A couple recently married in Oregon offered their guests the choice of 13 kinds of marijuana at their wedding reception.
John Elledge and Whitney Alexander were married Aug. 8, and the celebrations included a smoke tent, Fox 40 reported. With the help of a "budtender," guests could try out the various strains of the drug. Recreational marijuana use is legal in Oregon.
“The oldest person in the tent was an 81-year-old woman who hadn’t smoked weed since the '60s. She loved it,” Elledge told Fox News.
“I’m still getting 15 to 20 texts a day from people saying what a life-changing event that was and what a great experience it was to have the smoke tent there,” Elledge told WPXI.
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Bridal Bliss, a wedding planner service, helped Elledge and Alexander with their big day.
“We posted a couple of photos from that wedding on Instagram and Facebook, and they have just blown up,” Nora Sheils, owner of Bridal Bliss, said. “They’ve gone viral. People either love it, think its a fun idea or hate it and think it’s disgusting.”
Elledge’s day job is as a professional marijuana grower in California, but the inclusion of weed at weddings seems to have a wider appeal.
Four states in the U.S. — Oregon, Colorado, Alaska and Washington — permit the recreational use of the drug, while another 20 allow its use for medical purposes.
Hotels are also cashing in on the trend, including Get High Getaways in Denver, Colorado, where smoking weed is actively encouraged.
Not everyone embraces the new trend.
“It’s a family event with grandma and grandpa,” said Penni Ervin, a Colorado-based wedding planner, Fox News reported. “And you don’t want them to get shocked.”
“We’re talking about highly professional people, and I just don’t see CEOs getting stoned,” Ervin added.
But according to Elledge and Alexander’s experience, such concerns are unnecessary.
“I thought maybe it would pull a lot of people away from the reception and that a lot of people would be hanging out in the tent, but it was the exact opposite. People just kind of popped in,” Elizabeth Corr, Elledge and Alexander’s wedding planner, said to WPXI.