Your big day has arrived, you know what you’re going to wear, you know how your hair and make-up will look, you know the music that will accompany you and your loved one into your wedding breakfast room but have you given a thought to how you would like your room to smell?
Scenting your wedding venue is a fabulous way to make it personal to you and it is becoming very popular, even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose to have a signature scent at their wedding. Experiences that engage with our senses become lasting memories. We all have those special aromas that transport us back to special moments in our lives. For me the scent of ylang-ylang will forever whisk me back to Matangi, a private island in Fiji where I spent my honeymoon.
So how can you create your own scented room? Nature can provide incredible heady scents, choosing floral installations with vines of jasmine, David Austin roses or eucalyptus, or table arrangements with lily of the valley and lavender. Alternatively, with the extensive range of scented candles available, the easiest way to scent your room would be to find a candle in your chosen fragrance. Keep in mind the style of your wedding, your venue and the time of year you are getting married. For an autumn/winter barn style weddings choose musky tones such as spiced berries and woody scents. For a spring country wedding a lighter scent such as sweet pea and freesia and when the balmy days of summer arrive you can choose bold fragrances like tuberose and gardenia. Not only will your scented candles smell beautiful but candle light always adds a little magic to the ambiance of your room. If your venue has restrictions on candle flames then opt for reed diffusers.
Finally, you can always choose to fragrance your table linens with room sprays for a more instant result. And if you want to be really decadent you can have a member of your serving staff to pass by your guests table with a bottle of your favourite perfume and give a little spray, this may seem a little over the top but I have been at a wedding venue where this happened, so not such a crazy idea.