7 Best Colognes For Spring And Summer Weddings
All Guaranteed To Get Compliments
So, now that you’ve got the wedding suit or tux and all the accessories figured out, there’s one last thing to consider: the fragrance. Choosing the right fragrance might seem like a small detail, but it’s an essential part of making sure your day goes perfectly. In fact, we consider fragrance to be the final detail of any outfit.
Now, if you already have a particular fragrance you like to wear — and that your future spouse likes — that’s great. But if you want something that complements spring or summer wedding attire, here are seven fantastic fragrances for you.
Warm Season Vs. Cold Season Wedding Fragrances
Before getting into the specific fragrances, it’s important to know what makes summer and spring fragrances different from fall or winter ones.
For one thing, they’re light, meaning they won’t be overwhelming or unbearable in the heat. For another, they’re crisp, which complements the season and results in an overall masculine scent.
Both of these factors matter a good deal when you’re preparing for the big day. Of course, there are always exceptions. For instance, if you do have a preferred scent that evokes something meaningful to you, go with that.
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From the classic Dior Eau Sauvage to the refreshing Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford, there’s a fragrance for every personality and wedding setting.
Wedding Fragrance 1: Dior Eau Sauvage
Simple, classic, and incredibly iconic citrus fragrance guaranteed to get tons of compliments.
The first spring or summer wedding fragrance is Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior. This is not to be confused with Sauvage, which is a newer fragrance.
When it comes to men’s fragrances, Eau Sauvage is an absolute classic and totally iconic. Its notes include:
Top notes: Lemon, bergamot, basil, and lavender.
Heart notes: Jasmine, rose, carnation, patchouli, and sandalwood.
Base notes: Oakmoss, vetiver, musk, and amber.
Overall, the Dior Eau Sauvage has a very fresh, citrusy scent. It also lasts a long time — anywhere from five to eight hours on average — which is not typical of a citrus fragrance.
If you’re looking for something refreshing, simple, and classic that’s sure to get tons of compliments, Eau Sauvage is a great choice.
Wedding Fragrance 2: Floris No. 89
A favorite of Winston Churchill and Ian Fleming, it's known as a quintessential English gentleman's fragrance.
Next up on the list is Floris No. 89. Now, this is classified as a woody, citrus fragrance. Notes include:
Top notes: Bergamot, lavender, neroli, nutmeg, orange, and petitgrain
Heart notes: Geranium, rose, and ylang-ylang
Base notes: Cedarwood, musk, oakmoss, sandalwood, and vetiver
Floris No. 89 is considered a quintessential English gentleman’s fragrance. To that point, it was said to be a favorite of both Winston Churchill and Ian Fleming (the author of the James Bond novels).
It definitely has a classic gentleman kind of scent. The lavender gives it an almost barbershop-like quality because of how sharp it is. Still, it’s a very fresh and masculine scent that lasts a solid four to six hours. And, since you don’t typically see it in U.S. stores, it’s also a bit unique.
Wedding Fragrance 3: Guerlain Vetiver
An evocation of the world's first morning is enriched with a woody accord and the refined elegance of spices and tobacco to give rise to a rare and sophisticated fragrance.
The third fragrance is Guerlain Vetiver, which is considered one of the most all-time classic men’s scents out there.
Vetiver is a type of grass native to India. Anything with vetiver in it tends to have a crisp, natural scent that smells, well, grassy. Guerlain Vetiver is simple and has a distinctive scent with the following notes:
Top notes: Bergamot, lemon, neroli, and coriander
Heart notes: Vetiver and cedar
Base notes: Tobacco, nutmeg, pepper, and tonka bean
Although you do get that underlying grassy essence with the Guerlain Vetiver, it’s not as front and center as it is with many other vetiver fragrances. You do still get the freshness you might expect. But you also get a sharp scent combined with a woodsiness that makes this one more recognizably masculine than many other vetiver fragrances. It’ll last quite a while, too — anywhere from six to eight hours.
Wedding Fragrance 4: Tom Ford Oud Fleur
Sadly, this has been discontinued by the brand, however, it can still be had on the secondary market. This one is so good, it's worth the hunt.
An offering by the luxury brand, Tom Ford, Oud Fleur is the fourth fragrance for spring and summer weddings. This one is particularly unique and distinctive, especially when compared to the other six fragrances on this list.
It has too many notes to list here, but there are three that really stand out:
Rose — Although rose is traditionally associated with feminine perfumes, it’s surprisingly masculine in this fragrance.
Oud — This gives off an overall heady scent.
Incense — This is heady, spicy, and masculine.
Tom Ford’s Oud Fleur has an impressive projection. It lasts a solid six to eight hours. It’s also classy, elegant, unique, and very sexy.
Wedding Fragrance 5: Roja Parfums Elysium
Light, bright, and masculine, Elysium consistently garners an exceptional number of complements.
The fifth fragrance for warm-season weddings is Elysium by Roja Parfums. This is considered an aromatic fougère — essentially, it’s fresh, light, bright, and masculine. It has the following notes:
Top notes: grapefruit, lemon, bergamot, lime, and thyme
Heart notes: Vetiver, juniper, apple, cedar, pink pepper, and jasmine
Base notes: Ambergris, vanilla, leather, and benzoin
Elysium is highly refreshing, but it also has a little zing to it. The notes that come through the most are the sharper and more herbaceous notes of grapefruit and juniper.
But what really distinguishes this fragrance from the rest is that it lasts a long time on the skin thanks to the ambergris. Yet, it’s still light and fresh, so it won’t overwhelm you, your spouse, or your guests.
Wedding Fragrance 6: Arquiste Él
Inspired by the Latin glamour of Acapulco in its disco heyday. An 'after hours' fougère based on the jet-set discos. The heady impression of a classic cologne after a night of revelry.
Next up is Él by Arquiste. This is classified as an amber fougère, which means it’s fresh and herbaceous but also has a very deep, rich, and masculine scent. The standout notes include:
Top notes: Laurel leaves, clary sage, rosemary, geranium
Heart notes: Cardamom, cinnamon, orange flower water, and black buckwheat honey
Base notes: Patchouli, oakmoss, vetiver, and a Fougere accord
Of all seven fragrances in this list, Él is by far the sexiest. However, because this is a deeper and richer scent than the others, it can become overwhelming in the heat. That’s why it’s best for evening events or slightly cooler spring or summer days.
Wedding Fragrance 7: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
Neroli Portofino conjures cool breezes, sparkling water and rich foliage through crisp citrus oils, floral notes and amber undertones. Splashy, yet substantive.
And finally is Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford. This is classified as a citrusy aromatic. The notes include:
Top notes: Bergamot, mandarin orange, lemon, bitter orange, lavender, and rosemary
Heart notes: African orange flower, neroli, and jasmine
Base notes: Amber, angelica, and ambrette
This fragrance is very light and citrusy, but it’s the neroli that comes through the most. Neroli is an oil derived from the orange flower blossom. Because of this, you do get a touch of the floral, which helps the citrus notes blend together for a smooth scent.
Neroli Portofino is extremely long-lasting — you can easily get eight hours out of this. At the same time, it’s still very light and refreshing. Although you can wear it at any spring or summer wedding, it’s perfect for beach or seaside events.
When it comes down to it, you should choose the fragrance that best suits you — after all, it’s your (and your spouse’s) day. But if you’re not sure where to start, check out some of these fragrances. They’re all specifically made for spring and summer events, so it’s hard to go wrong with any of them. They’re also unique, niche scents that don’t smell like anything you’d find at most stores.
Of course, it’s hard to know which scent you prefer until you try out a few. If you’re interested in experimenting a little but don’t want to fully commit yet, you can go online and order samples of the ones that catch your eye.