Marriage and marijuana: Expo for couples with ‘high’ expectations on their large day


There are no shortage of monikers for cannabis: weed, marijuana, herb, bud, Mary Jane. 

But developer of Cannabis Wedding Expo Philip Wolf did notice a shortage in exposure for cannabis solutions, prompting him to build the occasion. 

“There was a lot of young entrepreneurs [on] the hospitality and service side of cannabis, and there wasn’t any way to market place oneself,” said Wolf, who began the Colorado-born function in 2015. 

From hemp gowns, buds in bouquets and flower vases that double as bongs, the 12th edition of the Cannabis Wedding Expo produced its Canadian debut in Toronto this Sunday.

With more than 50 wedding authorities, particular cannabis vendors and bud-tenders, the event is for couples searching for an option way to tastefully incorporate weed in their weddings.

“People are genuinely using cannabis, not only at weddings but events all round and so they want to get inspired on techniques that they can do so,” said Wolf.

New trends of cannabis use are sparking interest for couples preparing for their wedding days. (Turgut Yeter/CBC)


Wolf says he desires to normalize cannabis use at social events and show folks that alcohol is not the sole decision. 

“I feel we’re seeing a paradigm shift with folks wanting solutions anytime they are out … even if somebody does not want to drink, you see a glass of wine and half the time you will choose it up. It is crucial to me for folks to have solutions,” he mentioned. 

‘Bring your personal bud: BYOB’

Given that cannabis was legalized final October, folks have looked for enjoyable, new techniques to incorporate it into their particular days.

Bud-tender Clayton Armstrong and co-owner of Bud Buffet says he desires to finish the adverse stigma connected with cannabis

“Gone are the days of toking in the shadows,” he mentioned, citing 1 of his enterprise slogans. 

Bud Buffet is a complete service luxury mobile bud-tending practical experience, incorporating cannabis into social events. (Turgut Yeter/CBC)

Bud Buffet offers luxury smoking and vaping accessories at particular events, operating with occasion planners to make certain “everything is moderated down to the final gram.”

“The most effective issue to do is bring your personal bud: BYOB,” said Armstrong. 

And even though bud can overshadow booze at the bar, it can do the similar at the dinner table. 

Jonathan Sora’s enterprise, Larger Expertise, which conducts cannabis coaching sessions, says they will operate with wedding bud-tenders to teach them how to pair 3 strains of cannabis with a 3-course meal. 

“[Like] how folks pair wine with distinct meals, why can not we do the similar with cannabis?” said Sora. 

He says there’s been a lot of interest in his enterprise so far and folks have been extremely supportive. 

Cannabis laws can be a buzzkill

Although cannabis has been legal in Canada for just more than a year, the laws about distribution are nonetheless a bit hazy. 

Naz Neufeld, co-founder of floral style enterprise Thyme Studio, says it is a “fine line” when it comes to adding buds to her flower arrangements.

Naz Neufeld, co-founder of floral style enterprise Thyme Studio, says adding cannabis to her flower arrangements has confirmed to be extra complicated than anticipated due to cannabis distribution laws. (Turgut Yeter/CBC)

“We would provide [the bouquet] and then the bride would have to give us the bud … Regrettably, back to that fine line, exactly where [us] placing the bud in and then providing it to her could be regarded as distribution,” Neufeld mentioned. 

“We wouldn’t want to tap into that however till it is good and clear,” she mentioned.

For now, folks are showing interest in “weed weddings,” and cannabis advocates feel it is the commence of anything large as legalization laws progress.

“Recreationally, our guests at the wedding are interested in [cannabis] so it is anything that we’re thinking about,” mentioned bride-to-be and occasion attendee, Magnolia Pancorbo. 

“People are going to commence to be hunting for this,” mentioned Wolf. “And as we continue down legalization, they’ll be hunting extra and extra to incorporate [cannabis] in distinct techniques.”


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