Post # 1
We’re getting married outdoors at a really pretty garden venue. Unfortunately, outdoors in the summer in a garden near the water = mosquitoes. The venue won’t let us put out citronella. I’d really like to provide little individual bug repellent wipes for guests, but I don’t want everybody to have DEET all over their hands or reek of chemicals as they head toward the buffet line. Does anybody have any suggestions?
Post # 3
My best idea would be to try to find a time when the bugs aren’t as hungry for the ceremony. Is the buffet outside too? IF so, then I see a big problem without bug spray or citronella. If it is only the ceremony, keep it short and before the bugs come out in full force and you should be okay.
I hate bugs — I lived in North Carolina for awhile and the bugs just about chased me out of the state!
Post # 4
I agree with trying to find a time when the bugs are less likely to be bothersome for the celebration. Also, and I’m well aware that this sounds completely crazy, I did hear a rumor that mosquitos are repelled by mouthwash (I’m not sure if it’s the smell or the alcohol content or what). I know someone who sprayed all around themselves for repellent during a Fourth of July celebration. They claimed they ended the night with no bites and attributed it to the mouthwash (mixed in a spray bottle with some water); I think it may have had something to do with the smoke from the fireworks! Like I said, I’ve never tried it, and I know it sounds crazy, but….
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
we actually bought this mosquito trap — http://www.amazon.com/Dynatrap-DT1000-Insect-Eliminator/dp/B000H68U9K/ref=pd_bbs_4?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1232112095&sr=8-4
Haven’t tried it out yet as it’s winter, but maybe this is a good solution that your venue would allow? I’ve been to weddings where I got devoured by mosquitos, and it really kinda sucks.
Post # 6
Oooo…good question. I went to a wedding where the bugs came out and believe you me, people were VERY VERY thankful that there had been individual packages of bug spray towelettes at every place setting. So thankful that the smell of DEET was not even a consideration.
At our wedding, we provided the same thing, but the bugs never came. Still, if there is even the slightest chance of it getting buggy, I would provide them. Just make sure that people know they are bug wipes and not handi-wipes. We had a few people try to wash their faces with them 🙂
Also, I wrote about a product that i didn’t end up using here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/07/10/buggin-out/
It would certainly address your concern about people not smelling like bug spray, but you wouldn’t be able to convince everyone to take it a couple of hours before your event which is why we didn’t go with it in the end.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay
Thanks for posting this question! The mosquitos in Jamaica are intense, and we will need to provide something for our guests each night.
Corn, I hadn’t read that post of yours, but I am thinking of ordering those and putting them in the Out of Town bags with a little note. Thanks!!
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Post # 9
Thank you guys! These suggestions are great. And I would love to have the ceremony at a bug-free time, but the place is really strict about starting it in the evening. Oh well. At least there’s an indoor spot where people can escape!
I like one poster’s idea of providing a variety of options and letting people pick what they prefer. We wanted to have a little basket set up at the entrance, right next to the water bottles, with a note explaining that people should grab a couple of bug deterrents just in case. We might also try that trap, mrsbee — great idea!
ETA: The tables and dance floor are outside, but the buffet is inside and there are a few rooms in which to hang out, too. There’s a wide lawn for people to spread out, so if they do grab the DEET option, they won’t be packed like sardines into a little area. Stupid bugs!
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I second the Skin So Soft by Avon. I’m from Jacksonville, Florida and the bugs there are awful! We used to put SSS all over us growing up and it smells good.
Post # 12
This may be beside the point, but most insect repellants don’t repel insects. They just make you invisible to them. Remember that kids shouldn’t apply insect repellant themselves, and you shouldn’t use anything more than 30% DEET on kids. Other than that, I think using towlettes is VERY smart and your guests will thank you! Kudos!