If you're anything like us, come summer your diary will be full of weddings - maybe even your own! - and while there's nothing we love like a sun soaked outdoor wedding, being outside can wreak havoc on our hay fever.
No bride dreams of streaming eyes and a blocked, runny nose on their big day, but there are ways you can combat hay fever on your big day. Read on for our top tips to stop hay fever ruining your wedding.
Choose your flowers wisely
If your hay fever is set off by flowers, ask your florist for low allergy or allergy-free flower options for your floral displays - especially the all important bouquet, seeing as that will be extremely close to you for much of the day.
If your hay fever is especially bad when it comes to flowers, go for faux flowers on your wedding day - they're every bit as beautiful as fresh flowers, and will save you sniffling your way through the ceremony.
Otherwise, check out our non-floral bouquet ideas to add a unique twist to your wedding, as well as banishing hay fever.
Choose an indoor venue
Garden wedding venues are undeniably gorgeous, but if you're worried about hay fever ruining your day, you might be better off with an indoor venue.
Of course, you'll want to use any outdoor spaces, for your drinks reception and photo opportunities, so it's worth asking the venue to mow the lawn two or three days before your big day, as freshly cut grass is a big cause of hay fever.
Regular sufferers of hay fever will be familiar with anti histamines; they're a simple way to relieve symptoms of allergies.
They work by stopping a substance called histamine affecting the cells in your body. Histamine is a chemical released when the body detects something harmful, such as an infection. In people with allergies, the body mistakes something harmless, such as pollen, for a threat. It then produces histamine, which causes symptoms such as rashes, a runny nose and/or sneezing.
Antihistamines help stop this happening if you take them before you come into contact with the substance you're allergic to. Or they can reduce the severity of symptoms if taken afterwards.
Some antihistamines can cause drowsiness, so be sure to read the label of any you buy over the counter - nobody wants to sleep through their wedding reception!
To stop our streaming eyes, we swear by Eyelergy eye drops. The drops have a protective barrier gel technology that rinses and shields the eyes from allergens and irritants including pollen meaning our make-up stays perfectly in place and our eyes stay hydrated.
For the rest of your symptoms, you can't go wrong with Benadryl Allergy Relief. It contains acrivastine, an active ingredient that gets to work in just 15 minutes - perfect if an unexpected attack of hay fever happens.
Use waterproof make-up
It sounds like a no-brainer, but be sure to wear waterproof mascara on your wedding day - not only for when tears flow, but in case hay fever causes your eyes to water.
In addition, a light coating of Vaseline around the inside of your nostrils (not glam, we know), will stop pollen from sticking to the lining of your nose.