Couples high on love can tie the knot in dispensaries, marijuana grows, or even a cannabis-themed mansion.
Las Vegas Cannabis Tours has teamed up with Planet 13 to offer Las Vegas Cannabis Weddings, which lets couples get hitched in a grow house or the world’s largest dispensary just steps from the Las Vegas Strip.
“Since we opened Planet 13, we’ve always had inquiries to do private events, mixers and weddings,” said David Farris, Planet 13’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Right before COVID we got into a position to do it, and then COVID hit.”
While Planet 13 has hosted numerous private events, it has yet to see a wedding at either its dispensary or indoor cultivation facility. But the company is making a green wedding more enticing to couples by offering several packages, beginning with The Love is in the Air Package for all of February.
Priced at $2,222, the package deal includes 60 photos, ceremony videography, and a wedding bouquet and boutonniere with cannabis leaves. Munchies are served buffet-style for the bride, groom, and up to four guests, and a green one-tier wedding cake, pot party favor gift bags, his-and-hers matching bottle bongs, and a helicopter ride over the Las Vegas Strip are part of the deal.
Couples who don’t want all the bells and whistles can opt for less expensive and elaborate options.
Planet 13’s 7,000-square-foot event space is located across from the dispensary and includes a full bar and kitchen. While cannabis cannot be consumed on-site yet, Farris is hopeful they will be able to offer a consumption lounge once Nevada begins issuing licenses later this year.
“Our goal is to have this cannabis lounge and other amenities where consumption is possible as part of the full experience,” Farris said. “The unique aspect of Planet 13 is that we’re the only building in the US where you have alcohol and cannabis across the hall from each other.”
As Planet 13 entices couples away from more traditional Vegas wedding venues such as The Little White Chapel, other businesses are also figuring out ways to appeal to the betrothed.
The Marijuana Mansion in Denver hasn’t hosted a wedding yet, but it has been the venue for several receptions, prompting the business to explore ways to offer nuptials.
“It’s a cool, historic building with different cannabis-related art installations,” said Kaylin Pound, the mansion’s senior marketing director. “We’re trying to get something in motion, and maybe one of the easier routes would be to partner with a wedding planning company.There are not a lot of 4/20-friendly event spaces in downtown Denver.”
While the details for wedding packages haven’t been hashed out, the Marijuana Mansion is available for any event — including weddings — at various rates depending on the length and day of the week. Four hours on a weekday starts at $1,350, while six hours on a Saturday is $5,250.
The mansion has a list of recommended caterers and bartenders, but couples can also hire their own. A Green Dragon retail store is located in the carriage house behind the mansion if the couple and their guests want to purchase cannabis for consumption at the venue, or they can bring in a vendor to provide marijuana products for the celebration.
Fields Cannabis has not yet broken ground on its cannabis retail store, consumption lounge, and grow operation in Muskegon, Michigan, but owner Edgar Ramon is already thinking about hosting weddings.
“We’re open to anything because we do have such a unique space and flexibility,” he said. “We can fit 300 people on the property.”
While plans include a restaurant, that space can only accommodate 150 people, so a larger wedding would need to be held on the grounds. Ramon said he’d like to find a catering partner and a wedding planning company to work on details of weed weddings held at the site.
Opening up cannabis-related businesses, like the four-acre Fields Cannabis property, to events such as weddings is just part of the industry’s natural progression, Ramon said.
“If cannabis wants to compete in the 21 and over CPG industry, it’s going to have to offer weddings and corporate parties,” he said. “If it wants to compete with the alcohol market, you’re going to need the consumption piece.”