Scent of a Woman

Let’s put wedding fragrance into the, “Crap I Wish I Didn’t Care About but Can’t Seem to Get Over” category—shall we??


I wish perfume still came in bottles like this!! / Image via Annapolitan Bride

My go-to scents for the past few years are:

(all images below via Sephora)


Dior – J’adore


Givenchy – Ange ou Demon Le Secret


Marc Jacobs – Oh, Lola!

A million bees before me have made the argument for a “new wedding scent” by stating that our memory is so deeply tied to our sense of smell and they want that scent to always remind them of their special day; there is definitely something to that. Every time I smell Bath and Body Works’ Sun-Ripened Raspberry I think of me in junior high spritzing that shit on every 10 minutes. Every 10 minutes because that’s about how long the scent lasted…

When it comes to my wedding day, the perfectionist in me (after perfectly plucking her eyebrows and flossing her teeth) says, “Yes. You NEED a wedding fragrance. Duh!” while the budgeter in me (after getting off the phone with the local cable company to get her bill lowered another $30 a month) says, “ULGH, no! What a waste of cash—use one you already have!”

Who do I listen to, hive? I’m so torn!! While I love “my” scents—they feel so everyday to me now. Do I start anew for the big day or keep it real with Marc, Givenchy, or Dior???


Mrs. Jet Setter

New Bedford
Wedding Date:
October 2013
Basket Case
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  1. Member
    Sloaner 84 posts, Worker bee @ 5:13 pm

    We splurged…found complimenting scents to wear on the wedding day. Admittedly, my FI knows A LOT about fragrances, so it was his idea. I based my choice on a scent that totally reminded my of my father’s mother, whom I was very close to. She passed away 15 years ago, but I felt that having the scent would make me feel like she was there on my day.

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    jennmariee 2320 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:20 pm

    Am I the cheapest person in the world for considering a stop at Nordstrom the morning of my wedding to sample-steal my wedding day fragrance?

  3. gondola Bee
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:14 am

    I gag a little bit when I smell sun ripened raspberry– I sprayed that on way too much in high school!

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    LeyLey, Guest @ 4:48 am

    I splurged on a wedding day scent (my husband and I picked it out together), and I have only worn it 3 times since the wedding since I want it to be for “special” days. All 3 times my husband has immediately noticed and commented on how nice it smells, and then we (or maybe just I lol) spend a few sappy minutes remembering our wedding day. I say do it! It’s one “splurge” that you will actually use again after the wedding, that was my justification!

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:20 pm

    I’m gonna be in the minority and say use one you already have. I did, and it brought such a touch of normality to my day getting to smell the familiar scent throughout. I’m very picky about smells and just didn’t find anything that I LOVED so I stuck with my tried and true favourite. It could be your something old 😉
    I like @Miss Campfire: ‘s idea too!

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