This week (Tuesday), my wonderful DH and I will celebrate 25 years of marriage. So please bear with me, as I’m in full nostalgia mode, pulling out wedding albums, and looking through old announcements, mementoes and photos, etc. And, of course, I’m pondering my choice of scent. What does one wear for a silver wedding anniversary celebration?
Unfortunately, my beloved has to work that day, so we’ll probably go to a nice lunch together on the day itself and splurge on a fancier dinner out some other time.
And we’ve talked about doing something special, like a trip, but that will have to wait awhile until we get our (budgetary) ducks in a row. His company has just had layoffs and he made it through, thank heavens, but that does tend to make you a bit shy of spending much money. Anyway, who says you have to do all your celebrating on the actual day itself, right?
For our anniversary lunch, I’m thinking Le Labo Tubereuse 40, or something equally joyful and uplifting. For our dinner celebration, it will depend on the temperature. If it’s still somewhat warm, perhaps I’ll pull out the blockbuster Carnal Flower. For a chillier evening, I’m eyeing something warmer, yet classy, such as Roja Dove Unspoken, Clive Christian C for Women, Chanel Coromandel or Hermes 24 Faubourg.
I wish I could remember what scent I wore for my wedding, but that day, at least early on, was a bit of a blur as I rushed around trying to get ready. And although I dearly loved fragrance then, I wasn’t anywhere near the perfume hound that I am now. I might have worn Diorissimo as I’ve always loved that scent, but more likely it was Chanel’s Cristalle. Or likelier still, Estee Lauder’s Private Collection. Its green sophistication always made me feel special, and as a nice plus, I recall it having a lovely body products line, including soap, dusting powder, body lotion and cream (I think).
I do, however, remember wearing a luscious blue-red Christian Dior lipstick, carrying a bouquet of calla lilies and coral roses (several of which kept falling out — arrgh!), and wearing my bridal gown, made from a Christian Dior Vogue pattern that I bought in high school.
Funny thing that. Nearly all the wedding dresses available back then were chock-full of bells and whistles: lace, beading, sequins, etc., and though those dresses were gorgeous, that style simply wasn’t me. This Dior dress, with its elegant simplicity, had my name written all over it. I kept that pattern all those years, taking it with me through high school, college and from job to job. In all my travels, I never found anything to replace it, and I loved it every bit as much in 1988, when I finally had it made (by a very talented lady) and wore it for my big day.
But getting back to fragrance. I haven’t been to a wedding in a while and none of the recent brides I know are very much into perfume (several went scentless), so what are the most popular bridal scents these days?
I remember Patty’s post this spring about her niece getting married in the beautiful Van Cleef & Arpels’ Orchidee Vanille, and she had some lovelies to choose from, including Houbigant Orangers en Fleurs, Dior Grand Bal, Puredistance I and Serge Lutens’ Un Lys, among others. If those were my choices back then, I would have been happy to head down the aisle wearing any one of them.
What about you? If you are married, what did you wear for your big day? And what do you enjoy wearing to a special celebration now (weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc.)?