Kyle Michelle Weddings Blog
Why have a wedding when you could have a "weeding"? Yes, a weeding. Just when we think we have seen it all, the world has surprised us with another wedding curve ball. Couples in Washington and Colorado have successfully created a new wedding trend - the integration of marijuana into their wedding ceremonies and receptions. Why only Washington and Colorado? Because these are the only two states in America where the recreational use of marijuana is legal, so naturally the states' couples would want to use it on their wedding days.
One particular couple chose to make Mary Jane a prominent part of their special day because their first date consisted of smoking a joint together in Los Angeles. Lauren Meisels and Bradley Melshenker kicked off their wedding weekend by leaving gift bags in their guests' hotel rooms composed of one pre-rolled joint, one lighter, and a stick of lip balm infused with cannabis. In addition, everything from the bride's bouquet to the center pieces contained marijuana buds and leaves (even the dogs sported the popular plant!). The unconventional-ness didn't stop there - once guests found their tables with the aid of their own personalized baby marijuana plants, devices similar to e-cigarettes that contained hash oil rather than nicotine began to be passed around. One guest, Ellen Epstein, reflected on the experience saying, "It didn't feel weird or bizarre. It kind of becomes a new cocktail."
So what makes these couples want to trade in tradition for THC? In their opinion, the effect of marijuana on people is no worse than alcohol and may even be less toxic. In fact, numerous weed enthusiasts consider alcohol to be worse than marijuana because it could cause fights to break out between families while weed generally calms everyone down and brings peace between separate groups of people - ideal for a wedding. Dale Dyke, the owner of a bed-and-breakfast in Denver that had recently hosted a weeding stated, "Marijuana intoxication is full of positive emotion. People feel love and connection." An added advantage to weedings is that they generate less waste. Instead of throwing out the bouquets and boutonnieres at the end of the night, brides and grooms have chosen to keep them and bring them back out to smoke them on their wedding anniversary. So which would you prefer: a chocolate high or just plain high? Take your pick.
So you're planning your wedding and immediately you are transported back to your childhood of when you wore your mom's high heels, a long flowing veil and you married...you're brother. Or maybe not. Maybe you have no idea what "theme" or "color scheme" you want for your wedding. Either way, pulling your wedding together is a daunting task that can leave you feeling lost and confused. That's why you hire us...I mean, here are some tips that may help you figure this all out!
#1. Reflect on yourselves to find a theme.
What's in a theme? My favorite types of themes are those that represent the bride &/or groom. Are you an avid reader? Do you love a certain flower, perhaps a sunflower? Are you going for a BBQ theme and you have a secret family BBQ rub recipe you can share with your guests? Do you love beer, I mean do you live in an area that makes a certain type of beer and maybe you like drinking it too? Are you enamored with a foreign destination (that's for you Desiree) or maybe you are getting married in front of your coy pond and you are super talented and design your own invitations... I love them all!!!!
#2. Stay focused, and try not to stray.
This is one of the hardest parts of pulling your wedding together. And I'm going to go ahead and say what we're all thinking, Pinterest is making this very difficult. If you're like me, you would like 5 different weddings, so you can use five different themes, colors and even venues. Unfortunately, what we end up seeing is what we like to call, a Pinterest mosh posh, basically a mix of cool ideas, that don't have any relation. The key is to find your inspiration picture. Stay focused and continually keep going back to make sure it matches!
#3. Less is more or maybe more is more.
So you have your theme, it's simple and being simple is a complete representation of you as a couple. So, in that case keep it simple. However, if you're going to go with a theme, then go big! The details are what can bring a theme or color scheme to life.
#4. Fall in love.
With your theme that is. Make sure you love the colors you are using, make sure you love what your venue looks like and most of all make sure the man or woman you are marrying loves them too! When a couple can create a masterpiece of a wedding, they can usually create a masterpiece of a marriage. And let's face it, a wedding lasts a day, a marriage lasts a lifetime!
#5. Invite your wedding pro's to work together.
This is the key to maintaining a constant theme or color scheme for your wedding. When your wedding planner and your florist, your venue coordinator, caterer and your DJ are all on the same page, so is your wedding. If your DJ does not know your wedding theme of vintage and old world, he/she may in fact show up with a light show that doesn't work with the feel of your wedding. Or, when working with a fantastic catering company he/she will make your food, serving plates and display decor match that of your wedding. And your florist is key! Make sure he/she gets your theme, understands your vision and can make your vision come to life!
In the end your wedding should be about you, your commitment and the bringing of two families together to celebrate the love between two beautiful people!
Good luck planning!!!!
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