Memory lane Monday: Celebration scents and a big anniversary

celebrationThis 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.

celebrationI 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.)?

64 Comments
FearsMice October 22, 2013

Happy Anniversary, Ann! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful lunch today with your husband. And may you have another 25, or 30, or 40 blissful years together!

maggiecat October 22, 2013

Congratulations to you both! Even though I am well into middle-age, I married the love of my life not quite four years ago (anniversary next month) and wore Diorissimo, which I love and which strikes me a s a perfect wedding scent. I can't remember what I wore to my first wedding, but I know I saved the best for last (bridegroom and perfume!) Celebrate this special day as often as you want!

Liz K October 22, 2013

Congratulations on 25 years! We just had our 7th anniversary last week. I wore Scent of Peace for our wedding - probably one of three times I have worn it. I realized the morning of the wedding that I had forgotten to pack the lovely little bottle of Kate Spade perfume that my husband had very thoughtfully purchased for me to wear. As I was staying on the Plaza, I walked to the nearest big department store in my jammies for perfume (there is actually a photo of me someplace walking across the street that morning in a robe, hideous black clogs, and my pajama pants - no makeup and hair half done on my desperate perfume search). I seriously wouldn't have felt dressed without scent. Unfortunately, I was a bit overwhelmed and didn't stand my ground with the pushy saleswoman. I really had planned to pick up something from the Chanel counter but she was determined to sell me something pricier so SOP it was. It sits unloved and almost completely full at the back of my perfume closet. I really should have insisted on No.5 or No. 19 both of which I love and would actually wear. If I were getting married now I would probably wear Incense Pure (in cool weather), Pear + Olive, or Evening Edged in Gold.

Tatiana October 21, 2013

Happy Anniversary! and congratulations! I completely remember that Vogue pattern, too. Didn't wear any fragrance on my wedding day as we eloped and I just didn't think to pack a scent before we drove off to Tahoe to get married. Now for special occasions I reach for Chanel 31 Rue Cambon.

Jennifer Counts October 21, 2013

Congrats on your 25th anniversary, Ann! You and your hubs look fabulous in that picture! I'm not married myself, but I wore Samsara to my brother's wedding last year.

Caroline October 21, 2013

Best wishes, Ann! Doubt I wore perfume at my wedding--spent the night before at my parents house instead of mine...just remember a lot of rushing around. But for a current wedding, one couldn't go wrong with Carnal Flower, 24 Faubourg or Orangers en Fleurs. My current fave blue red lipstick is Chanel Rouge Allure in Pirate. Or for cheap thrills, Revlon lip butter in raspberry or berry smoothie.

Milena October 21, 2013

Happy Anniversary, Ann! I don't remember what perfume I wore, but I do remember that I started sewing my wedding dress myself three days before the wedding.:) Next month my husband and I will be celebrating 24 years of marriage.

LaurenW October 21, 2013

Congratulations! I love your elegant dress, your jubilant face, and the look of quiet joy on your DH's face as you walk down the aisle after the ceremony.

Lisa D October 21, 2013

Happy A-day, dear Ann! You look so lovely and happy in that photo - hope your smile is still just as wide today. Tomorrow, drink some lovely tea, wear some great perfume, and celebrate all there is.

Gwenyth October 21, 2013

Regarding Connie's post (above) -- I think it is wonderful that on the 'Posse, we run the gamut...long-married, never married, single, male, female, older and younger. It would have been a wonderful thing to have found the 'Posse at 18 years old -- how many 18yr-olds even know about Bois des Iles?? I've been married to the same Dear Man for 37 years. For my wedding..........gosh, I don't remember what I wore. It was probably Tigress by Fabergé. That is The Hubs favorite perfume. He ADORED it in those days and frequently comments about my new-ish perfumes in a couple of ways (1) smells like Tigress -- means he likes it, or (2) doesn't smell like Tigress -- means the perfume is merely 'ok'. Congratulations, Ann, on the anniversary and being married to your best friend. Love the wedding gown!

Tiara October 21, 2013

25 years together is quite a feat! You look so happy in this picture. On bad days perhaps you should pull this out and look at your smile! I didn't wear any perfume back for my wedding (37 years ago) but Shanghai Lily would be at the top of the list now. For our 30th anniversary, we waited a few months before heading to Monterey and San Francisco to celebrate. Our sons were teens at the time and they came along. We had a wonderful trip and we're so glad we did that. Lots of good memories. Happy Anniversary.

lulllull October 21, 2013

Gongratulations on 25 years together! I am getting married next year on 4th of july. I have no idea what perfume to wear. Maybe you guys can help. I'm 31. This is my wedding dress: http://www.nastygal.com/clothes/siobhan-maxi-dress My make-up and hair will be very bohemic. I am considering Amouage Homage, Chanel Sycomore or Mona di orio Violette Fumee. Please I would love suggestions.

Connie October 21, 2013

I'm only 18, so I haven't had as many of these big moments/big perfume opportunities, but for my high school graduation I wore Mitzah and I have been wearing Bois des Iles to my ballroom dance competitions.

karin October 21, 2013

Happy 25th to you and your husband, Ann! What an awesome milestone. I married late in life - a mere 7 years ago! For our 25th, I'll be almost 70. Wow. Now that's a sobering thought. Won't think about that one now. Lalalalala... I do remember what I wore on my wedding day. Chanel Allure EDT and body cream. Twas my favorite scent at the time. I've always been a perfumista, but never to the extent I am now. When I married, I probably had 10 bottles or so of perfume, no decants, no hundreds of samples. The internet and social networking exploded my hobby! My poor hubby! ;-) He had no idea what he was in for. Haha. And now I've turned him into somewhat of a perfumista, too. Lucky him, and lucky me!

Musette October 21, 2013

Wow! Congratulations to you both on reaching 25yrs! And I'm thrilled that you are looking forward to 25 more (and why not?)!!! I have NO idea what I wore on my wedding day - the bulk of what I remember of that day was my new nephew's endlessly piping 'I'm sorry, Mommy I'm sorry, Mommy' - couldn't hear anything but that - but I figured it was part and parcel of joining families. Then my new niece poured a Diet Coke on my gown - luckily the skirt was all tulle so I just hosed it off and moved on - but I had to listen to my new s-i-l apologize nearly as many times as her son apologized to her! LOL! Alas, the marriage didn't last - but we are still good friends, which is a very nice thing. Were I to marry today I would probably wear the full complement of Amouage Gold products (soap/cream) and a couple of drops of the extrait, which is ALL you need, trust me! xoxoxoA ps. your gown is absolutely gorgeous - but not as gorgeous as you!

eldarwen22 October 21, 2013

Congrats on the 25 years! It's sad that many people aren't married half as long. My special occasion scent really is Dia. It's supposed to be the "Diet Gold" but it's still fabulous for a special occasion. Or Deneuve and Chanel no 19 in extract form.

Dana October 21, 2013

Congratulations on 25 years and here's to many more! My husband and I were married in 1984 and we will celebrate our 30th next year. Where did the time go? I believe I wore White Linen as it was a hot August day and it seemed appropriate. Have a wonderful day!

rosarita October 21, 2013

Trying to post off my unpredictable device, excuse mistakes please - dear Ann, what a gorgeous picture! Congratulations on your anniversary, that's really something to celebrate. The gown is stunning and so was your bouquet. I've written here before about the role Coco played in meeting my husband so that's what I wear every year. What is your DH's favorite? Whatever you wear, enjoy :)

Dina C. October 21, 2013

Congratulations, Ann, to you and your husband on reaching your Silver Anniversary! What a happy accomplishment! My DH and I were married in January of 1991, and I also remember how the wedding gowns of that era were completely dripping with lace, rhinestones, pearls, sequins, and glitz. And many of them had cathedral length trains, since who wouldn't want to be just like Princess Diana?!? Like you, I wanted something a lot less fussy. My mom and I debated sewing my gown, but I eventually found a lovely one by Galina that I adored. Your Vogue is a real stand-out for style and classic beauty. As for scent, I was a signature scent girl back in those days, so I believe I would have been wearing Arpege. Enjoy your anniversary celebration lunch, and be sure to spread out the partying as long as possible. I hope you two have another 25 years of joy!

Sherri October 21, 2013

Congratulations, Ann, and I wish you and your husband many more wonderful years together! Twenty-five years...wow! I can't remember what I wore for our wedding--probably Chloe. Again, we were young, very little money, and we paid for most of the wedding ourselves. I do remember I wore Jubilation 25 for our 25th anniversary, however! :-) If I were getting married today, I think I would choose Songes. When I first sprayed that, I remember all these images of Spring and wedding bells bursting out of my imagination. I'm also in tuberose heaven (discovered a local tuberose grower at a fall festival this weekend!), so I think Carnal Flower would be out of this world, assuming your dh likes tuberose. (I know alot of people don't care for it; it sadly gives my hubby a migraine). I know you will choose something awesome with all those choices! Happy, happy anniversary!! xo

jilliecat October 21, 2013

A very happy anniversary to you both! You look so lovely, and your dress is very stylish - "meringues" were the fashion then, so you were extremely classy. I got married a few years before you, and like everyone else here we didn't have much money. We were able to marry in the chapel of my husband's college at Oxford (so cheap, but the setting was magical), I found my dress in a sale for £30 (which I think would be about $20), the couple who were married a few hours ahead of us that day kindly donated all their floral arrangements to us, and a friend catered for our reception at cost. The photographer was an ex-boyfriend (!), and I even managed to find the college cat and had a good, calming cuddle!. My perfume was Cristalle: I wanted something I had never worn before so that I would always remember my wedding day whenever I smelt it again - Cristalle had only just been launched, and was not well known. I thought it perfect, and yes, if I smell it now I remember that day! I reckon it would definitely have suited you and your elegant dress on your big day.

Maren October 21, 2013

I remember those days of big hair and pouffy dresses, and you look simply elelgant in contrast to some of the hideous fashion back then, so bravo on your good taste! When I married in '81 it was a simple but nostalgic affair. I wore my mother's wedding dress that was made by my grandmother, an outstandingly talented seamstress and classy lady. I knew nothing about perfume back then, so didn't wear any for the big day. But now, if I did, I think it would be the lovely classic Chanel no. 22. I hope you have a lovely celebration together!

Rina October 21, 2013

Congratulations, dear Ann! Hubby and I celebrated 25 in August. Strangely, the perfume I wore, Chanel Coco, is one of the only things I do remember about that day. This year we were able to spent a few days in Vegas and my love gifted me with a beautiful ring from 1910. Older than us and something to aspire to! Hope you have another 25 years or more of love together! XOXO!

FeralJasmine October 21, 2013

Happy anniversary, Ann! If we were to renew our vows today, I would probably wear EL Tuberose Gardenia parfum or Zmohur Extrait, lavishly sprayed, as if I owned more than 2ml of it.

Lynley October 21, 2013

Dear Ann, congratulations! It's wonderful to hear you both seem as happy now as 25 years ago. And the dress is beautiful! I'm not married, unfortunately still looking for the one... but if I were to marry now, if it were warm weather/daytime I'd wear MFK's APOM or Seville a l'Aube, and evening/cool weather Lyric. But then again, I have scent memories with these already so maybe I'd start fresh with a new fragrance...

Suzanne October 21, 2013

Ann, what a wonderful surprise to open this post and see a photo of you! On your wedding day!!! You look so very happy, your groom looks handsome, and crikey, I can't believe you made that gorgeous gown!!! All these exclamation points are part of my enthusiastic wish for you both to have a wonderful 25th year celebration (hey, lunch together is a good celebration) and many more years together. Even though you can't remember what perfume you wore for the big day, now you have lots of great choices, judging by your list. I'm voting Carnal Flower! <3

Lynne Marie October 21, 2013

Dear Ann, Congratulations! 25 years is wonderfully celebration-worthy and may you have many, many more happy years together! I love your Dior gown! You are a talented seamstress - so simple and clean-lined yet so very elegant. On my wedding day I think I wore Victoria's Secret Vanilla Lace - I had so very much to learn about perfume, didn't I? Knowing what I know now, I would probably wear Chanel No. 5 parfum or maybe Heure Exquise. Something devastatingly feminine. Maybe I can talk my gorgeous husband into a vow renewal ceremony for our 10th (coming in 2 years) - any excuse for a party, a gorgeous dress and heavenly perfume, right? :-) I'm such a lucky girl to have found my true soul mate later in life! Even in these scary economic times, maybe you and your husband can just take a day or two together to do whatever your heart desires. Uninterrupted time together is the best gift of all!

Wendy October 21, 2013

I was married over ten years ago. It was September, when the leaves in Wisconsin were starting to turn and the goldenrod was in full bloom. I wore Jean Patou's Sublime, and it seemed absolutely perfect. As much as I love that perfume still, I don't wear it often as I want it to retain those special associations of that day.

australianperfumejunkies October 21, 2013

CONGRATULATIONS!! 25 years is excellent. How happy you both look. Why should you need celebrate (though of course I would also), isn't 25 years of togetherness a 25 year celebration of good choice? Even getting through the crap days must be worthy of celebration too, every week. The Christian Dior gown is a fabulous choice, so freaking elegant. My fingers are crossed for a further 25 years of tolerable living together and moments of great joy to lighten the hum drum. Portia xx

Kismet429 October 20, 2013

Gosh, am I the first commenter? Just wanted to say congratulations and that in the photo you both look lovely (yes, your handsome groom also). My husband and I got married in 1984, poor as the proverbial church mice, and like you, I have no memory of wearing perfume on that day. But we can fix that now, right? Here's to many more happy anniversaries!