Our sense of smell is inextricably linked to our memory, meaning that picking out the perfect scent for your wedding day has almost as much hanging on it as the final choice of dress does. It’s important to spend time and effort picking out a suitable fragrance that really resonates with you, but for those that are in need of a little inspiration, we recommend one of these divine options.
Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino
A refreshing and pared back scent, this makes a fitting option for a beach or outdoor wedding. Neroli Portofino is inspired by the cool breezes, sparkling clear waters and lush foliage of the Italian Riviera, comprising floral notes, citrus oils, and amber undertones to create a crisp scent that intrigues and captivates.
With floral notes of jasmine, lily and tuberose seamlessly blended together with more woody scents of vanilla and musk, Le Labo ticks off the feminine fragrance box without being sickly sweet or blousy.
Dior’s Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet
Like a floral bouquet with a bit of a punch, this traditional, eternally-beloved scent intertwines zesty mandarin, white musk and peony with hints of rose Damascus essence. (Just be sure to actually stay at your wedding, unlike Natalie Portman in her 2015 Miss Dior commercial.)
Penhaligons’ Clandestine Clara
For the rebellious lot, this anti-bride scent is anything but floral and fancy. A complex aroma interlaced with cinnamon musk, patchouli and rhum vanilla creates a smoky, velvety, woody fragrance that’s utterly unexpected and forever memorable.
For those planning a traditional wedding, a timeless, floral scent is key. Dewy, lush greens and gardenia petals collide to create a refreshing, uplifting fragrance that leaves a lasting impression without being too heavy or overpowering — the perfect accompaniment to a sun-drenched summer wedding.
Jo Malone Orange Blossom
In this olfactory ode to orange blossoms, clementine flowers delightfully merge with notes of water lily and orris to create a summery scent that’s refreshing and zesty. The botanicals craft the core of a traditional wedding scent while the orange addition gives it a surprising, sublime kick.
Diptyque L’Eau Geranium Odorata
Make like the newlywed royals and opt for a Diptyque scent to celebrate your big day. (Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose the luxury brand’s candles to scent their wedding.) The L’Eau Geranium Odorata fragrance blends geranium bourbon and rose geranium with bergamot, pink peppercorn and cedar for a harmonious floral scent.
If you’re a sucker for a good love story, you’ll be smitten with CREED’s Fleurissimo. Not only does it smell divine — with notes of rose, tuberose and ylang- ylang — the perfume is also steeped in romance, being the scent that a lovestruck Prince Rainier once secretly made for his future Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly on their wedding day. (NB: WORLD offers private appointments with brides, grooms and entire wedding parties to discuss, explore and pin down the perfect fragrance to commemorate your big day, just in case you’re having trouble deciding.)