Miami Valley Couples, Wedding Venues Prepare for Cicada Season - WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

Miami Valley brides and grooms hope the buzz doesn’t drown out wedding bells.

A Wright State University biology professor told News Center 7 Tuesday that recent cooler temperatures are still keeping the cicadas underground a little longer, but he still expects them to peak around May 25.

That means billions of insects are flying around in the area and making a lot of noise when couples take their vows.

“I’m a little nervous,” said Dannielle Carter from Tip City.

She gets married on May 30th at the Willow Tree in Tipp City.

“Nature plays an incredibly important role in what we do here and that makes me nervous,” said Ben Bickert, the venue’s owner.

He has owned the estate for nine years, not long enough to see the upcoming cicada season every 17 years.

Kathy Piech-Lukas knows what to expect, however, because her first year as a wedding planner was the last time Brood X showed up in the Miami Valley.

“It was loud. I remember it was very, very loud, ”said Piech-Lukas.

Between the pandemic and the cicadas, she decided not to have weddings in May and June this year.

“I think life is just one big sundae and it’s sweet and salty, and right now it has a cicada cherry on top,” said Piech-Lukas.

While Bickert doesn’t have 17 years of experience, he has nearly a decade in the business, enough to know the importance of a backup plan.

“If there are problems with these flying things, we can all conveniently get them into the barn, which is safer and less distracting,” Bickert said.

This backup plan gives Carter peace of mind when she thinks about her wedding day.

“I’m very excited,” said Carter.