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Best Bridal Scents

With the popularity of such reality TV shows such as “Say Yes To The Dress” and “My Fair Wedding”, and “I Found the Gown”, it’s surprising that bridal consultants don’t spend more time with fragrance consultations for the big day. Christian Dior never let a client leave his Paris atelier without a final spritz of fragrance. And that was particularly true with brides for whom he designed couture wedding gowns. “A women isn’t fully dressed until she adds a spritz of perfume,” he used to say.

“Fragrance is the sense most closely associated with memory,” explains Celine Launay, L’Oreal’s Fine Fragrance Expert in Paris. “You can remember a special occasion or place through perfume. It helps us remember happy times.” And nowhere is this truer than on your wedding day. By selecting a fragrance and wearing it throughout the day, you’ll be imprinting the day into your memory. One sniff, even years later, and you’ll instantly remember your wedding day.

oscar de la renta bridal

Here are some pro tips to get the most from your bridal scent.

  1. White floral scents are most traditional. “When I think of a wedding fragrance, I immediately imagine a white floral bouquet,” says Marie Duron, Director of Fragrance Development at L’Oreal in New York. “Jasmine, orange flower and even white rose are in perfect taste for a wedding. Any fragrance with those notes in it will smell beautiful.”
  1. Match the fragrance to your dress style. When selecting a fragrance for your wedding, take a close look at your dress silhouette and design. If you chose a very minimal, streamlined dress, pick a scent with a similar mood. REVEAL Calvin Klein would complement a very simple dress. On the other hand, a heavily embellished gown with Swarovski Crystals and lace detailing needs a more outgoing fragrance. Look for a fragrance that has an exotic ingredient like Tiger Orchid or Passion Fruit Flower.

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  1. Buy a new scent exclusively for your wedding day. Start your marriage with a clean slate – literally. It’s time to discard any fragrances you wore with former boyfriends. You starting a new life with your soon-to-be husband so you want a scent that reminds you of him…and only him. Pick out “your” scent as a new couple and save it until the morning of your wedding day. You’ll make olfactory memories that will last a lifetime.
  1. Choose a scent for your bridesmaids. There is nothing worse than walking down the aisle and following the scent trail of one of your bridesmaids. You don’t want someone wearing an overwhelming scent beside you as you exchange vows. By selecting a subtle scent that complements your fragrance, you’ll keep the focus on your signature perfume for the day.


  1. Engrave your perfume bottles. One of the loveliest bridesmaid gifts you can give is an engraved bottle of fragrance. Brands like Burberry, Thierry Mugler and Calvin Klein often host engraving events in department stores. What a great way to mark you wedding day and say “thank you”.
  1. Hair mist. The latest trend in perfume is scented hair mist. Chanel and Dior both offer hair mists of their most popular fragrances. This is a great way to scent your wedding veil. Just don’t spray it directly on your dress or veil. Spray a cloud of scent and wave your veil through the mist of scent.
  1. Switch it up for the reception. Don’t be afraid to chance up your fragrance for the reception and dinner. You might want to add something with a little more energy and spirit to it. You don’t want something overly sexy. But an upbeat floral would be fun.
  1. Match your scent to your floral bouquet. I’m sure when Martha Stewart walked down the aisle she made sure her fragrance matched the flowers in her bridal bouquet. You can always make sure you include flowers that are featured in your perfume.

bridal party

  1. Honeymoon scent. I know of two brides who bought a completely different fragrance just for their honeymoon. This is particularly smart if you are traveling to a very warm, humid climate. Scent molecules expand when heated so the strength of your perfume will increase. Choose an eau de toilette or a cologne version.
  1. Spritz your pillowcase. And finally, spritz your pillow before retiring on your wedding night. You’ll remember the entire day and associate the scent with very happy memories.

Six chic wedding day scents to consider:


elie saabElie Saab Le Parfum

miss dior blooming bouquet

Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet

calvin klein eternityCalvin Klein Eternity


bottega venetaBottega Veneta

ralph lauren romance

Ralph Lauren Romance


  • Reply
    Laurie L
    August 15, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Great info…Great fragraces & Your Great Dave <3 😀
    Thank you always!!
    ~Big Hugs Peace n Love~

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    Nicole Bertram
    August 15, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Ooohhh, so many sensational scents….in won’t be able to choose only one….! You picked the best! Greetings! Yours Nicole. ♥

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    August 15, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I didn’t know that about the engraving but what a Great idea for weddings and other occasions too!

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    Cheryl Royston
    August 15, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I have a future daughter in-law that would love to wear one of these on her wedding day.

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    Branka Stefanovic
    August 15, 2015 at 10:58 am

    so true, I don’t feel dressed until I have my perfume on.

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    August 15, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Thank you for the information the pictures I can use in art the info I willput in a file I have so thank you very much please

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    Vera Boyce
    August 15, 2015 at 2:16 am


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    August 15, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Beautifully packaged fragrances

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    August 14, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Love the show idea @dannysamie

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    mairi theo
    August 14, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    great information..thank you!!

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    Monique cook
    August 14, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    I love these ideas! I’ll definitey be picking out some new perfumes for my wedding and honeymoon- perfumes always leave me with a memory 🙂

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    Sharon Maplesden
    August 14, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Fantastic article ? Thank you Dave, I got married last year xx

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    Helene Decoste
    August 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Great info Dave. I would love to win this.

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    Ingrid L
    August 14, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Definetly Calvin Klein Eternity

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    August 14, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Great to now how to choose your parfum, an amazing giveaway!

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    Nathalie Sheridan
    August 14, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Beautiful article and it’s definitely true about fragrance capturing memories – 6 years on, I’m still wearing my wedding day fragrance, Chanel Chance and it makes my husband smile!

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    Susan Nelson
    August 14, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    very interesting article Dave. Thanks for all the info you give us.

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    Deb seaton
    August 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Great ideas wow .

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    Angie P
    August 14, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Got a couple of weddings in my future @enchantal

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    August 14, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Excellent tip. You should given these great tips a long time ago, many of us definitely missed out.

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    June 23, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Best tip for the bride to be out there…

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    Maria Garside
    May 30, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    My daughter getting married in July and until I’d read this we thought we had planned everything to a T, this is very interesting, Thank you for all this information we will definitely be searching for a wedding fragrance xx

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    September Dee
    May 27, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Great ideas for the upcoming brides and brides to be.

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    Madiha waseem
    May 27, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I wish I read this article 10 years ago when I got married

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    May 27, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Dave, Ian so surprises no one advised the bride wear her normal everyday favorite fragrance. Chances are she is known for that smell and probably most comfortable in it. Great article all around.

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