A very dear friend’s daughter is getting married this Saturday in New Orleans, and all she wanted was for me to help her find her Wedding Perfume.
One bottle of champagne and several cupcakes later, she picked not one Wedding Perfume but five best perfumes. Megan is 27, and I knew her tastes ran more to the gourmands, she wears Angel most of the time, and she doesnt’ like “old lady” perfumes – don’t hit me, this is just young people shorthand – that contain a lot of violet and iris or are powdery. I kept all my vintage stuff tucked away and focused, obviously, on the modern perfumes, once given that information.
She smelled probably 60 perfumes, narrowing as we went to best perfumes she liked, which helped me keep refining what I brought out for her. This was so fun for me, and it took like 3-4 hours. Every comment about what she smelled gave me more information on what else to bring out.
What Wedding Perfume did she pick?
Her wedding day perfume – Tan Giudicelli Annam. No danger here of having any other bride or person in New Orleans smell like you since this has been discontinued for a few years and about as rare as perfumes get. Rice, milk, comfort, it’s distinct and lasts forever It fits her like a glove.
Perfumes for the other days around her wedding – not sure what she will wear when, but this Catholic New Orleans wedding, complete with brass band second line, carriages and St. Louis Cathedral goes on for 3-4 days, so she needs plenty – are:
Le Labo Musc 25 – she hates musk, but loved that this had all the elements of musk that she did like, but didn’t have that oily, sticky feeling to it.
Van Cleef & Arpels Gardenia Petale – completely perfect for a southern Wedding Perfume, big white flowers in a modern setting.
Byredo La Tulipe – of course! This was like the second or third perfume I brought out for her, and she hugged this one and the Annam close by through all the hours of sniffing, and I knew they were going to make the end cut for Wedding Perfume. Annam barely edged out the Tulipe, but she just wanted something a little more distinctive to remember her wedding by, which the Annam has.
Linari Angelo Di Fiume – Linaris never took off, and I don’t know why, maybe not wide enough distribution? this is gourmandy and sweet, but has a nice sophistication to it.
Best Perfumes for a Wedding, what are your picks? Or what was your Wedding Perfume?