People have celebrated at weddings with cannabis for thousands of years.  Anything described as “light hearted, joyful, and inspirational spiritually to the mind and body” would be an excellent addition to any wedding. We’ve all been to weddings where pot has been present, but it’s finally coming out of the shadows in the form of weed weddings.

Cannabis is now legal for all adults over 21 in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. Many more states will be following suit in the next few years, so don’t be surprised if you receive a letterpress hemp invite to a full-fledged weed wedding.

There’s no need to feel intimidated at a weed wedding, even if you’ve never touched marijuana in your life. This wonderful plant is a lot less scary than it sounds, and besides its endless medical applications, cannabis is regarded by some as a superfood when juiced.

Think of cannabis as a different type of cocktail. If you’re going to imbibe, take it easy with the actual booze, or skip it entirely. The more you know about exactly what you’re consuming, the better, and here are 7 things to keep in mind before your next weed wedding.

1. Read up on the Local Cannabis Laws of the Wedding Locale

Traveling with pot is incredibly risky, especially when flying, so leave the procurement up to the bride and groom. Unabashed weed weddings held in states with adult use laws are completely different than stealthily passing a vape pen around your table during the best man’s speech. Prepare yourself for the festivities by doing some quick due diligence on sites like Marijuana Business DailyLeafly and NORML.

2. Understand Why Weed Weddings Make Perfect Sense

When consumed responsibly, cannabis adds a welcoming, social, happy energy to any gathering, especially a celebratory event like a wedding. Last year, the New York Times published an article on the emergence of weed weddings and Dale Dyke from Get High Getaways was interviewed about a weed wedding he had hosted at his bed and breakfast. “Marijuana intoxication is full of positive emotion. People feel love and connection. Every single person cried at the wedding.”

3. Take it Slow and Leave Edibles to the Pros

Chances are, you’ll probably have a cocktail or two at the wedding, especially if there’s going to be an open bar. Everyone responds differently to mixing alcohol and pot, so know your limits and always err on the side of caution.

Edibles can be fun, but their potency won’t always be listed, and they can take up to two hours to kick in after eating. Edibles also tend to give you a major body buzz, and that can interfere with tearing it up on the dancefloor if taken too early.  (Learn more here.)

 4. Don’t Ignore the Little Details

Cannabis enthusiasts can express their love of weed in many creative ways during their wedding celebrations. Hemp can be utilized in anything from bridesmaid dresses to table linens. Look closely at the floral arrangements and boutonnieres, and you might find cannabis leaves and buds. Don’t forget the gift bag, because you could be accidentally tossing wax, edibles or a joint.

5. Keep Your Eyes and Nose Open

Cocktail hour is always one of the most fun parts of a wedding, and if you’re like me, you always keep track of the servers passing around hors d’oeuvres because you don’t want to miss out on the best food. In addition to veggie eggrolls and mini grilled cheese sandwiches, your next weed wedding might include a server passing around a platter of pre-rolled joints.

Don’t be surprised if you smell that familiar, skunky smell at your table while you’re eating your salad course. Smoking and vaping is an easy way to bond with new people or old friends, so don’t turn down the vaporizer when your neighbor hands it to you.

6. Stick to Strains that Will Keep You On the Dancefloor

A full dancefloor is a sign of a great wedding, and every bride and groom want to see just how much fun their guests are having. Do the happy couple a favor and pick sativa or sativa-dominant strains if you have a choice. Steer clear of strains that will melt you into the couch, and go for something energizing and uplifting.

7. Don’t Let the Munchies Hold You Back

All weddings are different, but there are usually lots of tasty things to eat throughout the cocktail hour and reception. Cannabis can stimulate your appetite, so pay attention to what you’re eating. Dancing and partying is not as much fun when you feel like you’re nine months pregnant with a food baby.

Feel the Love

Now that you understand why weed weddings are the perfect way to celebrate the love of two people, you won’t sweat when you find out about attending your next cannabis fueled nuptials. The addition of marijuana to a wedding will create unique memories for everyone involved.

Have you ever attended a weed wedding? We would love to hear about your personal experience!  Share your experience with us!  Do you have specific questions about weed wedding etiquette? Tweet me @MollyPeckler and I’ll try and answer your question in my next blog.

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