Would you ever get married in a doughnut shop? It's probably not the first venue that came to mind on day one of wedding planning. Consider it for a moment: a quirky ceremony amid the sweet aroma of glazed pastries, in front of a small gathering of family and friends who throw sprinkles at the end—all for just $300. Okay, at least part of that piqued your interest, right? Whether for the offbeat nuptials, built-in dessert, or opportunity to avoid high wedding costs, hundreds of couples have gotten married this way. Where, you ask? Voodoo Doughnut.
You and your spouse-to-be can exchange vows at five of the seven Voodoo Doughnut shop locations: Denver; Austin; Eugene, Oregon; and two shops in Portland, where they opened their flagship store.
If you want to get hitched at their L.A. shop, stay tuned! They have plans to start tying knots there, too. According to Tres Shannon, who built Voodoo with Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson, this is a tradition that started within a week of opening the first Voodoo Doughnut shop.
"[Pogson] and I were universal life ministers before we went into the doughnut business and we felt pretty much since day one that we should have a ceremony," Shannon tells BRIDES. "Why not weddings? Doughnuts and weddings, they go together great."
The wedding package will only run you a few-hundred dollars (as opposed to thousands spent on the average traditional wedding), and the outcome is sweet: an intimate ceremony with friends, family, and frosting. Bride- and groom-shaped doughnuts are made and glazed to order.
And yes, it's legally binding. Shannon and Pogson had just left the ministry when they set out to learn all they could about doughnuts, and bring their knowledge back to Portland to open Voodoo. Shannon laments that he doesn't get to know couples before the ceremony like he did when he was in ministry full-time, but he loves that weddings are part of the Voodoo tradition.
"We’ve done hundreds and hundreds of ceremonies since we’ve been opened," says Shannon. "I like to see that some of the same things that we've always done from the beginning are still being used. But I also like how they're individualized for whoever's doing it. For the most part, I think, with weddings, you keep grandma and grandpa happy, and mom and bride happy, and you're gonna have a pretty successful wedding." Agreed.