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- Pop some Champagne or smoke a joint?
Maybe your old Uncle Bud or Aunt Mary Jane will wander over to the special tent to have a toke or enjoy a refreshing, fruity, THC-infused mocktail!
It’s a brave new world in Colorado post-legalization, and cannabis weddings are in demand, sought out by couples young and old who are looking to say vows their way. Right now, Colorado’s stock of 420-friendly wedding venues is growing.
Where there is a niche market, there are companies eager to fill the need. Websites like Love & Marij and Cannabride offer wedding planning advice in six Western states: Colorado, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. The sites promote cannabis-friendly vendors from caterers to florists to hairstylists and nail artists to limousine companies, DJs and much more.
Professional cannabis wedding planning companies, like Irie Weddings & Events, which works with some 50 venues across Colorado, can be hired to sweat all the details. “We’re a one-stop shop for cannabis-friendly weddings,” says Bec Koop, 33, who co-founded Irie with partner Madlyne Kelly, 27, in 2016 in Centennial.
Koop was also instrumental in starting Denver’s Cannabis Wedding Expo — last held in January 2018, and now expanding to other legal states — which offers couples a chance to meet with experienced, 420-friendly vendors ready to serve.
What might a 420-friendly wedding look like? While the bride goes for the final fitting of her hemp gown, and the groom stops at the marijuana shop to pick up the strains selected for the “bud bar” at the reception, a limo from High End Transportation can pick up the wedding guests at the airport and take them for a ride to sample some fine Colorado herb.
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- Mens’ “budonnières” make weed decorative.
Even ahead of the wedding, party buses can be hired to serve as transport and a smoking lounge for bachelor and bachelorette parties.
Much of the energy and creativity to open and nourish these 420-friendly wedding ventures comes from youthful “ganjapreneurs,” like Irie’s co-owner Koop. Business-minded and originally trained as a florist, Koop was working as a budtender in the high-altitude mountain town of Alma when she came up with the idea of adding ganja greenery to her floral creations. She started Buds and Blossoms, Colorado’s first cannabis florist, four years ago, and that morphed into several related canna-wedding ventures. Business is good and growing, Koop says, and Irie’s now managing three to six cannabis-themed events every month during the summer.
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- A bud bar should provide lower-THC strains for newbies and lightweights.
The good news about cannabis weddings is that they can be less expensive than those that serve only alcohol. “Two-hundred dollars’ worth of cannabis is enough to roll over 100 ½-gram joints,” Koop says. “Alcohol for this many people may be $2,000.”
When asked for her advice to couples planning a cannabis wedding, Koop, of course, recommends hiring a professional firm like hers, over a DIY wedding. She adds that couples should make sure that the venue is comfortable with the plans before signing a contract. Lastly, she says, “Hire a professional budtender — you don’t want a disaster!”