Including flower scents in your wedding fragrance

While colour and shape might be the first things you look for in wedding flowers, don’t forget about their scent. The sense of smell is a very powerful one and the scent of your wedding flowers will always remind you of your wedding day. Look for flowers that have a subtle scent that will add to the atmosphere of your day without totally overpowering your guests. Here are some ideas on wedding flower scents:

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Citrus scented wedding flowers

Mimosa, waxflower, and eucharis all come with a soft citrus scent. Citrus scents are known as a pick me up and therefore selecting flowers with these fragrances can provide your wedding with more energy. Just be careful with orange blossom; its scent is wonderful but additionally it is a sedative and unless you wish for your guests nodding off at the table it is wise to avoid it in large quantities.

Spicy scented wedding flowers

Picking hypericum, sweet clove, genista, or matthiola will really provide your flower arrangements with some spice. Spicy or peppery scents are perfect for an autumn wedding, especially if you are having an evening event.

Exotically scented wedding flowers

Strongly scented flowers include gardenia, stephanotis, tuberose, and various kinds of oriental lily. Talk to your florist about how to utilise heavily scented flowers to make an impact without the smell being too powerful. Exotically fragranced flowers are typically best used in an open space, or in very tiny quantities.

Sweet scented wedding flowers

If you wish to find sweet scented blooms try carnations, bouvardia, lilac, lily of the valley, hyacinths, roses, or sweet peas. Sweet floral notes copy the effect of being in a blooming garden even if you are indeed in the ballroom of a hotel. Light, sweet scents are picked by most brides, especially if you are planning a spring or summer wedding.

Herbal scented wedding flowers

Dill, marjoram, rosemary, and grape hyacinth are all great way to add flavour to your blooms. Herbs might seem more fitting for the wedding breakfast than the bouquet, but including herbal elements to your flower displays can provide interesting depth to your flower scents.

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Using unscented flowers

If you’re not keen on powerful floral scents but still wish to have the traditional arrangements, there are some blooms such as chrysanthemums, which have very subtle scents. Nonetheless, a more flexible choice would be to buy silk flowers. These can now be created in very realistic look and they have a number of benefits:

  • They last forever so you can hold onto your bouquet as a memento and hand out your table centres to your bridal party as thank you presents.
  • Silk flowers are lighter than fresh blooms, and they won’t wither if you are planning an outdoor wedding in the summer heat.
  • They can be an affordable choice if the types of flowers you have on your mind are out of season (although they can be pricier if you are picking mid priced seasonal blooms)
  • If you want silk blooms but don’t want to avoid the floral scent altogether, silk displays can be delicately scented to imitate the fragrance of real blooms.
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