all have Taylor Swift or Drake perform at our wedding with lions and tigers and bears, oh my! It’s easy to get so carried away with Pinterest boards that brides forget about their budget. Many marijuana businesses offer wedding packages for 4/20-friendly brides starting around $1,000. And remember, the higher quality of weed, the higher the price tag.
What Does Your Dream Wedding Look Like?
Once again, dear brides, I sympathize with you. I planned my wedding for October 2020 and who the heck knows how that’s going to turn out! Take it from me that you can plan, and plan, and plan, and still feel like you’re bound to a rollercoaster with no way to get off. That’s what weed is for. And you may need it at your wedding for a hefty dose of calmness amidst COVID-19.
Now, I’m curious as to what your dream wedding looks like? Weed weddings are on the rise and they sound like an insanely fun time!