(SoCal Bees especially) Outdoor wedding, dessert table: bugs??

posted 3 years ago in West
Post # 2
229 posts
Helper bee

From WA. Our wedding was 100% outdoors, but they DID have a nice building with rooms to change, and that could double for an inside wedding if it was going to rain. We had the ceremony out in a vineyard, then the reception and other activities ~100 yards away at there designated spot, which tied to the building where we had a couple tables inside for people who didn’t want to sit in the July heat. 

They had the ‘meal’ portion of the food inside, buffet style, then people went back out. However we DID have a few tables of outside snacks (meat/cheese, desserts, fruits/veggies, etc).

I didn’t notice bugs at ALL, but the food was watched over. The cake was left inside until it was time to come out (cream cheese + 100 degree heat = no bueno).

For another example, one of my friends was also married in the hot summer, at her parents fruit farm. The bugs there were RIDICULOUS, but I have to assume it was because it was a FRUIT farm lol! Another friend was married in the hot summer at an old barn (specifically meant for weddings), and again, food outdoors and bugs weren’t an issue.

I guess it depends on the actual location, temperature, etc. I’d ask your venue (assuming there’s some kind of coordinator) how the bug situation has been in past weddings. If no coordinator (ex: at a state park or something), then take a drive out there beforehand on what would maybe be a similar day, and see how the bugs are? If all else fails, you can set up a tent for food, or even just get those mini ‘food tents’ to place over the dishes.

Good luck!

Post # 3
229 posts
Helper bee

PS: Even when I went to weddings with bugs, it wasn’t that much of a buzzkill. The happiness of the event and being with friends trumped the buggies 🙂

Then again, I’m not a germophobe lol…I suppose some people could be.

Post # 4
2500 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Our ceremony and reception were outdoors at a historic house in Southern California. For the dessert table, we had the cakes delivered about 45 minutes before the ceremony and placed on a table that was covered by netting in a nicely shaded gazebo. It worked! We had no bugs in our cakes! 

Also, it helped that the ceremony was about 20 minutes long total, and the cakes were only out for about 90 -120 minutes before we cut into them. 

p.s. What is your venue, if you don’t mind sharing?

Post # 5
4031 posts
Honey bee

GreenGables :  I’ve been to 3 weddings with an outdoor reception all in southern CA. There were no bugs but the weddings were in the months of May & June. However, I see your wedding is in Sept which is a hotter month itself so not sure. Perhaps the weather may be a bit dry to have bugs?

Based on your user name, are you getting married at the Green Gables Estate?

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