Spring is officially here, and that means beautiful flowers are blooming in full force. Most people love spring – the colors and smells combined with warmer weather is typically a good thing! But for a lot of people, spring also means allergies. For some, the thought of sitting through an indoor wedding ceremony and reception, surrounded by flowers and pollen, is a nightmare. Although flowers are generally considered a staple for any wedding, there are plenty of other options these days for the bride with allergies or who has guests with allergies. However, there are also hypoallergenic flowers for those who can’t imagine their special day without any. Check out this list of both hypoallergenic and non-living floral options — and then tell guests they may not need that extra dose of antihistamine after all!
There are several kinds of flowers known for their lack of pollen or low pollen count. Most of the flowers in this list have either very little pollen, sticky pollen, or large pollen particles, so the pollen is much less likely to become airborne. This means as long as you don’t put your nose into the bloom, you shouldn’t start sneezing or get a runny nose or itchy eyes. Some flowers have both male and female parts, which means they don’t rely on the wind for pollination, and are more hypoallergenic that plants that have separate male and female plants – ask your florist which of these “perfect” flowers will be in season for your wedding!
Lilies are a somewhat unique flower because they have a high pollen count, but you can easily remove the pollen source. Just cut out the stamens and you’ll effectively make them pollen-free! Asiatic and calla lilies are the best options because they aren’t scented, like other lilies.
If you want to guarantee your wedding is completely allergen-free, pick metal flowers! These stunning hand-crafted pieces are gorgeous, unique, and – the best part – they’ll last forever!
Another breathtaking option is an incredible brooch bouquet. It’s easy enough to find these for sale online, but you can make yours even more meaningful by making it yourself. You likely have family heirlooms you can start with, but if not, you can ask family members and close friends to donate one of theirs, or they can purchase one they love that you can include. A brooch bouquet is perfect for a vintage-themed wedding, but you can adapt them to fit any theme.