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Top tips on putting together an allergy friendly wedding

As the nation gears up for the Royal wedding this weekend, if you’re planning your own big day and have guests with allergies, follow our top tips to help make your big day allergy friendly.

Weddings are synonymous with decadent food, beautiful decorations, and enjoying time with friends and family. But how do you organise a wedding that is allergy safe without losing the much-loved traditions that come with weddings?

Here are our top tips:

  • Beautiful outdoor venues can look stunning and provide the perfect backdrop for a wonderful day. If you or guests have hay fever, you may want to consider pollen levels and the impact that may have on an outdoor venue.
  • The pollen count for the time of year is influenced by several factors including the weather, location, season and pollution and may change from year to year. This is something that cannot be predicted so being prepared is key!
  • Many weddings are planned for the summer months when grass pollen is at its peak and which is the type of pollen that is the most problematic for the majority of those with hay fever. There are many different types of pollen from different trees, grasses and weeds, which type and how severe hay fever symptoms are will vary from person to person.
  • Discuss with your GP or Pharmacist the best treatment options for you prior to the day, it is worth trialling an antihistamine before to ensure it manages your allergic symptoms and does not have any unwanted side effects.
  • If the wedding or photographs are taking place outside, the use of a nasal allergen barrier balm applied around the outer aspect of the nostrils may be useful as a pollen trap. These balms are colourless, and can be discreetly applied.
  • If you’re considering using balloons as decorative features, it is also worth double checking your guest list for latex allergies.

Dietary considerations for guests with food allergies:

  • Consider food allergies when planning your menu. Find out the specific requirements of guests by using the RSVP cards to request any dietary requirements before working with the caterers and guests to come up with a solution.
  • On the day of the wedding make sure the guests with dietary requirements are made known to the waiting staff and ensure their food is served first if a buffet or a special meal is created for them so that they are safely catered for without any concerns for cross contamination or mix ups.
  • When it comes to the cake, you can still have the cake of your dreams, simply ensure there is an alternative available for those that are unable to have it. Additionally, ensure any buffet style food is labelled so that guests can be fully informed and make their own judgement as to whether it is safe for them.

You can still have the day of your dreams, but a few tweaks when planning and preparing your big day means all guests, including those with allergies, can enjoy it to the full.

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