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    Question Wedding day fragrances

    It is getting warm here in Oz - and as Summer looms with 40c degrees temps - I get to remembering my wedding day fragrance. It will be 10 years this Valentine's Day and at the time I wanted to get something classic but chic. Not too cloying is it was February and extremely HOT!

    I took my future Mother in law perfume shopping and she helped me pick something.
    We narrowed it down to two finalists.
    Coco by Chanel and Oscar by Oscar de la Renta.

    And Ta Dah! Oscar was the winner. I hadn't worn it before - and I haven't bought it again after I used that bottle but it was perfect for the day. Lovely vanilla floral with powder. Not cheap and nasty - and even though I was only 23 years old - it wasn't musty or too grand ma ish!

    I am very glad I didn't pick some of the more 'popular' fragrances that have now gone from view. I am very proud to say what I wore that day.

    Soooo, what I am wanting to know - what did you wear? Did it work for you? Have you been to another wedding and the bride wore, I dunno, Opium and it just wasn't a visual and olfactory match?

    Tell me some stories!!
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    I got married in January ( winter here) in Northern Ohio ( very cold!) and I wore Bellodgia because it was and is a favorite and I did not even think about wearing anything else at the time.

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    I wore Joy, and splurged on a bottle of Bain du Joy to bring along on the honeymoon. (I was in grad school, and lucked out finding the Joy at Marshall's. So the Bain du Joy was much more expensive.)

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    I wore En Avion by Caron

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    Well, I'm far from getting married....parish the thought.


    A friend of mine recently got married. I told her the story behind Creed's Flourissimo. I gave her that as the something borrowed.
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    Both hub and I wore Égoïste and it was perfect for a warm August day.
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    This is really embarassing, but I was so unperfumista-like back then (we are talking 24 years ago) that I can't even remember what I wore. How shocking is that?
    Must have been Diorissimo maybe, but I can't be sure.
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    I honestly can't remember what I wore for my first wedding. Probably, considering the era, it would have been L'Air Du Temps, or Anais Anais. For my second wedding (the real one!), I wore Amarige.

    If I were to marry again (not that I will!), I would wear Shocking.
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    For my wedding I bought the half ounce pure parfum of Coco by Chanel. This has been a long time favourite of mine and my husband loves it too. I was married in October and it was a very chilly day. The best part was when I woke up on my wedding day I couldn't have imagined wearing anything else (i.e., there were no cravings for other scents thank god!). My dress was a champagne colour and very heavy satin. It all just worked perfecty. When my husband and I had our first dance at the reception he commented "you smell really good!".

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    We aren't married but should we tie the knot it will be his favorite: Hanae Mori Butterfly. I'll probably get a fresh bottle of parfum for the occasion

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    When we got married three years ago, I wore Guerlinade. It worked perfectly for me, and now I try to save it for special romantic occasions. My dress was a strapless peachy cream satin sheath with an antique lace overlay, a fishtail skirt and a long lace train.

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    Not married,but wore Mitsouko parfum at a friend's wedding this summer.If I should get married one day it would depend on the surroundings I get married in,time of year and the dress.
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    I bought Guerlain's With Love for the occasion. It was the scent of 2003, just before the 2004 one was introduced. I got married in 2004, but I thought it was the annual edition at the time. Anyway, it was the perfect floral for me-- light, with a touch of pepper! I have never regretted wearing it. In fact, you can see a picture of me spritzing my wrists with it in the library at the church on my wedding day if you check my profile.

    I had usually worn either orientals like Dune by Dior, or florientals like Flower by Kenzo, and this reminded me of Kenzo, but seemed much "whiter," and therefore appropriate for a wedding.

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    I've been racking my brains to try to remember what I wore. I can guess it was probably Coco, because he bought me a bottle when we were 'courting'. And it was only 6 years ago, so I really should remember. It was before I seriously got into perfume, though I know that's no excuse. I shall go and hang my head in shame...

    I must say I wish I'd been as chic as some of you girls, wearing fabulous vintage 'fumes to get hitched in.
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    aaahhhhh - such lovely stories!

    I am just coming up to my first anniversary, and wore Serge Lutens Daim Blond. It went perfectly with my lace fishtail dress and vintage diamonte necklace and tiara. Les Senteurs rushed it to me in double quick time, and it was part of a fab evening with my bridesmaids the night before. My husband loves it.

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    My wife wore C&S's Neroli--classic orange blossom for a bride (even though her sig scent is Samsara). I wore Dunhill's EDITION.

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    I wore Oscar de la Renta and my husband wore the original Burberry for Men, shows you how far back we go.

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    For my wedding on an 80+ degree day in June 1995 I wore Roma by Laura Biagiotti. The dress was cream lace over a fitted bodice, it had long lace sleeves pointed below the wrist, and a full ballerina skirt ending mid calf. The weather was perfect, the day was perfect and the fragrance was divine! I still have the perfume bottle as a keepsake.

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    Perhaps I can ask for some advice.

    I am getting married in early April. That is mid autumn in Australia, but in sub-tropical Sydney it can still be quite warm.

    My signature scent is Champagne / Yvresse, and has been for nearly ten years. My finace has said on more than one occasion that it is something he always identifies as 'me'. I do rotate other perfumes through as my SotD occasionally - mostly Chloe Narcisse, Chloe, Lou Lou, Anais Anais, Red Door, Tressor - but he has said that he doesn't like some of these much (well, he doesn't like the Chloes much).

    My dilemma is this: do I wear the scent I love and that he associates with me at my wedding? Or do I try to find a new 'wow' scent for the big day for something different on a special occasion, one that will leave an impression away from the 'every day'?
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    I wore Champs Elysee. My college roomate at the time insisted that I go to the perfume counter to pick out a wedding present. The Guerlain counter kept my attention. I knew nothing at the time about the quailty of their ingredients, but I knew that it made me feel special....pure. Now I know that it contains mimosa, the flower that blooms all over the South from where my love is from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by divaflip View Post
    Perhaps I can ask for some advice.

    I am getting married in early April. That is mid autumn in Australia, but in sub-tropical Sydney it can still be quite warm.

    My signature scent is Champagne / Yvresse, and has been for nearly ten years. My finace has said on more than one occasion that it is something he always identifies as 'me'. I do rotate other perfumes through as my SotD occasionally - mostly Chloe Narcisse, Chloe, Lou Lou, Anais Anais, Red Door, Tressor - but he has said that he doesn't like some of these much (well, he doesn't like the Chloes much).

    My dilemma is this: do I wear the scent I love and that he associates with me at my wedding? Or do I try to find a new 'wow' scent for the big day for something different on a special occasion, one that will leave an impression away from the 'every day'?
    Interesting dilemma. I wore what was at the time my "usual dressy scent". DH had a sneezing issue with some scents from that era so it did not seem like a good time to spring smething new on him.

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    I wore Panthere de Cartier. Had a very femme dress and the perfume suited it and me. Not so sure if it suited the weather, though. It was a very hot and super humid night.

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    I wore Chanel No. 5. It was an evening wedding, so it worked. My husband is in love with Chanel No. 5, so I'm sure he would have noticed if he'd smelled anything else on me that day.

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    I was married in the evening on December 24th, 2005, and my perfume of choice was Chanel No. 5.
    The scent was a perfect match for my gown, which was matte ivory satin, with English netting overlay with fantastic black flower appliqués from the bodice down - an opulent scent for an equally opulent dress.

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    I'm only 20 so no marriage in sight for the near-future whatsoever!! Even so, I think I would like to wear something new, interesting and special for the occasion.

    My mum was married for the second time early 2007 and she wore CK Euphoria which is her favourite perfume. I don't really like Euphoria, and tried to encourage her to buy something new and fancy for the wedding, but she'd have none of it! My mother really likes to stick to her signature scent. As a bridesmaid I wore my Guess for Women which I thought was a good match for Euphoria, and a nice, subtle scent.

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    I was married recently and wore L'Artisan's Fleur d'Oranger 2005. I wanted something that felt happy, optimistic, and special, so that one was perfect.

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    Hmmmmmm.... well, I guess I go pretty far back as well. I also wore Oscar (parfum) on my wedding day, My H's all-time favorite. I received a bottl. every year on our anniversary for years! I guess he was afraid I'd run out of it or something.
    We split a few years ago, (have remained great friends though), and if I were to ever do it again, my fragrance choice would be very difficult. There are so many scents that I love now, it would be like that "if you were stranded on a desert island" question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by divaflip View Post
    Perhaps I can ask for some advice.

    I am getting married in early April. That is mid autumn in Australia, but in sub-tropical Sydney it can still be quite warm.

    My signature scent is Champagne / Yvresse, and has been for nearly ten years. My finace has said on more than one occasion that it is something he always identifies as 'me'. I do rotate other perfumes through as my SotD occasionally - mostly Chloe Narcisse, Chloe, Lou Lou, Anais Anais, Red Door, Tressor - but he has said that he doesn't like some of these much (well, he doesn't like the Chloes much).

    My dilemma is this: do I wear the scent I love and that he associates with me at my wedding? Or do I try to find a new 'wow' scent for the big day for something different on a special occasion, one that will leave an impression away from the 'every day'?
    My advice is twofold.
    First, ask your husband-to-be. If he desperately wants to remember you on your wedding day through Yvresse, the perfume he associates with you, then perhaps that's your answer. If your tastes change in years to come, you'll be able to wear Yvresse as your 'romantic' perfume or for special occasions.

    If he doesn't mind or is prepared to consider others, perhaps try a couple of the 'classic' wedding fragrances - is it Creed's Fleurissimo that they created for Grace Kelly to wear on her wedding day? I'm guessing it is and that's the one Divatologist gave her friend - that's an inspired choice. As is anything with orange blossom/Neroli, since it's associated with brides and weddings. If you want a powerful Neroli try the 'old' L'Occitaine as it's unlike anything else - rich and lasting.

    You could look at the notes and research the 'language of flowers' and see what comes up - for example, British brides traditionally carry a sprig of Myrtle in their bouquet (I'm not sure what this is supposed to represent) and L'Occitaine does a new edp of Myrtle (no, I don't work for them!).

    Or you could think of the name of the perfume and what it means to you. I'd probably use a wedding as an excuse to soak myself in Guerlain's Attrape-Coeur (not that I need any excuse - my only problem is to keep from nibbling myself when I wear it). Donna Karan has Gold, if that means wedding rings to you. There are some beautiful red rose perfumes - is it Jo Malone that springs to mind for that one? I'm sure you see where I'm going with this.

    If your husband is game for some sniffathons, take him with you to try the frags that attract you and see what he thinks. You may both stumble on something you adore or you may find that you want to stay with Yvrese.

    Equally importantly, what's HE wearing for the big day?
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    Make it Fleurissimo (classic but simple), Victorian Posy or Lauren (romantic and old fashioned), Je Reviens (understated and a tad shy), Fidgi (daring and a bit sexual), Gaultier2 or Chergui (warm and cozy), Gris Clair (aloof and formal), or Ysatis (glamorous and bold).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbird View Post
    My advice is twofold.
    First, ask your husband-to-be. If he desperately wants to remember you on your wedding day through Yvresse, the perfume he associates with you, then perhaps that's your answer. If your tastes change in years to come, you'll be able to wear Yvresse as your 'romantic' perfume or for special occasions.

    If he doesn't mind or is prepared to consider others, perhaps try a couple of the 'classic' wedding fragrances - is it Creed's Fleurissimo that they created for Grace Kelly to wear on her wedding day? I'm guessing it is and that's the one Divatologist gave her friend - that's an inspired choice. As is anything with orange blossom/Neroli, since it's associated with brides and weddings. If you want a powerful Neroli try the 'old' L'Occitaine as it's unlike anything else - rich and lasting.

    You could look at the notes and research the 'language of flowers' and see what comes up - for example, British brides traditionally carry a sprig of Myrtle in their bouquet (I'm not sure what this is supposed to represent) and L'Occitaine does a new edp of Myrtle (no, I don't work for them!).

    Or you could think of the name of the perfume and what it means to you. I'd probably use a wedding as an excuse to soak myself in Guerlain's Attrape-Coeur (not that I need any excuse - my only problem is to keep from nibbling myself when I wear it). Donna Karan has Gold, if that means wedding rings to you. There are some beautiful red rose perfumes - is it Jo Malone that springs to mind for that one? I'm sure you see where I'm going with this.

    If your husband is game for some sniffathons, take him with you to try the frags that attract you and see what he thinks. You may both stumble on something you adore or you may find that you want to stay with Yvrese.

    Equally importantly, what's HE wearing for the big day?
    not having a traditional wedding, I'm going bollywood and he will be a pirate. neither of us is wearing white, although my hand beaded silver and pale pink crystal chiffon over silver silk skirt and top are much ligher than my usual colour palette (and I'm changing into fuschia silk sari for the reception). and I already have a nose ring so I'll probably wear some trad indian bridal jewelry with chains linking nosering to earring and then wrapped around here (in silver of course). I never wear yellow gold and my wedding ring will be either white gold or platinum. So the traditional 'wedding' scents don't interest me much.

    my partner is asthmatic so I have to be careful what I wear around him, some of the scents i have tried lately have really set him off. I also got him about half a dozen 1 ml vials before christmas to find something he likes, as he doesn't wear much, and we ended up with Cool Water which really suits him. Not really exotic but nice. I got a set with showergel and aftershave lotion so he can layer for longer effect. He also really loves Eau Savage but it has allegedly been discontinued in Australia and so far we can't find it anywhere. So my guess is that unless he can find some Eau Savage he will probably wear the Cool Water ( I also really liked A*men on him but he couldn't stand it) . For someone who almost never wears scent it is a big step.

    and sniffathons are out for the same allergy reasons. I generally try one or two I like on my skin and see what he thinks an hour later.

    Yesterday I tried Amirage (disappeared off my skin in about an hour), Ange ou Demon (couldn't smell it at all after about 15 mins), Samsara (stayed around and is growing on me), and L'Heure Bleue (didn't like the start, and it turned into the usual Guerlain powdery mess on me - it is an unfortunate effect many of them have). I love Je Reviens but the EdT is the only thing available here, and fades so quickly. And I have LouLou in EDP which lasts for about a week - I love it but currently it is the wrong time of year to try it I think. The heat just makes it overpowering.

    edited to add:
    can't wear some of the big hitters, Chanel 5, L'air du Temps, Joy etc, there is something in them that makes me nauseus. And I don't like patchouli much so anything with a lot of that (Angel!!) gives me a migraine
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