by Karen Warren on LoriAllen.TV – Planning your wedding comes with plenty of challenges along the way, and making sure you stay healthy is at the top of the list. Unfortunately, dealing with allergies could prove difficult even without the additional stress that accompanies wedding planning.

To help you get handle on your allergies, here are some tips from Clifford Bassett, M.D., an allergist based in New York, to insure that allergies do not interfere with the best day of your life.

1. Watch the pollen count; pollen levels are usually higher in the early morning. Plan an indoor wedding if it coincides with peak spring and summer pollen season.

2. Pre-medicate before the big day to prevent itchy, red eyes and lots of sneezing.

3. Do a trial run with your makeup artist, or do a patch test to make sure you won’t break out from new makeup used on your wedding day.

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4. Pack an allergy emergency kit for your honeymoon.

5. Faux candles work best, but if they aren’t an option, try scent-free natural candles, such as soy and/or beeswax.

6. Consider paper or silk flowers.

7. Choose a no- or low-fragrance flower for your wedding bouquet. The best flower choices include daffodils, tulips, orchids, gladiolas, fuchsias, carnations, low-scent roses or tea roses, snapdragons, and “double-flowered” baby’s breath.

8. Avoid scented flowers like peonies, lilies, gardenias, stargazers, freesias, daisies, dahlias and sunflowers. Watch out for the sap from lilies and alstromeria that can cause a nasty rash.

9. Various oils (ginger, bergamot, orange, lime and grapefruit) used in aromatherapy or during a pre-wedding massage can provoke a rash, after your skin is exposed to the sun. Try to avoid these if at all possible.