Choosing your wedding fragrance is just as important as the dress, the venue, the photographer... maybe more so. Because it's your sense of smell that can evoke memories long forgotten, remind you of moments buried in your subconscious. Have you ever smelt a fragrance and suddenly been transported into a full sensory memory of the moment you last experienced it? Keep that in mind when selecting your fragrance for the big day.
It should be something different to your everyday perfume, a scent that's still "you", but something special for the big day. Look for a scent you can wear later, on special occasions years into your marriage to evoke memories of your wedding day. Spring is the perfect time to start looking for your special perfume, as there's always a bunch of new, fresh releases out in September. We've trialled the classics, the new releases and the unique, off-beat brands to bring you a selection that's perfect for a spring wedding - no matter what your personal style.
The Classic Floral
Crisp, floral and subtle. These are perfect for an stylish, ladylike wedding. One spritz is instant elegance. Our favourites?
Marc Jacobs Daisy - a subtly concentrated floral fragrance with top notes of strawberry and red grapefruit, with middle notes of jasmine, violet and gardenia. Base notes include vanilla and musk. RRP $110/50 ml
Vera Wang Bouquet - a fresh, crisp floral with top notes of Sicilian bergamot and dew drops, middle notes of paperwhite narcissus and honeysuckle and base notes of musky lavender, cedar and iris root. RRP $130/50 ml
The Fruity Floral
Perfect for a fun, fresh style. Feminine, but still playful. Splash on liberally and enjoy the compliments. Our favourites?
Miss Dior Cherie "Blooming Bouquet" - fresh and fruity top notes of citrus and Sicilian orange, floral middle notes of peony and rose and base notes of modern patchouli and white musk. RRP $130/50 ml
YSL Elle Eau de Parfum - the top notes are laden with fresh pink berries, lychee, raspberry and a hint of warm floral peony opens in the middle, base notes of patchouli, vetiver and woods give depth. RRP $135/50 ml
The Rich Feminine Floral
Strong, deep and rich. A luscious bouquet of feminine florals perfect for the big day. Create a beautifully vibrant springtime aura. Our favourites?
Estée Lauder Pleasures Bloom - a lush floral with opening notes of grapefruit, raspberry, lychee and violet, a vibrant floral centre of pink peony, rose, jasmine and lily, finished off with creamy vanilla. RRP $100/50 ml
Clinique Happy Heart - a rich floral based on water hyacinth, with top notes of mandarin and a base of blonde wood. A full floral that blooms throughout the day. RRP $79/50 ml
The Crisp Floral
Elements of fresh fruit, crisp green and deep woods. A clean, crisp take on the floral fragrance. For those who prefer a more refined scent with a fresh finish. Our favourites?
Burberry Body - top notes of fresh green absinthe, elegant peach and refined freesias, these notes develop with a body of rose absolute. Dries to a finish of woody cashmeran, vanilla and amber. RRP $149/60 ml
Elizabeth Arden Pretty - a crisp fruity floral. Top notes of Italian mandarin, orange blossom and peach nectar, mid notes of star jasmine, pink iris and peony. A finish of soft musk and amber. RRP $90/50 ml
The Unique Floral
Fresh, fruity, floral and mossy. The unique floral seeks out and highlights the beauty of less common scents. Perfect for the offbeat bride. Our favourites?
BVLGARI Rose Essentielle - a tribute to the enduring beauty of the rose. Opens with ottoman and prelude rose, mid notes of blackberry, sambac jasmine and violet leaves. Base notes of sandlewood and a hint of patchouli. RRP $136/50 ml
Jo Malone Wild Fig & Cassis Cologne - wonderfully warm and fruity, this unique beauty contains the scent of sun-warmed figs and cassis (black currants), notes of hyacinth and cedarwood. RRP $85/30 ml
Don't you love the feeling of discovering a new favourite perfume? It can completely change your perspective, your mood, the way you think. One of my all time favourites is YSL Elle, but I've just discovered Estée Lauder's new Pleasures Bloom - which is a wonderful change for the new season.