How to Choose the Perfect Scent Theme for Your Wedding Day
When it comes to planning your wedding, there are seemingly hundreds of factors to consider and plan for. From your venue decorations and bridesmaid dresses to menus and music. It can seem like there’s no end to the list of things to plan for to ensure your big day is one to remember.
One thing to add to the list is to consider the atmosphere of your wedding day. This means what type of vibe, aura and general feeling of your wedding you would like. Whether you want a feminine, romantic atmosphere; a flirty, young vibe; or a sultry, elegant feeling, there’s a number of ways to convey the desired atmosphere of your wedding day to your guests.
One of these ways is through choosing a scent theme, often known as “scentscaping”. This is a practice commonly used in stores, hotels and spas to convey a desired feeling to guests during the duration of their stay. This can easily be translated to wedding planning, as the end goal is the same: to make guests feel a certain way the entire time they’re at your wedding.
Certain smells can transport you right back to a certain place every time you smell them. For example, every time I smell orange blossom I’m transported immediately to Orange Square in Marbella! How lovely would it be for a certain fragrance to always remind you of your wedding day?
This week I’ve teamed up with Fragrance Ex to bring you our top tips for ‘scenting’ your wedding day.
Ways to Scentscape
There are a number of different ways to set up your desired scent theme for the duration of your special day. Through combining essential oils, potpourri, perfume/cologne, candles and flowers, you can personalise your scent theme to create one you and your guests will remember for years to come.
As a bonus, this gives you and your spouse an easy way to reflect on the magic, romance and splendor that was your big day after the wedding is over. On anniversaries, birthdays, special occasions or days you both need a pick-me-up, you can light the candles, spray on the perfume or dab on the essential oils you used throughout your wedding and be transported right back to the day you said “I do.”
1. Essential Oils
To easily scentscape you can implement diffusers with drops of essential oils and essential oil sprays throughout your venue. Not only are these an easy way to convey your desired scent theme, these can calm and relax you (and your wedding guests!) during your wedding. Opt for calming and crowd-pleasing oils, like geranium, vanilla or lavender.
2. Perfume + Cologne
To provide a special scent for just you and your wedding party, select a uniform perfume or cologne for yourselves, your maid of honor, best man and bridal party. This can be a unisex scent or complementary fragrances that you can wear to remember the joy of all being together for your union.
To opt for more eco-friendly decor, look for scented potpourri to incorporate your scent theme. It might sound dated but there are some great options in places like The White Company. With many different varieties and scents to choose from, you’re sure to find one that works best for your desired day. Alternatively you could use flower petals from your favourite blooms.
Use these as scented centerpieces, tucked into your bouquet, as a sustainable send-off option and even as a party favour—send your guests home with a packet of your special wedding potpourri as a long-lasting memory of the magic of your wedding day.
One of the most obvious wedding decor options can easily help you choose a scent theme. Kate Middleton is well known for having lit her favourite orange blossom candles throughout Westminster Abbey during her royal wedding. You can easily do the same to instantly give your wedding some added sophistication and class. Candles also provide a really soft and romantic light for your day. (But remember to check with your venue that you are allowed to light candles!)
A wedding isn’t complete without flowers, and these can easily help you give your wedding an elegant, floral scent theme. To ensure guests will remember the lovely scent of your wedding, be sure to opt for particularly fragrant blooms in your wedding bouquet and in your decor. Roses, gardenia and lily-of-the-valley work really well for example and foliage like eucalyptus is always popular. To really scent your wedding and give it some class at the same time, use petals from your chosen flowers as decor as centerpieces, a send-off option or even sprinkled down the aisle for an utterly romantic ceremony.
To see more ways to scent your wedding and some of the most popular scents to choose from for your big day, check out this visual on