We have had an unusually good bout of weather in June compared to previous years when it has rained every single day. When the sun is out day after day it is easy to forget how the weather in England can throw a spanner in the works out of the blue. A sunny Spring and Summer can also be a double edged sword. The sun brings buds and then the buds bring the pollen…
Hay fever and weddings are not a great combination. Itchy eyes, runny noses and sneezing can make for a noisy and uncomfortable ceremony – whether you are getting married yourselves or just a guest. A few sniffs from the mother of the bride is one thing; half your guests blowing their noses and itching their eyes is quite another.
When deciding on the time of year you want to hold your wedding, bear a little thought for guests who can find an outside event in the Spring and Summer months about as appealing as pulling teeth. Hay fever is on the rise with new victims to this irritating allergy popping up as quickly as daisies. So, why not create a hay fever reduced wedding? Your friends and family (and maybe you) will be able to enjoy the whole day without their mascara running down their cheeks and noses that would give Rudolph a run for his money being in the forefront of all the wedding photographs.
Firstly, look for a venue where you or your guests can find shelter from the pollen with a little outside space for those who want it. A venue that needs acres of flowers to look pretty or a full festival wedding is not the best idea. Instead, look for a venue that needs little decoration but has beautiful features of its own. For a stunning venue full of rustic charm, look no further than The Pilgrims Rest in East Sussex www.pilgrimsrestbattle.co.uk.
Green botanical weddings look like they will remain fashionable for the foreseeable future. Being less expensive, but just as effective as flower arrangements, your guests will be wowed and grateful at the same time. Maybe look at buying some realistic silk flowers that can be woven in to the greenery and re-used in a vase or two in your marital home. For hand painted silk flowers go to Neptune www.neptune.com.
Finally, choose a really good waterproof mascara or consider having semi-permanent eye lash extensions fitted. Imelda Leahy at www.brightoneyelashsalon.co.uk is the place to go for natural-looking extensions. If the hay fever doesn’t get you then the emotions might!