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No bride-to-be wants to fall under the cringe-worthy moniker of "bridezilla" by making impossible demands of her entourage, but what happens when the maid of honor's health is the trade-off? Our experts elaborate on how to make sure a flower allergy doesn't topple your vision of a floral wonderland.
Before making any rash decisions, ask your friend how severe her allergies are. Do certain types of flowers provoke more of a reaction than others? How serious are her symptoms? If a sneeze or two are the only indicators of her allergy, kindly advise your friend of your floral visions and station her far from overwhelming arrangements.
More acute allergies require a different approach. Think of the potential hiccups from ignoring the problem and asking your friend to pop an antihistamine. In addition to lingering feelings of resentment, you could be forced to endure ill-timed sniffles and sneezes throughout your ceremony, or lose your friend's presence at the wedding entirely. There are a number of bouquets and centerpiece alternatives that look as lovely as flowers without inducing allergies. Otherwise, try compromising by selecting flowers that create minimal pollen such as hydrangeas, tulips, and roses; these varietals are less likely to provoke an allergy attack in your maid of honor and will satisfy your wants and needs too. In addition, make sure you have antihistamines and tissues on hand, and allow your maid of honor to go without a floral bouquet if absolutely necessary.