Oregon couple, John Elledge and Whitney Alexander decided to serve weed at their wedding reception, with a budtender on hand to answer questions for guests and facilitate the process, including moderating attendees’ consumption, if need be.
However, they had to include transportation to and from the event as a safety measure and a budtender to help guests in need of a little guidance, as a measure to cement their already legal action.
Mark Pettinger of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission told Portland news station, KGW that following the laws in Oregon, the weed bar is completely legal as long as the couple followed some basic rules.
“On private property where no liquor license is involved, it is legal,” Pettinger said, noting that “there cannot be bartenders and budtenders” at the same event.
Speaking to Huffington Post Alexander explaining the inspiration said, “My fiance, John, has been in the medical marijuana industry in Oregon for years, we were happy to give our guests, especially the ones from out of town, a unique experience.”
Alexander further explained that she doesn’t use alcohol or marijuana, and the couple took extra care to reduce the odds of other guests encountering any secondhand smoke.
“The tent was set well away from the rest of the reception, and facing away from the crowd to control where the smoke went,” she said. “There were actually guests that had no idea it was there until after the fact.”
Wedding planners Nora Sheils and Elizabeth Corr of Bridal Bliss said the novelty of the weed bar was a huge hit.
“We were worried that the tent might take away from the reception but it did the exact opposite,” Sheils told HuffPost in an email. “Guests had a fun time and ended up dancing the night away, just like any other wedding.”