It’s wedding season, and what better excuse to think about dreamy wedding perfumes? Scent evokes such vivid memories that it’s important to get it right for a big occasion. I have had fun over the past few days picking out perfumes for every kind of bride (I hope). This guide is of course, subjective and you may have other ideas, or choose to wear a trusty old favourite, as I did. Don’t forget the Golden Rule: Your partner has to buy you a bottle on every anniversary, so pick wisely.
If you’re planning a wedding, I would love to know what scent you have chosen. If you are already married, I would love to know what you wore to your wedding. As for me, I wore Chanel Cristalle, but if I had to marry Mr IScent all over again, it would be 4160 Tuesdays Raw Silk and Red Roses. Incidentally, just because this article is angled towards brides, doesn’t mean I don’t celebrate marriage in all its wonderful forms regardless of gender, race and age.
I support marriage equality wholeheartedly and at the same time, I say knickers to gender stereotypes in perfume. All you need is love. And a wink and a smile.
The Classy Bride
Chanel No 19– Think Kristen Scott Thomas in a simple shift looking incredible. Think hauteur.
Chanel Cristalle: Green, beautiful, simple.
Miss Dior Original: Not the one that smells like strawberries and flowers, the oakmossy one in the bumpy houndstooth bottle.
Lanvin Arpege: Gets better as the day goes on, like a wedding once the Bar has opened.
Especially Escada Delicate Notes: Light as air and pretty as a picture. This delicate scent lives up to its name.
Estee Lauder Beautiful: Retro memories of Paulina Porizkova looking beautiful as a bride in the ad campaign. I think it has just about every flower in the world.
Chanel Chance Eau Tendre: Like a thousand ballerinas. Light, airy and feminine.
Jo Loves No 42 The Flower Shop: Utterly delightful and smells like a posh florist: stems, petals and greenery.
Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose and Gardenia: White flowers on a wedding day. Rich and longlasting. Like the groom, hopefully.
The I Want to Be Different Bride
Noontide Petals by Andy Tauer: Smelling is believing; Bergamot and aldehydes in perfect harmony.
The Sexiest Scent On The Planet Ever IMHO by 4160 Tuesdays: Earl Grey tea with Vanilla and a Woody finish. This would be a good day to see if it lives up to its name.
Etat Libre D’Orange Fat Electrician. Never smelled it. Love the name. Couldn’t leave it out.
I Fancy You by Jessica Simpson– Just for the name, just so people can say “what are you wearing?” and you can answer them, deadpan. With your new spouse right next to you. Especially funny if your mother in law is present. Awkward if it is she who is asking.
The Caribbean Wedding Bride
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess: Sun cream, coconuts, fig and white flowers. Longlasting and multi layered. Like your marriage, hopefully.
O de Lancome: When it’s hot, you’ll be needing the citrus. It will cool you down and is one of the most refreshing scents that I know.
Miller Harris La Pluie: Tropical flowers with a powdery finish. This changes and blooms the longer you wear it.
The Sexy Bride Who Can’t Wait For the Honeymoon
Worth Courtesan– smells like knickers. Not freshlay laundered knickers, the other sort of knickers.
Miller Harris L’Air De Rien– This was made for Jane Birkin and it smells like an unwashed andunmade bed and joss sticks. Incredibly sexy.
Serge Lutens Feminite Du Bois– smells like wooden knickers in a woody wood.
The Unforgettable Bride With a Dangerous Glint In Her Eye
Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles– despite having written over 400 reviews of perfume, this is the only one that made my husband stand up and protest loudly. Could be fun at a wedding.
Etat Libre D’Orange Secretions Magnifiques. It’s got the word secretions in its name. It smells like it sounds. You may smell like you just had urgent sex with a tramp en route to the church. But hey, nobody will forget your wedding. Check out my review, and brace yourself.