By David Rheins
We recently spoke to Bec Koop, owner of Buds & Blossoms who has created a new line of floral packages for brides and grooms getting married in the high country of Colorado.
Since adult consumption of cannabis became legal on January 1st, many cannabis-friendly Coloradan couples have been interested in incorporating their love of marijuana into their wedding day festivities. Inspired, florist Bec decided to create “Buds & Blossoms” — a unique fusion of traditional ornamental flowers with dried cannabis. The Denver entrepreneur partnered with Jane West, owner of Edible Events, and together the duo offers cannabis weddings in the high rocky mountains and Denver area.
Edible Events will manage the wedding event details, while Buds & Blossoms will create the “Buds in Bouquets” and “Budonnieres.” They even offer VIP luxury limo service thru Canna’tarium Tours to take the brides and grooms and their wedding party to the top dispensaries in the area to choose their wedding weed. All this is completely legal in the state of Colorado.
Q: How did you get the idea to start creating “Buds & Blossoms?”
A: My inspiration for “Buds & Blossoms” came naturally from looking at cannabis on a daily basis and flowers on an event or wedding basis. I saw how they could complement each other. My first “Buds & Blossoms” bouquet was with a fresh cut plant from my personal garden with my roommates posing for pictures. Then I thought of how to make it enjoyable on the wedding night as well as on the one year anniversary and thought that using dried cannabis would be a better way to go.
Q: How many weddings have you done?
A: I have not done any weddings yet but do have several brides interested.
Q: How has the response been from other florists?
A: I have not spoken with any direct florists about this topic, but since the wedding industry is a bit more conservative, I don’t believe many florists will just on this train 🙂
Q: What about those in the local wedding industry?
A: People within the wedding industry love it! My floral wholesalers think it will be one of the largest new trends for Colorado weddings and think I will need to expand my business faster than I ever imagined. Also I have spoken with another main wedding planning company, Distinctive Mountain Events, and they feel that it is a great new niche and fully support the mountain wedding business.
Q: Is it more expensive to use Buds & Blossoms vs. a traditional florist?
A: I assume the average bride and groom will be mid to late thirties and will have approximately a starting cost $2,000 budget for the wedding floral arrangements. Since the cost of the cannabis will be a separate purchase to a dispensary, that will need to be taken into account as addition costs separate from wedding floral services from Buds & Blossoms.
Q: Is this a full-time job for you? Does the business have employees? If so, how many? Can you make a living as a cannabis florist?
A: This is my second year in business as a full time florist during the wedding season and this will be the first season of “Buds & Blossoms.” I have a small team I work with currently in the rocky mountain area but will be looking to expand operations to the Denver area and eventually would love to set up a Seattle branch of the business within the next two years. Further expansion is always a possibility but not a necessity. I love the Colorado and also want to spread the love and wealth to other flower and cannabis lovers whether in this state or the next.
Q: At the end of the wedding, do guests take home the flowers — and smoke them?
A: At the end of the wedding or special event the guests or newlyweds get to keep the arrangements and enjoy the greenery 😉