Hello there, I’m Karen and I am the owner of a Wedding Styling & Hire company called Darby & Joan. We specialise in creating relaxed weddings – days made with real love and personality and taking inspiration from our love of all things vintage, quirky and fun. We are based in the heart of Derbyshire and I am one of the Love Aroma panel experts, testing a selection of home fragrances in my home. As it’s wedding season, Love Aroma have asked me to share some tips and ideas for how to scent your event.
Every detail of your wedding is important, from your shoes to your dress, from the napkins to the cake. I am finding more brides are looking to add a fragrance or two to their wedding venue and asking for advice on where to start. Lighting is another all important consideration and we all know that candlelight is the most flattering light of all!
Candles are a relatively cost effective way of creating the right atmosphere. Whether you are thinking romantic and intimate, modern and colourful there will be lots of ideas you can pull into your wedding day.
When choosing a scented candle for indoors, consider where you will be using them and the subtlety that is needed. For example you can delicately fragrance your dining room or wedding breakfast area, but remember to be cautious, as you don’t want it to overpower the tables and to compete with the food that is being served. Think about maybe having scented candles around the guest book area, the present and card table, the wedding cake table and un-fragranced candles on the tables. A candelabra draped with green foliage with taper candles, jam jars with tea lights, larger glass votives scattered around the table.
If you are having more than one fragrance then try to avoid mixing them, stick to one fragrance per room or per area.
If your venue allows it, storm lanterns with a pillar candle and a few rose petals scattered in the bottom looks beautiful and are just the thing to line your aisle.
Don’t forget your outside area. If you are styling the exterior of your venue and are inviting guests to use the terrace or garden spaces, then this is where you can really go for it. Pop some lanterns or jam jars in clusters, along pathways, hanging from trees or gateposts and get creative with your glow. All inexpensive and pretty simple to do. More is definitely more with outdoor candlelight when the sun goes down.
Fragrance wise you can still use the same scent as the candles inside, but consider throwing a few citronella candles in there too to help ward off the flies – your guests will thank you for it.
Most wedding florists will encourage brides to choose flowers that are in season and the same principle can be applied to your fragrance. Depending on your wedding flowers, choose a scented candle that compliments your bouquet. As a general guide, for a summer wedding look at light notes of jasmine, gardenia and freesia and for a winter wedding go for a heavier spicier scent such as sandalwood, fig or frankincense.
It would be a nice touch to add scented candles in the toilets, or changing areas.
Remember that a fragranced candle throws its scent better if it is burnt for at least three hours. This will ensure that the wax also burns evenly. Ask your venue to light the candles for you in plenty of time for them to be fully appreciated.
If your venue doesn’t allow a naked flame and you still want to add a fragrance to your rooms, then a reed diffuser is for you. A simple jar, filled with oils and reeds that gives off the most beautiful scent for hours and hours.
I don’t know a girl who doesn’t love a scented candle so a lovely touch would be to give them as wedding favours. If you do use scented candles for your venue then consider giving the same fragrance as a gift to your guests.
Love Karen’s style – take a look at www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk