Several people have requested a wedding perfume poll, so here it is. Say whatever you want about wedding perfumes: what you wore to your own wedding, what you wished you'd worn, what you'd wear if you ever had a wedding, the worst perfume you ever smelled at a wedding.
Note: image is Lavender Wedding Cupcakes [cropped] by clevercupcakes at flickr; some rights reserved.
Who gives a crap about wedding perfumes, all I want is LAVENDER CUPCAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LOL…yeah, I could eat a few of those.
Me too. I think I am inspired to make a batch this weekend.
Aren’t they cute?! I’ve seen cupcakes a lot at weddings lately instead of cake… I
I second that!!!!
I love to bake cupcakes. Mine are never that pretty.
Ooh if I had to do it over again, I would choose FM Iris Poudre for me but but I also love a lot of the Chanel Exclusifs too. It would come down to my exact mood on that day, that’s for sure.
For my wedding I wore Magie Noir because the was my HG scent at the time and has been since I first started working after college. However I know I put way too much of it on at once back then so I am sure they all smelled me coming down the aisle way before they actually saw me!!! LOL!
What a great wedding scent! MN is one of my HG scents too. It is very distinctive isn’t it??
I intend to wear the transcendentally beautiful and greatly under-appreciated Eau de Givenchy to my imaginary wedding to Viggo Mortensen. He, of course, will wear nothing. At all.
LOL, please invite me to your imaginary wedding.
Viggo Mortenson, huh? Good luck with that! He seems to be into monkeys at the moment. Did any of you catch the interview of him in this month’s Elle magazine? Weird!!!
It is true that my imaginary fiancée is a little……eccentric. Yes, I grant you that. Is it monkeys these days? Nevermind. As long as he’s not sporting ludicrous facial hair like one unfortunate phase several years ago, it’s all good. I mean, did you SEE that sauna scene in Eastern Promises?
I don’t know about monkeys but I sort of imagine Viggo in his LOTR guise with a natural odor that replicates Wild Hunt…which would be quite ok!
I’m with you on that Gilty!!!
Not to be greedy…but I would like 3 imaginary weddings…1) Alan Rickman gets Bandit; 2) High Laurie gets Black Aoud and 3) Don Draper gets Gin Fizz…and for a real wedding…if we must…AG Songes or Heure Exquise, or BK Beyond Love.
That would be Hugh…although I believe he is quite tall…
You are so making me laugh!
You SLUT. A slut with astonishingly good taste both in men and perfume.
I know, right? I feel slutty just thinking about those three yummy men to go with three yummy perfumes…
not to worry, being a slut has never been a crime on this blog…however we almost had a cat fight when I saw “Hugh” and thought you were making an unauthorized play for Hugh Jackman ….he’s mine….and I don’t even need the imaginary wedding….I’d go right for the honeymoon!
AHEM! How can Mr. Jackman be yours when he is here with me now??? Got to go – he wants me to get off of the computer….
OH that tears it! Rapple you get your greedy paws off my Hugh Jackman! Don’t think I won’t hop on I-75 and come down there, cuz I will! ….ok, I’ve got to fix dinner, fold the laundry and Iron a shirt for the CEO to wear to a meeting tomorrow, but THEN I’m headed that way!
Oh, the weather is awful here. Wouldn’t want you driving in these thunderstorms. You just stay there and iron tonight…Mwuuuhahahaahaha!
Hey, I’M marrying those guys!!! They never told me about you! I foresee a duel – should we spray each other with the worst scrubbers we can think of, and the last woman standing wins all?
Good idea! If I win I’ll even toss back Jackman as the prize in a death match between you and Daisy…
Oooooh, I think I could make some room for Hugh Jackman in my harem too….
I have to laugh at the inclusion of Alan Rickman, just because I can’t separate him from his role in Harry Potter. Don’t know if you saw it, but the episode of Family Guy with Alan Rickman’s voice mail might have been the funniest thing I’ve ever heard.
AR’s voice mail on Family Guy? I’ve got to see that. That voice…*faints*… And come on…Snape is not totally unsexy!
…and Daisy, don’t worry, one of my colleagues is Hugh Jackman’s other number one fan and I know better not even to joke about him as an imaginary fiancé… Although I saw him in all his hotness in A Steady Rain recently and must admit, he really is all that…
I have a friend who thinks Snape is really hot. He is not without his qualities.
sigh…..well, I wouldn’t get to keep him even if I won the “death match” —I’m afraid the CEO wouldn’t take it well. (men are so picky)
Gilty, this is the youtube’d version of it:
Colonel Brandon can read poetry to me anytime!
Anyone in doubt of Alan Rickman’s “appeal”, I have three words for you: Truly, Madly, Deeply.
Hugh Laurie? Really? Yes, he is tall but — did you happen to see him in his earlier Jeeves and Wooster series? (you do know he’s a really a posh Brit? Eton, Cambridge, Rowing Blue, Footlights, etc etct)
Jeeves and Wooster was ab-so-lute-ly hilarious. Great series! After seeing it on PBS years ago, I went straight to the library and checked out all the Wodehouses.
Not only is he hilarious in “Jeeves and Wooster”, have you seen him in the “Blackadder” series? Anyone who has never seen him as the gifted comedian he is should check these out.
That’s *why* he’s hot.
A little out of my age group, though. I’ll take 1. Gael García Bernal, as long as he wears heels all the time (srsly, he just about reaches my shoulder), 2. Joaquin Phoenix and 3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who managed to grow into something quite ravishing in his post-3rd Rock years.
I’ll be too busy keeping those three from finding out about my marriage with the other two to worry about perfume.
YES! Multiple imaginary celebrity weddings/perfumes! If I married Jason Segel I would wear AA Angelique Lilas, because he strikes me as the romantic, very simple floral type. If I married Russel Brand, I think it highly appropriate that we both should wear Dzing! If I married Rachel Maddow, I would wear John Varvatos Vintage, because of her dry, citrus loving palate.
I’m with you on Eau de Givenchy. I last bought it in about 1997 – does anyone know if it has been re-formulated? It has certainly been re-packadged a number of times. At the moment Givenchy describe it as one of its ‘mythical’ fragrances (huh?). I’m wondering if I should go for an older looking iteration on eBay, or chance the new (‘mythical’) one.
I’m currently going through the same internal debate on Eau de Givenchy myself, Annemarie. I’ve got my fingers crossed that it hasn’t been reformulated for the Mythiques collection, although I’m bracing myself for the worst. I’m going to try and get a sniff of the newer version next week, and will let you know in the comments on Robin’s review of it here on NST. I’d really love to hear your thoughts if you get to sniff it, too!
Thanks Chanterais, much appreciated. I shall keep a look out. I’m afraid I don’t have a chance to do a test sniff because EdG is not available at any of my local retailers. I’d be buying it online. I quite like the look of the new packaging, even tho’ I so associate EdG with that elegant blue.
A friend sent me this link and I laughed so hard I almost fell off my chair. I have found my demographic home…women who talk about sexy men and scent. By-the-way…I would wear Cassandra by Weil (I have a bottle left to me by my grandmother) to MY imaginery wedding to naked Viggo.
Hi & welcome to your demographic home!
Wow, looks like Viggo is going to be very busy! Luckily, he can wear the same “suit” as many times as he needs to.
Angel the first time and Narciso Rodriguez EDT the second. There will be no third time, since if things don’t work out with my DH, I’m giving up on men.
Hee! Then you’ll just have to find a nice girl to settle down with!
Actually, that’s kind of an interesting thought: what might gay women wear to their weddings? You wouldn’t want to clash perfumes at the altar, so no Diorissimo and Dzing! But you probably wouldn’t want to wear the same scent, either. What to do, what to do……
LOL! It’s not just a problem at weddings, either… being a scented duo is a constant challenge. =)
Awwww! You’ve warmed the cockles of my heart!
Maybe that would be a good topic for a poll: which perfumes go together, whether it’s between romantic partners or just between dear friends? Do some scents bring out beautiful things in others, make them even lovelier scents than they are alone? I really like to think so.
I think that would be a really fun poll. I often wonder how other couples manage if they both like perfume – some dreadful combinations could arise if you weren’t careful.
Incidentally, were I getting married I’d wear Bois des Iles in a heartbeat!
That’s funny, I never thought about clashing. I just tell my partner what to wear, and it all works out.
Oh, and Capillary, I second Bois des Iles. Strangely, I wore it to every wedding I went to this last summer. Wait, I did wear Ormonde Jayne woman to an outdoor wedding, which was a mistake.
Yay, glad you approve. BdI is fairly unbeatable.
The scent I wore to my wedding (two years ago) was Bvlgari’s Au The Blanc. It was a gift from my matron of honor, every time I smell it, I get such pleasant memories of the day.
And how nice that it was a gift from your matron of honor! Most people go for romantic florals, so it’s nice to see something different.
I’m debating between Guerlain’s Apres L’Ondee and Estee Lauder’s Tuberose Gardenia. Apres L’Ondee is so so so pretty, plus I wore it on our first camping trip and my man loves it. But I’m not sure if it can top how at home I feel in tuberose. And I think Tuberose Gardenia goes better with our color palette – jeweltone navy, honey, and eucalyptus.
They’re both beautiful scents.
I agree. I don’t think you can wrong with either of those scents.
Apres l’Ondee is PERFECT for a wedding. Good call.
Either would be lovely. I do love Al’O, but for a day on which I’d be the center of attention, I think I myself would want the TG.
I’ve been keeping an eye out for a wedding perfume for a few months. I’ve tried all sorts, from the usual suspects like Joy, Nahema and Diorissimo to Fred Malle, OJ, etc, etc.
I’d like a fragrance that is timeless, can be worn in any season, something that I will be able to wear for (hopefully) years to come and, of course, something that I love. So far Amouage Dia seems to fit the bill best.
I know you’ve mentioned that here before! If Dia fits, wear it
Did I? Doesn’t surprise me, memory’s like a sieve so I often wonder if I sound like a broken record t times.
I seem to remember that from an earlier blog as well. And Dia is a most amazing fragrance, beautiful, hard to go wrong with it.
I’ve worn Je Reviens extrait for all of them – lol! It was my HG forever, but I’ve recently decided to retire it as smelling it is like being whipped through a time machine of memories at warp speed.
Yeah, there are perfumes that are like that for me too.
I wore Chanel Allure EDT and body cream (used to love that stuff), but now wish I had worn something else as I’m not so fond of Allure any longer. What would I have worn? Well, I probably would have gone through a 6-month-long quest for the perfect wedding scent…the amount of time we were engaged before we got married! I think I’d probably choose a white floral. Something about them just scream wedding perfume, though I was married outdoors in Maine in the fall – turning leaves and all! So, perhaps a fall scent would have been more appropriate! I envision something like Carnal Flower or Fracas as the perfect wedding scent, though.
Oooh, fall in Maine! The possibilities are endless.
I wore Allure EDT as well and now I wish I had not. I just do not like it as much any more. The problem is, my husband recognizes it and it always reminds him of our wedding and our honeymoon.
It was a fall wedding and depending on the temperature I would pick:
Cool weather: Lyric Woman or SL Clair de Musc (so approachable)
Warm: 28 La Pausa, SL Nuit de Cellophane (reminds me of Fidji=my Mom), By Kilian Liasons Dangereuses (so pretty)
I would now also pick what my groom needs to wear – SL Encens et Lavande.
Yes! I wore Allure too, and think now of Fracas. Or Nahema. Or AG Songes. Whatever Hugh Jackman preferred; after all, it will be his day too.
I think White Diamonds should be worn all eight times, because it preserves the sanctity of marriage and all.
Giggles.. White Diamonds and a pre-nup. You make me swoon.
I second that SNORT!!
however I suspect Liz may have smelled vaguely of gin and painkillers….
*SNORT* in triplicate!
SNORT! in four-part harmony.
Does that make it a barbershop snort-tet?
giggling, gasping madly for breath…
First one – YSL Paris, second one – AG Passion….I agree with Moon grrl there will be no next time, but if there was…I think I’d choose Beige, it so beautiful. But maybe I would do something completely out there (for a wedding) like CDG x stephen jones…maybe the odder the perfume the better the marriage?
Works for me! I think that would be an excellent wedding perfume.
The “next time” could always be renewing your vows! (I admit I’m one who will find any reason for a party, so remarrying the same person over and over makes sense to me.)
My wedding was 2 days after xmas last year, so we had a wintery theme with a roaring fireplace and decked the place out in dark red roses. I wore Eau d’Italy Paestum Rose, and he wore Comme de Garcons Original for a sort of Rose + Xmas/winter spices mix. It all smelled great!
Your wedding sounds absolutely beautiful !!!!!!!!!
Oh my goodness! We have the same anniversary date, December 27th! I wore Oscar de la Renta on our wedding day, so I think you can probably guesstimate that we’ve been married for a long-ng-ng time, lol!
Thank you Tara! We didn’t have those gorgeous cupcakes but the family still talks about the serve your own mashed potato bar with fixings that we got to set up at the reception. Seriously best dinner idea ever. (I’m not much of a wedding person but it was pretty awesome).
Woo hoo Dec 27th anniversary, VioletNoir! Our first anniversary is coming up but I hope to be married for a long-ng-ng time too!
I used to love Oscar de la Renta! I wore it in college. When I bought a sample bottle recently, though, it didn’t smell the same. What I remember smelled a lot like Montaigne smells now.
Me too, loved O de R. The only way to get that smell the way we remember it is to buy vintage 70’s off eBay. Anything you buy after that is bilge.
Gosh, that all sounds absolutely gorgeous! You make me wish I’d been there!
My “wedding” was the most unromantic thing ever…half day off work, just him, me and the baby at the courthouse…and since my nose was still “off” post-partum, no scent at all. I can’t even remember what I wore. We basically married then to get him under my health insurance coverage, intending to have a real wedding later, but… I never got around to it.
Those cupcakes might give me new incentive, though.
Well, B, you will just have to throw yourself a killer diller anniversary cocktail party. It’s more fun b/c you can wear a great dress and you have more to celebrate anyway. People should have weddings *after* they’ve managed to stay married for a few years, not before!
I agree—- I ‘ve had so many friends who were still paying for their wedding long after the divorce was final!
Oh I don’t know, I may have you beat—-we found an apartment and decided to make it legal before moving in….set it up with the minister from my parents church….half day of work….drove 2hrs….only to find the minister wrote down the WRONG DATE and had taken the youth group roller skating and activity day hours away!!! Went to the almost-in-laws to call local churches, found a minister who knew my new ex-minister and agreed to perform the service with 2 witnesses….start time : noon, finally married: midnight !!! couldn’t even go out to eat because everyplace was closed. Stopped at a grocery store to get stuff to make sandwiches because with all the crap of the day–we hadn’t eaten at all.
Within the week we had decided that once was enough to go thru all the hassle and cancelled out all other arrangements (only 50% of the dress deposit was lost) redirected the “wedding fund” to the “new furniture fund” and that was 24 yrs ago.
oh! I believe I wore Ralph Lauren in the pretty dark red bottle….that was my HG at the time.
Oh wow, seriously? I would have pictured you as the big, perfect wedding type (and I mean that nicely, I swear!). My only regret is that if I’d known we weren’t following it up w/a real wedding in short order, I would have pulled my older daughter out of school, at least.
ME?? no way—I generally ignore all that ritualistic ceremony type stuff. We were planning a wedding for his parents mostly. My family was all over the country and most wouldn’t be there anyhow, so when my MIL said that they didn’t think a big wedding was important or needed—I practically RAN to the phone to start canceling arrangements. Got some nice furniture in the end!
3 good friends got married during college and all 3 were divorced within 2 years. They had very nice weddings. Didn’t seem to make any difference in the end!
HOWEVER—I would have liked a nice tasty CAKE. I may have one yet.
That’s one of those awful wedding stories that is really funny in hindsight. So great that it had a happy ending.
yeah, it was pretty HORRIBLE at the time, I was devastated. But it turned out just fine…..somedays he says to me : “Miss me?” and I reply: “with every shot so far.” it’s all good.
HAHAHAHAHAHA – I’ve never heard that one before. Good one!
HOLY COW. I hope you laughed a lot… good to go through some hoops to be with the One You Love, anyway, no?
I got you all beat. I was married when I was 18 in a corny widding chapel in Reno. We had to change the date to the next day for some reason. They gave me some fake flowers to hold? I had a $20 ring and he had none. He wore jeans and I wore a peasant top and tiered skirt with my midriff showing. Later, we found out the date was April Fools day!!! Even as I spoke the vows I knew it wouldn’t last. And we weren’t even drunk-but we were definitely fools. And I wore Le Jardin by Revlon at the time…1979.
This time I get married I get the beautiful white dress and the cake, and I don’t care if I’m 50—or even eighty! I would wear Cruel Gardenia…yes I would. But maybe Chanel Fleur or Beige.
Yikes, the first one did sound kind of “doomed” , but live and learn, right? The next will be beautiful, and I want a slice of the cake. All 3 scent choices sound yummy….you’ve mentioned Cruel Gardenia before, bet you would go with that one.
Excellent story, and yes, you beat everyone!
Oh, and wow to the 24 years, too. I was a bit surprised to discover it had already been 4 for me this year. LOL! My grandma’s brother and his wife are celebrating their 70th anniversary this weekend…I told my mom, I hope I don’t celebrate MY 70th (I’d be, shall we say, rather older than I’d ever care to be).
yeah, 24 years….we were really young…..10 er…8, yeah, we were 8.
Well, Boojum, the rule of thumb is that the length of the marriage is in inverse proportion to the amount of money spent on the wedding–you’re good!
LOL! I’ll share that nugget of wisdom with him. He still wants a wedding. I told him to go ahead and plan, just tell me when and where to show up. I haven’t heard a word since…
Really?? I might be in luck… we had the whole afternoon church wedding thing, with reception following in the fellowship hall. (Yeah, yeah, very Rural South.) Total paid out: $4K. AND we had enough to put a good downpayment on the house.
Yep, might hang on to him. Even though he totally doesn’t get the perfume thing.
YES ANNIVERSARY PARTY! YES CUPCAKES! YES NEW DRESS AND AMAAAAAZING PERFUME!
I don’t seriously expect to marry…and yet since I nabbed that vintage Joy earlier this year, the idea of wearing it at my (hypothetical) marriage has been at the back of my mind. (Mind you, I did wear it for my birthday; I haven’t COMPLETELY gone Miss Havisham.)
(I also put aside a certain dress pattern, in case it is discontinued.)
Joy would be great at a wedding! So classy!
R, this is a great topic, because I am attending a wedding tomorrow, and I’m trying to figure out what to wear. Nahema is a good one, but I wore that to another wedding. I already have on Iris Poudre today.
Hi Violet? Is if nice fall where you are now? I’d wear Chanel No 19, No 5, PdN Sacre Bleue, or Mitsouko.
Those are all good, and I have all of them, except No. 19 which I wore to death back in the day.
Thank you so much!
Oh, but the new Des Lys!
The Goutal? Is it back in production? I spent an inordinate amount of time looking in vain for that a few months ago.
I think it’s gone again. Unless I misunderstand, they release one or another of the soliflores every few years?
Diorissimo, even though it was the middle of January. We also went the unromantic route: a JP at Town Hall. He looked exactly like Inspector Closeau, and the ladies who gave out dog licenses were tittering in the background. Afterwards, we decided to go see a romantic movie (Room with a View, which gives you a time frame …1987!!) but ended up at an afternoon showing of “Platoon” instead. But we’re still married, and I still love Diorissimo, so it’s all good.
Ha! Our first-date movie was “Blue Velvet”. ‘Nuff said.
Holy Smokes! Well, anyone who can sit together through that movie can definitely stay married. Yow.
What is it with movies on honeymoons? We went to see “The Exorcist” Hate that movie but still married to the same guy 35 years later!
I didn’t wear any scent at my wedding; it was a long way from my home, my parents’ home, my husband-to-be’s home, and everywhere, and I totally forgot to pack any. If we renewed our vows, I think I’d wear Ormonde Jayne’s champaca. Beautiful.
Champaca would be perfect!
First one, I can’t even remember so that is probably indicative, no?
Second one was a casual garden wedding. I wore SSS Velvet Rose – also because my husband loves roses and it totally went with the garden tea party theme. But I had two other backup choices depending on the weather: Jardins de Bagatelle or Apres L’Ondee. Now though, if I could go back in time, I’d wear Chamade or Goutal’s Heure Exquise.
My rec’s for weddings in general would be so expansive I can’t even imagine. I think it would be totally fab to wear No 5 parfum to a super traditional wedding. But the most romantic perfume I can think of is the DSH Giardini Segreti which would be a very very pretty wedding fragrance – soft powdery tuberose – gorgeous romantic lovely. I think Shalimar extrait would be gorgeous for a formal winter wedding… But if I was getting married tomorrow, I’d wear Mitsouko extait. Heck, I think I’d even marry a bottle of Mitsouko if I could!!
Now you’re talkin’! What would we marry if we had to marry a fragrance? Ack! Good thing I don’t go through romantic relationships the way I go through perfume.
What would I marry…? Well, I certainly know that I’d have a lot of “boyfriends” on the side! I too am so fickle. I feel like I need to apologize to my old time fragrance loves that sit neglected in my fragrance drawer with their arms crossed, just glaring at me as I reach for the new one on the block!! It’s like having my own fragrance harem, with #1, #2, etc..
Shriek! That is so me!
I didn’t wear any perfume, just a body cream that was made with crushed pearls – it smelled divine and left a pearlescent sheen on the body. I remember that I purchased it @ Bloomingdale’s circa 1990 and wish I could remember the name of it!! [The jar was very simple, rather large and had a silver top. The cream itself was a very pale blush/pink color. If anyone knows what this is – please do tell!]
That wasn’t Chloe body cream, was it? It sounds awfully familiar.
Nope – definitely wasn’t Chloe. I think I was over my Chloe phase by then. This may have been a somewhat obscure brand? Thanks for trying!
RD, that DOES sound familiar to me…. Have to think about it.
My fixation with perfume hadn’t really ignited yet when I got married, so I didn’t wear anything at all. If I could do it again I’d douse myself in either Joy or Fracas.
I wasn’t interested then either!
Whilst I won’t be getting married until some time after my degree (and you know, after I’ve er, found the person), I do know I’ll end up putting far more thought into the perfume than the dress…
Part of me thinks the fuzziness of something like Chanel No. 22 would be nice on a wedding day, but that would probably be second only to Diorissimo in the ‘expected option’ stakes. Expected option for good reason, I wear them both and think they fit perfectly, but on my wedding day I personally want to wear something that feels more personal to me. All I know is it will involve boatloads of iris. What kind of iris…will depend on the rest of things. Will have to decide further down the line!
The perfume’s more important the dress…you’ll get more use out of it later
At least, one would hope!
I wore FlowerBomb; it had just launched and I was all about floral gourmands.
The most popular ones for weddings – that I sold – were Laila by Geir Ness, Miss Dior Cherie, Issey Miyake, FlowerBomb, Prada Iris, and Joy. Those are really popular for weddings.
I can see why the last three would be so popular for weddings. I’ll be curious to see if Prada’s new L’Eau Ambree, which is as sheer and well mannered as d’Iris, becomes a new wedding fav.
Love the Don Draper/Gin Fizz combo. And if I was marrying Roger Sterling, I’d decant a bottle of Boodles into a spray bottle and apply it directly – and generously – to the decolletage of my gown.
Hilarious image! And a little lime juice behind each ear…. If you were marrying Roger Sterling you might need to hold back a few stiff shots of that Boodles for yourself, to be administered in the traditional way…down the hatch.
Pete Campbell likes au pairs, judging from a recent episode. He’s probably Pavolvian for Petite Cherie.
I wa discussing this subject recently and we agreed that the perfect perfume for a young spring bride in a simple dress, with guests throwing rice around, would be “dolce riso” (calé fragranze d’autore, you can buy it in Italy, no clue where else) … I’m actually thinking of buying it for myself next summer, just for the sunny side of it, without necessarily having to get married, or being sooo young anymore
I tried that one recently, pretty!
I wasn’t as into perfume at the time, so I wore Ralph Lauren Romance (which I still like, although I suppose it’s a little boring.) I think if I did it all over again, I would wear my grandma’s scent: Evening in Paris. I was already wearing her pearls.
Y’know, wearing a vintage perfume seems like a wonderful twist on the “Something Old” tradition.
That’s what I was thinking!
I second that! As long as we’re talking vintage in general, not necessarily a vintage favorite of one’s elders; that would be “something borrowed”, and besides, Youth Dew suited my mother more than it does me. I might try her Norell, though. . .
Oh, I’d probably just go with one of my vintage stand-bys, depending on weather and location: no 5, no 22, L’Aimant, or Fidji.
Awwwww. What a wonderful idea.
(No way was I going to wear my grandmother’s Avon Cotillion. Ack.)
LOL! That’s what MY grandmother wore too. I had a great aunt that wore Arpege though.
Before I became officially obessesed with perfume, I wore DK Cashmere Mist on my wedding day a little over 12 yrs. ago. No regrets, loved it back then.
However, after all these years of sampling and buying and wearing countless perfumes, AMOUREUSE to my nose is the perfect wedding day scent.
Love this thread!!!
Have you tried the new Luxe version?
And 2nd Amoureuse, that’s perfect.
I wore EA True Love, because I’d worn it on our first date. I remember everyone and their sister wore Beautiful because it was always advertised as The.Wedding.Perfume. and I wanted something different. I didn’t have a lot of money, either.
True Love was perfect for me, and I wouldn’t change it.
I wore True Love for awhile. The CEO bought it for me as a Valentine present one year… I think I might have been pregnant with No. 2… and while it was very very sweet of him, I didn’t love it.
Interesting that so far nobody on here mentioned Vera Wang frags, yet I noticed in the past that they get brought up a lot by the non-perfumista brides.
I don’t normally feel snarky about things, but here goes: I love Vera Wang designs, but I always think the “brides” in her print ads look so angry and hostile. It seems so non-bridal to me to have these lovely young women in beautiful dresses either blase or glaring at the camera with all this “I was dancing at the club last night” black eyeliner. But I can see why her fragrance line would appeal to brides anyway, as Vera Wang is has such beautiful dresses. If it were me and I could afford anything, I’d get a Reem Acra or Oscar de la Renta bridal gown.
Vintage Valentino for me. That makes it vintage frag AND vintage gown for “something old”.
I’m surprised not to see more VW too.
After much deliberation, I wore IUNX Eau Blanche at my wedding which was perfect for an early evening wedding in Houston in May. After the ceremony, I topped it up with Kai.
The most memorable perfume/wedding anecdote was the one I read on MUA about this girl who wanted everything at her wedding to smell like Byredo Pulp of all fragrances! She even got special permission from the pastor to spray Pulp throughout the church before guests arrived.
That story actually made me queasy! Our own dear Daisy sent me a sample and she already knows this, but it smelled like someone threw up fruit salad on me! YUK!
aww Rapple, I was hoping the horror of that sampling would fade with time…… as much as I like Pulp—I can’t imagine an entire building filled with the scent. toooooo much!
No, I’m afraid the horror of that and Mango Madness is still with me. And I still have both samples! I don’t have the heart to pass them on.
You know, I blindly went in on that Pulp split and haven’t really given it much attention yet. Tried some the other night, found it really odd…but the next day? Wonderful!
I adore Pulp, but don’t think I’d want to smell *that* much of it!
I wore Body by Victoria by Victoria’s Secret when I got married, light and citrusy. But now I think I would def. wear Bois des Iles, as mentioned by others above, and my fantasy wedding would have to include Gerry Butler or James MacAvoy, either way, he’d better be in a kilt and we’d be at a castle location in Scotland, LOL.
Gerry + castle in Scotland = THUD!
excuuuuuse me Ms. Rapple……first you steal my Hugh Jackman and now you’re after Gerry too? My God woman! you’re insatiable!
LOL! Yeah… you might as well change your fantasies as often as you change your perfume!
I’m just happy nobody’s trying to steal my Matthew MacFadyen…
probably cuz you gotz him locked in your closet….
Was he the new Darcy, Mals? If so, I’ll be over shortly to retrieve him!
YOU CAN’T HAVE HIM! HE’S MINE!
I second that, ahhh Gerry is fantabulous, isn’t he??
Aaaaaah! A topic near and dear to my heart. I wore Ava Luxe’s Morroccan Mint Tea layered with Calyx to my wedding to my husband this summer, and it is KILLING me that the Mint Tea is out of production. I am haunting eBay literally every day hoping some more will surface. And the worst is, I’m afraid to use what I have!, because it will of course run out one day.
I also got compliments. My brother, who has great taste in things like scent, smelled me in Serge Lutens’ Fleurs d’Oranger (my more traditional first choice), and said it wasn’t interesting. In the tea and Calyx he said “Now you smell like a bride.”
At my domestic partnership registration (so romantic, right?) many many years ago, I don’t remember wearing any specific fragrance. I suspect my wife wore either a particular China Rain, or her favorite Crabtree & Evelyn scent. I don’t remember what it was, but apparently they don’t carry it any more. At least they don’t have it on their website.
Wow, that was a long time ago.
Oh, I think you should write her and tell her your story! Maybe she still has a stash somewhere.
Oh, I have! I’m not shy about offering to buy things.
Instead, I’ve spent way too much on some of her other perfumes, the oils she’s selling now in her etsy shop – I’ve become very attached to No. 23. I find it calming – in fact when I can’t sleep sometimes I get up and put some on.
But I’m still haunting eBay hoping against hope for a bottle of the Morroccan Mint Tea!
Could have been Summer Rain? It was around in the early 90’s, very soft clean white floral, reminiscent of China Rain…
It was the China Rain made by the Perfumed Dragon (still in business, online at http://www.theperfumed-dragon.com). I didn’t specify because I was pretty sure few nst folks would know of them. Lovely people, and lovely scents. I still have some of their perfume oils.
I get the feeling, though, that China Rain is like Dragon’s Blood – one of those scents of which there are many versions? I really don’t know the provenance of either.
And, duh, I realize you mean “it might have been this Crabtree & Evelyn scent”. I’ll have to ask her. It’s really shocking that i can’t remember it – it was her favorite for years.
I had a thought about the worst perfume I’ve ever smelled at a wedding–Giorgio, worn by a certain type of abrasive older relative.(Whoops, come to think of it, it was a christening or bar mitzvah or some other occasion.) Robin, have you ever had a “worst perfume you’ve ever smelled” thread?
I’m always afraid to do a “worst perfume” poll…you know people are going to get offended!
Oh No! Giorgio isn’t the right one to wear as a guest at a wedding. Too much of a “scene stealer”. I wear something subtle as a guest. Still not sure what I’d wear as a bride. I have been married twice, both times in registry offices! And I can’t remember what, if any , perfumes I wore.
I wore Diorissimo (twice!), but I *should* have worn Eau de DON’T DO IT, YOU STUPID LITTLE FOOL!
I hope it hasn’t ruined Diorissimo for you.
No, thank goodness, since it was just my signature scent at the time. I do feel like it belongs to my younger self, but at least it’s not forever entwined solely with dreadful choices.
I didn’t have time to wear perfume. I was proposed to at 7:30 A.M. and by 11:45 I was married. However I wore Channel 5 throughout the courtship.
The one thing I DON”T want to smell at a wedding is White Shoulders. Every time I catch a whif of it, all I think of is a whore in church on Sunday.
um, you weren’t in Vegas, were you?
Oh dear. My grandmother wears White Shoulders. But she doesn’t go to church.
Oh, and she’s not that other thing, either.
So did mine! She did go to church regularly, but she sure wasn’t a whore.
Ack — White Shoulders was one of my first perfumes! And I was too young to be in business.
My mom wore White Shoulders. Every time I smell it on someone I am certain that my mom has died and it’s her spirit saying goodbye. Luckily, she is very much alive and since she no longer wears it, her spirit probably wouldn’t be wearing it either.
No, I got married in Louisville, KY. After I got married, I started wearing Halston and stuck with that for years. Perhaps that’s why I’m trying to get adventerous in my scents now.
Didn’t mean to offend anyone about my White Shoulders comment. However, different people react to scents different ways. This is how White Shoulders affects me. Lauren always smells like ant spray to me. I had a room mate that wore it and I made her go outside to put it on. Denise
Denise, no worries — you didn’t offend me at all! We all have different reactions to perfumes.
I think I was between perfumes at the time (1992) – but whatever I was wearing at the time would have been CDC (cheap drugstore crap) anyway.
The smell I remember from my honeymoon was my BBW Freesia bath gel. Sadly, it acclimated my husband to “light and fresh,” which he perceives as sexy. Yes, The CEO is the only person on earth to find Marc Jacobs Daisy enticing… boy, did I ever shoot myself in the foot.
If I were getting married now – in early May again, I will assume – I’d want Diorissimo, layered with a touch of DSH’s Stephanotis. I don’t mind being conventional, when “conventional” also means “beautiful.”
Early May for us too…quite by accident, but very conveniently, the date was 5/5/05. Hard to forget that one.
That’s funny. Daisy is so entirely not sexy to me.
is it these black sweatpants and white socks?
LMAO – thanks Daisy, you made me spit Pepsi all over myself!
Pssh. Of course you’re sexy in sweatpants…
and that’s how you know the webcam is turned “off”……
Ha! My honeymoon hotel stocked bath soaps that were scented wtih Bulgari’s Eau Parfumee in White Tea – which *I* now think is sexy (and the husband doesn’t mind it.
I really need to try Diorissimo. And I’m not sure I’d know what stephanotis smells like, either. I know it wasn’t available for my bouquet.
I was struggling with allergies when I got married (many years ago) so I was perfume-free. But now I’d choose Songes. My husband doesn’t usually comment on what I’m wearing unless it’s something with caramel and/or vanilla. I could probably go to my baking cabinet, dab on straight vanilla extract and he’d be happy.
At a funeral recently, I was struck by how many folks weren’t wearing a scent I could smell. I hugged a lot of people and had expected lots of perfumes. The best smelling person was the guy next door and he swore he wasn’t wearing anything. Still don’t believe him because he smell great!
Make that he SMELLED great. Gotta proof better. . . .
Tiara, they probably didn’t want to associate a perfume with a funeral. Having said that though, I suppose there is only a certain percentage of people that wear perfume every day. I am one of those percentage, although i miss the ODD day.
Yes…vanilla is all it really takes, usually!
At my imaginary wedding to Alan Stivell (http://www.dailymotion.com/group/52739/video/x13o8v_alan-stivell_music), we’re both 30 years younger and I’m wearing L’Eau de l’Hermine (translated, or course, to Dour an Erminig).
Great music! Thanks for sharing.
Adding my thanks too…had not heard of him & enjoyed listening!
I wore vintage Chanel no 5 edc, from my grandmother’s stash. It’s actually my go-to scent for any occasion I need a little luck
Nice, it was “something old”…
I wore Chanel No. 22 for my wedding. It was a gift from my favorite brother. My wedding dress was a white Canadian wool minidress with matching boucle coat. The year was 1974.
Love your choices, both fragrance and clothes!
Ooooh, and do you still have that dress?
I wore Jessica McClintock in 1992. That marriage ended in divorce. If I marry again my thoughts are:
Love in White
Bois D’Iris by Van Cleef and Arpels
Bois de Violette
or a daring rose perfume because the guy I have my eye on loves rose.
in that case my vote goes for the rose!!!
I’m the wrong one to suggest classy or elegant roses… but for sheer gorgeousness, IMO, you can’t beat Lyric or Une Rose Chypree.
Exactly. I love those two.
so many lovely roses…..but you know what I would do? I’d test many and get my man to sniff them (or at least the ones I like) and I’d probably choose to wear the one he liked the best, like I was wearing it just for him. But that’s just me.
I guess it would also depend on when and where the wedding was held. (you don’t want to attract a swarm of bees during an outside ceremony etc) Drole de Rose is a lovely sweet type of fragrance—if I had a floaty-chiffon-faerie like dress; I wear it with Drole de Rose….Une Rose is a little less girly-flirty and Lyric has womanly written all over it. Citizen Queen is for a hot naughty girls (but that’s good too) especially if you plan to wear leather to the wedding….
I was married on a New Year’s Eve (nearly 25 years ago!). I thought I wore Boucheron, but that apparently came out later, so now I just don’t know! If I were getting married this New Year’s Eve, it would be Une Rose. For sure.
“daring rose perfume” instantly summoned Une Rose for me too.
I wore Tiffiany. No regrets. Still to this day everytime I wear it reminds me of our special day:)
For my upcoming nuptials, I would probably choose one of these three fragrances: Vera Wang, Tiptoeing through the Chambers of the Moon or Rose Attar from Floracoepia. The Rose attar is winning because if anyone has ever tried an attar; then you know the way these type of scents affect and alter your mood is phenomenal. I love all fragrances but it is especially divine to be serene and sacred during a holy matrimony ceremony. Yes, I am living in the wrong era and that suits me perfect! All the more better to express my uniqueness. My soul mate is the only man I would marry; he tops all of the movie stars I have ever seen. xoxoxo
I love rose attars, although have not tried that particular one. If you can splurge, try the Amouage Homage!
OK…. I never told anyone this but I know I can share with you guys. At my wedding four years ago I wore… ummm… MyQueen. And lots of it. Screaming violet. What was I thinking?! Well, it was more a rock wedding than a white wedding. (my dress was red and gray, there were lots of men in kilts). It suited my mood on the day.
If I got married again (to the same person of course) I’d wear Apres L’Ondee.
And I ditched the MyQueen on the ‘bay last year LOL
Oh, but that sounds kind of cool!
sounds good to me too…..of course any event where there are “lots of men in kilts” sound good to me….
Huh. I don’t know. Since finding Ormonde, I’ve been on the prowl for something I like at least as much and possibly more — probably to prove that there isn’t anything. So far, there really HASN’T been anything, which is sort of discouraging. So if I get married again, I’ll probably wear Ormonde. Unless there’s a miracle between now and then. Which would be okay.
Did that make any sense whatsoever?
There is a wonderful perfume called “E” Princess Elizabeth. It was created by Sophia Grojsman for Her Royal Highness Princess Jelisaveta Karađorđević . It is heavenly- jasmine, white iris, orange blossom and white hyacinth. Another perfume by the same house is “HRH Princess Jelisaveta”. Honeysuckle, orange blossom, linden blossom and jasmine, orange and lemon. Hard to find, precious enough to use just the smallest amount so the bottle will last! They sound “light” by the top notes, but each has a depth that is unique.
My god. MY GOD, THAT SOUNDS GOOD!
*Faints with delight thinking about it.*
They are both amazing. Hard to find, but amazing.
I wore Dior Miss Cherie or Miss Dior Cherie or whatever the heck it is called. We had a late May wedding.
Miss Dior Cherie! And that dates your wedding, you can’t have been married all that long
Im so sad- it was 26 years ago and I just cant remember what I wore!
May have been Chanel No5 as I had the soap, talc, lotion etc way back then.
Oh and I passed Huge Jackman in the street in Melbourne a few years ago- even nicer in real life!
Mine wasn’t that long ago & I can’t remember either! I didn’t care so much about perfume at the time.
what about this one: you’re marrying a debonair type, (George Clooney-ish) he’s wearing something yummy like spiritueuse double vanille, his mother is hovering in the background wearing her last drops of Giorgio (that was a good one up there), all his former girl friends are hugging him up for the last time (imagine a symphony of idole by Armani, and several Prada’s and you sweep in, in a big defiant and sexy rose cloud (waht could it be: ELDO’s Rossy de Palma?) ..
Oh well put! I am so there!
i hate to admit that i wore red door (this was 1991)….i’d bought the whole kit & caboodle of perfume body lotion & shower gel, yikes!!! It was a garden wedding in the grounds of a winery on a very hot november day in the mid 30s (that’s celsius & i’m in australia) so i’m sure that everyone could smell me about 5 hrs before i got there. I certainly can’t tolerate this scent now & that marriage did end (fortunately). When i get get married again, it’d be a toss up between hiris, chanel no 22 or 31 rue cambon. Which reminds me, i’d better get a divorce lol.
HA! hubby #2 feels strangely nervous today and has no idea why…..
I married earlier this year, in may, with civil ceremony. I thought Sacrebleu would be perfect: the sacre, the blue and the incense (and raving reviews). When I finally found the PdN line I was so disappointed – and worried: what perfume could I wear? An incense scent or Beige? But at the time I didn’t have my miniof Beige.. So I settled with Lesnez LMPTL. However, the wedding day came, and it was so hot that LMPTL wasn’t tempting me. At the end I wore Frangipani by OJ and it was perfect, refreshing and beautiful and joyful. Today I would probably opt for BK beyond Love or a dab of L’Amoureuse, which I didn’t know back then and which have become my favorite florals. I might also suggest Tai’f if the weather is cold enough.. But hey, I think the best thing of that day is you Husband-to-be smile as you exchange your promises!!!
What lovely perfumes! Congratulations to you and your husband; may you have many years together.
and exchange many of those smiles.
Mals and Daisy: Thank you!!
Frangipani is what I think I would wear if I were getting married now…
Does anyone know what Queen Elizabeth II wears? Is the scent old enough that she could have worn it at her wedding? Inquiring minds want to know. Denise
Now I’m curious too! I hope we find out.
Eau de Corgi.
According to an old Perfume Shrine post, QEII has been known to wear Fleurissimo, EL Blue Grass, L’Heure Bleue, and Joy. Her list is an addictive time-killer — I love knowing that Vladimir Putin wears Amouage Gold!
You know…I think that suits him perfectly. Scenting politicians could be another fun lazy day thread. Even if we DO already know what most of them smell like.
I wonder if the El Blue Grass is a tip of her hat toward Lexington, KY where she spends a lot of her private vacations. She goes there to the Will Farrish(?) farm to talk and buy horses. That’s when we found out what she carries in her purse – mints for her horses. They had her on the news one night, taking mints from her bag and feeding them to the horses in the fields. Denise
I would carry a bouquet of carrots and wear Iris Silver Mist which smells like carrot absolue to me.
I suppose the Bunny Minister would say: “you may now nibble the bride”
LOL! Good one.
And your bridesmaids could wear the Lettuce.
Monsta— guess what I found in my mailbox today!!! Yup, the samples I sent to you way back on July 13th !!! After 3 months I never expected them to surface. Your address was all blacked out with a marker and there were several postal stamps, mostly smeared on the plastic coating of the padded envelope. I could read one that said August 25 but I couldn’t read the location. It was pretty flattened but the vials were intact!!
Oh well. The USPS strikes again. Maybe some other curious soul will want them. BTW finding I like Theorema much better in the chill weather.
oh, I answered you and AnnS under Ann’s comment…apparently I am a Daisy of very little brain….
Daisy – it sounds to me like you need to open a can of WA on your postmaster…. Three months!!
I wonder where the heck they were for that long? stuck back behind a bin somewhere in a post office?? I’m just amazed that they showed up anywhere at all!
I’ll pop them in an envelope for someone, sometime I’m sure, I just thought it was amazing. Especially since the package was flat as a pancake!
Oh Theorema! Yes, definitely much better in cold weather. Let me know if you need a bit more.
If I were to renew my vows, I would definitely like to wear what Grace Kelly wore at her wedding – Fleurissimo. Absolutely beautiful.
I am dubious about Creed’s claims (see: http://perfumedpolitics.blogspot.com/2009/06/making-history-iii-usable-pasts-of.html) but Fleurissimo is pretty in any case.
HMmmmmmm – I’ve never been married and am currently single. However, when i DO get married, it would have to be a special vintage bottle that I will manage to get my hands on. I have never bought vintage perfume, as the ones I like are always far too expensive. But for a special occasion like this, I’d feel totally justified in spending the money. And it would probably have to be a Guerlain. My 89 yr old Japanese friend has a lovely collection of vintage perfumes that she never threw away, from years ago. One of the bottles is Chamade Parfum. She let me uncork it and try some on, and it was absolutely stunningly divine.
Vintage Chamade is gorgeous, I had a few drops but they’re gone now.
Holy Gorgeous! Vintage Chamade and a wedding – perfect. You could get married in sack-cloth and Chamade parfum and be the most beautiful bride ever. If I had known about it before I was married, then that would have been it for me too.
Wow! a British thread! Can’t imagine many American ladies would loke Alan Rickman. He ROCKS, man! I love him, especially as Snape. Thank God none of my high school teachers looked like that, who know what might have happened.
If I were to get married now, I’d just bathe in vintage Azuree Soleil, to match a romantic honeymoon in the Bahamas!
Remember when Amarige Mariage was launched? It was supposed to be the purrfect wedding fragrance, apparently few brides-to-be saw it that way.
I have this long standing joke with my friends, that in my perfect heaven, I have Alan Rickman, James Earl Jones, and Jean Reno reading bedtime stories & poetry to me! I had no idea Alan Rickman was such an American heartthrob either!! But I still think Jean Reno is sexier…
Enzoooooo! LOL! You’d be in luck here, Ann, Jean Reno is one of my husband’s favorite actors. Fortunately for me, he’s also developing something of a penchant for Johnny Depp and Leo DiCaprio and Daniel Craig…and he already liked Sean Connery and Harrison Ford. In fact, the only one he doesn’t much like is the one I’ll readily admit can’t act a lick…he’s just pretty.
On the contrary, I know many American ladies who adore Alan Rickman (me included).
After a whirlwind courtship of 24 years during which we never lived together, we tied the knot just after 9/11. Air travel was difficult so there were just 27 of us present at a teahouse in the park. I made my full-length lace dress and chiffon shawl. Perfume was a major consideration since I was in the business! It was a tossup between my then favourite Un Air de Samsara and Jessica McClintock. The latter is pretty predictable for brides, but it’s the one I chose and I’m glad. It’s not easy to get here in Canada but it’s one of the few I would buy again and again.
What does HG stand for please?
HG = Holy Grail
and it sounds like Jessica McClintock is an HG perfume for you. When you need refills you just need to let your American friends know so they can round it up and send it to you!
24 year whirlwind huh? lol, well, I guess you were sure then. Your dress and shawl sound just beautiful!
I just checked with Fragrancenet.com (who ships to canada at a fairly reasonable price) and they have JM available at a nice price. See you made me curious and I just had to check around.
And there’s a longer explanation of HG/Holy Grail here:
Count me in as another Alan Rickman fan. I loved him as Snape in the Harry Potter movies. His voice, and demeanor – so cool and dark!!
actually I liked the guy that played Draco Malfoys father too.
Jason Isaacs—he always plays great villians, those light gray eyes make him look so cold. Remember he was the baddie in The Patriot; did in most of Mel Gibson’s family….sniffle…
A late comment….My best friend was married on Saturday.
To me, her wedding captured the essence of Autumn romance.
A misty day, an old inn, a rolling meadow rimmed with ancient oaks, and a barn dressed in tulle and wild flowers. Candlelight, soft jazz, loving friends, a golden bride and groom –
the perfume: Bois de Iles. Magical .
Oh, how perfect! Your friend has great taste.
Thanks everyone for your comments and answers. The autumn wedding sounds absolutely beautiful.