Allergy Free Wedding Flowers
Her dream wedding is stunning and so is she. She walks down the aisle with her colorful bouquet, but her eyes start watering. She tries stifling a sneeze. Her anxiety builds – it’s just the beginning of her allergic agony. She must get through the “I dos” without ruining her eye-make-up. Everyone holds their breath. No bride wants an allergic reaction coming between her and her fantasy wedding. Here’s how to avoid it.
A Good Florist Can Order Allergy Free Flowers
Thanks to advances in botany, there are doubled petal and allergy free flowers grown on floral farms. Horticulturist and author Thomas Leo Ogren, who’s been studying no allergy gardening since 1985 says formal doubled flowers will have high petal counts per flower. However, not many brides want to waste time counting petals.
Finding allergy free flowers to make your wedding and wedding photos sparkle, takes an experienced florist. Your florist can special order wedding flowers, says Dea Simmons, whose worked as a florist since 1990.
“The average bride spends $3,000 to $5,000 on her flowers,” says Simmons. Flowers play a significant role in the wedding decorations and photographs. Brides have horror stories about flowers that caused teary, red eyes and ruined wedding pictures.
“If brides could,” says Simmons, they’d create their own allergy free designer flower center.” The next best thing is having a florist who’ll order allergy free flowers. Ogren’s book, Allergy Free Gardening, lists a general guide on the types of flowers that come allergy free as well as the ones with a high pollen content.
Flowers That Come Allergy Free
Unscented roses (not the garden variety), unscented orchids, hydrangeas, hypericum, larkspur, anthurium, bird of paradise, tulips, iris, asiatic lilies, and zinnia.
Flowers to Avoid if You Have Allergies
Oriental lilies; mini asters including solidaster, montecasino, and goldenrod; sunflowers; chrysanthemums; stephanotis; gardenias; babies breath; stock; and misty.
If your heart’s set on a pollen-producer, ask your florist to order the double petal variety. There are also non-pollen producing lily varieties available.
Your florist can remove the anthers on pollen producing lilies. The brown anthers, located on the end of the stems in the center of the lily, produce pollen. An experienced florist knows how to remove them. “The pollen that comes off the anthers causes nasty brown stains on clothes that are next to impossible to get out,” says Simmons.
Brides sensitive to flowers shouldn’t carry a bouquet of pollen producing lilies says Ogren. Lilies produce a sap that can cause a nasty, itchy allergy no bride wants tagging along on her honeymoon.
Make sure the grass is cut three or four days before the wedding. Freshly cut grass causes agony for many allergy sufferers. No bride wants her guests to be miserable in an albeit lovely but itchy wedding setting.
Trust your florist when picking out your wedding flowers. Your wedding will be fun and festive. Finding a florist to help you with one of the most essential parts of your wedding will make choosing your flowers a memorable not miserable part of planning that special day.
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