When planning a wedding, brides choose so many little details to help preserve memories of their big day. From her shoes and jewelry, to photography, music, food, and even the invitation all are selected to punctuate the day with the bride’s own style, highlighting her individual way of describing her joy. Yet, how many forget the most emotion provoking sense? Scent is the most powerful, memory evoking sense, which explains why many brides select a special perfume just for their wedding day. If the goal of a wedding is to create sentimental pathways through the brain, then highlighting the day through scent should move to the top of your to do list!
The fifth sense, the sense of smell, is the one most likely to recall memories and trigger emotions. It is the most complex of the senses, and requires over 1,000 separate receptor types that regenerate and refine throughout a person’s lifetime. Unlike the sensation of sight, smell travels directly into the deep brain without a layover through the “airport”of the thalamus. Neuroscientists reason that the sense of smell is unimpeded by other “translation” activities of the brain, such as language and therefore generate a more “raw experience”.
So how do you choose a perfume that you’ll love for years to come for your wedding day?
Fragrance is a uniquely personal experience. The most important component of choosing it is, of course, to love it. The brain will take care of the memory. However, the parameters of design and harmony are part of making a beautiful event for everyone. Here are a few questions to bear in mind while making a choice.
1. Are you romanced by some element of scent in the surroundings in your venue? (For example, if your wedding is in Hawaii, chances are you enjoy tropical scents and flowers!)
2. Is there a special flower or tree that you are using in your arrangements and
bouquets that you love the scent of?
3. What reminds you of other special times in your life?
4. Should family favorite smells be incorporated? (If your mom always made cinnamon rolls growing up, maybe you love the smell of cinnamon!)
5. Where did you get engaged? What did it smell like?
6. Is there an activity that you share together that has a special fragrance?(Hiking, camping, shopping, traveling, gardening)