There’s a lot to consider when planning a wedding. Flowers, food, clothes, venues, invitations; the list is virtually endless. As different as all these different aspects of wedding planning are, there’s one common theme: money.
In the United States, the average cost of a wedding is $26,720. That’s pretty crazy, considering the fact that some people are spending enough to buy a car in just one day.
There are definitely parts of the wedding that cost more than others. For instance, party favors and invitations are cheap compared to the cost of things like jewelry and photography. But alcohol is, by far, the priciest part of a wedding. In fact, in that average wedding we mentioned earlier, nearly 20 percent is spent on providing an open bar. And for what? So your guests can get too drunk to remember your big day?
If this seems like a waste, it is. Swapping alcohol for cannabis is a much better way to make sure your guests have a good time. Plus, it can be much, much cheaper.
Don’t believe us? Let’s break it down.
The Cost of Alcohol for a Wedding
For all of these calculations, we’ll assume you’re going to have a pretty small wedding with just 100 guests. On average, bars at weddings are usually open for about five hours. It’s safe to say your guests are having at least one drink per hour, but since you always want to overestimate these kinds of things, we’ll assume they’re going to have more and plan for each consuming 9 drinks during the reception.
Everyone drinks something different, so we’ll plan as though each of these guests is going to have 3 beers, 3 glasses of wine, and 3 liquor-based drinks. Each beer is 12 oz., each glass of wine is 5 oz., and each cocktail contains 1.5 oz. of liquor. We used a wedding alcohol calculator to help with the math.
So, for your wedding of 100 guests at 9 drinks each, you’d need:
- 13 cases of beer containing 24 bottles each
- 60 bottles of wine able to pour 5 glasses each
- 18 bottle of liquor able to pour 17 drinks each
Let’s make one more assumption and say you’re probably not going to go with bottom shelf liquor. To get our final total, let’s say that:
- Each case of beer costs $20
- Each bottle of liquor costs $20
- Each bottle of wine costs $15
What’s this add up to? You’re looking at a bar tab of around $1,500. Again, this is assuming your bar is open for 5 hours and each of your 100 guests consumes 9 drinks during that time. Your actual cost may be a bit more or a bit less, but this is a good ballpark figure to go on.
The Cost of Cannabis for a Wedding
The easiest way to supply your wedding with cannabis, is to hire a budtending service. These companies will supply budtenders, glass accessories, and however much flower, edibles, and concentrates you think you’ll need.
In a recent interview with Mic, Andrew Miuere, owner of Top Shelf Budtending, said that his company’s services start as low as $250. That’s flower, glass, and budtenders for an entire night for just $250.
But maybe you’re not interested in a budtender and want to do everything yourself. If so, our friends at Love and Marij have some tips on planning the cost of flower, edibles, and concentrates.
(Top Shelf Bartending photo)
Many couples choose to serve flower at their wedding. After all, that’s what most people think of when they picture cannabis and it’s the cheapest way to serve it. Half a gram each is likely more than enough to get your guests lifted, so for 100 guests you’re going to need 50 grams.
There are 28 grams in an ounce, so let’s go ahead and assume you purchase 2 ounces, just to be safe. In most places, you can get a high quality ounce of flower for around $150, which means you can have plenty of flower to last the whole night for a modest $300.
If you’re looking to mix it up by providing edibles, the pricing changes a bit. Most people who have never had edibles don’t need more than 5-10 mg to last the whole evening, whereas regular users may need up to 50 mg to feel an effect. To ensure there is plenty to go around, we’ll plan for each guest eating 25 mg total.
Again, if we’re overestimating, we can assume that a 100 mg edible will cost around $30. Since each will accommodate 4 guests, you’ll need a total of 25 edibles which will cost you $750. That means your guests can basically eat all the edibles they want and you’re still only spending half what you would on a bar tab.
(Mahatma Concentrates photo)
If you and most of your guests are experienced users, you can step it up a notch by providing concentrates. Wax is one of the most popular cannabis concentrates, so we’ll use that in this example. The half a gram per guest rule works well with wax. Even for an experienced user, a half gram dab is going to do the trick nicely. So for your 100 guests, you’d need 50 grams of wax.
Wax can vary in its pricing, so we’ll calculate two figures based on wax that costs $50/gram and wax that runs $100/gram.
If you go with the lower end, and assume $50 per gram, you’re looking at spending $2,500. Double that for high end wax at $100/gram, and the grand total for the night would be $5,000.
Cannabis or Alcohol – The Choice is Yours
So there you have it. As promised, providing cannabis for your wedding can be way cheaper than serving alcohol. Flower is definitely the most efficient way to go, plus it’s pretty fun to see your guests lighting up. Edibles cost more than flower, but are still much cheaper than booze.
Concentrates are definitely costly, so if you want to include them, you might consider offering mostly flower and have some concentrates available for heavier users to partake in. No matter what you decide, you can have a nice mix of flower, edibles, and concentrates and still pay less than you would for an open bar. At the end of the day, you should choose whatever you think will ensure your guests have a great time and you have a wedding you’ll never forget.