Choosing the Right Cologne for Your Big Day

When it comes to your wedding day, you want every detail to be in place. San Antonio Wedding Planner Ansonya Burke at Principles in Action understands that planning a wedding means focusing on the little things–from embossed place cards and finding something blue to choosing the smell of the groom’s cologne. The scent of a wedding can leave a lasting impression–from that day forward, you will have the recollection of your wedding every time you smell or experience the scent you choose to wear that day.

Having trouble trying to find the right match? Go to the fragrance counter at a nearby mall and smell a handful of colognes soon after spraying them on fragrance cards. Between sprays, pull out some coffee beans to clear your airways between fragrances so you don’t get too overwhelmed. Just because something smells amazing right off the bat, doesn’t mean it won’t fade away in a matter of minutes. Take the cards with you and smell them after a few hours to see how well the scent holds up.

Be sure to choose a cologne that works well with your skin type–whether you have sensitive, dry or oily skin. Sample the colognes well in advance to make sure you don’t have a negative reaction to the fragrance. It doesn’t hurt to make sure your soon-to-be-Mrs. also enjoys the smell and that she is not overly sensitive to it.
We think it’s a great idea to choose a fragrance that either will be the same as the groomsmen or will be complementary to their fragrance. You might be wondering how on Earth one can predict the smell of their groomsmen, which is why we suggest gifting them with cologne as part of their “thank you” for standing by your side.

Choose a fragrance that is noticeable, yet not too strong. You want a scent that is masculine and clean, but lifts the spirits as well. For example, if you’re having a summer wedding, cologne from the oceanic family–a clean set of fragrances which remind you of the ocean air–would be appropriate.

Still stumped? Here are some great suggestions we saw recently on Groom’s Advice, one of our favorite blogs that provides priceless tips for grooms!

1- Le Male by: Jean Paul Gaultier
Super sexy and makes them want to attack any guy who wears it. Its notes are: Wormwood, Bergamot, Cardamom, Lavender, Orange Blossom, Cinnamon, Cumin, Wood, Musk, Amber, Vanilla, Tonka Bean.
2- MEN by: Marc Jacobs
Lightweight figgy-musky scent best for daytime use and spring and summer. Its notes are: Italian Bergamot, Tuscan Cypress, Cumin, Cardamom, Ginger, Fig Leaves, Rose de Mai, Cyclamen, Tonka Bean, Cedarwood, Nirvanolide Musk, Provence Fig, Indonesian Patchouli, Musk.

3- Gucci by: Gucci
Woody spicy fragrance. Top note, ginger, heart note, and papyrus. Base note olibanum. Good for a fall or winter wonderland wedding.

4- Prada Amber by: Prada
Mellow and sophisticated cologne for men that would reprise the theme of their eponymous feminine fragrance, namely amber. This version highlights four stages: an amber accord predictably, a traditionally masculine fougère (ferny) accord, a fresh cologne accord, and a suede accord, by interweaving notes of citrus (bergamot, mandarin, neroli), spices & flowers (cardamom, saffron, geranium, orange blossom), balsams & warm notes (myrrh, musk, labdanum, sandalwood, tonka bean, vanilla, patchouli) and la pièce de resistance soft, supple leather.

5- Black Orchid by: Tom Ford
Incredibly luxurious scent. While sultry woods and rich dark accords help to bring out the skin’s natural perfume, the jet black, art deco-inspired bottle adds to the fragrance’s overall glamour.
{Photos and cologne descriptions courtesy of Groom’s Advice}

Regardless of what you choose, you want your selection to be easily accessible for purchase so you can wear it through the years to bring back memories of your special day. And last but not least, don’t forget to wear it on the honeymoon!

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