The wedding planning game has changed, again. Just when we thought we had seen it all: flash mob entrances, best man breakout dances, and every kind of themed wedding idea under the sun…now we have weddings that are 420 friendly.
Brides in Colorado and Washington state are able to legally consider including marijuana as part of their big day. This groundbreaking enterprise is one that Jane West, owner of Edible Events, has quickly jumped onboard. Edible Events is a Denver event planning company that caters to the cannabis palate. She left her job as an event planner in corporate America to focus solely on her growing list of clients who want to host classy events that include marijuana on the itinerary. “My concept is about catering to all the senses in a way that heightens the cannabis experience,” says West. She works on creating music and foods that accompany that experience, too.
So the question remains: How do you plan a wedding that incorporates cannabis that is safe, effective, and pleasurable for all involved? Essentially, utilize the rules for alcohol and smoking to successfully implement marijuana at your celebration.
Designate a pot-smoking area
While brides and grooms should never feel the need to “warn” guests about an activity that’s perfectly legal, there should be some considerations put in place when marijuana is part of the celebration, according to Jodi R. R. Smith, an etiquette expert and the owner of Massachusetts-based Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting.
“For social marijuana use at a wedding, the same guidelines which apply to smoking should apply to marijuana,” explains Smith. “There should be a separate area, well ventilated, where those who wish to partake are able to do so without bothering other guests.”
It goes without saying that not all guests will be smoking at the event, and you want those guests to enjoy themselves, too.
Keep it discreet.
Most social marijuana smoking can be very discreet, according to West. “There are vaporizers and other ways people can enjoy cannabis without bother anyone else,” she says. “It’s unlikely you’ll see a bunch of people just passing around a joint.”
The strategy here is simple: keep it classy. Unless you have an overwhelming majority of 420-friendly guests at your wedding, discretion is key.
Treat it like an open bar.
Smith recognizes that some couples will want to provide marijuana as a way to show appreciation to guests, and in these cases she insists it be handled like an open bar concept.
“It’s ungracious to expect guests to have to open their wallets when invited to an event.” In addition, there may be guests that bring their own, which should also be handled accordingly, either by sharing with the group, or making it know that their stash of marijuana is for their use only.
Be prepared for criticism.
What about those guests who may be offended by the presence of cannabis, despite its legality?
“Ultimately, the day belongs to the bride and groom. People could be offended by anything – alcohol, certain guests being invited, same-sex weddings – you name it,” says West. “To celebrate someone’s special day, you have to accept what he or she wants.”
Ultimately, it’s your day. Do what you want, just try to be respectful of your guests so that everyone has a great time.
The possibilities for integration of marijuana in a wedding are nearly endless. There are multiple ways to include it and have a great time. I encourage you to get creative, and discover fun and new ways on your own.