If you've ever been to Portland, Oregon, you know about Voodoo Doughnut. It's the tiny, kitschy shop offering everything from the Fruit Loops doughnut to one with a piece of bubblegum in the center. (At one point, it even made Nyquil and "Pepto Crushed Tums" doughnuts, but health officials reportedly told the owners to stop.)
What you might not know is that hundreds of couples have gotten married there. Brides magazine recently reported that you can have a ceremony at any of the seven Voodoo Doughnut locations: Denver; Austin; Los Angeles; Eugene, OR; and three in Portland, including the flagship.
Co-owner Tres Shannon, who founded Voodoo together with Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson in 2003, says they were doing weddings within a week of the first shop's opening. The ceremonies are legally binding.
"[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 told Brides. "Why not weddings? Doughnuts and weddings, they go together great."
Doughnuts are also a cost-friendly alternative to pricey wedding cakes. According to The Knot, the average wedding cake cost $582 in 2016 — but a lavishly decorated one can run in the thousands. Voodoo weddings start at just $300 for a package that includes a ceremony, doughnuts, and coffee. You can get bride and/or groom doughnuts decorated to order, and a shower of sprinkles congratulates newlyweds once they tie the knot. The giant heart-shaped doughnut is pretty much a must, because how can you not? (Voodoo will also write whatever you want on the heart, if you want.)
"I like to see that some of the same things that we've always done from the beginning are still being used," Shannon said. "But I also like how they're individualized for whoever's doing it."