Couples lose booze, choose buds

With the cannabis freedom revolution in full swing, many are finding new and innovative ways to incorporate the botanical bud into their everyday lives. Cannabis is at the forefront of civil-liberty debates nationwide, and this multi-billion-dollar industry is leaping headlong into more markets with every “passing” year.

There are 24 states (plus the District of Columbia) where medical cannabis is legal, but the four states (and D.C.!) where recreational consumption also is approved really have it going on. Free adults in those free societies are offered an open arena to explore their own personal relationship with the flower—and sales are “blooming”.

Colorado, Oregon, both Washingtons, and Alaska are serving as the guinea pigs, ushering in a whole new era of liberty for those who choose to partake of recreational or medical cannabis. Greenophiles no longer have to hide in the dark to do the dank. And amazing opportunities are coming to light because of this cutting-edge transition.

According to Sound Vision, 2.3 million couples wed every year in the United States, which equates to 6,300 weddings per day. This business is absolutely astronomical, raking in $72 billion annually. Even better, brides and grooms all over the country are now opting out of alcohol for their special day and instead bringing in budtenders for an experience like no other. This, of course, generates even more business opportunity—a massive boon to a beleaguered economy and a weary people, both staggering under the weight of stagnant wages.

Nothing is more traditional or more sacred than the exchange of matrimonial vows. As the world evolves, however, so does tradition.

The future?

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This fun idea has become a lucrative reality, and there’s a “green rush” to the front of the line to innovate the world of weed weddings. Through sites like CannaBride.com and LoveandMarij.com, cannabis-loving brides can easily find Kush catering alongside many other services that make for an enjoyable experience for all parties involved.

Recently, an Oregon couple decided to replace the usual libations with a fun twist that ended up being the highlight of the party. John Elledge and Whitney Alexander provided a tent with 13 different strains of cannabis in an elegant atmosphere, celebrating their love for one another while simultaneously daring to be different.

A whole new world

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As innovators in a world that veers from classic tradition, this couple spared no expense in taking the safety of their guests seriously.  “The tent was set well away from the rest of the reception, and facing away from the crowd to control where the smoke went,” the bride related to the Huffington Post. “There were actually guests [who] had no idea it was there until after the fact.”  

Thanks to a bizarre, paranoid quirk in Oregon law, alcohol and cannabis cannot be served in the same vicinity. (Apparently, they’ve also outlawed rational thought—no word yet on whether the same loopy, loony logic will be applied to outlawing the serving of tequila, rum, gin, and vodka in the same glass. For now, anyway, in Oregon you’re still free to order that Long Island tea; just not with THC.) So, this was an “all-in” experience for those who chose to partake.

The guests reportedly didn’t miss the booze, and the bud bar ended up being a banging (bonging?) success. This couple has garnered much attention for the way they chose to celebrate a major milestone in their life together. And it’s a safe bet they weren’t the first to figure out that cannabis is among the few things that can truly steal the show at a wedding.

Some couples are choosing to incorporate cannabis into the theme of their wedding, centering everything around the flower in order to shatter preconceived notions about it. Maria and Eric reside in Colorado and put their faith in an aesthetic that blew their guests away with subtle influences of cannabis throughout the ceremony and set a new precedent for the weed-wedding business. The many features included a wedding dress of hemp and silk, a bud-infused bouquet and boutonniere, cannabis leaf cookies, and silver vaporizer pens.

Innovation at its finest

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As more of these weddings make headlines, other couples are realizing they, too, can incorporate cannabis into their big day without a hitch. A San Francisco-based couple, Jenny and Ryan, decided on a full-service bud bar at a private ranch in Colorado. They spared no expense in ensuring their guests could smoke and vape freely in a relaxed and safe environment. This couple brought in a spacious, cloth-covered geodesic dome and filled it with lounge chairs and couches. It turned out to be the perfect place for friends and guests to unwind.

The planner behind the event, Johanna Patton of Distinctive Mountain Events, was at first skeptical when the couple called her. But this turned out to be one of her greatest success stories. “If you don’t believe it can happen, you just haven’t been to one,” she says of weed weddings. “There wasn’t anything low-end, sneaky, dirty, or ugly about the experience. It just happened. I don’t think anyone flinched.”

Different strokes

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With a wealth of opportunity on the horizon for those who wish to redefine the norm, the sky’s the limit for green weddings. Fresh concepts surface daily for this booming business. Couples can jump on the budwagon using a Botanical Extractor from MagicalButter.com. This premium kitchen appliance is the first countertop device for infusing the essence of herbs into foods. It takes the guesswork out of creating elevated homemade wedding fare and makes it economical and fun to “Eat to Treat”.

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The extractor lets you easily incorporate cannabis into one the most important events of your life, if you want to take your big day to the next level. Even if you aren’t up for a weed wedding, though, you still might want to add one of these life-enhancing machines to the registry!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Garyn Angel is an inventor, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of MagicalButter.com. His company makes the Botanical Extractor, the appliance he invented for infusing cannabis into foods and lotions. Angel is committed to cannabis law reform and was named to the CNBC NEXT List of visionary global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees”—mainly veterans and children—who need cannabis therapy when traditional treatment options have failed. Angel’s charity helps families relocate to states where cannabis medicine is legally accessible.