How to Pick Your Signature Wedding Day Scent

Fragrance is a major memory trigger, which is why it's so important you take the time (and money) to invest in a great fragrance for you to wear on your wedding day. Looking for ideas? Match your scent to your venue style.
by Amanda Elser
  1. Elle Golden Photography

    A word on finding the right scent for your wedding day: You'll want to plan a trip or two to a Sephora or 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 there to 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 and set it aside until the wedding day.

  2. If You're Getting Married in a Garden

    Chloe perfume Roses de Chloe

    Exchanging vows surrounded by blooms requires a flower-inspired perfume blended with unusual or sweet top notes. This perfume provides a hint of rose and an unexpected zest of lychee that will smell romantic and fresh on your wedding day. 

    Chloé Roses de Chloé eau de toilette, $95 for 1.7 oz., Sephora.com

  3. If You're Getting Married in an Elegant Ballroom

    Viktor and Rolf Bonbon eau de parfum

    A scent with mouthwatering notes of caramel and peach is perfect for to-be-weds looking for something bold and luxe. Hint: Test out these more musky scents on you inner elbow and see how they evolve over time. The more you smell it, the more you may like it on your skin. 

    Viktor & Rolf Bonbon eau de parfum, $165 for 3 oz., Bloomingdales.com

  4. If You're Getting Married Outdoors in Nature

    Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance perfume bottle

    You need a perfume that's lightweight and crisp—nothing too heavy or woodsy. This classic fragrance with sultry black vanilla and peony is perfect for your summer-night nuptials. 

    Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance, $74 for 1.7 oz., RalphLauren.com

  5. If You're Getting Married in an Urban Raw Space

    Dolce & Gabbana perfume bottle

    Wear a perfume as one-of-a-kind as your venue. This fragrance has a base of white amaryllis, which is the first time this flower has been used in a fragrance. (That's about as unique as it gets!) 

    Dolce & Gabbana Dolce eau de parfum, $92 for 1.6 oz., Sephora.com

  6. If You're Getting Married on a Rooftop

    Prada Florale perfume

    Your affair (complete with breathtaking views) deserves an indulgence equally as exciting. A yummy floral combo makes this perfume as addicting as its namesake—you won't be able to get enough of this sweet scent. 

    Prada Candy Florale eau de toilettee, $76 for 1.7 oz., Ulta.com

  7. If You're Getting Married at a Historic Venue or Estate

    Aerin Lilac Path perfume

    A timeless bride like you needs a classic perfume made up of fragrant staples, like lilac, jasmine or rose. This floral bouquet of rich notes is perfect for your estate "I dos." 

    Aerin Beauty Lilac Path eau de parfum, $110 for 1.7 oz., Nordstrom.com

  8. If You're Getting Married on the Beach

    Diptyque Florabellio perfume

    Fresh, crisp and perfect for an oceanfront affair, this perfume is a fragrant landscape with hints of sea fennel and apple blossom. 

    Diptyque Paris Florabellio eau de toilette, $90 for 1.7 oz., DiptyqueParis.com


    Haven't chosen your venue yet? Find options in your area here.

    Get more beauty inspiration here

Up Next
wedding day perfume with engagement ring and embellished shoes
All You Need to Know to Choose Your Wedding Day Fragrance
What's the difference between eau de toilette and eau de parfum? Here's how to pick the perfect perfume for your wedding day.
by The Knot3 min read