Some women like the idea of a summer wedding. They like having an outdoor ceremony, with the sun shining and the flowers blooming. Brides and their grooms start planning their big day, considering every possible detail to make their wedding memorable. But many couples don’t think about how seasonal allergies might ruin their wedding day.
According to studies, 10-30% of the population suffers from allergic rhinitis. This is a type of inflammation of the nose caused by an allergen, such as pollen. Symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy eyes. If you or your soon-to-be-husband suffer from seasonal allergies, it’s crucial to take precautions to save your wedding day from your allergies.
The following are examples of things you can do to prevent your allergies from ruining your wedding day:
Identify Your Triggers
People can have different seasonal allergies. Knowing what’s causing your allergic reactions makes it easier for you to find ways to avoid them. Once you know what you’re allergic to, you can start planning your big by considering your trigger.
Let’s say you’re allergic to pollen. You can check the pollen counts in your area a few weeks before your wedding day and adjust your plans accordingly. Suppose the pollen count is high on your wedding day. In that case, you might consider holding your ceremony indoors or rescheduling it for a day when the pollen count is lower. Doing so reduces your risk of having an allergy attack on your big day.
Find the Right Treatment
Doctors can prescribe the proper treatment for allergies only after the correct diagnosis. This is why it still makes sense to see an allergist. They can help you identify your triggers and recommend the best treatment options, including medication or immunotherapy.
If you’re taking medication for your allergies, make sure to start taking it a few weeks before your wedding day to give it time to build up in your system and be effective. The same goes for immunotherapy.
Immunotherapy involves receiving shots over several years to help your body build up immunity to your allergens. If you’re considering this treatment option, start well in advance of your wedding day so that you can be sure it will be effective.
Consider Planning an Indoor Wedding
Your plan could be to say I do to the love of your life surrounded by close family and friends, with the sun shining and a light breeze blowing. But an outdoor wedding might not be the best idea if you’re allergic to pollen.
While you can’t control the pollen count, you can take steps to reduce your exposure to it. One option is to plan an indoor wedding instead. Indoor weddings are becoming increasingly popular, with many beautiful venues to choose from. An indoor wedding also gives you more control over the environment, which can be helpful if you’re allergic to dust, pollen, or mold. This will help you avoid potential triggers and have a beautiful, allergy-free wedding day.
Reconsider Your Decorations
If you’re set on having an outdoor wedding, there are still things you can do to reduce your exposure to pollen and other allergens even if the pollen count is not that high. One option is to reconsider your decorations.
For example, if you’re planning to use fresh flowers as part of your wedding decor, consider using silk flowers instead. Silk flowers look just as beautiful but won’t trigger your allergies. You can also ask your florist to use flowers that are not as likely to cause allergies, such as roses or lilies.
Another decoration you might want to reconsider is confetti. If you have confetti at your wedding, opt for paper confetti instead of traditional rice or birdseed. Paper confetti is less likely to trigger allergies. It won’t blow away in the wind, so you won’t have to worry about it getting into your eyes or nose.
If you do decide to use fresh flowers, take some time to clean them before using them in your decorations. This will help remove any pollen or other allergens that might be on the flowers.
Be Prepared for Anything
Even if you take all the necessary precautions, there’s always a chance that something could happen, and you could have an allergic reaction. That’s why it’s essential to prepare for things that can happen during the wedding.
Make sure you have your allergy medication on your wedding day, just in case you need it. You might also want to consider wearing an anti-allergy bracelet or necklace. These bracelets and necklaces can help alert people to your allergies in case of an emergency.
It’s also a good idea to let your wedding planner or day-of coordinator know about your allergies in case they need to take any special precautions. As much as possible, have a refuge room set up at your venue in case you need to take a break from the action and rest. This room should be free of any potential allergens, such as pollen or pet dander.
Allergies can ruin your wedding day if you don’t take the necessary precautions. But by keeping this list in mind, you can help reduce your exposure to allergens and have a beautiful, allergy-free wedding day.