Post # 1
Our venue is pushing us to have a bug spraying for our wedding, which is July 31st and on the water by Narragansett Bay (at Blithewold). I am a little resistant to this, for the following reasons:
1. It’s a whopping $225 for this service (whaaaaaat?) and apparently we have to go with their service
2. They have a bajillion weddings there going on all the time, so chances are that if another bride had the place sprayed the night or the week before mine, it’s not really going to be necessary to spray again–and isn’t that super bad for the environment?
3. I’m not sure it’s necessary–this is where I need some RI bees help! I thought that ocean breezes, etc. tended to make buggies go away, and I can’t remember ever being plagued by mosquitoes in any of my time by the ocean, but can you? Does anyone have any input on whether I should maybe reconsider? I do want to make sure the guests are comfortable.
Post # 3
I lived in RI for 22 years and while I remember needing bug spray as a kid, we also lived in a neighborhood of back yard pools which attract mosquitoes. I also went to URI and remember getting emails about mosquito season and precautions to take to avoid diseases from the bugs. The more I think about it, I think you may have an issue with mosquitoes, I always remember having a citronella candle or two at outdoor BBQs in the summer. However, I think you could avoid the spraying and just get some gentle bug spray to leave in the bathroom, like the Avon Skin So Soft.
Post # 4
Honestly I don’t think I can recall being bothered by mosquitos near the ocean. I second what pp said, maybe just have some bug spray on hand if guests need it.
Post # 5
Well, remember that Blithewold is thick with gardens and surrounded by trees and other vegetation. So sure, it’s near the bay, but it can get pretty buggy here in Bristol under conditions like that. Not exactly the beach, which isn’t buggy– I wish this applied to all near water places haha.
Post # 6
To gin and tonic: How did you make out with the bug spraying? I am also getting married at Blithewold and heard about this recently. I think it is rediculous that they charge for that. Shouldn’t it be part of the up keep of the grounds. We certainly do not pay to cut their grass and manicure their gardens!
Post # 7
Sorry I just saw that this thread had been updated. The bug spraying worked out great– we did go for it in the end, because we talked to a friend of a friend who worked for a local caterer who told us it does indeed get pretty buggy without the spraying. Whatever they did, it worked beautifully because I don’t think anyone experience a single bug bite or buzzing fly on their cake the whole night. Didn’t smell one bit either.
I think it’s not included for free because the weddings are really the only time when they have people there at night when the buggies come out, so their logic is probably that they wouldn’t spray for bugs on their own normally in the gardens so it’s an extra expense. A lot of the other outside RI venues we looked at also kept bug spraying as a separate expense. It was annoying but we just sucked it up and did it in the end.