Choose the perfect wedding scent

Deciding on a wedding scent can be a personal journey for everyone and a single smell of your wedding fragrance can transport you back to the big day in years to come. Fragrance expert Elizabeth Edwards from The Perfume Shop at Bluewater shares her tips on how to select the perfect scent for your big day.

Elizabeth says, “Fragrance will play an important part in your wedding day; as scents are renowned for triggering memories, it will serve as a reminder of your special day for years to come. You may already have a ‘signature’ scent and couldn’t imagine wearing anything else, but for those who want a unique memory of their day, there’s always the option to choose something special and completely new.”

My Way perfume surrounded by pink flowers

Notes are everything...

A good starting point is to think about the notes and accords you already like or that are a popular thread across your favourite fragrances; what do you currently love and what links those scents together? You may find you adore a certain floral note without even realising it.

You should also consider the location and atmosphere of the wedding; for example, a rich, heady, chypre scent may be your preferred choice and suit a dramatic winter wedding, but for a summer ceremony outdoors, something lighter and fresher may be preferred.

Going into the store to try the fragrances on the skin is important to ensure that yours and your partners' fragrances match. The consultations are carefully tailored and personal to each couple, as the team like to know your individual story to make sure they help chose the perfect wedding fragrance.

A top tip is to pop a Travalo in your wedding bag so you can top up your fragrance throughout your special day.

The Perfect Scent service

The Perfume Shop has a range of services available to help with finding the perfect fragrance. The in-store wedding service offers bridal parties the opportunity for in-store consultations with a trained expert to help find the perfect scent for their big day. The online Fragrance Finder also allows customers to enter a favourite fragrance or notes to receive a list of recommendations that could suit them and, in addition, customers can also request a live video chat with an instore expert via the Go In Store service available at if they need a helping hand to steer them in the right direction.

Making it personal

For the ultimate personal touch and unforgettable keepsake bottle, The Perfume Shop has over 350 fragrances, which can be engraved with a personal message of up to 66 characters for just £5.99, available online and in selected stores. Customers can engrave the perfumes with a memorable date or treat their wedding party to an extra-special personalised gift.

The Perfume Shop has handpicked wedding perfumes to suit every kind of bride or groom:

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb EDP

Viktor & Rolf
Flowerbomb EDP

Prepare for a floral explosion with sparkling top notes of Tea, Bergamot and Freesia; fall in love with the floral heart of Sambac Jasmine, Cattleya Orchid and Centifolia Rose, and be enveloped in woody base notes of Amber and Patchouli.

£56.00 30ml / £78.00 50ml / £110.00 100ml

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle EDP

La Vie Est Belle EDP

This fragrance will surely bring a smile at first spray. Featuring a bouquet of fabulous florals – think precious Orange Blossom, Jasmine and Iris – as well as fruity Blackcurrant and Pear it's refreshingly modern. Sharpened with an undertone of Patchouli, Vanilla and Praline it's sure to linger, making it perfect for the big day.

£56.00 30ml / £78.00 50ml / £88.00 75ml/ £99.50 100ml/ £166.00 200ml

Dior J'adore EDP

J'adore EDP

J'adore Eau de Parfum unites essence of Ylang-Ylang with its floral-fruity notes, essence of Damascus Rose from Turkey and blend with a rare duo of Jasmine Grandiflorum from Grasse, and Indian Sambac Jasmine. This feminine fragrance is what love stories are made of.

£55.00 30ml / £78.00 50ml / £112.00 100ml/ £142.00 150ml

Chloé Chloé EDP

Chloé EDP

Fresh, subtle and sophisticated, this Chloé perfume exudes a combination of floral Powder notes, hints of Peony and Lychee, and the embellishment of springtime Freesia. The airy, flirtacious head notes drift away to reveal Magnolia and Lily of the valley, as well as subtle intimations of warm Amber and elegant Cedarwood. Chloé Eau de Parfum is spot on for a romantic and fun-filled wedding.

£52.00 30ml / £77.00 50ml / £92.00 75ml

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle EDP

Coco Mademoiselle EDP

This iconic floral perfume has top notes of Bergamot, Orange and Grapefruit, heart notes are Rose, Litchi and Jasmine; base notes are Patchouli, Vanilla, Musk and Vetiver. Perfect for a sophisticated bride-to-be.

£62.00 35ml / £86.00 50ml / £120.00 100ml

Dior Sauvage EDP

Sauvage EDP

Dior Sauvage opens with signature freshness with the sizzle of a plump and spicy Mandarin. Heady notes of Tonka Bean with leathery and bitter aromas enlace a trail dominated by sensual Sri Lankan Sandalwood.

£76.00 60ml / £106.00 100ml / £155.00 200ml

Chanel Bleu De Chanel Parfum Spray

Bleu De Chanel Parfum Spray

This aromatic, intensely woody fragrance, opens with powerful freshness, then lingers with a precious accord of New Caledonian sandalwood that unfurls its generous, powerful notes in a dense and sophisticated trail.

£81.00 50ml / £113.00 100ml

Tiffany & Co Tiffany & Love For Him EDT

Tiffany & Co
Tiffany & Love For Him EDT

Tiffany & Love Eau de Toilette for Him is a citrusy, aromatic fragrance with a fresh and masculine scent. This fragrance is a tribute to modern love – making it the perfect scent for groom-to-be.

£56.00 50ml / £77.00 90ml

You may also be interested in

Ban the bloat for your big day

Ban the bloat for your big day

One of the most common digestive complaints is bloating, an uncomfortable, sometimes heavy sensation that can follow...


The truth about sugar

The truth about sugar

Celebrations such as weddings are typically marked with something sweet – who would say "no" to a slice of cake? While...


Christina Aguilera unveils Xtina, a bold and transformative fragrance

Christina Aguilera unveils Xtina, a bold and transformative fragrance

Christina Aguilera unveils Xtina, a bold and transformative fragrance that...


Your post-summer pamper product has arrived!

Your post-summer pamper product has arrived!

Summer is great for spending time with family and friends, whether it's a summer wedding or chilling in...


Sarah's Sugarcraft