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The one powerful thing most brides forget when planning their wedding

Harper's Bazaar logo Harper's Bazaar 18/5/2017 Charlie Boyd

You might have endless Pinterest boards for your dress, cake, shoes, rings and bridesmaids, and probably a fair few for flowers, too; but have you thought about how your wedding day should smell? Creating a wedding day scent with fresh flowers is an increasingly growing focus of brides-to-be, with florists such as London's Lavender Green Flowers creating entire fragrance strategies.

"The scent of fresh flowers is never overpowering or too heady, as their perfume is light and natural," explains Sue Barnes, managing director at Lavender Green Flowers. We asked for her tips on how to create the perfect wedding day scent.

Make your flowers interactive

"The scent of flowers, foliage and herbs is released when they move, and it is always a lovely surprise to brush past designs that then give you a delightful reward," explains Barnes. "We often suggest cut rosemary under reception tables as the fragrance is released every time someone moves or treads on the leaves, and I also waft tuberose just before guests arrive." It's important to remember the effect of different herbs and flowers, so that they have the desired result - some herb fragrances have uplifting effects, such as geranium and lemon thyme, while others such as camomile will make you feel sleepy - a no no for near the dance floor.

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Go down memory lane

"I often describe English garden roses as smelling like they did when you walked through your grandparents garden," says Barnes. "The smell is nostalgic and uplifting, transporting you back to a time and place in which the sun always shone and you always had a smile on your face," she adds. It can be mood changing to walk into a room that smells of home, or perhaps of your favourite holiday destination. "Really zesty, tangy smells energise and are like an espresso to the soul, making you want to get up and join in the fun," she says.

Plan your scented journey

"The journey throughout the wedding day is a major consideration, and I like to have deep, strong perfumes such as frankincense, fig and rose throughout the ceremony; zesty fragrances like lime, basil and geranium in the reception and sultry florals for the evening," explains Barnes. You also can't go wrong with jasmine everywhere - it's intoxicating and very memorable.

Avoid certain blooms

"Allium might be a recent, bold addition to flower decorators' recipe books, but it will fill the room with the smell of onions," warns Barnes. Unfortunately, limonium and gypsophilia will have you looking around for a litter tray, and the smell of an orange fritillaria could have your wedding reception raided by the drug squad," she quips. All best to be avoided at all costs. It's also worth remembering that all flowers will release a not so pleasant smell if they are not fresh, so you need a florist who will only provide the freshest blooms and maintain them on the day.

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Rely on the old faithfuls of scented summer flowers

If you are planning a summer wedding, your options for fragrant flowers are myriad. "Sweet peas, peonies, freesia, garden roses, stephanotis and jasmine are incredible additions for a summer wedding as they are not only scented but soft, romantic and absolutely beautiful," continues Barnes, "but gardenia is always my personal favourite - it is the base note of so many wonderful perfumes."

Be strategic in using candles and diffusers

"Really good quality candles will add a wonderful fragrance and add atmosphere through the flickering flames," suggests Barnes. "Be careful, however, as candles and diffusers are much stronger than flowers and give a constant smell, so choose wisely or the scent could be overpowering in a small room." This powerful effect can be useful in certain areas though - toilets, especially in marquees - are often filled with chemicals and can smell dreadful. "This is where candles and diffusers really come into their own and you can't have enough!"

Relive your fragrance

Many brides pay such particular attention to their wedding day fragrance because they want to be able to relive the scent of their day afterwards, enjoying candles and flowers as anniversary presents or romantic reminders of their wedding.

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