I'm Going to 3 Weddings This Summer—I'm Wearing This Perfume to Every Single One

Wedding season is in full swing, and if you're anything like me, then you probably have quite a few ceremonies to attend this summer. Three of my best friends are getting married this year, and between booking flights, hotels, hen parties and more, I've not had a lot of time to think about what I'm wearing.

Although I might have left my dress choice to the last minute, one thing I do have planned is my wedding guest perfume. As a fragrance-obsessed beauty editor, I always like to plan my perfumes in advance, and to me there's something so special about the fragrance you choose to wear to watch your loved ones tie the knot.

@lucywilliams02 wearing a summery dress at a hotel in Italy

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You see, each and every one of my perfumes holds sentimental value. My collection is full of scents that have seen me through some of the biggest occasions in my life, and every time I spritz them I am taken back to a specific time and place where I wore the fragrance for the very first time. So, this summer, I want to make sure I wear a scent that will work for all of the weddings I will be attending, so that every time I spritz it I am reminded of those special days.

I know that choosing a perfume for a big event can be tricky, so I thought I would reach out to a fragrance expert to get their thoughts on what notes to go for when attending a summer wedding. Below, you'll find lots of fragrance recommendations that will be sure to earn you compliments throughout the day, including the one I plan on wearing myself...

@emmanuellek_ wearing a summer dress in Bali

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What Perfume Notes Are Best to Wear to a Wedding?

Susan Wai Hnin, COO and global director for luxury fragrance brand, Gabar, says that when choosing a wedding guest perfume, it all depends on the time of year and wedding location. "Light, floral and fruity notes might suit spring and summertime outdoor weddings more than heavier oud and wood notes," she explains. "White floral notes such as lily of the valley, tuberose, jasmine and ylang ylang are especially well suited for weddings as they tend to be a bit more understated."

Now that summer is in full swing, Hnin recommends looking out for floral notes alongside citrusy and aquatic notes such as sea salt, lotus flower and cedarwood. "Tropical notes such as coconut, pineapple and guava would also work well for summer beach weddings."

The Best Wedding Guest Perfumes to Try This Summer

  1. Best all-rounder: Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche
  2. Best aquatic scent: Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt
  3. Best for abroad weddings: Diptyque Do Son
  4. Best unique scent: Gabar No.III Swim
  5. Best scent for day and night: D. S. & Durga Debaser
  6. Best fresh scent: Prada Les Infusions de Prada Fleur D’Oranger
  7. Best scent to pop in your handbag: Chanel N°5 L'eau
  8. Best luxury scent: Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca
  9. Best sweet scent: Penhaligon's Solaris

1. Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche

2. Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt

3. Diptyque Do Son

4. Gabar No.III Swim

5. D. S. & Durga Debaser

6. Prada Les Infusions de Prada Fleur D’Oranger

7. Chanel N°5 L'eau

8. Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca

9. Penhaligon's Solaris

Grace Lindsay
Junior Beauty Editor

Grace Lindsay is the junior beauty editor at Who What Wear UK. At the age of 18 she decided to train as a makeup artist before going on to study english and media at Goldsmiths University. It was during that time that she explored her love for journalism by interning at a small beauty start-up based in Shoreditch. Since then, she has worked at a number of publications including Marie Claire and Hello!, where her love for all things beauty continued to grow.

As Who What Wear UK's junior beauty editor, she covers everything from the latest hair trends to the stand-out makeup products of the season.