Something old? Something new?


Natalie Kate Meehan is in a bridal scent bind

I’m getting married in less than ten months – something that makes me want to both vomit and run into sea, perhaps at the same time – and my list of ‘things I should probably do if I want the day to be half-decent and not a waste of thousands of pounds’ is growing daily.

The flowers, for instance. I’m probably going to need a bouquet, because that’s what you do, isn’t it? But what about all seven (yes, I know) of my bridesmaids? Am I meant to get them some flowers too? Can I just pick some in a field? Is that legal?

And the cake. Before I got engaged I could not give one tiny shit about what type of cake, or non-cake, there was at any wedding I attended. Generally, I’d be so white-girl-wasted on bubbles by the cake-cutting time that I wouldn’t even see it. Now I’m getting quotes for cakes on the reg and am starting to believe that sub-£500 is pretty reasonable actually and oh! Look at that piping!

I kind of hate myself.

BUT! In amongst the turmoil of finding myself caring about stuff I’ve never cared about, there are moments of genuine excitement. Like when I remembered I get to have a SPECIAL WEDDING PERFUME!

I have maybe 30 or 40 perfumes on my dressing table, and rotate what I wear by season. There are my spring and summer go-tos – the Eau de Lacoste, or See by Chloe, or Rose of No Man’s Land by Byredo. Then there are the darker bottles, saved for when I’m going ‘out-out’ or it’s tights and boots weather – i.e. most of the year here in the UK. The Coco eau de parfum, Velvet Rose and Oud, or Pomegranate Noir.

I definitely like to switch out what I wear regularly, and love an excuse to add to my collection. A wedding is a definite excuse. Especially mine.

So here’s my current conflict – do I pick one of my current, most loved fragrances, or do I choose one I know I love but that I don’t yet own? I’ve heard the tales of buying a fragrance and not wearing it at all until the day of the wedding, and then never wearing it again, so as to always associate it with the day. You can then whip it out on special occasions and be transported back to the special day with one spray – that’s the idea, anyway.

So, the shortlist of fragrances that I currently own that I’m thinking of wearing are:



Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez, £35.10

233932375This is my very favourite at the moment, perhaps because I was wearing this when my boyfriend (sorry, can’t say ‘fiancé’, nope) proposed. I feel like it’s pretty trans-seasonal, so the milky, musky scent should work well at the end of March.

Wood Sage and Sea Salt by Jo Malone, from £42


I always get complimented when I wear this, and my partner comments on it too. It’s fresh, but dries down to something quite lovely on me. Is it special enough, though? Or a bit too daytime cologne?


Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel, from £49.50

29532_StockZoomedWe had one of our first proper snogs outside St Peter’s Church in Brighton after I’d nicked a spritz of this from a friend. I later bought myself a bottle and it always reminds me of that moment. Bit concerned it might be a bit too ‘young’ for me now, though. It’s not SERIOUS enough to get married in.


And then the fragrances I’m tempted to buy, and save for the day:

Santal Blush by Tom Ford, £145


Oooh how I love this. It’s spicy, it’s woody, it’s creamy, it’s delicious.

Nashi Blossom by Jo Malone, £89


Have you SEEN the bottle? I know that’s not reason enough, but. I tried this on in a recent trip to NYC and couldn’t stop sniffing my wrists. It’s sexy but still playful, which I’d quite like to reflect on the day.

Bluebell by Penhaligon’s, £89

Solely because Kate Moss apparently got married in it. Which is definitely reason enough. Probably.

So, dear readers, what would you recommend? If you’ve had a wedding, do you remember what you wore, and why?

Does the scent still remind you of the day? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? What cake should I get? Is £500 reasonable? Can any of you bake? Just tell me everything’s going to be okay.



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