Outdoor weddings Bees … how to deal with insects ?!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@NauticalDisaster:  You’re venue sounds beautiful! I’m doing an outdoor wedding in July! Although the venue itself is a partially enclosed stone shelterhouse, ceremony will be outdoors and we will have a bonfire etc. I have been researching this issue and think the best solution, for us, it to have a big basket of insect repellant wipes on the entrance table. Since I have a wide variety of people coming, I’m doing half Off Deep Woods and half Naturpel (smells nice and works for me!). I’ll let them pick. Some people are able to spray their venue, but we’re in a state park and it isn’t an option. 

Post # 4
1793 posts
Buzzing bee

That would be very tough for me, as a bride, to accept.  People are not going to go outside at all, and everytime someone comes into this house, insects will follow.  Repellent wipes are going to work ok but they aren’t the solution.  What am I supposed to do when mosquitos are biting me on the back of the leg under my dress, or behind my ears, on my face, etc?

That is one scenario I would have to walk away from.  I am, like you, incredibly tasty and attractive to black flies, mosquitos, and anything else that bites.  If I was in a house full of these things for a wedding/reception my stay would be cut off very quickly – not because I wish to be rude or not see you married, but because i am not going to be covered in these bites for the next several days.  I am getting the heck out of dodge if it becomes a problem.

Are  you sure this is the best venue for you?

Post # 5
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

In addition to providing wipes/spray, lots and lots of citronella candles and mosquito lamps. They’re pretty effective but you’ll wanta lot to make sure the entire area is covered. 

Post # 8
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@NauticalDisaster:  Last summer my FSIL got married in my future in-laws backyard and that was something I was also concerned about because mosquitos love me and we are also having our wedding in their backyard this coming august. A few days before the wedding I went over when they were setting up and I ended up having to leave because I honestly had 20+ bites and they were swarming around me. Of course I panicked about our wedding even more, I didn’t want guests being uncomfortable. My in-laws told me they were getting professionals in to spray the backyard and I thought ‘Yea right, nothing keeps them away from me, not even bug spray’. But I was honestly SHOCKED because the day of the wedding I was there 10hrs and I didn’t get one bite or see one mosquito. Not sure if that’s an option for your venue? It would cost a couple of hundred but may be worth it if you’re concerned. 

Post # 10
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was at an outdoor wedding last summer for my friend. She had the whole area fogged the day before and the morning of the wedding. She also lined the outdoor space with citronella candles. I did notice that she had the Off wipes and spray (small travel size) in a basket but many people did not take them. My suggestion if you do not want to spend the money for someone to treat the area you could always do it yourself. My fiance and I have a huge 4th of July party every year and we buy the foggers from home depot as well as the bottle you attach to the hose and treat our backyard area. Seems to work great if we do it 3 times before the actual party.


Post # 10
1377 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

The venue we are using is right on the Wisconsin River, and will be mid August. The venue itself fogs the area the night before and the morning of, and all pathways are lined with citronella tiki torches. The venue director actually got married there and said she had little to no issue with bugs. 

I’m probably also going to put a basket with bathroom stuff and Off in the bathrooms just in case, but I don’t think I’ll put out a huge basket with personal travel size items. 

Post # 11
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We got married outdoors at the end of summer and had no probelms with bugs at all. We were lucky that there was storm the previous day, so I think that helped. But we did two things to combat bugs:

  1. We provided sunscreen and nice smelling insect repellent at the guest book table and by the bathrooms. I think it’s even Off brand that’s Tropical scented and smells really nice and still works
  2. We had candles in our centerpieces and I put one citronella candle votive on each table

I’ve also heard that some people have success surrounding the space with tiki torches that repell bugs.

Post # 12
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

NauticalDisaster:  I’m also like you, that wherever I go in the summer it seems to be only me the bugs (especially bees!) are attracted to and no one else. One of my best friends is an entymologist and he said it’s actually the pH of the skin bugs are attracted to instead of other factors such as hair color like you might have thought! I’ve been trying to look up products to get for this summer to keep the bees and mosquitos away from me and I think I’ve found a couple good options that I thought I would mention to you- first is called Bee Tour: http://www.beetour.com/ and the second is Bee Ready Spray: http://www.amazon.com/Bee-Ready-Safety-Spray-ounce/dp/B001PPTCLC From the reviews I’ve read, these seem to really work for most flying insects. Hopefully that was helpful and I hope you find something to make this venue work!

Post # 14
858 posts
Busy bee

Lemon grass is a natural repellant. Maybe you can look at finding some bushes that you can incorporate in your decor, or surrond your venue with. 


Will you have access to the venue the day before? If so concentrated garlic water is a mircale. Spray your perimeter the day before so you dont have the smell. 

Off has those mosquito repellent clips that are also amazing. I would buy a bunch of those hide them in your center pieces and have them hidden in places like clipped under tables. They are great if you arent wearing it and walking around with it. 

Tea tree is a repellent as well. I persoanlly use this as i have dogs. I spray all my outdoor furniture dailey and deck, and that has warded of pests. 

Table top fire with citronella pots! 

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