At your local health food store, ask for essential oils such as citronella, lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus, peppermint, patchouli and any others that your nose agrees with. These essential oils can be combined to create your own special scent which just happens to repel mosquitoes. You will need a bit of oil (olive oil works great), some form of alcohol, even vodka!, rubbing alcohol, or maybe witch hazel to combine with the essential oil scents. Try mixing more than one batch - use about 1 part of the essential oil (as little as one drop) to 10 parts (10 drops) of the olive oil and an equal amount of the alcohol you've chosen. Put your stopper on your small spritz bottle, shake well and spritz on exposed areas. You definitely should go lightly the first time so you can see how light or heavy you need for your area and mosquito problem! Depending on your "nose", you can find so many different essential oils that will work well in this mixture - tea tree, geranium, lemongrass, cinnamon! Let us know how this works for you!!
In my humble opinion... and after watching dozens and dozens of parents, escorts, groomsmen, bridesmaids ... and myself trip on these things... I say RUN THE OTHER WAY before purchasing one of these... One bride had spike heels - the heels punctured the runner on the very first step - with all eyes turned to her, her father had to stop and pull the aisle runner off of her heels before she took a header... down the aisle... "They" say you should lift your feet when walking on the runners ... not always an option for some people. Another bride (who I most definitely warned in advance) had a beautiful, full length gown with four foot train that "scooped" up the aisle runner (it was laid on short, flat carpet and tacked down, but...). Needless to say, there are several pictures of this bride with what appeared to be a giant toilet paper roll of aisle runner "chasing" her down the aisle... Sigh... Enough said?
Okay, how many of you live in Texas? How many of you are having your wedding in Texas? All of you? Okay, here's a very important tip - Texas is hot... another very important tip... Remember, Texas is hot in most of the months on the calendar (okay, not all, but most)... So if you are planning to have a beautiful outdoor wedding, it WILL be hot... And if you have the ceremony in the full sun, it will be hot... Okay, enuf with the hot! I'm starting to sweat... Groomsmen and the minister (usually) wear black or dark suits... The bride (usually) wears the beautiful dress of their dreams. And what does that tell us? The dark suits will make everyone in them sweat (no glow or dew, here...)!!! Guess what, the wedding dress will also make you sweat (again, no dewy glow, here - visualize sweat stains underneath your arms and your bridesmaid's arms...)! So... to recap, if the bridal party is sweating, then the guests will be melting... and if they are sitting on metal seats, guess what?
The seats will be hot! Cold, iced water bottles for your guests and vendors would be a blessing, even in the shade...