How much do you love cannabis? Enough to make it part of your big wedding day? Some couples are saying yes to a 420-friendly wedding and, by doing so, are creating another sector of the cannabis economy.
For some couples, they may want to introduce their guests who have never tried cannabis to the plant for the first time, others may want to give guests an alternative to alcohol.
When you start planning a cannabis-friendly wedding, you will have to consider venue first. Finding the perfect place for your wedding day is hard enough, but finding a beautiful venue that is okay with weed? Sounds like a unicorn. Luckily cannabis is gaining so much mainstream acceptance that opportunities for cannabis-friendly venues and vendors is at an all-time high.
Let’s start with the basics: you obviously need to start with a recreationally legal state. If you do not live in one, it is important to consider how long the commute to a legal state will take for your guests.
Colorado, one of the first states to pass legal recreational cannabis, seems to have the most options for cannabis-friendly venues. While public consumption is illegal in Denver, you can hold events with cannabis so long as it is on private property and no cannabis product is sold at the event.
Bella Vista, Steamboat Springs, CO
If you have been to or live in Colorado, chances are you’ve heard of the idyllic town Steamboat Springs. Steamboat is known for its naturally occurring geothermal hot springs and, in true Colorado fashion, world-renowned skiing.
The gorgeous, Bella Vista, private property is only a few minutes from downtown Steamboat, has plenty of room and an insanely scenic view. The best part? They are totally cannabis friendly! If you are looking to get married in the summer months, Bella Vista can accommodate up to 200 guests and 50 in the winter months.
Arrowhead Manor, Denver, CO
Right outside of Denver, you will find Arrowhead Manor. Another private residence boasting gorgeous mountain views and an old school lodge vibe, this would be a perfect backdrop for your big day. As a private residence, Arrowhead Manor allows for cannabis consumption on-site, so feel free to book that budtender and stock up your cannabis bar!
Venue rentals start at $2,000, including overnight room stays.
The International Church of Cannabis, Denver, CO
This one is for the real cannabis enthusiast. The International Church of Cannabis is now booking cannabis-friendly weddings because…of course they are! This church is what cannabis dreams are made of. The walls are painted floor to ceiling with bright murals, a modern take on stoner cultures of the past.
If you love cannabis, have that ring on your finger and are ready to go, your timing couldn’t be better. The International Church of Cannabis is giving away a free wedding venue rental!
Already have the perfect venue but still want to incorporate cannabis into your wedding? You can book a cannabis-friendly limo service to drive your guests around! The “limo law” in states allow for consumption inside the vehicle. Keep in mind you will, of course, need to be in a legal cannabis state for these services.
Leading the nation in cannabis legislation and culture, Denver will soon play host to a unique event designed for cannabis enthusiasts looking to incorporate marijuana into their wedding festivities.
A first of its kind, the Cannabis Wedding Expo will take place on Sunday, January 17th at the Point Gallery in Denver, Colorado. Described as, “a fun and educational opportunity for couples and canna-businesses to come together to learn more ways about how to safely and intelligently bring cannabis into their special day in a classy and sophisticated way,” the expo may just spur the next big wedding trend.
Brought to the Mile High City by title sponsor LoveandMarij.com and co-hosted by the brains behind the operation, Bec Koop, owner of Cannabis Concierge Events and Philip Wolf, founder of Cultivating Spirits, this historical expo will bring wedding vendors with experience incorporating cannabis together with couples who are planning their big day.
“We’re finding the right vendors and venues and people who are at least open-minded to cannabis and finding the ways that people are allowed to incorporate it and enjoy it — ice bongs, vape stations, bud bars, pre-loaded bowls, joints, whatever the circumstances may be.”
Niki McDonald, CEO of Love and Marij, a forum created to help inspire people to incorporate cannabis into upscale events, shared her thoughts about the expo,
“We’re so excited to be a part of history! Whether or not it’s allowed, people smoke weed at weddings. We believe it’s time to stop “hiding” cannabis consumption and allow cannabis to elevate the level of elegance at your event!”
McDonald continued, “From hosting a canna-bar to incorporating buds into your bouquet, there’s so many fun new ways to exercise your legal freedom of expression and we’re here to connect canna-curious party hosts with dispensaries and cannabis friendly vendors that will help you recreate with class!”
The event will be open only to attendees 21 and over who purchase tickets and RSVP in advance. While onsite consumption in the “cannabis lounge” is permitted and encouraged, it is strictly BYOC (Bring Your Own Cannabis).
When: Sunday January 17, 2016
Where: Point Gallery 765 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO
Photo credits: Lollylah Wedding Photography, Jessica Hill Photography
More about Love and Marij:
According to CEO, Niki McDonald, LoveandMarij.com started as a way to spark change in the way people think to use cannabis. Having the right to enjoy legal marijuana is tremendous, but she is on a mission to elevate the social acceptance of WHERE and HOW people should be able to legally recreate!
McDonald believes there should be a cannabar next to every open bar at every wedding where the law permits, and that anyone who wants to take a limo out on the town to drink the night away should have the option to enjoy cannabis in that limo and have a cannabis infused meal should they choose to.
While people in states where marijuana is legal are technically able to enjoy these luxuries, only a handful of business owners will actually allow cannabis on their properties, making it difficult to enjoy cannabis outside of the home. By creating a hub of articles and imagery that celebrate new trends in cannabis use, Love and Marij aims to demystify cannabis use in social and upscale settings and inspire more people to enjoy cannabis openly!
Love and Marij is inspired by pioneers in the cannabis experience industry like Cultivating Spirits, who hosts sophisticated food, wine & cannabis paring experiences, Buds and Blossoms, who can incorporate cannabis into any floral arrangement and Puff Pass and Paint, where people can legally smoke and express their creative side. We write about cannabis friendly date ideas, real weed weddings and we list vendors that are cannabis friendly. We also have a shop where we highlight gifts perfect for cannabis friendly couples!
To help get the message out there, Love and Marij is hosting a contest to give away a FREE upscale cannabis wedding at Bella Vista Estate in Steamboat Springs, CO, where any newly engaged couple or any couple that wants to renew their vows is welcome to enter to win over $20,000 worth of prizes! They are also the title sponsor of the world’s first Cannabis Wedding Expo in Denver, CO on Jan 17th, 2016 where the general public can check out the world’s first cannabis wedding vendors and experience the BYO Cannabis Lounge. If you want to help in the crusade to make the world a more cannabis friendly place, follow them on social media and send your ideas, products, party photos and press releases so they can spread the word!