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The best perfume for a wedding day

A special day deserves the right fragrance so what do we need to know about choosing the best perfume for a wedding day?

The best perfume for a wedding day

Whether you are the bride or groom, finding the right scent will make the day more special and memorable, so we will take a look at both female and male scents.

A few years back, weddings seemed to be more of a summer season function due to having the best weather we could hope for.

The perfect backdrop for photos with the sun shining, the flowers in full bloom and the wedding party wearing gorgeous summer dresses to compliment their suntan.

For those living and getting married in the UK, summer weather was often unpredictable and so the bride-to-be would opt for the summer months in the hope that the weather was perfect for their important day.

Nowadays weddings take place abroad and during the winter months too so it can be difficult to find the right scent for the right time of year and its special occasion.

The best perfume for a wedding day


First of all, we need a scent that makes a lasting impression and can re-create special memories each time it is worn.

Perfume, very much like music, has the wonderful ability to bring back memories and the wedding day for both the man and woman is to be forever treasured and remembered.

Secondly, we need a scent that lasts for the whole duration of the day without the need to reapply. Whether it’s for a male or female, there are plenty of scents to choose from for such an occasion.


Depending on what time of year/season the wedding takes place, this will help to narrow down the selection accordingly.

Anyone who has ever attended a wedding will already know that it’s a very busy time surrounded by lots of family, friends and special guests. Everyone involved wants the day to run smoothly and be perfect for the bride and groom.

Wearing a scent that is overpowering for those around you will be noticeable and memorable but for the wrong reasons.

The bride

The best perfume for a wedding day

The bride is the first person that everyone looks at and so the guests will notice every small detail. From the hair and make-up to the beautiful dress she will be wearing.

Whilst perfume isn’t seen, wearing the right fragrance will have an impact on the groom and the guests.

As the bride walks down the aisle, those attending will notice her elegance and beauty as she walks past.

Any scent that she may be wearing could be significant or subtle depending on her chosen one.

Some may be led to believe that to have a fragrance that lasts for several hours or indeed all day, they need to wear one that has strong fragrance notes.

Wearing an overpowering scent will most certainly spoil your dress and first impression as a bride. We don’t need to wear a strong perfume to stand out and be noticed.

Having a subtle and elegant scent that softly lingers as you walk past your guests in the church will have heads turning just as much as your outfit so it is important to choose the most suitable one.

The groom

Just as important as the bride is the groom at the wedding. Whilst many eyes will be on the bride as the couple walks down the aisle, the groom will still have eyes watching him and the perfect scent will be noticeable too.
The best perfume for a wedding day
There is definitely something quite exquisite about a male wearing a crisp new suit, perfectly groomed and having the most incredible scent lingering as they walk past.
His bride will appreciate it just as much as their guests.

The season- things to consider


Are you getting married during the month of spring?

Look for scents that are floral-based to bring the outside smells of fresh flowers and warm days to life with your perfume.

Possibly the most popular scents around today as they are so versatile and can be worn day or night whatever the season.

If your wedding is held during the month of summer, regardless of the country and the weather is forecast to be as hot, it’s important to choose a perfume where the base notes don’t react with the hot temperatures.

One option as discussed in a previous post the best summer fragrance for women, is to opt for a body spray.

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These will be much lighter than perfume and therefore will rest on the skin without the heat from the weather or your own body heat reacting negatively.

Wearing the wrong scent during hot weather can make your choice of fragrance smell more extreme as the heat reacts.

If your wedding is planned to fall in the autumn, such fragrances can have deeper base notes and be more oriental and woody.

It’s still important to choose one that isn’t too heavy with such notes. Winter weddings can have a similar theme when choosing the right heart and base notes.

The skin is much cooler so there is no risk of the scent reacting with body heat and therefore a wider choice of scents is available. Of course, there will be many a bride who may in fact not wish to wear any kind of perfume or body fragrance.

For those who are not perfume lovers, hair perfume is the perfect solution. The chance to still carry a scent around with you, without having it directly onto the skin. Many women may want to have a different scent from what they would normally wear so that it feels more special to have a new scent.

Others will keep to their trusted favourite signature scent that everyone knows and recognizes.

Either way, whatever a bride chooses, it has to be their own decision as to what they do or don’t wear.

Related article: hair perfume mist 


Perfume samples


The wonderful thing about perfume is the chance to purchase and try samples. This is especially important for the big day.

Samples also make wonderful favours too as you will read in the same article.

Whilst we can get away with buying clothing before trying the item on, perfume is such a personal item to purchase.

Many places may not accept exchanges or refunds once the packaging and bottle have been opened.

The most popular perfume for a wedding day


There are a few perfumes that spring to mind as soon as we think about looking for a scent for a special day.


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La Vie Est Belle Lancôme

The best perfume for a wedding day

La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme is a hugely popular and very wearable scent for many women and it can be worn all year round.

This makes it a perfect choice of fragrance for those who like fruity/flower scents.

Top notes: pear, blackcurrant

Heart notes: iris, jasmine, and orange blossom

Base notes: vanilla, praline, tonka bean and patchouli.

This 2018 perfume has a wonderful combination of scents that will be sure to linger for your special day with those around you.

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Chanel no.5

Chanel No.5 is a timeless classic and therefore fits perfectly as a wedding perfume.

The best perfume for a wedding day

Top notes: Ylang-Ylang, neroli, bergamot, aldehydes and peach

Heart notes: Jasmine, rose, iris, Lily-of-the-valley

Base notes: Sandalwood,vanilla, patchouli and vetiver

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Savage by Dior

If the groom wishes to turn heads as well as be remembered for his fragrance then he can’t go wrong with Savage by Dior.

The best perfume for a wedding day

A fragrance that was launched in 2015, has a gorgeous combination of perfect notes to compliment his outfit.

Top notes: pepper and Calabrian bergamot

Heart notes: lavender, pink pepper, Sichuan pepper, patchouli, vetiver, geranium and elemi

Base notes: : cedar, ambroxan and labdanum.

Savage by Dior

This scent truly does scream masculinity on the first sniff. With its crisp and sharp note, it will compliment any delicate flower notes that his bride is wearing. Long long-lasting and has a scent that does have an impact and is best sprayed lightly.

Jo Malone-unisex fragrances


Jo Malone is a very popular brand of fragrance that both men and women will have heard of or indeed tried. The great attribute of this brand is that Jo Malone perfumes are unisex fragrances. A wonderful balance of notes that suit either sex.

Why choose a unisex fragrance?


Some may say it’s the perfect solution when trying to find the right scent, not only for the bride but also one that balances well with the groom’s choice of fragrance.

A unisex scent that both bride and groom can wear on their special day would seem to be the answer for those who struggle to find ‘matching scents’.

One that also saves money when out looking and purchasing a memorable perfume for such a special day. So if we choose a Jo Malone scent, a brand that has a fairly large selection, which one do we choose for the special day?

Peony & Blush Suede- Jo Malone

Launched in 2013, Peony & Bush Suede is a popular choice for both sexes.

The best perfume for a wedding day

Peony & Blush Suede 

Top notes: apple

Heart notes: peony – floral rose and honey with a subtle green aroma

Base notes: suede – complimenting the floral luxury and hints of sensual notes in this wonderfully simplistic bottle.

This is a popular scent that is the epitome of charm and flirtatiousness. It’s just as important for men to find the right scent.

If you both choose to wear different fragrances, be sure to choose ones that complement one another and try samples first if you’re choosing something new. At FM World we have the samples at your fingertips.

With over 150 to choose from, you can purchase and try as many as you wish before you find the perfect scent just for you.

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  • Jannette

    Yes, the bride is the first one to interact at weddings because everyone wants a picture and wishes the groom and bride many years of happiness. The bride and groom will need to smell great with the best perfume possible and overcome sweet long wear. I am going to share your post on social media, I have a friend planning her wedding and this review will be of help to her. 

    • Louise Allen

      Hi Jannette,

      Absolutely. A fragrance to remember their special day and lasts for the day is so important.

      Thank you for offering to share my article. It’s very much appreciated. If I can help your friend with her perfume, please feel free to get in touch.

  • Ashley

    This is a really cool site and article.  I have never put thought into what fragrance a bride and groom should wear on their wedding day and I had no idea how much actually goes into making the decision.  Having to consider the temperature, how strong the scent is, and whether it goes well with the scent your groom is wearing I had no idea there was even such a thing as a unisex scent but that is an interesting way to go.  It makes a lot of sense if you and your partner wear competing or clashing scents.  I love Chanel #5 but I will be sampling the other recommendations on this list soon because I have not had a chance to smell them before.  Thanks for all the great info. 

    • Louise Allen

      Hello Ashley,

      Thank you very much!
      Before I began working within the perfume industry, I was very much thinking the same thoughts as yourself. I wasn’t aware of the importance of what we need to look for in a fragrance, especially for a special day like a wedding.

      Temperature, country and what kind of vibe we want on our wedding day, all play a part in what fragrance we should choose and is just as important as hair and make up I feel.

      Unisex fragrances have become very popular over the years and they are the perfect solution, especially for a wedding day or special event.

      The iconic Chanel No.5  is one of those fragrances that will never date and can be worn by many.

      La Vie Est Belle is another very popular scent and I would highly recommend trying a sample if you like fruity perfume notes.

      Please feel free to visit FM World where you can purchase samples of over 150 different scents.

      Thank you for your comment.

  • Darlene Morgan

    I enjoyed the descriptive aspect of the content, especially around the different seasons and the different kinds of perfumes that would suit each season and why.  The content was easy to read and flowed well.  I liked that the specific perfume options were left till the end.  I particularly liked that you provided the different oils contained in the perfume and the notes – it gave a real sense of smell about them!  The subject isn’t something I have had to consider but I found the content to be very helpful if I was – particularly because I am aware how smell can be connected to memory so such a special day would deserve special consideration and the content covered a lot of aspects for potential brides and grooms to think about!  As this is my first review and I am just starting my WA journey, I have a question about the overall presentation of your article – do you choose the type of advertisements on your page and where they get placed?  I found that they impacted on the ability to read the content somewhat which I may not have persevered with had I not been reviewing the content.  Thanks for the opportunity to provide a review – let me know if it was helpful 🙂

    • Louise Allen

      Hello Darlene, 

      Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my article and your in-depth view. Yes, I love to see fragrance notes written next to perfume as it really does bring the scent to life. 

      Everyone loves certain memories to come to life.

      In answer to your last question, there is little to no option or control when it comes to what ads are served with Google Adsense so unfortunately it can result in repetitive ads being seen. Thank you for bypassing the ads to read the content and I’m pleased that you enjoyed my article.

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