Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Highly Matrimony FAQ

What kind of vendors can I expect to find on Highly Matrimony?

Gov. Pritzker still has to sign the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act and the current date for legalization is set for January 1, 2020. So technically, advertising for and the sale of cannabis-related PRODUCTS is still illegal in Illinois. The Creator built this site to anticipate the need of weddings and private events planned for 2020 and beyond, which is why it was launched before the legalization date. However, the Creator has very little interest in going to Federal Prison at this time, and so they set some rules to hopefully keep that from happening.

Prior to January 1, 2020, none of the vendors listed on HighlyMatrimony provide any product or service directly related to cannabis or cannabis-related products. The vendors here are only stating they are more than happy to perform their job while guests are consuming cannabis. It is not unlike a website for vendors who don’t want to work around people openly carrying firearms. The Creator had also considered creating that site, but Illinois is not the state in which to start that fight.

Anyway, if you’re reading this before January 1, 2020, none of our vendors will be offering any sort of cannabis-related products or services. We intend to open up registration for Bakeries, Florists, and Budtenders once it is legal to do so.

If you or someone you know provides a wedding- or private event-related service that is not listed on HighlyMatrimony, please contact The Creator for consideration on being added to the site.

Highly Matrimony’s stance cannabis at events where children are guests

We want to preface by saying that we do not judge people, especially in regards to parenting skills seen only briefly in public. It is not our place to concern ourselves with the choices people make in regards to their own children. We have our opinions and silent mental questions, like, why is this child under the cake table and to whom do they belong? We would definitely do everything in our power to prevent a child from obvious harm. But whether you or your guests drink, smoke, swear, or speak about adult subjects around or with children, that’s none of our business.

However, knowingly consuming cannabis in the presence of someone under the age of 21 is prohibited in the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. So having cannabis at a wedding that is not child-free is a big no-no! Sure, you can have a separate smoking section. But if a child happens to run outside to find their parents, your event has officially violated the law.

If you don’t believe us, here’s the exact verbiage from the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.
Section 10-35. Limitations and penalties.

(a) This Act does not permit any person to engage in, and does not prevent the imposition of any civil, criminal, or other penalties for engaging in, any of the following conduct:
(1) undertaking any task under the influence of cannabis when doing so would constitute negligence, professional malpractice, or professional misconduct;
(2) possessing cannabis:
(A) in a school bus, unless permitted for a qualifying patient or caregiver pursuant to the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act;
(B) on the grounds of any preschool or primary or secondary school, unless permitted for a qualifying patient or caregiver pursuant to the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act;
(C) in any correctional facility;
(D) in a vehicle not open to the public unless the cannabis is in a reasonably secured, sealed container and reasonably inaccessible while the vehicle is moving; or
(E) in a private residence that is used at any time to provide licensed child care or other similar social service care on the premises;
(3) using cannabis:
(A) in a school bus, unless permitted for a qualifying patient or caregiver pursuant to the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act;
(B) on the grounds of any preschool or primary or secondary school, unless permitted for a qualifying patient or caregiver pursuant to the Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act;
(C) in any correctional facility;
(D) in any motor vehicle;
(E) in a private residence that is used at any time to provide licensed child care or other similar social service care on the premises;
(F) in any public place; or

(G) knowingly in close physical proximity to anyone under 21 years of age who is not a registered medical cannabis patient under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act;

(4) smoking cannabis in any place where smoking is prohibited under the Smoke Free Illinois Act;
(5) operating, navigating, or being in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, aircraft, or motorboat while using or under the influence of cannabis in violation of Section 11-501 or 11-502.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code;
(6) facilitating the use of cannabis by any person who is not allowed to use cannabis under this Act or the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act;
(7) transferring cannabis to any person contrary to this Act or the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act;
(8) the use of cannabis by a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, probation officer, or firefighter while on duty; or
(9) the use of cannabis by a person who has a school bus permit or a Commercial Driver’s License while on duty.
As used in this Section, “public place” means any place where a person could reasonably be expected to be observed by others. “Public place” includes all parts of buildings owned in whole or in part, or leased, by the State or a unit of local government. “Public place” does not include a private residence unless the private residence is used to provide licensed child care, foster care, or other similar social service care on the premises.
(b) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prevent the arrest or prosecution of a person for reckless driving or driving under the influence of cannabis if probable cause exists.
(c) Nothing in this Act shall prevent a private business from restricting or prohibiting the use of cannabis on its property, including areas where motor vehicles are parked.
(d) Nothing in this Act shall require an individual or business entity to violate the provisions of federal law, including colleges or universities that must abide by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, that require campuses to be drug free.


If you simplify that whole section down to what we’ve highlighted in bold, it says “This Act does not permit any person to engage in, and does not prevent the imposition of any civil, criminal, or other penalties for engaging in  knowingly using cannabis in close physical proximity to anyone under 21 years of age who is not a registered medical cannabis patient under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.”

So legally, that’s Highly Matrimony’s stance. No cannabis at weddings with kids in attendance. From a morality standpoint, we don’t care what you do at your wedding. You are adults (or at least you claimed you were when you came to this website) that can consider the consequences for your choices before you make those choices. But legally, we do advise you to consider sending the children home before bringing out the cannabis.    

Do I need an account?

That depends on who you are, and what you hope to gain from this site.

Due to the new laws in Illinois regarding recreational marijuana consumption, this site will be constantly changing to comply with those laws. The best way to stay up to date with these changes will be to create either a Vendor or (COMING SOON) Client account.

Vendor Accounts – Vendors will be able to build a searchable profile to advertise their wedding and private event related services. Vendor accounts go through some vetting. Vendors must have a website or recently updated Facebook or other business related social media profile. As we continue to build our wedding planning platform, Vendors will eventually have the abilities to maintain their availability on the platform, as well as accept bookings, upload completed contracts, and chat with booked clients via instant messenger. Unlike most wedding planning sites, our goal is to keep our Vendor accounts free of charge. We have no intention of offering payment solutions or digital signatures for contracts at any point. Features like that cost money to use and integrate, and you don’t want to have to pay for a membership, do you?

Client Accounts (COMING SOON) – Clients will be able to compile and maintain all information pertinent to their special day. It is our goal to eventually be able to bring clients a complete wedding planning platform where they can plan their wedding from start to finish, and send the information to those who need it (on or off the platform) with a simple click of a button. Until that platform is complete, Clients can still compile the information necessary, and will be alerted when the ability to send that information is functional.

We are aware that some vendors might also become clients. Please register each account with a different email address.  

Are the vendors on this site drug users?

First of all, that’s a ridiculous question. Second, why are you looking for wedding vendors on a website that has a pot leaf in the logo if this is your primary concern? Third, according to the great movie Half Baked, “Marijuana is not a drug!”

The actual answer is…. probably, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t professionals. While some of our vendors probably do partake in the occasional joint, many of them are simply tolerant of working with individuals who are or will be consuming marijuana in some form.

This isn’t a question we ask our vendors up front. However, if you do book a vendor through Highly Matrimony that shows up wrecked or smokes all the weed you provided for your guests, please let us know so that we can review the situation and possibly remove them from the platform. We’re in the business to bring weed-friendly vendors to like-minded clients, not getting vendors so ripped out of their minds that they can’t provide their hired service.

Vendor FAQ

Creating a Vendor Profile

At this time, we are only accepting profiles from the following types of vendors – decorators, DJs and live entertainment, event planners, florists, officiates, photo booths, photographers, venues, and videographers. All vendor accounts must be approved by The Creator, with the types of vendors listed in bold having some additional requirements that need to be met before the profile is activated. If you are a vendor that provides another wedding related service not mentioned above and would like to be considered for a listing on Highly Matrimony, please contact us to discuss possible options.

Getting Started

Once your profile has been approved and your vendor roles have been assigned to your account, you will need to log back into your account to complete your profile. Any of the information you didn’t fill out during the registration process can be added or changed at any time.

You can access the Edit Profile mode by going to your own profile and clicking the gear to the right of your profile header. Select Edit Profile from the menu that pops up.



A properly filled out profile with just the basic information should look something like this once you’ve clicked the Submit button immediately below the section you have edited:



Cover and Profile Photos

You can always change your profile and cover photos while you are in Edit Profile mode.



Detailed Information About Your Business

If you took the extra time to complete the specific details about what your business offers during the registration process, most of that information will automatically appear on your profile once it has been approved. If you did not, then you will need to edit your profile to add this information. By providing as much information as possible, you will help us build up the search functionality of the site.

Here is an example of a profile in Edit Profile mode where the vendor provides multiple services:



Here is an example of that same profile from the perspective of a site visitor:



You might have noticed the green Submit buttons below each section. Because this site is still a work in progress, we recommend saving your information for each section before moving on to the next section. Sometimes the submit buttons only work for the section they are below, sometimes they’ll work for the whole page. It’s very random, and we’re working on this issue. But to be safe, always save your work by clicking the Submit button just below the section you have completed. You will have to re-enter Edit Profile mode to resume work on a different section.

 

Photo & Video Gallery

 

Up to 25 photos and videos can be uploaded to your profile. When you are logged into your account, view your profile, and click on the camera icon to access your personal gallery. Click the ADD PHOTO button to add the photos or videos to your profile. We are aware that the gallery is repeating itself, and we are working to repair that minor issue.  

Why must I wait for my account to be approved?

Most vendors will not have an issue getting near-immediate account approval. Photographers, Videographers, Officiates, and Music and Entertainment services don’t usually provide marijuana with their services. For them it’s more about whether or not they’re comfortable working around people who are consuming marijuana.

Venues – We want to work with you to make sure your clients have the best experience possible, regardless of their smoking status, and feel that some one-on-one interaction prior to your account approval will benefit everyone involved. Depending on your location in Illinois in relation to Chicago and time of registration, a representative may schedule a time for a phone conversation or possibly a visit your location to go over any additional details once your account is approved.

We at Highly Matrimony are not trying to micromanage your businesses, we just hope to have a general understanding of your operations or what you intend to offer when the time of recreational legalization comes and your businesses can legally offer or provide marijuana related services or products. While we do not bare any responsibility for incidents or accidents that occur while you are working an event booked by a client that found you through this website, we do want to keep everyone involved to be on the up and up when it comes to safety and the laws regarding recreational marijuana use at private events.

Bottom Line…. what’s this going to cost?

Nothing.

This site is actually designed by wedding vendors FOR wedding vendors. We are also very sick of spending a ridiculous amount of money to advertise our services to those that need it. We’ve paid to advertise on those platforms, as well, and know that the price we paid wasn’t worth the service we were provided. Our Creator has absorbed the costs of creation, development, and maintenance for this site. We thank our mysterious Creator for all their hard work and empathy for the bank accounts of hard working wedding vendors.

Can I send contracts and invoices? What about accepting payments?

Nope. Not through this platform. Sorry.

First of all, we’re not lawyers. If you’re looking for a weed lawyer, please go to the Marijuana Lawyers page at NORML‘s very informative website. Where and how you get your contracts is up to you, as is how you send them. Vendors we know and trust recommend sending a PDF of your completed contract via email to your client for review, then uploading the approved document for a digital signature to a site like HelloSign or DocuSign. Once your client has signed the contract, you can uploaded the signed copy to your account, once we’ve figured out how you can do that.

Second, are you not aware of the hundreds of different ways to accept a payment or create an invoice on the internet? Many major banks offer some of sort personal payment system through their websites or apps, and sites like PayPal and Square will allow you to create invoices. Venmo is apparently what all the cool kids are using these days for one time payments.

While we are aware that having all these features in one place would be amazing, we are even more aware of how much these features cost to implement. We feel you’re totally capable of dealing with these things on your own.