Scent triggers memory like nothing else – which is why we’ve come up with the essential fragrances to suit all brides, and which will easily take you from early morning ceremonies to party time at the reception without ever really fading…
Words Wersha Bharadwa
Eau de Cartier EDP. 50ml, £52, Harrods & Selfridges
Theme | Romantic, Fairy-tale, Princess
Warm and sensual, with top notes of vanilla and base notes of amber to the original floral version, this is perfect for a dreamy destination wedding, or a flower—filled fantasy day. Relaunched in 2016, Cartier decided to refocus on an original version of the eau from 2011, making it a more unisex fragrance with cool sensual and watery hints of violet leaf, amber and vanilla.
Van Cleef & Arpels, Reve EDP, 100ml,£65, Boots
Theme | English Country Garden, Fete
The bottle, the smell, everything about this fruity and fresh fragrance says ‘summer garden party wedding. ‘Complimenting any stylish white gown, the bottle is designed to reflect a woman’s curves and sensuality. The fragrance itself is sunny, and created around a delicate, fresh bouquet of white flowers with Lily and Osmanthus flowers.
Boucheron Quatre EDP, 100ml, £75, Harrods
Theme | Classic, Ballroom, Glamorous
For brides who want to make a dazzling entrance, we’re madly in love with this perfume, inspired by the jewellery house’s iconic Quatre ring and which is recreated in a carefully crafted cap. It’s elegant, feminine and timeless – everything a classic bride embodies with quirky notes of Red currant, sambac jasmine, rose and cedarwood. Who wouldn’t feel like an A-lister with that bottle?
Serge Lutens, D’Oranger EDP 50ml, £75, Liberty
Theme | Vintage, City
Sexy and smart and worn by Sofia Coppola, this is another unisex perfume, this time with spicy and floral blends of orange blossom, jasmine, tuberose, musk and cumin – all highly reminiscent of nostalgic days spent under sun-kissed blooms. The scent gets a 10/10 for holding out from morning ceremonies through to evening receptions.
Annick Goutal Petite Cherie, EDT, 100ml, £87, John Lewis
Theme | Vineyard, Farms, Rustic
Look no further for a fruity, sweet, uplifting perfume to match your barn/ rustic wedding: the woody and floral blends are suited for brides with a laid-back but fashionable edge (Drew Barrymore’s a massive fan).Annick Goutal created Petite Chérie for her own daughter (hence the name of the perfume: ‘Petite Chérie’ means ‘little darling’ in French) using a bouquet of peach, pear, sensual rose musk and powdery cut grass.