By Eva Whalen


Weddings are as varied as a formal indoor ceremony with pomp and circumstance, and a trip to the beach with champagne glasses in tow, so your bridal fragrance should match your setting. These are light, fun, exciting scents that impart energy and optimism, appropriate for brides who want a flexible, more casual affair, yet still want to retain elegance and substance.

Island Girl Bride: Tommy Bahama Style. The warm sun, the ocean breeze, the effortless elegance imparted by wind-tousled hair and the perfect outfit. This is the ideal setting for the new Tommy Bahama fragrance, debuting this month. This modern floral has an added burst of citrus at the top and a sensual dry-down. The luscious top notes are cactus flower, clementine, and bergamot, followed by a heart of Hawaiian tuberose, succulent frangipani, and honeysuckle. The balance is exotic wood, sheer musk and nectarine. ($75, available at, Nordstrom stores and at

Pure Vintage Gardenia: you can always rely on the quality of a Jo Malone of London fragrance. Spring debuts her Vintage Gardenia collection, ideal for a bride (especially one in a stunning vintage dress or vintage jewels). This new fragrance was inspired by Jo Malone’s love for gardenia and tuberose. She combined these aromatic white flowers with wild fig, cassis, and mystical spices from North Africa, such as cardamom, incense, and myrrh. The result is a uniquely beautiful fragrance, perfect for any wedding setting, just as gardenias are welcome everywhere. ($80, available at Neiman Marcus and at

LIZ: the Beauty of Being the Bride. Liz Claiborne’s new fragrance, LIZ, is a floral green fragrance perfect for garden and country settings. The top notes are feminine and refreshing: mandarin, crisp pear, melon, and yellow mimosa. The heart is an exhilarating blend of wild purple hyacinth, honeysuckle, magnolia, and pink peony, and these are all balanced with grounding peppercorns, heliotrope, amber, sandalwood, and vanilla for added spice. The fragrance is an amethyst color, and is presented in a tall, modern, platinum-capped bottle. ($55, available at fine department stores).

Carolina Herrera’s CAROLINA evokes the lighthearted excitement of a wedding day with this sweet and peppery new and limited fragrance. Top notes of bitter orange, cardamon, and wild strawberry intermingle with softer rose, wild berries and pepper heart notes, grounded in base notes of cashmere wood, sweet vanilla, amber, and musk. The vintage perfume bottle is gorgeous and would make a perfect bridesmaid gift. Available only for summer of 2005. ($69 at fine department stores).

Creed for women is a refreshing blast of spring flowers, as well as peach, melon, apple, musk and ambergris in a hot pink, flirty bottle tied with a darling little ribbon. Perfect for a country setting reception or for a lively trumpeting of flowers at a city setting. This blend was made for the elegant Audrey Hepburn. Make it yours! ($150 at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Barney’s)

Sporting around before the wedding, tying up loose ends or in an all-out panic? The perfect purse fragrance for a day of dashing about town and getting things done without frazzle is an Adidas mini. A light, refreshing mix of ginger ale, cyclamen, cedarwood, rose geranium, and sheer woods gives a bride-to-be a flash of energy and a sense of boundless optimism, just like your engagement ring. ($25 at and

Originally published May 2005



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