I Can Hear The Bells – An Escentual Post & The Hunt for My Wedding Scent

I is For ‘I Do’…

I have weddings on the brain at the moment, mainly for two reasons: firstly, this week’s Escentual post (click on the image above to view) takes a look at some fragrances suitable for rocking on the ‘big day’ for both brides and grooms; and secondly, because after what seems like a million years being engaged, Nigel and I have finally set a date for our big gay wedding.

We are both incredibly excited about exchanging our vows next May and are finding ourselves to be surprisingly organised in terms of planning everything – we’ve picked our outfits (matching, obviously), the theme, the best man and woman, the cake, the venue and pretty much everything else. There is however, one small detail that we have not been able to agree on as yet – the wedding scents.

We have just under 11 months until the big day and I think we’re going to need most of that to make a decision. Do we go for something old? Something new? Something blue? OK, maybe we won’t go for anything blue (there will be no Bleu de Chanel at my wedding thank you very much) but there is an interesting decision to be made in terms of whether the perfumes should be new – in order to create a scented association with the day – or whether they should be old and already hold a significant amount of sentimental value.

A Few Wedding Scent Ideas
A Few Wedding Scent Ideas

I have (as you can probably imagine) spent quite some time over the past weeks thinking of some ideas for my wedding scent. You’ll have to forgive me for not thinking about Nigel’s quite yet – the whole thing is decidedly less important for him and I could quite happily shove him in Tom Ford for Men (the scent I associate with him) if all else fails.

On the list so far we have a number of things (mostly floral – quelle surprise) I own and love, such as: Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Aqua Universalis Forté, APOM Femme and APOM Homme; Thierry Mugler’s Alien, Jour d’Hermès; and L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Séville à L’Aube. These represent, for the most part, the fragrances with a degree of sentimental value – my old faithfuls so to speak.

There are also a number of fragrances on the list that I enjoy and are suitably wedding-y, but I do not own, such as: Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle’s Lys Méditerranée; Eau d’Italie’s Eau Lac; By Kilian’s Love and Beyond Love; Etat Libre d’Orange’s The Afternoon of a Faun; and Penhaligon’s Peoneve. I’d happily associate any one of these fragrances with my wedding day.

What do You Think?

Which of the above scents do you think would be best suited?

Would you like to make a suggestion of your own?

I’d like your help in picking the perfecte fragrance for my wedding. It will be a small gathering of close family and friends, with a understated ambience. There will be fresh cut white flowers and LOTS of paper (I’m not giving anything away) and if there was a colour scheme it would be cream and soft greens.

Florals would be preferable, however I’m open to exploring other genres (chypres, orientals, anything remotely weird) and feminines and masculines are both up for discussion. Price isn’t really an object but a fragrance would really have to be mind blowing to get me to part with anything over £200.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments box below!

Image 1 via Escentual. I write for Escentual as their Fragrance Expert/Blogger.