The Best Wedding Colognes for Your Groom
Sometimes, men's scents can be overpowering. Headache inducing, even. And when it comes to choosing the right scent for your wedding day, you definitely don't want to wear an overbearing fragrance, or for the bride to feel like she can't get near her new husband without feeling dizzy from his cologne. Luckily, there are more and more men's fragrances hitting the market that are musky, clean, spicy, and woodsy. These colognes tend to be subtle and smell so good that women want to steal them for themselves. Some even do!
To help every groom wow his new bride with a fragrance they'll both love, we set out to find men's colognes that were light and romantic—special enough for your wedding day, but still subdued enough to go unnoticed by anyone other than your wife. In the end, we found seven that fit the bill. Best of all, they're come in a wide range of prices. Whether you're looking to splurge on something spendy that you'll wear just for special occasions or pick up a bottle that can be spritzed daily, you'll find your fragrance match here. These bottles all make great big-day gifts, too, so if you're a bride looking to pick up a special present for your guy, these colognes would all be well-received.
Click through here to check out our favorite men's colognes for the groom to wear on the wedding day. We give you fair warning: There's a good chance your bride might try to wear them, too.
Like the name implies, this one will remind you of elegant nights spent in an old-school bar. That's thanks to notes of pink pepper, neroli oil, rum absolute, and tobacco leaf absolute. It would be the ideal scent for a chic, black-tie wedding.
Maison Margiela Paris “Jazz Club” Cologne, $126, sephora.com
With scents of mandarin, basil, and sandalwood, this timeless, classic cologne is one a groom can wear his wedding day and every day after, too.
Calvin Klein "Eternity" Cologne, starting at $64, calvinklein.us
You've never smelled anything like this before—it's the perfect mix of spicy and soft, thanks to the combination of French lavender, ambe, and petitgrain. (If you didn't already know, lavender is an aphrodisiac.)
Jo Malone "Amber & Lavender" Cologne, $135, jomalone.com
Maison Francis Kurkdjian
This eau de toilette spray is light, fresh, and citrusy, thanks to notes of orange flower, cedarwood, and amber. There's also a version for women, so you and your new wife can match. If you're having an al fresco spring wedding, this is definitely the one to buy.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian "APOM" Cologne, $195, neimanmarcus.com
For cold-weather weddings, try this sweet (but not too sweet!) vanilla fragrance. It also includes notes of coriander and oakmoss, which gives it a heavier, sophisticated scent.
Atelier Cologne "Vanille Insensée" Cologne, starting at $26, sephora.com
Dolce & Gabbana
This warm, balmy fragrance is the one every bride will steal for herself. It's a woody scent with amber and oriental notes that feel comforting and elegant at the same time.
Dolce & Gabbana "Velvet Amber Skin" Cologne, starting at $310, saksfifthavenue.com
If you've walked around downtown New York, you've probably smelled this musky scent in the majority of the area's clothing boutiques. (And maybe you and your fiancée are already wearing it as your signature scent.) If not, we couldn't imagine a better fragrance to wear for a city wedding—especially, of course, if you're getting married in lower Manhattan or Brooklyn.
Le Labo "Santal 33" Cologne, $265, barneys.com