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Amidst the glimmer of heirloom jewels and your face-framing lace veil, the perfume you adorn yourself with becomes an essential part of curating your wedding-day aura. Fragrance has a remarkable ability to stir emotions, evoke memories and enhance your overall experience. Join us on a fragrant journey as we explore the various scent profiles and their significance in the context of your special day.
Floral fragrances have always held a special place in the realm of wedding perfumes, embodying the essence of romance, femininity and elegance. They capture the essence of blooming flowers, evoking the whiff of a bouquet and bringing forth a sense of freshness and beauty. Jasmine, rose, lily of the valley and peony are popular floral notes found in perfumes. These scents can evoke feelings of love, joy and grace, making them an ideal choice for brides seeking a romantic ambiance on their wedding day.
CSW’S FAVORITE FLORAL FRAGRANCES:
- Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia
- Valentino Donna Born In Roma
- Marc Jacobs Fragrances Daisy
- Chloé Roses De Chloé
Citrus and Fruity
If you want a fragrance that exudes energy, vibrancy and zest, consider citrus or fruity scents. Notes of orange, lemon, grapefruit and mandarin create a lively and invigorating atmosphere, perfect for a summer or waterfront wedding. These fragrances can uplift the spirit and feel like a zesty cocktail on a warm day. The invigorating notes of citrus fruits and succulent berries infuse your wedding day with a delightful splash of freshness and a playful spirit. Citrus scents are also known to enhance focus and uplift mood, which makes them perfect for calming pre-wedding jitters and ensuring a vibrant start to your new chapter.
CSW’S FAVORITE CITRUS & FRUITY FRAGRANCES:
- Chanel Chance Eau Tendre
- PHLUR Tangerine Boy
- PACO RABANNE Fame
- Clinique Happy
Cozy and Warm
Cozy and warm fragrances evoke a sense of comfort and familiarity, enveloping you in a tender embrace. Like a soft and cozy blanket on a chilly evening, these scents create an ambiance of warmth and intimacy. They exude a sense of sweetness and invoke cherished memories, making them a perfect choice for wedding perfumes. These fragrances often feature notes such as vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, amber and nutmeg. When wearing a warm fragrance on your wedding day, the sweet and inviting aroma can create an atmosphere of togetherness and make you, your partner and your guests feel at ease.
CSW’S FAVORITE WARM FRAGRANCES:
- By Rosie Jane Dulce
- Prada Candy
- Diptyque Eau Duelle
- Fenty Beauty Fenty
Musky and Spicy
For a more mysterious and seductive scent, musky and spicy fragrances are an excellent choice. Composed of exotic notes like amber, patchouli and incense, they evoke a sense of sensuality and intrigue. These resinous scents leave a lasting impression and can add a touch of depth and allure to your wedding day persona. Ideal for evening weddings, black-tie affairs or occasions where you want to leave an indelible mark, these fragrances will create an air of mystique around you.
CSW’S FAVORITE MUSKY & SPICY FRAGRANCES:
- TOM FORD Private Blend Tobacco Vanille
- Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
- Prada Amber
- GIVENCHY L’Interdit
Woody and Earthy
Woody and earthy scents bring a touch of natural elegance and sophistication to your wedding day. Composed of notes like sandalwood, vetiver and cedar, they evoke a sense of grounding and stability. The earthy elements also help to calm the nerves and instill a sense of tranquility on your big day. These fragrances have a timeless quality and can create a refined ambiance, perfect for a traditional or rustic-themed wedding.
CSW’S FAVORITE WOODY & EARTHY FRAGRANCES:
- Juliette Has a Gun Not A Perfume
- TOM FORD Ombré Leather
- Glossier Glossier You
- Commodity Book – Personal
Fresh and Clean
If you prefer a minimalist and clean scent, light and fresh fragrances are an ideal choice. These scents often incorporate notes like bergamot, aquatic accords and green leaves, creating an aura of purity and serenity. Fresh fragrances are perfect for outdoor weddings or those seeking a light and breezy atmosphere. They offer a sense of freshness and clarity, making them a popular choice for spring and summer weddings.
CSW’S FAVORITE FRESH & CLEAN FRAGRANCES:
- Armani Acqua Di Gioia
- Maison Margiela ‘REPLICA’ Sailing Day
- Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue
- Derek Lam 10 Crosby Rain Day
YOUR VERY OWN SCENT
Different skin types and pH levels can cause scents to react uniquely, so don’t solely rely on how a perfume smells out of the bottle or on someone else. What might be delightful on a friend might have a different aroma on your skin! Take the opportunity to test and experience various fragrances on yourself. Fortunately, many beauty retailers provide travel-sized fragrances or free samples, allowing you to do some trial runs with the scents. This way, you can truly discover how each fragrance interacts with your body chemistry before committing to a particular one.
As you select your wedding fragrance, consider the personality and style you wish to convey, as well as the season and theme of your wedding. On your wedding day, the scent you choose will become a part of your everlasting memory, forever associated with the joy, love and happiness that filled the air.
MAKE IT LAST
- Fragrance lasts longer on hydrated skin. Apply your perfume post-shower or after applying unscented moisturizer.
- Scents blossom when warm, so spray or dab your fragrance on your pulse points. Areas to focus on are your wrists, nape of the neck, behind ears, inside elbows and even the creases behind knees! As those parts of your body warm up, the perfume will react and emit scent throughout the day.
- Sensitive skin? No problem! Perfume also holds well in your hair. Let your signature scent radiate from your head by spraying a bit of your fragrance onto a brush before running it through your hair.
- Even the finest perfumes work best when reapplied. Keep a mini atomizer of your chosen scent on hand for a post- ceremony pick-me-up.
- You’ve found your perfect scent, so make sure you preserve it properly! Keep your perfume fresh and potent by storing it in a cool, dry place. For best results, keep the bottle away from sunny windowsills or humid bathroom counters.