As we mentioned in our recent Which Fragrance To Pick For Brides, picking the scent to wear to your wedding should be a joyous moment, filled with happiness and fun. If you’ve not had much experience picking fragrances, then do check our helpful feature, which should set you on the right road.
Grooms need to smell deliciously good on the big day, and of course once you’ve created wonderful scent memories around saying ‘I do’, you’ll be forever reminded of the event through the fragrance. Many brides and grooms find themselves wearing their wedding fragrances as their ‘signature’ scent following their wedding day, so let us help you pick a good one.
There are actually a few good Penhaligon’s fragrances we could have chosen, but we’ve selected Agarbathi, from the Trade Routes collection for its quiet style and elegance. It also has a nice connection to weddings, through the use of subtle jasmine flower, which often features in the floral garlands that adorn guests at Indian weddings, and incense, a regular temple-and-church scent.
On first spritz, this is a transparent cloud of smoky incense, brightened with a berry-peppery note for added cheer. As it warms – and remember, with wedding scent, it’s all about how it reads an hour or two after spraying when you are saying vows and embracing guests – it glows with a warm, resinous accord. You will love the grounding manfulness of the woody notes, which are softened beautifully by a creamy, skin-nuzzling milky tone. Extremely stylish.
ManRose by Etro
We have long been believers in men wearing rose fragrance, why wouldn’t you? Rose smells fabulous on boys and girls alike. This reassuringly named ManRose from Etro is perfect for any chap feeling a little nervous of entering this floral field, yet wanting a romantic edge to his scented pick.
It opens with a lively citrus burst, tinged with mint and rose geranium and feels interesting rather than predictable. It warms into a rich, yet not overpowering rosy note, softened by a slight powdering of Turkish Delight sweetness and emboldened by a base of leathery warmth. Glorious, original and very attractive.
Grenson shoes and Haeckels Made In Margate are two very cool brands. Indeed, it is possible some grooms may even be wearing Grenson shoes on their big day, so this scent collaboration may appeal to the design-aware. Haeckels takes scented inspiration for its own fragrance collection from the local geography of a place, and Elizabeth Street is similarly inspired by Grenson’s New York shoe store.
Specifically, it reflects the daily displays from the florists, the aroma of coffee from the many cafes and even the hint of lime and basil emanating from the Mexican restaurant at the end of the street. As it dries down, there’s a reassuring hug of soft suede-notes, which reflects the rich, leathery scent of the beautiful shoes. It is lively, urban and intrinsically stylish.