The piece of wedding advice I have for you today is probably as trivial as it gets. It won’t help you wrangle your guests into sending in their RSVP. It won’t help you stick to your budget or manage your stress level as the big day approaches. No, it won’t do any of that, but it is, if I may say so, the best advice anyone will ever give you.
That’s a pretty big proposition, but I can back it up. It’s very very simple. When I was a freshmen in college preparing for a three month study abroad in Italy my roommate told me the best thing I could do to prepare was go out and buy a new bottle of perfume of a scent I didn’t have and take it with me. Ok, sure, scent is the strongest sense tied to memory, why not give it a try. So I went out and bought a brand new bottle of perfume and took it to Italy with me. That was many years ago, and yet every time I smell that perfume I am right back there at the ruins of the Coliseum, on the train to Naples. I am right there staring up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It worked like a charm.
So for my wedding day I picked out a brand new bottle of perfume for myself and a bottle of cologne for my husband. I think, truly, if I had to choose between our photographer and the bottle of perfume, I might honestly say the perfume. Easy for me to say since I don’t actually have to decide, but the point is the power the perfume has to put me right back into that moment is nothing short of magic.
And so I advise you. I implore you. I beg you to make time in your wedding planning checklist to buy yourself a new scent of perfume for your wedding day. Then if you want to stockpile a bottle or two to keep for posterity that’s up to you. I would see nothing wrong with that.