If you've always wanted to have cannabis at your wedding, you're in luck. There a hundreds of businesses ready to serve you. Cannabis bouquets? They exist. THC-infused cakes? You got it. There's even an expo for all these services, so I decided to check it out.
My cannabis-friendly wedding planning business was actually denied the opportunity in a regular wedding expo, so I said, 'Fine, screw you. We will throw our own.' And here we are.
Welcome to the Cannabis Wedding Expo 2018 in Studio City, California.
"I want to at least have a cannabis-infused reception, so that's what drew me here," 29-year-old Bree Guttry tells me as she checks out a CBD-infused cocktail booth. At the Cannabis Wedding Expo, you can find everything from flower crowns with cannabis to go with your dress to CBD-infused bath bombs for your bachelorette party.
"Bella products were really created for my daughter, who's 10 year's old, Bella. And she has horrible eczema," Krista Whitley, the founder of Bella tells me. "The only thing that healed her eczema was CBD."
The expo, which is now in its third year, takes place in San Francisco, Denver and Los Angeles. This is its first year in Southern California.
"They're so beautiful," Guttry says to me and her fiancé, Roger, about the flower arrangements she's seeing all over the ballroom. "I love the My Bud Vase for the centerpieces. They have these vases that look like bongs."
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The expo was founded by people who have their own cannabis wedding planning company.
"My cannabis-friendly wedding planning business, called Irie Weddings and Events, was actually denied the opportunity in a regular wedding expo, so I said, 'Fine, screw you. We will throw our own.' And here we are," said Bec Koop, one of the three co-founders of the expo.
Vendors from all over the country come to showcase their products. And business is booming. The Flower Daddy says sales have gone up 75% in the last year for his Los Angeles-based flower shop.
"So far, so good. I've gotten a great response," Michelle Araneta, who sells CBD- and THC-infused sweets through her company, Babinka Treats, tells me.
Most of the people attending the expo aren't first-time cannabis users. But most of them are first-time cannabis wedding planners. Roger Hinojosa and Bree Guttry are trying to figure out exactly how much cannabis they want at their wedding. They've toyed with the idea of having two different receptions—one with weed, one with alcohol.
"We don't want our grandma to get a hold of the wrong cupcake and pass out at the reception," says Guttry.
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