Watch out, Las Vegas! Portland, Oregon may be primed to replace you as the top American city for exchanging vows. At least among cannabis aficionados.
In August 2015, West Linn, Oregon hosted a "weed wedding," which is becoming a growing trend in the state that voted to legalize recreational cannabis use in 2014. Cannabis didn't play a part in the ceremony, but it was featured at the reception for newlyweds Whitney Alexander and John Elledge, a self-proclaimed professional grower from California, who decided to mix business with pleasure for the event.
Weddings of this kind are also happening in other states such as Colorado that have legalized cannabis for recreational use.
At a weed wedding, guests hoping to make couples kiss may have to tap water pipes instead of wine glasses. According to Oregon state law liquor cannot be served alongside cannabis. Caterers must choose between a bartender or a "bud tender." Wedding planners should also prioritize quality over quantity because you cannot have more than eight ounces on a private property in the Beaver State.
Here are some other tips offered by the happy couple and their wedding planners, Nora Sheils and Elizabeth Corr of Bridal Bliss:
- set the cannabis tent apart from the rest of the reception so that guests can partake in or abstain from the herbal fare as they please.
- face the cannabis tent away from the crowd to prevent secondhand smoke from pouring into the rest of the festivities.
- provide late-night munchies: french fries and beignets were a hit at the Elledge-Alexander event.
- prepare for the unexpected: the least likely reveller was an 81-year-old woman, who was skeptical of the cannabis tent at first, but decided to join in for her first smoke in 50 years.
So was the reception a raucous event--something like Hair meets Animal House? No, said Sheils in an interview with The Huffington Post. "Guests had a fun time and ended up dancing the night away, just like any other wedding."