Last February 11, 2017, I married the love of my life.
Amidst the numerous details I had to think of during wedding preparations, one of the trickiest things I had to decide on was the perfume I would wear on the big day.
On the most important day of your life, you want to look great and of course, smell irresistible. (That, and because, well, I am an addict for all things scented.)
And so, I take upon myself this responsibility of sharing with you some tips on choosing your Wedding Day perfume, whether you’re a soon-to-be bride or groom.
Choose Something Different From Your Everyday Scent
It’s a special day and it deserves a special scent.
The sense of smell is one of our most powerful senses directly linked to our memory so wearing something unique that will remind me specifically of the wedding day was as crucial as my wedding gown.
The scent I wore on my wedding day was David Yurman for Women (a perfume that my now-husband gave to me a few years ago but I’ve never used daily) layered with a bespoke scent I made which was also diffused in the venue and used for the favors we gave our guests.
It’s a memorable scent that both of us can smell in the future to remember our wedding day.
How do you narrow down your choices?
Look back at previous scents you’ve enjoyed wearing and see what notes they have in common. Pick 3-4 scents you’ve never worn before but have similar notes with the ones you’ve used and choose from there. Check out Basenotes.com to research the notes of your perfumes.
Try It Before You Buy It
A couple of weeks before the wedding, I tried the scent for 3 days just to see how it would react to my skin and how my then-fiancé liked it.
After you’ve chosen your prospects, try them out for an afternoon to experience the chemistry of the fragrance on your skin. It should be one that complements you, not overpowers you.
It would be best if you can also find a fragrance in Eau de Parfum (EDP) or Parfum Extrait form. These are more concentrated than your usual Eau de Toilette (EDT), Eau de Cologne (EDC) and Body Splash. Fragrances in higher concentration last longer so you don’t have to spray often. After all, how you smell should be the least of your worries on the big day.
Consider the Weather
If your wedding is during the summer, floral fruity scents work well as they stay light and refreshing throughout the day. For cooler months, scents with slightly warmer, sensual and sultry ingredients are sure winners. I was slightly lucky – we got married in Tagaytay on a February day so I had a slightly wider range of choices.
It’s important that you should be 100% happy with your perfume.
However, make sure that you don’t leave your partner in the dark. Have your soon-to-be husband or wife take a whiff and give their opinion. You wouldn’t want to wear something that makes your partner sneeze or worse, reminds them of an ex!
Hope this helps brides and grooms-to-be and advanced congratulations to you!