How to Choose a Perfume for Your Wedding Day


words by // Eve Green
photo by // Viridian Ivy Images

Scent memory has the power to bring back the complex emotions and memories of moments in your life. Therefore, the scent you choose for your wedding day will forever be associated with the this most significant day. No matter how much time passes, you will be transported back to your wedding day whenever you wear your scent. It will be especially meaningful on anniversaries and for special occasions. Consider our tips for How to Choose a Perfume for Your Wedding Day.

Fragrance Categories


Perfume is the most concentrated fragrance with an oil concentration of 20% or more. Perfume may be used sparingly due to its potency, but its fragrance will last throughout most of the day.

Eau de Parfum

Eau de Parfum contains an oil concentration between 15 and 20%, and the scent can be expected to emanate for about 4 hours. Eau de Parfum tends to be slightly less expensive than Perfume.

Eau de Toilette

The oil concentration of Eau de Toilette ranges between 5 and 15%. This less potent fragrance is perfect for brides who prefer more subtle scents.

Scents to Compliment Your Bridal Style


If your bridal style is classic, you might opt for a classic French scent. Donning an old-fashioned evocative scent is a wonderful way to bring a nostalgic note from the past to your wedding day.

Classic Fragrances: Chanel No. 5, Guerlain Shalimar, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle


The free-spirited bohemian bride is well suited with unconventional fragrances created with an earthy blend of woodsy notes, spice, hints of tobacco, and perhaps most notably, patchouli.

Bohemian Fragrances: Estée Lauder Youth-Dew, Guerlain Vetiver, L De Lolita Lempicka


Aromatic florals are perfect for the romantic bride. Romantic perfumes feature dreamy scents with sweet notes, amber, vanilla, lush florals, or powdery scents.

Romantic Fragrances: Ralph Lauren Romance, Dior J’Adore, Lancome La Vie Est Belle


Minimalist scents built around just a few notes are often clean and chic. These pure, carefully curated blends offer subtle sophistication with common notes of aqueous florals, citrus, or tea.

Minimalist Fragrances: Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt, Issey Miyake L’eau d’issey, Clean Original

How to Wear Your Wedding Day Scent

When it comes to wearing your carefully selected fragrance, apply at your wrists and behind your ears, and if you want an additional layer of scent walk into a gentle spritz of your fragrance. This will allow you to give off the beautiful scent without overwhelming your guests. Wearing a special fragrance on your wedding day that is uniquely suited to your bridal style will promise years of nostalgia, taking you down memory lane every time you wear it.