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10 Best Wedding Day Colognes for Men

Finding the right wedding scent can sometimes be challenging whether you are the groom, best man, attending as a guest, or when you are choosing the cologne for your husband to be. The right cologne can help you smell fresh in a day full of meeting different people in close proximity, handshakes, hugs, dancing and eating. In this post we are coming up with some tips on how to select your wedding cologne. In the end we present our selection of best wedding colognes for a groom, and top choices of colognes when you are invited to a wedding.

Several factors such as weather condition, wedding venue, and longevity of the cologne are important when selecting the wedding cologne. Also important are how formal the wedding is, and what impression you want to make.

Weather

One of the most important factors in choosing the wedding cologne (and any fragrance in general) is the harmony between the scent and the weather conditions. Although many wedding ceremonies are taking place in spring or summer, there is no particular timeline for a wedding, it can happen at any time of year depending on the couple’s schedule and many other considerations. 

In order to categorize fragrances and suggest best fragrances for each season, we use fragrance wheel shown in the image below. Fragrances are categorized into four main scent families: Floral, Oriental, Woody and Fresh. Each scent family is composed of several subfamilies. Here is a simple general guideline for selection of fragrance type for each season based on the scent family.

Season Scent Family
Spring Woody / Floral
Summer Fresh (Green, Water, Citrus)
Fall Woody / Floral
Winter Oriental


 

 

 

Time, Location, and Formality of the wedding

Other important factors are the time of day, location of the wedding, and how formal the wedding is. Generally daytime fragrances are more light and subtle whereas heavier scents are more suited for the evenings. Wedding location is another important factor. Strong scents may not be good choices for the smaller venues, whereas in larger outdoor spaces such as a garden or beach, heavier colognes work well. For casual fun weddings, floral and citrus scent families in the fragrance wheel can be used, whereas woody and spicy scents are better choices for more formal weddings.

Cologne Concentration and Longevity

Another important factor is the longevity of the cologne you are wearing. Wedding ceremonies can last from a couple of hours to a whole day event. Although you can refresh your fragrance every few hours, it is preferred to choose a fragrance type that can last for the whole duration of the event. It is important to note that the longevity of the cologne will not increase if you spray heavier douses of the cologne, it wears out after certain duration depending on the type and concentration of the fragrance, regardless of how heavily it is sprayed. Here is a simple table with an overview of the different types of fragrances and their respective concentrations and longevities.

Type Longevity Concentration Remarks
Perfume 6-8 hours 20-30 % Highest Concentration of fragrance oil, least alcohol
Best choice for sensitive skin
    Eau De Parfum (EDP) 4-6 hours 15-20 % Most common type along with EDT
    Typically nightwear
      Eau De Toilette (EDT) 3-5 hours 5-15% Most common type along with EDP
      Typically daywear
        Eau De Cologne (EDC) 2-3 hours 2-4 % Oldest term for perfume
        Masculine scents / younger generation
          Eau Fraiche 1-2 hours 1-3 % Least concentration of fragrance oil
          Typically light and subtle

             

             

            List of Best Colognes for Wedding

            We are providing 2 lists for best choices of colognes for a wedding. The first table lists the best colognes for a groom. The second table provides a list of best colognes to wear in a wedding, as a best man, or as a guest. The lists cover a wide range of scent families suitable for different seasons and different types of events or locations.

            Best Colognes for Groom

            1. Creed Aventus EDP Spray

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            All types / occasions 4-6

            Top: Apple, bergamot, black currant, & pineapple

            Middle: Birch, jasmine, & rose with patchouli

            Base: Amber, oakmoss, &vanilla

             

             

            2. Tom Ford Noir Extreme EDP Spray

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            Evening 4-6

            Top: Nutmeg, cardamom, saffron, & neroli

            Middle: Indian kulfi dessert, orange blossom, jasmine & rose

            Base: Sweet vanilla, sandalwood & hot amber

             

             

            3. Armani Code Giorgio Armani EDT Spray

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            Formal 3-5

            Top: Bergamot & citrus

            Middle: Star anise, olive blossom

            Base: Leather, sweet tobacco & tonka bean

              

             

            4. The One Dolce & Gabbana EDT Spray

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            Winter 3-5

            Top: Bergamot, coriander and basil

            Middle: Cardamom, ginger & neroli

            Base: Cedar, ambergris & tobacco

              

             

            5. Burberry Touch EDT Spray

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            Day time 3-5

            Top: Artemisia, violet leaf & mandarin

            Middle: Nutmeg

            Base: White musk

              

             

            6. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male EDT Spray

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            Evening / Winter 3-5

            Top: Fresh mint, bergamot, & lavender

            Middle: Orange blossom, cinnamon, & cumin

            Base: Cedar, sandalwood, tonka bean, & vanilla

              

             

            7. Dior Homme Eau De Toilette Spray

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            Summer 3-5

            Top: Moroccan grapefruit, coriander & Calabrian bergamot

            Middle: Tuscan iris

            Base: Virginia cedar

              

             

            8. Prada L'homme Intense EDP Spray

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            Winter 4-6

            Top: Amber and iris

            Middle: Leather & patchouli

            Base: Tonka bean & sandalwood

              

             

            9. Vera Wang Eau De Toilette Spray

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            Formal 3-5

            Top: Yuzu & green mandarin leaf

            Middle: Nutmeg, leather, & anise

            Base: Sandalwood & tobacco

             

             

            10. Amouage Jubilation Xxv EDP Spray

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            Winter 4-6

            Top: Frankincense, labdanum, coriander, tarragon & davana

            Middle: Clove, orchid, rose, laurel, bay leaf, gaiac wood, cinnamon, honey & celery seed

            Base: Opoponax, patchouli, myrrh, cedar wood, musk, ambergris, oud & immortelle

             

            For each cologne, the fragrance notes have been added. Since the middle and base notes form the longest lasting impression of the fragrance, they are of particular importance for a wedding cologne selection. Middle (heart) and base notes, - specially the base notes - will be noticed for most of the wedding time. The top notes fade away much quicker than the middle and base notes.

            Here is the list of best colognes when attending a wedding as a best man or as a guest.

             

             Best Cologne when Attending a Wedding as a Guest

            1. Hermes Terre D'Hermes Perfume Spray

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            All types / occasions 6-8

            Top: Grapefruit & orange

            Middle: Peppers, flint, patchouli & geranium

            Base: Atlas cedarwood, gum benzoin & vetiver

             

            2. YSL La Nuit De L'homme EDT Spray

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            Evening 3-5

            Top: Cardamom

            Middle: Bergamot, Virginia cedar, & lavender

            Base: Vetiver

             

            3. Boss Bottled Intense by Hugo Boss EDP Spray

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            Winter 4-6

            Top: Bergamot, apple, & orange blossom

            Middle: Mahogany, geranium, vanilla, & targete

            Base: Cedarwood, sandalwood, & vetiver

             

             

            4. Paco Rabanne 1 Million EDT Spray


            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            Winter 3-5

            Top: Grapefruit & orange

            Middle: Cinnamon, rose, & blonde leather

            Base: Patchouli, amber, & white woods

             

             

            5. Layton Royal Essence by Parfums De Marly EDP Spray


            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            All types / occasions 4-6

            Top: Mandarin, apple, lavender & bergamot

            Middle: Jasmine, geranium & violet

            Base: Sandalwood, pepper, cardamom, guaiac wood, patchouli, & sweet vanilla

             

             

            6. Bvlgari Pour Homme Eau De Toilette Spray

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            Formal / Summer 3-5

            Top: Bergamot, black currant, lavender

            Middle: coriander, pepper, cyclamen, carnation, rosewood, geranium, & gaiac wood

            Base:  Transparent amber, musk & tonka bean

             

            7. Guerlain L’Homme Ideal Eau De Parfum Spray

             

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            Summer 4-6

            Top: Pink pepper, grapefruit, & bergamot

            Middle: Amaretto accord, neroli, & almond

            Base: Tonka bean, Indian vetiver, cedarwood, & leather

              

             

            8. Gentlemen Only by Givenchy EDT Spray

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            All seasons / Daytime and evenings 3-5

            Top: Birch, pink pepper, mandarin, & nutmeg

            Middle: Patchouli, vetiver, & cedar

            Base: Incense

             

            9. Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf EDT Spray

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            Winter 3-5

            Top: Grapefruit, pink pepper, & bergamot

            Middle: Cinnamon, elemi, red pepper

            Base: Vetiver, tobacco, leather

             

             

            10. Gucci Pour Homme by Gucci EDT Spray

            Time / Occasion Longevity (hours) Fragrance Notes
            Evening / outdoor 3-5

            Top: Bergamot, violet, & cypress

            Middle: Tobacco leaves & jasmine

            Base: Leather, amber, elemi, & patchouli 

            1 comment

            • Hi,
              Although, there r thousands of Perfumes, Sorting out a List for any Occasion is a tough Job. This Present List is very Thoughtful & Well-Sorted & I have worn Couple of Them Myself. But, I think some of Them are out of reach of Average People, When U only think of the Price!!! Thanks & Best Regards!!!!

              Mohammed Hossain

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