You want your wedding day to be memorable for all the right reasons. While selecting the color scheme and writing your vows, don't forget another important consideration: allergies.
The last thing you want is a series of "achoos" to interrupt your "I do's," or worse, send someone to the hospital. With these seven tips from the experts at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, you can limit allergy concerns on your big day.
1. The sweet smell of love
Some guests may be sensitive to cologne or perfume, so, on a day with so many hugs, handshakes and slow dances, it's best to go easy. The allergic response is a reaction to odors created by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and can cause headaches, sneezing, watery eyes and runny noses.
2. Fido as best man?
If you're planning to include your best pet pal in your wedding, make sure none of the bridal party is allergic. They'll be the ones closest to your pet during the ceremony, so you want to make sure they don't have an allergic reaction.
3. Avoid the flames
Your burning love may have brought you to the alter, but burning candles can be a problem. Scents from candles (especially a lot of them) can trigger asthma, so consider using LED candles at the reception instead. Bonus: they're safer, too!
4. Think about your medications
If you have allergies, start your medications well before symptoms usually start. You don't want to have a red nose, or be sneezing and wheezing during the ceremony. Also, be aware of side effects - including drowsiness - of some medications.
5. Create a safe menu
To find out about any severe food allergies among guests, add a line on your RSVP card or include a section on your wedding website so guests can give you this important information. The most common food allergens are eggs, milk, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy.
6. Plan for pollen
The warm-weather months are the most popular times to get married. If you want an outdoor wedding, be aware of when pollen counts are highest. In spring and summer, during tree and grass pollen season, levels are highest in the evening. In late summer and early fall, during ragweed pollen season, levels are highest in the morning.
7. Forget flower worries
There are many beautiful flower options with low allergy risk to use at your wedding. The key is to select varieties that produce little-to-no pollen. You can't go wrong with classic roses. Other allergy-friendly flowers include begonia, columbine, crocus, daffodil and geraniums.
A little advance planning can make your wedding super romantic - and free of allergy and asthma symptoms.