Post # 1
A little bit of context : originally, FI and I wanted to have a very non-formal afternoon wedding, because our family is 3 hours away of driving distance, and we wanted our wedding to end early to allow those who do not want to pay for a hotel to get back home during the evening. We thought some kind of ”tea party” theme would be fun, and we started looking around for outdoor venues, but didn’t find many we liked in our area, and most of them were way out of our budget. A backyard wedding is also impossible : nobody we know has a large-enough backyard for a marquee.
Looking at the prices, we ended up thinking it would probably be a better option for us to get married in winter to save money (it’s written everywhere on the budget brides blogs). We went along with that idea, but it turns out it doesn’t exist here. Sunday weddings, brunch weddings, whatever, everything is the same cost ($$$). And the huge problem we had with winter : finding rooms with windows, large enough for 60 people, and still within our budget. Again, it doesn’t exist in my area. The only place we liked and visited 2 times never called back for the food tasting (it was last week). I’m not sure I trust them anymore. So I started freaking out and now I’m thinking, maybe we should have stick to a summer wedding after all.
At the beginning of our reaserches, we fell in love with one place that’s 1.5hour distance for both our families. It’s a beautiful country house with beautiful gardens, with a small river and surrounded by pine trees. There’s a huge marquee. And it is affordable ! The problem though : when we visited in July 2013, I stepped outside of the car and was immediately attacked by mosquitoes and small black flies, to the point the landlord pitied me and went to get Off! for me. Nobody else was bothered by insects. But I, whenever I step outside in a wooded area or nearby water, get attacked by every insect there is.
This is honestly the biggest reason why I DID NOT want a summer wedding. Insects. I don’t want to spend the whole ceremony bothered by mosquitoes. I don’t want to smell like Off! in my dress all day.
If you had an outdoor ceremony/reception, how did you deal with insects ?
Post # 3
@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
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
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 # 6
Decorate with lemongrass!
Post # 7
I’m not sure about anything anymore.
I was the only one to get bitten. Under the marquee, we didn’t have this problem (it’s like the color white was repellent itself), but under the sun, it’s a mess. I have brown/auburn hair and I get insects all over me because my hair must remind them of a deer’s fur or something. o_O
But it’s not only the venue, it’s outdoors in general. Unfortunately, my mother has the same problem.
I’m torn because winter was not a popular choice when we announced it to our parents, they both didn’t like the idea at first.
Post # 8
@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 # 9
@NickysGirl14: That’s good to know such a product exists !!
Post # 10
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
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
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:
- 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
- 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
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 # 13
Thank you ! I’ll be looking for those products and give it a try !
Post # 14
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!