Cannabis Weddings – A New Trend to Saying “I Do”  

Your wedding day is perhaps one of the biggest days of your life. Joining together families and friends for a day of celebrating love and commitment to one another. Spending countless hours on every detail to make the wedding perfect from the food to the decor to the cannabis? 

While alcohol is a typical pairing for weddings many brides are moving towards cannabis inspired weddings giving guests a unique alternative to enjoy during the festivities. 

Irie Weddings & Events  

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Bec Koop, Founder of Irie Weddings & Events started this venture in January 2014 after growing up in her mother’s florist shop, at the turn of legalization she knew she had found a niche market. Fast forward to today Bec has joined forces with Madlyne Kelly and three support staff members to offer cannabis friendly events in Colorado and California with talk of opening a Northern and Southern California branch in the future. 

Irie Weddings and Events specializes in providing wedding guests with high quality bud tending services, “buds and blossoms” cannabis-infused bouquets, and other innovative ways to incorporate cannabis into your big day. 

Bud Bars  

The bud bar created by Irie Wedding’s offers customized cannabis strain options as well as various modes of consumption including a dab bar with an e-nail, PAX Vaporizers, and pre-rolled joints. 

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Guests are educated on proper consumption and dosing options to ensure a safe and responsible experience for both consumers and non-consumers at the event. 

According to Bec Koop, “75% of venues prefer vaporizer consumption over smoking. If you are having an outdoor wedding normally smoking is permitted outside.” 

It is always important to be up front with your venue to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws.

Microdosing is also becoming a huge trend for cannabis weddings as many guests are commonly from out of town, less experienced users, as well as the shorter length of the event causes added concern with consumption. 

Irie Wedding and Event’s pairs with companies such as 1906 New High specializing in “go” cannabis-infused coffee beans and chocolates that are 1MG doses, as well as Sweet Grass Kitchen that has 2.5MG buttermelts which are a perfect addition to any dessert table. 

Microdosing is a great way to incorporate cannabis into the event by offering guests a controlled high experience with less concern of over consumption. 

 Buds and Blossoms 

For canna brides who want to take the cannabis experience to the next level Irie Wedding’s offers cannabis bud infused bouquets and boutonnieres. 

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This is a chic, classy way to delicately incorporate cannabis into your wedding without shocking the grandparents. 

This year’s trends are focused on more greenery over blossoms as well as bright colors with almost no greenery. Adding cannabis leaves and buds to the mix can really brighten up any bouquet or floral arrangement  at the event. 

Cannabrides 

Today eight states included the District of Columbia have adopted laws for recreational cannabis use. 

As more states continue to legalize cannabis consumers will start to add cannabis into their wedding day moving towards normalization of consumption.  

Many couples are starting standing up for their right to legal cannabis consumption and would like to share those experiences with their guests. 

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Cannabrides can now chose from custom made hemp-based wedding gowns from HighVibe Bride that include cannabis details in sashes, head pieces, and veils. 

Lifted Karma Project in Seattle, WA specializes in canna-chic jewelry that pairs perfectly with wedding attire. 

Philip Wolf, CEO of Cannabis Wedding Expo has been hosting expos in Colorado and California where brides-to-be can become educated on all the ways to include cannabis into their wedding from custom invitations, table decor, infused treats, and more. 

Event Planning Advice 

If you are interested in incorporating cannabis into your wedding one of the best tips from Bec Koop of Irie Weddings is, “Make sure you have a 420 dream team of collective vendors who share the same vision.” 

Working together with other like-minded companies and venues will ensure the success of the event. 

Irie recently teamed up with Kaya Event Designs in Denver, CO to create a cannabis bridal styled shoot showcasing local vendors to create the modern day vision of cannabis consumers in a wedding setting. 

As more people become interested in this opportunities more venues are coming forward as  cannabis friendly offering gorgeous spaces for weddings including Lion’s Gate Event Center in Lafayette, CO and the International Cannabis Church in Denver, CO. 

Cannabis weddings are at the fore-front of this movement and are bursting with creativity and opportunity. 

If you are interested in incorporating cannabis into your big day check out these vendors to make your dreams come alive. 

 

To read the full article in print please check out The Emerald Magazine August 2018 Edition. 

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