Outdoor Weddings & Unwanted Guests

Have you ever thought about how you are going to keep the most unwanted visitors from invading your beautiful outdoor wedding? Especially in the South, mosquitos are a definite concern for brides and their guests. Many brides choose to have a summer ceremony at sunset without considering the outdoor pests that can come along with the season. Below are a few simple solutions.

-Citronella Candles add ambiance and pest killing power to your venue. They do not just come in the ugly green buckets anymore! You can find them in a shape and size that is sure to fit your theme. It is also possible to create your own candles or torches with the use of citronella oils. The following DIY blog gives simple directions for making your own bug repelling candles – http://bit.ly/KtmodF

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-Bug Repellant has also come a long way over the past few years. There are now some great smelling natural bug sprays on the market. These natural fixes assure that you will be itch free without getting chemicals on your wedding dress.  My favorite is Adios Outdoor Body Spray by JustNeem.  It smells good and isn’t sticky. You can also dress up your repellent by putting them in nice glass perfume bottles on display for your guests to use as they arrive.

There are also many great resources that teach you how to make your own natural repellent with essential oils to suit your fragrance preferences – http://bit.ly/aYmIxB

-Also, consider incorporating bug repelling plants in to your wedding and reception. Pests such as mosquitos and gnats tend to avoid plants and herbs such as peppermint, rosemary, marigold, lemon balm, clove, eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender and catnip. These can all be easily incorporated into a greenery and flower centerpiece to ward off your unwanted guests.

-Mosquito repelling machines are also a great resource that may be considered for your outdoor venue. This solution is a bit pricey but has the reputation of packing a serious punch for important outdoor celebrations. These traps use scentless and soundless techniques to draw bugs in and eliminate them before they become a problem. They can be found at most hardware retailers – http://bit.ly/1TlcB

A little prior planning can go a long way in these situations.  Just try combining a few of these tips for bug free insurance on your special day!