Oregon Wedding Featuring Weed Bar Was A Huge 'Hit' With Guests

They had plenty of late-night snacks on hand.
08/27/2015 06:44pm ET | Updated August 29, 2015

This wasn't your typical weeding... er, wedding.

For their matrimonial ceremony this summer, Oregon couple John Elledge and Whitney Alexander decided to augment the standard open bar with a "weed tent." The experience included transportation to and from the event (safety first!) and a budtender to help guests in need of a little guidance.


Guests browse the marijuana bar at the Elledge-Alexander wedding earlier this summer.

Thanks to Oregon Measure 91, the weed tent was completely legal, as long as the couple followed some basic rules, Mark Pettinger of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission told Portland news station KGW.

"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.

"My fiance, John, has been in the medical marijuana industry in Oregon for years," Alexander told The Huffington Post, explaining the inspiration. "We were happy to give our guests, especially the ones from out of town, a unique experience."


The 'weed bar,' along with a tent to keep smoke contained.  

Alexander added 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."


The couple had a budtender on hand to answer questions for guests and facilitate the process, including moderating attendees' consumption, if need be.

And yes, the couple did provide late-night snacks, offering their undoubtedly hungry guests an array of french fries and beignets.


The happy couple.

Photos courtesy of Jessica Hill Photography.

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