You have the beautiful visuals of your wedding dress and the stunning decor elements that will adorn the ceremony and reception. You will have chosen the ceremonial music to walk down the aisle to and on your recession following the nuptials. You have the exchange of rings, that physical interaction along with the first kiss as a married couple and you will look forward to those custom-drinks, hors d’oeuvres and your carefully crafted menu at the reception.
So all of the senses are going to be alive on the day of your wedding, but what about the sense of smell? It is an element of planning a wedding that can get a little bit overlooked, but there are great ways to add an extra layer of sensory pleasure to your occasions, by adding a little scent to your event.
Naturally one of the main sources of perfumes are going to be from the flowers. But they alone are not going to add an overall level of alluring smell to your day. But there are ways to incorporate more scents into your wedding planning and a new trend around is planning and creating your own scent. There are companies around which will customize a scent for you and not only can you get these packaged up in sample size bottles to perhaps give away as favors, but you can use it to scent up your scene.
You have probably heard of the benefits of aromatherapy and the power that smells have. Different scents have different properties, from calming to raising passion and everything in between.
Smells play an important role in our lives and when you take in an odor for the first time, normally you will lock that into the experience of what you are doing at the time of experiencing it. So then by the power of subconscious association, that smell then can bring back memories and emotions that get stored away.
This is something that doesn’t go away so if you gift your scent creation at your wedding, guests will smell it and every time they do in the future, they will be reminded of your special day. Naturally though you aren’t going to go around spraying everyone with perfume that walks through the door of your reception, but you can scent your venue in subtle ways through things such as infusers, potpourri and candles that match or complement your scent.
You can scent up the dry petals that will be used as confetti to shower you just by soaking them in your perfume and letting them dry out (save some for the bedroom later too!). You can take this a step further as well by getting your scent out there before the actual wedding day, because you could also spray a little on the wedding invitations that you send out in the mail. That is something that would make a huge impact on the receiver and you will start that power of association.
The only time to dial back the scent would be during the meal time at the reception, as that is when it is supposed to be about the food and the wonderful aromas that it delivers. Just limit the scented candles on the dining tables, but ramp them up in an entrance area or in a bathroom. Having a signature scent at your wedding can make a lasting impression for not only the couple, but for everyone who attends. Just remember not to overdo it, because you can have too much of a good thing.