Warmer weather is the season for enjoying open-air celebrations and stylish outdoor weddings. But when your guests have seasonal allergies such as hay-fever to contend with, the thought of spending time outside at a wedding reception can bring visions of sneezing and wheezing rather than having fun! If you’re planning a summer wedding, our Tips to Beat Seasonal Allergies at Summer Weddings can help to ensure that a good time is had by all:
Timing is Everything
Pollen counts are highest in the morning (5am-10am), so plan your wedding for later in the day or evening. Or go a step further and try to hold your celebration on a day that should have a low pollen count. Most summer weather forecasts detail this, but to plan further ahead, check out the Met Office forecast.
Knowledge is Wisdom
Allergy medications are more effective when you take them before you have symptoms. Telling your guests in advance that your wedding is outdoors gives them the opportunity to take their allergy medication before they arrive. It also serves as a reminder for them to bring any emergency medication with them.
Sea breezes blow pollen inland, so choosing a more coastal location for your wedding can help hay-fever and summer allergy sufferers. Beachfront venues, or the beach itself, can provide an inspiring backdrop and enhances the ‘endless summer’ or trendy ‘beach festival’ vibe of any wedding.
Third on our list of top Tips to Beat Summer Allergies at Outdoor Parties is both practical and stylish. Wearing sunglasses can help reduce, but not totally prevent, pollen from getting into your eyes and making them water and itch. Embrace this with bespoke sunglasses for your wedding day. These can be given as a gift or used as a place marker on tables – a little tag attached does the trick.
Trim and Tidy
Remove weeds and prune borders, where triggers can lurk, well ahead of the party. Mow a day or two before, and not the day of. And use any garden blowers well before the party, as can stir up dust and mouldy leaves. Think about the placement of the event too. Are their surrounding fields with high allergens such as rapeseed plants?
Choose a high-quality marquee, Yurts or gazebo structure (preferably air-conditioned) to provide shade from the sun, but also offer an indoor space where guests bothered by pollen can go. Going indoors will be important for anyone who develops an allergy attack despite their, and your, best efforts. Once an attack has begun, an air-conditioned environment is best, as this filters out any pollen; have an indoor chill-out space at the ready.
When choosing the floral design for your wedding decor, opt for flowers that produce little to no pollen. Daffodils, lilies, pansies, petunias, roses, snapdragons, and tulips, for example, are all less likely to aggravate allergies. Beware of summer standbys like sunflowers, daisies and chrysanthemums that are in the ragweed family and can trigger pollen allergies.
People with seasonal allergies can experience a tingling of the mouth or itchy throat from oral allergy syndrome. There is evidence that this happens after eating certain fruits, vegetables, and tree nuts. As a party host, it will be important to know what the guest’s specific allergy is, and ensure a meal is prepared that minimises any reactions. Modern, more informal catering allows for an innovative menu to suit all guests – it just needs careful planning and some theatrical presentation to give a stylish edge. Allergy UK have some excellent advice on their website.
Last, but not Least
So regardless of your summer allergies, there is no reason for you to miss out on the summer wedding fun. A great host will have soft tissues to hand (branded for a wedding of course), large sun hats and a ‘standby’ box with anti-allergy creams and something to soothe stings. It is also thought that a splash of water on the face will dislodge any pollen, so offer facial spritz as a table gift. Ladies may be reluctant at first – makeup considered – but we love this Vichy Thermal Mineralising Spa Water…and your guests will too.
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