Post # 1
I’m getting ready to meet with florists in the coming weeks and am at a loss here. I have pretty bad pollen allergies that will trigger when exposed to any sort of flowery fragerence en mass. Total bridal fail, I know!
So for my fellow allergy sufferers, any suggestions for helping make the big day sneeze free? I don’t think any of us want to be rocking the runny nose/eyes in our pictures…at least from the blooms! 🙂
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Bumping since I’m meeting with florists soon and need some ideas. 😮 Hopefully that’s allowed…
Post # 4
I don’t suffer from allergies so I don’t know of a good remedy… But maybe you can take some over-the-counter allergy medication beforehand? Benadryl or something? I don’t know if that would work though…
Post # 5
Would allergy medicine help? Or you might be able to ask the florist about it. They would probably have some ideas.
Post # 6
What about Claritin or something similar? If you start taking it daily for a couple weeks before the florist meetings and your wedding, I bet it would help.
Post # 7
i take claritin during the summer or when im staying at a friends house who has kittys works like a charm!
Post # 8
Thanks for the ideas. I’m already planning to stash the Claritin in the emergency bag just in case since it’s the only allergy med that doesn’t put me to sleep!
If anybody has specific experiences with flowers to use (or avoid), that’d be great to hear about too. So far I’m convinced I’ll be going the way of the branches for my centerpieces….
Post # 9
you could also go with paper flowers. i made my own after hunting down tutorials online and i love how they turned out and that they last forever. i actually went with paper when we needed to cut back our wedding budget. i also made the flowers for all of my bridesmaids and the flower girl. i also just finished making abouquet for a girl who loved my flowers but didn’t have the time to make them herself. it’a cheap option you can totally customize.
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Post # 10
Maybe you should avoid real flowers? i went with silk ones because I get really bad pollen allergies. I flip flopped a little about it, but when I had to hold a bouquet of roses for another wedding I was in, even for the VERY SHORT amount of time i was holding them, my eyes started watering and puffing up, so I’m glad I nixed flowers completely. My mom made these….my flower budget for bouquets+bouts+corsages came in right at $200
Here are some “hypoallergenic flowers”–flowers taht have no to low pollen: http://www.allergizer.com/50226711/hypoallergenic_flowers.php I’d definitley go with these if you must have real flowers! [attachment=798833,101369]
Post # 11
I’m making paper flowers for our bouquets for the same reason–one of my bridesmaids is highly allergic to flowers. She just turns into a runny, itchy mess, poor girl. For our reception flowers and boutonnieres, though, we are going with real flowers (I know, my mom is horrified that we’re mixing medias, but whatevs. I refuse to make paper flowers for 20 centerpieces ^_^).
So for real flowers we’re going with hydrangeas, snapdragons, carnations and double chrysanthemums. Hydrangeas and snapdragons are insect-pollinated, so they’re good for people with allergies because the pollen doesn’t fly around. Normal chrysanthemums are pretty high in pollen/allergens, but double mums are hybrids, making them more allergy friendly. Plus they have the added benefit of more petals, therefore looking more like dahlias. ^_^ The carnations are kind of a gamble since they’re pretty scented, so we may revise that flower, but my florist was of the opinion that it should be ok.
And for centerpieces, as well as insect-pollinated flowers, any type of flower submerged is a great option since the water traps the pollen.
Good luck. ^_^
Post # 12
the only flowers at my receptions will be roses (in the bouquets, that is). NO floral centerpieces and zero floral decor.
I saw your wedding will be in January too… so do like I want to do… use ivy and baby’s breath for decorating the venue, then candles, ribbons, mercury glass, whatever makes you happy.
I’ll have moss terrariums (no pollen!!!).
Post # 13
i have pretty sever/hilarous allergies as well. tonight i had a complete sneeze fest because i drank a glass of red wine! it was pretty funny.
is your wedding indoors or outdoors? i went to a pretty flower heavy wedding last spring that was outdoors and i was (surprisingly) totally fine. indoors, probably not so much. your florist owuld be a perfect person to ask this question to, by the way! she would know what will/will not affect you the most.
Post # 14
If there’s a couple different types of flowers you end up liking, I’d recommend you get a small grocery store bouquet of each and put them in different rooms in your home – see if being around them in any of those rooms sets off your allergies and if so, how badly – some may be much worse than others! Also I’d recommend some sort of allergy med. Benedryl works well for me but claritin is also a good option.
If you’re really having problems, you might be better off not having real flowers. Better to find a substitute than to feel sick during your wedding!