Can Wedding and Allergy Season Coexist? A Survival Guide

It’s officially wedding season! It also happens to be a prime allergy season. Here’s our survival guide to getting through the big day despite allergies.

Happy wedding season! Whether you’re walking down the aisle, standing up for a friend or family member or are a guest, allergies are the last thing you want to be dealing with when it comes to wedding season. Sneezing, watering eyes, a stuffed nose, and a sore throat are all hallmarks of seasonal allergies. When you need to look and feel your best for the big day, don’t let allergies ruin the day.

There’s an App for That

It’s true, there really is an app for everything. And when it comes to wedding planning, making things easy for yourself is a top priority. Thankfully, apps these days are more useful than ever. When the big day arrives, arm yourself with an app for allergy sufferers that can provide weather and pollen forecasts and even locate the nearest allergist.

Venta is ahead of you and already put together a guide on the best FREE allergy and asthma apps on the market.  Apps are handy resources to have on hand and will be great to have as a last-minute go-to guide on wedding day. So get back to the planning and let these apps do the work for you!

Just Add Water

It turns out there’s not a whole lot you can do about environmental and seasonal allergies. If you’re prone to flare-ups and reactions, chances are you are already well versed in the right medications to use in order to keep your symptoms to a minimum. In any case, when it comes to your wedding venue, choose a location near water. The wind off bodies of water has less pollen in it, so rather than the shabby chic barn wedding in a field of flowers, look for a nearby waterfall, river, lake or ocean. Looks like the beach wedding idea is back on the table!

Golden Hour

There’s a reason why sunset weddings are so popular. Pollen counts tend to be their highest during the early part of the day and fall off in the late afternoon. The later in the day you wait to have your ceremony, the better off you’ll be. This also gives you more time to spend indoors getting ready. Not to mention a near-dusk ceremony will make for the prettiest wedding photos!

Your Florist Knows Best

When it comes to flowers, don’t assume all bets are off. Flowers like lilies and jasmine could be more troublesome for allergy sufferers because they are very fragrant and tend to have high pollen counts. But other, traditional flowers like roses and peonies rarely cause allergic reactions due to their smaller pollen grains. If you’re unsure of what to choose, just ask your florist.

Practice Makes Perfect

We know that it’s virtually impossible to have everything go absolutely perfect on a wedding day. Knowing that makes it easier to accept the hiccups, right? No matter what, practicing for the big day will save lots of headaches. Practice spending some time at your wedding venue, whether that be where the ceremony or reception will take place.

You don’t want to show up to a dusty loft space only to know it causes an all-out sneeze fest. Consult with your make-up artist and let her know allergies tend to cause watery eyes, a reddened skin tone, etc. Consider doing a test run of your makeup to make sure you don’t react with any of their products.

Weddings are a lot of work, and while there is a lot to worry about, allergies should not be one of them. It may be impossible to ward off any and all allergy symptoms, but making a few accommodations will be worth it in the end. Have you gone to a wedding recently and had to deal with allergy symptoms? How did you plan and prepare for it? Let us know!