You have dreamed of this day your entire life. It is the day you will get to walk down the aisle to marry the person of your dreams. You’re having an outdoor wedding and you’ve planned every detail to perfection, from the wedding attire to the flowers and from the guests’ outfits to the music that will be played during the reception.

What you didn’t plan out, or even think of, was how to keep pests away from your outdoor wedding, instead of keeping them from invading the space and attacking your guests. Below you can find some of the best ways to ensure that the pests don’t dampen your guests’ excitement.

Have the Yard Sprayed Ahead of Time

One way to keep the pests from attacking your wedding is to have the yard sprayed before the ceremony by a reputable company such as Moxie Services. It’s best to have the yard sprayed the day before the event because you don’t want your wedding guests wrinkling their noses at the smell of bug spray the whole time. Make an appointment for the pest control service to come and spray the yard the afternoon before so that the pest will be gone and the smell will be gone as well.

Natural Remedies

There are quite a few natural remedies that you can use to make your yard pest-free during the wedding as well. From coffee grinds to lavender oil, there is something that isn’t full of chemicals out there that you can use to keep everything from mosquitoes to ants away from the wedding. Just make sure that you don’t use anything with a heavy smell such as garlic that will distract from the wedding.

You might also run into problems during the reception if you’re having it outdoors and have sweet drinks and food lying around. There are quite a few home remedies that don’t require harsh chemicals to be anywhere around food and drinks that you can try for flies as well. Flies love to invade a party; these few tips will stop that from happening and help you make sure that your reception goes off without a hitch.

Sunscreen and Bug Spray

While you need to have your guests apply sunscreen to protect themselves from harmful UV rays and sunburn, they will need to use a bug spray as well. It’s important to note that these don’t need to be used at the same time. Experts recommend that your guests apply the sunscreen, then wait for at least 30 minutes before applying bug spray, to avoid any issues that could result from using both products at the same time.

Since most guests don’t typically think about bringing bug spray to these types of events, it’s good to include individual bottles of the stuff in the welcome baskets you present them when they get to the wedding. It’s the perfect way to keep them safe and give them a little gift at the same time, on top of what you give them in the welcome basket, to begin with. Remember, don’t let them mix the sunscreen and bug spray at the same time or you could end up with a trip to the emergency room in your future.

These are just a few of the ways you can keep the pests from attacking you and your guests at your outdoor wedding. Once that is done, then you will have indeed planned the perfect wedding and will soon be walking down the aisle to marry the person of your dreams.