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Scent has the power to evoke strong memories, making it all the more important to carefully choose a perfume to wear on your wedding day. Chances are, whenever you catch a whiff of the fragrance thereafter, you'll be brought back to your perfect big day and all the celebratory moments you shared with your spouse, your family, and your friends. But just how do you go about choosing a perfume from all the beautiful bottles in Sephora or on the department store shelves? Simple. Just base your pick on your bridal style.
Whether you went with a classic ball gown or bohemian sheath, your personal style has probably already helped you chose a wedding dress. Similarly, it's always best to select your wedding-day scent with your individual tastes in mind. You want to feel wholly like yourself on the big day, after all, so aligning your perfume with your personality is the way to go. Boho bride? Opt for a fragrance with gorgeous woodsy notes. Is your bridal style more classic and refined? Choose a scent that features fresh florals.
No matter your particular tastes, we found the fragrance for you. Here, the best wedding perfumes for every bridal style.
Modern brides should opt for notes of orange blossom, orange rind, sandalwood, violet, and rose. “This kind of girl is bold,” says L.A. florist and perfumer Eric Buterbaugh, who suggests a fragrance that’s “intense and musky.”
Oud, vetiver, bergamot, and a little citrus zest are key in selecting the perfect bohemian fragrance. “Oud is the new patchouli,” Buterbaugh says. “There’s something really sexy about the boho girl.”
“This girl has one foot on each side—sexy and sensual, and balanced and clean,” explains Buterbaugh. Sniff out a scent that features lavender offset with vanilla, sage, sandalwood, or apricot.
Buterbaugh recommends classic brides go for a fragrance that's “quite floral, but in the softest way.” Lily of the valley, hyacinth, tuberose, and jasmine are some undeniably classic scents.