Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: How to Keep Away the Bugs At An Outdoor Wedding

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events

Q: I’m having an outdoor wedding and I’m a little concerned about mosquitos.  We’re having the wedding in an area that just tends to attract mosquitos and I’m worried about my guests.  Beyond bug spray is there anything else we can do to keep the bugs away?

Great question!  And this a problem that many face whether it be at an outdoor wedding or at an outdoor party.  To start off, bug spray is going to be a biggie for you no matter what.  Make sure you have plenty of non-DEET sprays in the bathrooms and scattered around for people to easily find and use.

I really like the Avon Skin so Soft ones.  They don’t smell too strong and they really work (trust me, mosquitos love me).  They also come in an SPF version as well to help keep people from burning if your wedding.  If it will also be really sunny or you’re getting married somewhere tropical, this is a big plus.  And even better, they have individual wipes so you can easily hand them out.

Bug repellant wipes Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard for an outdoor wedding

Beyond bug spray, here are a few other options to help keep the bugs away:

1. Citronella candles are a great option because they have a natural oil that deters insects.  They will help keep the bugs away inside your wedding tent.  And you can use the candles as decor on your tables or scattered around in lanterns.  You can also have torches or handmade oil lamps with citronella oil in them to decorate the ceremony and reception sites.

Use citronella oil lamps idea as a bug repellant for an outdoor wedding.

2. Fans are another great option because it makes it hard for bugs to fly.  Fans are harder to execute and won’t look that pretty, but mosquitos really love it when the air is still (it’s easier to fly).  So, when you disrupt that it’s harder to bite people.

You can rent larger industrial fans or tent fans and have them installed to help move the air around.  Or you can DIY it and place a small one under each table to help keep the bugs away from people’s legs.  Fans are also great to use on buffets to keep flies away.

3. Schedule your ceremony before sunset.  There are certain times of the day that attract bugs and that tends to be around dusk.  You don’t want to have to worry about mosquitos when you are saying your I do’s, so make sure to schedule your ceremony for at least an hour before sunset.

Beach wedding ceremony at a private estate in Hawaii by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: What a Day! Photography)

4. Tell your guests to bring a cover up or gift them one!  Less exposed skin means fewer bites as well, so a cover up will help the ladies especially those who are wearing open backed or sleeveless dresses.

5. Use a netted canopy for your desserts.  Mosquitos won’t be into your cake, but other bugs might.  A net will keep your sweets safe until you are ready to cut the cake or eat dessert.

6. As a preventative measure, get rid of any standing water.  This is where mosquitos breed, so get rid of any rainwater that has been collected in plants or is hiding in rain gutters.  This really only works if you have control over the property (i.e. it’s a private estate you own).  If you don’t, then you can mention it to the venue, but it will be up to their ground staff to work on it.

Lighted wedding reception at Lanikuhonua for a Hawaii destination wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: What a Day! Photography)

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