Wedding: How to avoid a flower allergy

As we write our blog, we wrote a post about what type of flowers are suitable for those with allergies. However, it is a little difficult to know which flower is insect polinated, which has heavy pollen and all that. Further, most brides just need to know the basics so that they can prepare for their big day. With that in mind, we have decided to write a more focussed piece for our to be brides. In this post, we will share with you what are the flowers that are most likely to cause an allergy, out of the usual list of flowers that we use.

We place much emphasis on allergies because of the predicament of flower lovers who cannot touch or even go near flowers due to their condition. We have seen this happen numerous times while doing flower deliveries in Singapore. This is especially cruel when they are preparing for their weedings or other events. Isn’t it a waste if you cannot decorate the pews and solemnisation table of your church with beautiful flowers just because you are allergic to some. There are brides that feel that they cannot touch big flowers so they go for the small baby breaths instead. The result is a super allergy because baby breath is one of those which has the lightest pollen and allergy causing.

Why this matters at all

We saw this video of a bride suffering and looking sicky during her wedding and we hope this never happens to you

Being Practical and Strategic

If you have a flower allergy, you should experiment with some flowers that have very little pollen. However, you do not want to risk it only on your big marriage day. Hence what you need to do is to get a flower jar consisting of the flowers that you want to use on your wedding day. Place this flower jar in your room or near you and physically test out if you will be allergic to them. Once you are sure that your allergy will not act up, you can then use these flowers safely during your wedding day.

Flower Allergies

The main source of flower allergies is because of the pollen that the male flowers releases through the air to fertilise female flowers. These pollens when breathed in by some, can cause symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, red and watery eyes. These are definitely not the type of symptoms that you want to display on the most important day of your life. Thankfully, not all flowers produce that much pollen. As a rule of thumb, clients who are allergy prone should avoid flowers which produce a heavy aroma such as coral peonies. These flowers tend to release more pollen than others which has no smell. However, we know it will be too late to know if you are allergic by smelling the flowers, hence here are a list of flowers that you need to avoid if you are allergy prone!

Sunflower

If you are allergy prone, you will want to avoid sunflowers. This is because Sunflowers produce a lot of pollen in the middle of the flower. While this bloom with its awesome yellow bloom looks sunny and optimistic, you are best advised to stay away from it.

Lily

Lilies are more complicated than sunflowers because there are more varieties of lilies than Sunflowers. While it is possible to use lilies even though you are allergic prone, its best to avoid them in Singapore. This is because most of the lilies that are sold in flower shops in singapore are Asiatic lilies like Stargazers. These flowers have a strong aroma and can cause a very fast allergic reaction if you go near them.  While the bulk of the pollen comes from the stigma and you can ask to have it removed from the lily, it is difficult to guarantee that no pollen has been left on the petals. With this in mind, it is best to stay away from them.

Chrysanthemum

We know that Chrysanthemum has alot of pollen that can be allergy inducing. However, we really don’t think anyone will be using them to do flower arrangement except for funeral stands in Singapore. Hence this is one that we really will just pass and not talk much about.

Daisy/Gerberas

Daisies are another troublemaker as they are the most economical and thus often used as a staple in wedding decorations for churchy pews. While they represent innocence and purity, they also have large pollen centres which makes them flowers to avoid especially if you have allergy prone friends in your midst.

Aster

Asters are members of the Daisy family and so you guessed it, are likely to be allergy causing as well. The issue with aster is that they are small complementary flowers which are used in hand bouquets and are not often the main flower like the rest are. As a result, your floral designer may place it in without much thought as to whether you will get an allergic response or not. With that in mind, it is important to convey to the floral designer that you have an allergy issue and tell him or her to avoid this little trouble maker.

Conclusion

These are the 4 flowers (excluding Chrysanthemum) that can cause trouble for you. Of course, if you are trying to make your own tea out of Chrystanthemum, it will be a flower that you really need to avoid as well.

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