The way we smell is important – it’s also the most sensitive of the senses and research has shown that it’s the sense most linked to our emotional recollection. With this in mind when choosing your wedding day scent, remember the fragrance you choose could evoke memories in your groom for years to come!
If you have a signature scent that you always wear you may want to stick to that, but there is a huge array of fabulous scents, both from big fashion and design houses and independent fragrance brands to fit any kind of bride, at any time of year. In winter go for something heavier and more musky while in summer a lighter, fresher scent may be better suited to the occasion. Here are our pick of the best wedding scents.
Best For Winter Wonderland Weddings:
Jo Malone, Pomegranate Noir, £40 for 30ml
Sensuous, spicy and perfect for warming a cold winter’s day this scent combines the ruby-rich juices of pomegranate, raspberry and plum with pink pepper and laced with Casablanca lily and spicy woods. Dark and enigmatic.
Best for Dramatic Brides
Tom Ford, Black Orchid, £144 for 100ml
Intense and immediately recognisable, black truffle and ylang ylang mingle with fresh Bergamot and blackcurrant to make a dramatic dark fruity scent deepened with patchouli, vetiver and lotus wood. Originally released in 2006, this is a modern classic and like all Tom Ford fragrances is classed as unisex although we think it smells best on a woman.
Sophisticated and Spring-like
CARTIER LA PANTHÈRE EAU DE PARFUM LÉGÈRE, £66.60 for 50ml
Powdery, bright and musky all at once this is a sophisticated grown up fragrance that suits a lady with expensive tastes. With notes of chypre, musk, gardenia, monoi and vanilla essence it’s perfect for a spring occasion.
ARMANI / PRIVE PIVOINE SUZHOU, £105 for 100ml
Strong smelling and heady with notes of tangerine, pink pepper, raspberry, peony, rose absolute and patchouli, it smells like freshly cut flowers in summer and you need only a spritz, a little goes a long way.
Best for classic fragrance
Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile, £98 for 100ml
An all-Italian fragrance true to the brand's heritage, Rosa Nobile is born from the essence of the Centifolia rose which is carefully grown and cultivated in a small rose garden in Piedmont, Italy. Each bud is hand-picked at dawn when they are still fresh and dressed with the morning dew during 40 days between May and June – and thus this suits a summer wedding perfectly.
With notes of pepper, bergamot, mandarin and of course rose, this is the ultimate delicate and feminine fragrance.