The Perfect Wedding-Day Scent For Every Type Of Bride

Megan Decker

Choosing the right perfume is one of the more intimate details of planning a wedding. Sure, it can't be captured in an Instagram Story the way your first dance or the lace accents on your dress will be, but it's the soft touch of musk that will linger on your guests after they hug you congratulations, or the fresh floral that will bring you right back to the exact moment you said 'I do' every time you spritz it.

That's a lot of pressure for one fragrance — and not a decision to be taken lightly. So, if there's room left in the bridal budget, we recommend shopping one of the best-selling bottles ahead. There, you'll find your foolproof guide to that perfect forever scent to wear as you walk down the aisle — whether that's in a stone cathedral, your parents' backyard, or just good old City Hall.

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Serge Lutens Politesse L'Eau Froide Eau de Parfum

For the bride shipping her flowers in from overseas...

As fancy as your Princess gown, this perfume is the cleanest musk your nose has ever smelled. Imagine the wearer of a fresh-pressed white linen shirt: worldly, well-mannered, and probably rich.



Serge Lutens Politesse L'Eau Froide Eau de Parfum, $160, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Narciso Rodriguez Pure Musc Eau de Parfum

For the bride who secretly wanted to elope...

It's not to say that this scent is invisible, because it's there, but the top note of orange blossom is so delightfully faint that dries down to an almost undetectable, close-to-the-skin crispness — tailor-made for your 20-minute ceremony.



Narciso Rodriguez Pure Musc Eau de Parfum, $98, available at Sephora

Jo Malone London Orange Blossom Cologne

For the bride with a signature drink at the reception...

Fresh, juicy clementine, waterlily, and balsamic vetiver can be worn on your wrists and ad-libbed into a fruity cocktail by the skilled bartender you hired for the reception.



Jo Malone London Limited Edition Orange Blossom Cologne, $140, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Tiffany & Co. Tiffany Sheer Eau de Toilette

For the bride holding strong to tradition...

Nothing says "marry me" like that Tiffany blue box, and this is the iris- and rose-scented interpretation of the glimmering rock inside: classic, structured, and crystalline pure. Your grandmother will definitely approve.



Tiffany & Co. Tiffany Sheer Eau de Toilette 1.6 oz., $90, available at Bloomingdale's

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum Intense

For the bride who choreographed her first dance...

You're the self-proclaimed Bridezilla and YSL Black Opium is your signature scent, so the extra-loud Intense variety — topped with commanding blue absinthe — is your wedding-day upgrade.



Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum Intense, $72, available at Sephora

Giorgio Armani Beauty Sì Eau de Parfum

For the #sponsored bride...

Yes, this is the photogenic perfume bottle you've seen all over Instagram. If you're lucky, you've already inked a deal to get paid for posting about it on your wedding day — and you'll be more than happy to, because you'd spritz the soft blend of blackcurrant nectar and airy floral all over your neck for free.



Giorgio Armani Beauty Sì Eau de Parfum, $72, available at Sephora

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