Worried about seasonal allergies on your wedding day?
Many brides prefer to walk down the aisle in spring just when flowers bloom like crazy and the sun comes out often to envelope the landscape with warmth and bright light. It’s also the season when trees are flowering and the grasses and weeds are pollinating with gusto. Though it’s quite pretty to look at, the burst of sunshine and flowers may not bring good news for those people with sensitive nasal passages and those who inherited a messed up inflammatory response to pollens. To them, springtime is also the season when their allergies kick in.
If you’re getting married this April or May and you’re suffering from seasonal allergy, then the mental image of you sneezing your way through the bridal march must be filling you with dread right now. And, it’s not only you who’s vulnerable. Everyone in your entourage and any of your guests are susceptible to allergens. The runny nose, red-rimmed watery and puffy eyes, and clogged nasal passages are enough to put them in a bad mood or stop them from enjoying one of the happiest days in your life.
Rather than wallow in misery as you contemplate the worst things that could happen on your special day, why not consider the list of helpful tips we’ve put together for brides-to-be? They’re also useful suggestions to the flower girls, junior bridesmaids, bridesmaids, maid of honor, the groomsmen, best man, the groom himself, the families of the bride and groom, and all the wedding guests.
Avoid outdoor weddings as much as possible. No matter how attractive the idea may be, the presence of pollens and mold spores in the air makes it impossible for you to have a garden or lawn wedding. Exchanging vows under a blossoming tree is also a no-no. Perhaps, a beach wedding at a tropical tourist destination may be a good alternative for you.
Roses are “perfect flowers” that won’t cause allergies. They’re also perfect for wedding bouquets.
Choose “perfect flowers” for the wedding bouquets, floral balls or baskets, and event decors. These flowers have both female and male parts. So, they don’t need to release pollens to reproduce. Examples of “perfect flowers” include roses, dandelions, lilies, tulips, daffodils, crocus, clematis, columbine, cactus, begonias, geraniums, hydrangeas, zinnias, irises, periwinkles, and hostas.
Avoid “imperfect flowers” like the plague. Remember to skip or pass over floral arrangements that have chamomile, chrysanthemums, daisies, goldenrod and ordinary sunflowers. If you need to have them in your bouquet and decors for whatever reason, then ask your wedding coordinator to have them freeze-dried before adding them to your hand-held posy or to the decorative table centerpieces at the wedding reception.
Add stems of wheat, barley and oats to your bouquets and decorations. These decorative grasses don’t release pollens when reproducing. They’re also attractive to look at, especially when they’re dyed a certain color to match the floral arrangement’s palette.
Ask that the grass be cut a day before the wedding. The place where you’ll be saying “I do” may be surrounded by manicured lawns, which most chapels, churches, and private venues are wont to display. Paying extra for the lawn mowing service is worth evading exposure to possible allergic compounds released from freshly cut grass.
Pollen counts are higher in the morning than the rest of the day. Schedule your wedding in the afternoon or evening if you want to reduce your exposure to allergens. You may also want to check the pollen count in your area via Pollen.com, which has a color-coded map of the states where pollen counts are high. As expected, the lowest counts are in the southeastern states where Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida have more humid climates.
Stock up on anti-allergy medication and combine up to five different types. Take oral medications daily, but use nasal sprays and eye drops as needed. Start using oral steroids a day or two before the wedding to inhibit the body’s inflammatory response. Usually, medications are enough to control the symptoms. However, people who suffer from severe allergy symptoms that last more than a few weeks are advised to start a long-term therapy that involved taking allergy shots as early as 6 to 12 months before allergy season starts.
Seasonal allergies can be controlled or even suppressed to give you and your beloved the chance to enjoy your special day. Children with nasal allergies fare better when they’re handed bouquets of mildly scented flowers. While the strong fragrances of jasmine and roses appeal to the senses, they may not be as pleasantly smelling to the little ones as they seem to older kids and adults.