Getting hitched might look and feel a little different if a blossoming industry manages to break into the happily-ever-after business: We’re talking weed at weddings.
Picture secluded smoking tents filled with cushions and faux-fur rugs, where adult guests can enjoy a toke with new friends, or a knowledgeable “budtender” offering cannabis-infused sparkling water or flights of glass pipes with samples of local marijuana strains alongside the traditional bartender.
“Lots of people prefer to enjoy cannabis instead of alcohol. It has a similar inhibition-reducing effect and makes you groovier on the dance floor without the hangover of alcohol,” said Megan Souza of Megan’s Organic Market, a local commercial cannabis cultivator and retail delivery service based in Los Osos.
The business is expanding into events, and she sees weddings as a natural fit.
“Everyone is using cannabis at weddings, it’s just behind the bushes or out in the parking lot,” Souza said. “So we want to bring it upfront, and we want to put a budtending station right next to the bar and have a budtender or a dabarista giving people dabs.”
Cannabis-infused weddings are already trending in Colorado, where recreational marijuana consumption was legalized in 2014. Now that it’s legal in California, wedding vendors on the Central Coast are planning for brides and grooms who want to add some green to their something old, new, borrowed and blue.
Cannabis activities are being incorporated into private events now, but vendors are reluctant to get into the game until regulations are hammered out locally.
At a recent private event, a bar by Megan’s Organic Market was Pinterest-worthy: marijuana buds were displayed in beautiful geometric, gold and glass boxes. The strains available were listed on a chalkboard with artsy calligraphy. And, budtenders — experts who help guests consume marijuana legally and safely — wore dapper black vests over crisp white shirts.
Stems of the long, leafy green can be added to centerpieces and snacks can include marijuana-infused cupcakes.
“I look at cannabis being incorporated much like alcohol, where it can be placed in a wedding in a classy manner,” said wedding planner Korinna Peterson of Le Festin Events in San Luis Obispo. “Cannabis is an ingredient, where you inject it in little pieces.”
And think of the gift bags for the wedding party to take home — hand-picked buds in an engraved case along with locally made cannabis-infused chocolates.