Signature Scent

There were a lot of things that I was completely unaware of before I started planning a wedding and DEFINITELY before I started reading wedding blogs. I’m planning to write a post about things I’ve learned during this process, but right now the best title I can come up with is “things that are things” which isn’t exactly descriptive or very creative. I have an alliterative streak going (every post except my intro!) so that post will have to wait for now.

One thing, however, that seems to be fairly common (at least right now) in the wedding world is a signature scent for the wedding day.

I could go into a whole lecture about the psychology of scent and its connection to memory, but this isn’t the platform for it. Suffice it to say—scent and memory are connected and smelling a smell can bring you back to a happy place (bake some chocolate chip cookies if you don’t believe me and then see how you feel).

Sparky wears the same cologne every day and even smelling his pillow or a shirt in the laundry is enough to bring a picture of him to mind.

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One happy picture is this one—Sparky dancing with our dog in the living room

He wears Armani Code for Men (Mrs. Mongoose’s husband has also worn this) and I love how it smells.

I, on the other hand, don’t wear perfume every day. I have one that I wear when I think about it (and definitely whenever we’re doing something fancy), but I wouldn’t consider it to be very special.

Banana Republic Rosewood via Flickr

It’s a nice soft scent, but pretty basic.

I never really thought I’d get a special perfume for the wedding day, but I thought I’d go smell some just for fun one day. I picked one at random after reading the little descriptions at Sephora and I really enjoyed the scent. I sprayed a bit on my wrist and then kept smelling it all day long.

A few weeks later, I went back to smell it again and brought Sparky to smell it, too. He liked it and I took a sample home so I could see how I liked it. I decided that I enjoyed it enough that I would add it to my Amazon wishlist.

I did some more due diligence and smelled more perfumes, but didn’t like any as much as the first one I’d found.

Then my birthday came and Mama Campfire happened to gift me with a bottle of the perfume. Done and done! I haven’t worn it again since my initial testing—I’m saving it for the wedding and any future formal occasions (anniversaries, etc.).

So what did I end up with?

Jimmy Choo Eau de Toilette via Amazon

Did you get a special perfume for your wedding day?


Mrs. Campfire

Seattle, WA
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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    oneofthesethings 2395 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:55 am

    I didn’t get a signature scent specifically for the wedding, but H did get me perfume while we were dating that is now the only thing I wear – Balenciaga. It’s amazing! I’d never smelled it before he got it for me.

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    ecjohnson 157 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:28 am

    How about “Lessons Learned” for your alliterative title?!

  3. campfire Member
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:30 am

    @oneofthesethings: I’ve never heard of it but how special that he bought it for you!
    @ecjohnson: That part I got, but I have another post about lessons learned so I want to differentiate them. :)

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    DC, Guest @ 8:59 am

    what about Dynamic Discoveries.

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    ilikeballet 277 posts, Helper bee @ 9:21 am

    I didn’t know a day-of scent was a thing until WeddingBee. Initially I felt like I had to go find something new so I could do this wedding day thing that people do, but I’ve since decided I want to wear the scent I wear everyday because I want to smell like me on my wedding day.

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    Mrs Canuck 1849 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:04 am

    Last weekend, FI and I stopped at Sephora while we were out, and I ended up spending almost an hour trying on what seems like a gazillion different scents, thinking that I would save it for our wedding day. I found one that seemed to be really “me,” so I went ahead and bought it. Hanae Mori “Him” for the curious. But then I opened the package, and I’ve been using it ever since. So, I have a day-of scent, but it won’t be anything that Mr. Canuck has never smelled before.

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 10:07 am

    Ooh I haven’t smelled the Jimmy Choo one. I’ll have to check it out on my next trip to Sephora!

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    spotted_giraffe 312 posts, Helper bee @ 10:45 am

    @Miss Campfire: What about “Trending Things” for your other post? Whenever I tell FI about a “thing” in weddings or fashion or well, anything, he asks “ooo is that trending?” I’m excited to read that post!

    And I’ll have to go smell this Jimmy Choo scent, it sounds like a lot of people like it. And I’ve got some Choos for the wedding, so it fits perfectly!

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:45 am

    @DC: @spotted_giraffe: Both excellent ideas!
    @ilikeballet: @Mrs Canuck: Great! It’s awesome to have a scent that you want to wear all the time.
    @Mrs. Mongoose: It’s so nice!

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    Sloaner 84 posts, Worker bee @ 12:03 pm

    We went to Barney’s to find matching scents. My FI is kind of a scent snob :-) (But it works well because I have NO clue!) We worked with the consultant to find two scents that really complimented each other. I got Secrets du Rose by Les Parfums Rosine and he got Five O’Clock Gingembre by Serge Lutens. It seriously was an awesome experience. I really recommend that if you are looking for a special day of scent, go to a high end store and work with someone who had been trained by the manufacturers/houses to find something for you. And it isn’t that much more expensive than something you would buy at Ulta in the high range, and the customer service is sooooooooo much better!

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 2:44 pm

    Ohh yum, I heard that perfume is nice!
    I didn’t have a signature scent. I didn’t want to spend extra money, But my MOH had HER perfume laying out while we were getting ready, and the photographer thought it was mine, so he took this lovely shot of it, all artsy-fartsy. Ha! I tell my sister, I will give you a nice framed shot of your Miss Dior Cherie as a thank you!

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:47 pm

    I also didn’t know it was a thing until WeddingBee and ended up wearing my go-to perfume!
    yay for alliterations :)

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    mrscam24 114 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:33 pm

    My FI wears Armani Code for Men too and I LOVE it too…

    He’s so fussy with scents he likes on me, so I usually just end up with a coconut body spray of some sort on a day to day basis. I’ve been wanting to find a differnt scent to be more distinct for our wedding day. I guess I’ll have to take him shopping with me when I do go!

  14. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:36 am

    My wedding day scent will be Romance by Ralph Lauren. I never even thought about one for Mr.G. Must start thinking now.

  15. campfire Member
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:18 am

    @Sloaner: Awesome!
    @lealorali: Nice!
    @Mrs. Waterfall: Nothing wrong with that, for sure. I probably would have ended up doing that if Mama Campfire hadn’t bought it for me.
    @MrsCam24: Not a bad idea, for sure!
    @Miss Gondola: I don’t think Sparky would go for a special wedding day scent, but I love his normal cologne so it works out!

  16. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:42 pm

    Ohhhhh love that scent!! Bring a little travel-sized bottle or sample spritzer with you on your honeymoon 😉

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