Fragrant flowers are a spectacular detail at any event or venue. And of course, flowers play a pivotal role in most weddings, adding elegance and grace, a touch of Mother Nature’s finest. You’ll see them draped over chairs and pews, adorning the tables and altar, perched on the groom and groomsmen’s lapels, on the parents of the bride and groom.
Flower petals are scattered along the aisle as the flower girl sprinkles them for the bridesmaids to walk on, they too are clutching bouquets of flowers. And then, there’s the showstopper bouquet – cradled in the bride’s arms, a bunch of the prettiest flowers you’ve ever seen.
Now imagine that scene with flowers that cause allergies. Eyes are watering, everyone is sneezing, tissues flutter as people sniffle and cough. A well-planned and stunning wedding becomes breathtaking for an entirely different reason when your fragrant flowers become allergy nightmares.
Fragrant Wedding Flowers to Avoid
Unfortunately, while Mother Nature gives us the most beautiful things, she sometimes also laces them with allergens that are intolerable for many. Fragrant flowers can be real triggers for allergies, and although you may love the way they look and smell, the following flowers should be avoided at your wedding.
- These big, bold and white beauties look amazing in a bouquet and they smell like a southern sunset. They’re also often a sneeze inducing mess. Use them in moderation if you must or stick to just a couple in the bride’s bouquet, assuming she’s not allergic.
- Sunflowers and Daisies. A hot trend in wedding flowers, these two field flowers don’t have a lot of scent, but they sure have a ton of pollen. The pollen is not only bad for allergies, but it can stain your gorgeous dress. There is a little good news, there are some pollen-free sunflowers. Talk to your florist if you want to give them a try.
- Baby’s breath. This floral filler has been around forever and, thankfully, isn’t as ubiquitous as it once was, but it packs a powerful pollen punch.
Wedding Flowers to Embrace
Ready for the good news. There are still a lot of gorgeous flowers you can add to your wedding décor that won’t leave people feeling weepy and sneezy. Try these for maximum impact:
- Daffodils and Tulips. Striking springtime blooms that are delicate and bright at the same time.
- Big blooms bursting with tiny pastel petals instantly create impact and are wonderful as centerpieces and on chairs and pews.
- The deep, rich purple of an iris is striking and elegant with long, stretching stems.
- Much like the iris, these beauties are incredible when you let the stem stretch long and wrap them in a ribbon.
- Is there anything more sophisticated than an orchid? Check out the different varieties to see all of the exquisite beauty in this low-pollen statement flowers. They’re also ideal for tropical destination weddings.
- Full blooms, rich green leaves, and the scent of summer; peonies are perfect for a wedding.
- The classic rose is a wedding staple, maybe part of the reason is that they’re virtually allergen-free.
Tips for Picking Wedding Flowers
A note to the wise, before going to your florist, check with your wedding party to see if anyone has specific flower allergies. This will help you and the florist come up with gorgeous arrangements that won’t leave everyone weepy eyed for all the wrong reasons. No one wants a sneezing maid of honor blasting them with a shower through the ceremony.
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Kristin Kizer is an award-winning writer, television and documentary producer, and content specialist who has worked on a wide variety of written, broadcast, and electronic publications. A former writer/producer for The Discovery Channel, she is now a freelance writer for Bella Honeymoons Destination Weddings.