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A single sniff can prompt a flood of memories—such is the power of a scent. Spray your pulse points, close your eyes, and if you’re instantly transported to a happy place, you know this is your “soul scent”. For some, it’s family meals filled with bonhomie (you’ll find that spicy notes of vanilla, tonka bean, praline, peppers and almonds shift your mood), while for others, a floral fragrance with your favourite blooms echo childhood days. With every scent that you wear, you embrace a mood and revive a memory. Here’s how to pick yours.
“For a day wedding, fresh white florals with fruity, musky notes are preferred. Light and delicate, they evoke emotions of love and romance. For the evening, choose an oriental or amber scent for a sensual touch,” says perfumer Rajiv Sheth, CEO and creative director of All Good Scents. He is quick to add that your fragrance is your personal story and there are no rules but to follow your nose. Since no two brides are similar, there is no perfect bridal scent. “Plan in advance. Wear the shortlisted perfumes for a few days on your skin and pick the one which makes you happiest.”
Layering your signature scent with another fragrance will help you create something distinctive and tailored for the day while still being true to your taste. If you already have a signature scent that is closely associated with you, alter it very slightly by combining fragrances, advises Debbie Wild, lifestyle director, Jo Malone London. “For a romantic touch, we recommend scents for the bride and groom which complement one another. The concept of fragrance combining works even for scenting wedding venues. From the grandest to the most intimate spaces, carefully curated scented candles from Jo Malone London set the scene for unforgettable memories.”
Actor Sonam K Ahuja clearly agrees. At her recent wedding party, Oud & Bergamot (groom’s pick) and Peony & Blush Suede (bride’s favourite) candles flickered, enveloping wedding moments with the smoky character of oud merging with the delicate sensuality of peony blooms. “Many brides choose a scent or notes that are symbolic. For instance, the peony flower is a historic omen of good fortune while orange blossom stands for happiness in marriage,” adds Wild
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- Location determines the intensity and notes of the wedding scent. Perfumes last longer in an indoor hall, but some hotels might have their own scents in air conditioning systems or diffusers.
- While scouting venues, observe any key smells (good, bad and ugly). The wedding scent should not clash with existing fragrances at the venue.
- Layer fragrances to immerse the guests in a sensorial experience. Think perfumed linen, scented candles, fresh floral arrangements and incense sticks.
- For an Indian wedding experience, explore natural scents usually used in décor and rituals. Imagine if the bride has jasmine in her hair and jasmine candles are placed around the venue.
- Personalise the invitation cards. Why not bring out the unused bottles of Chanel No 5 hiding in your grandmother’s cupboard and lightly mist the cards?