The Fragrances That Won Our 2022 Beauty Awards

Scent has the ability to evoke a memory even years later. Choose the best perfume for your wedding style to remind you of your day every time you wear it.
Best Perfume
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Shelley Brown
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Shelley Brown
Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor
  • Shelley writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in fashion, beauty, jewelry and accessories
  • Shelley writes and edits articles for The Knot magazine, as well as styles the magazine’s fashion and cover shoots
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Shelley was a freelance Digital Editor at Conde Nast’s Lucky Magazine and freelanced for FLAUNT Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, and
Updated Nov 15, 2022
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Fragrance is a major memory trigger, which is why it's so important to invest in the best perfume to wear on your wedding day. Looking for ideas? A word on finding the right scent for your wedding day: You'll want to plan a trip or two to a department store a few weeks before the wedding to sniff-test different perfumes. There's no way to accurately judge a scent by the bottle, so you'll need to try new fragrances on your skin. To test out a perfume, spray it on your inner arm and let it settle for a few minutes. Take a few laps around the store, letting your body heat and oils manipulate the formula, so you can get an accurate representation of how it smells on your skin. Once your perfume has sunk in, have your soon-to-be husband or wife take a whiff and give you their opinion. You don't want to wear a perfume that makes them sneeze or cringe (or worse—remind them of an ex!). Once you've done your check, buy a bottle of your new signature scent and set it aside until the wedding day.

Need some ideas? Shop our picks for the best perfumes below.

best classic perfume

Best Classic Perfume

Our pick for best classic perfume is nothing short of iconic. Sensual tuberose, fresh orange blossom and elegant jasmine make a timeless fragrance that works for any wedding style. This limited-edition bottle is also the perfect "something blue."

best floral wedding perfume

Best Floral Perfume

An opulent bouquet you can wear again and again, this decadent scent was inspired by the scarlet poppies of England and Asia. Its moody floral notes are undeniably sexy, while hints of barley and tonka bean give just the right amount of sweetness.

best citrus wedding perfume

Best Citrus Perfume

Three words: la dolce vita. This fruit-forward—but not too sweet—fragrance transports you to the lush countryside of Southern Italy with a blend of calamansi fruit, green tea and musk.

best wedding perfume

Best Earthy Perfume

It's not for the faint of heart—and that's why we love it. Herbal top notes of bergamot give way to leather and wood, making this complex perfume a bold sensory experience.

best clean wedding perfume

Best Clean Perfume

If perfume isn't typically your thing, consider this barely there fragrance that's also hypoallergenic. Crisp and airy notes of sea salt, sandalwood and seaweed recreate the laid-back feel of a breezy day on the water.

best beach wedding perfume

Best Beachy Perfume

An unexpected vacation in a bottle, you won't smell notes of coconut here. Instead, mandarin, California lemon, neroli, Arabian jasmine and white musk come together to create a sultry scent as warm as the summer sun.

best wedding perfume

Best Spicy Perfume

Once you catch a whiff of our winner for best spicy perfume, you won't be able to forget it. This under-the-radar gem is made of a distinct blend of sandalwood (the "it" note of the moment), patchouli and vetiver. It's just as powerful as pricier perfumes, but is easier on the wallet.

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