I know I’ve said this before, but it’s so important to be silly and have fun at your wedding.  Everyone wants to have fun at their wedding, but you have to make it fun, for it to be fun.  One of the best things about this couple’s wedding was that fun was not a problem for this couple, they even had a Pinata at their wedding!  Isn’t this moment awesome?

(Photo credit: Rachel Robertson Photography)

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Jul 03, 2015 by Jamie Chang

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that the US Supreme Court recently made a major decision and brought marriage equality to the entire country.  This is perhaps the biggest decision they’ve made in my time and now same sex couples have the constitutional right to get married in all 50 states.  This is HUGE and I couldn’t be happier.  Love wins!!!  And it was so perfectly timed with SF Pride week.  I am not a part of the LGBT community, but I am so happy for everyone (those I know and those I don’t know) and I can’t imagine how good they all must feel.

This huge win for love is also perfectly timed with what we are celebrating this weekend, freedom and independence.  A group stood up for what they believed in, for what was right and fought hard for it.  The US has always been about the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and I have to say that last one feels pretty good right about now.

Usually I’d be sharing a wedding tip or a moment from a past wedding we’ve done today, but this felt much more important to talk about especially because I feel so strongly about it.  However, I do have one small tip.  From someone who deals in love, my tip is to celebrate this with all your might.  That feeling of joy you have needs to be celebrated whether that be privately by jumping up and down, publicly in a parade or shouting it from the rooftops (literal and social media).  And if you have a partner and have been waiting for this, celebrate that too.  Have yourself a much deserved wedding and enjoy it.  Have yourself a rainbow because love is love and love fricken won.

Jul 02, 2015 by Jamie Chang

We’re in the thick of summer now and since July 4th is coming up, today we’re talking about having your wedding/party outdoors:  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 will be facing this summer whether it be at a 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 the wedding area for people to easily find and use.  I really like the Avon Skin so Soft ones because they don’t smell too strong and they really work (mosquitos love me).  They also come in an SPF version as well to help keep people from burning if your wedding will also be really sunny or somewhere tropical.  And even better, they have individual wipes so you can easily hand them out and have plenty on hand for your guests.

Beyond bug spray, here are 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.

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 dos, so make sure to schedule your ceremony for at least an hour before sunset.

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

Got a wedding planning question you need help with?  Share it with us in a comment below.

Jul 01, 2015 by Jamie Chang


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Freshly picked is a blog of tasty morsels to inspire, amuse, encourage, excite and help make your life easier. We share wedding planning, travel and design tips and inspiration and anything else that tickles our fancy.

Jamie Chang is the owner and wedding planning maven at
Mango Muse Events, a boutique event planning and design firm specializing in customized destination weddings and social occasions. Mango Muse Events is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and orchestrates events all over the world.

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