The connection between scent and memory is inextricably linked. Our sense of smell is the most powerful and evocative of all our senses. The nose is the first thing to greet us in the morning and the last thing to say goodbye at night, but it’s not just the ability to detect scents that sets it apart. The power of scent goes beyond its role as a biological necessity or even a source of pleasure; it plays an important role in our emotional responses, memories, and associations. A particular scent can remind us what we were doing at a particular moment in time, who we were with and where we were.
Making scents of memories.
Scent is powerful. That’s why it’s no surprise that it can be used to create positive memories or emotions. We know that smell is the sense most closely associated with memory, but how does this connection between scent and memory work? The answer lies in the limbic system – our emotional center of the brain.
The nose has two separate parts: olfactory epithelium and olfactory bulb (aka your nose). When you inhale, air passes over these areas and triggers a reaction which sends signals through your nervous system to your brain where it forms an image of what you inhaled based on experience and information from other senses such as touch or sight (this is called cross-modal perception).
Scent is so powerful, it can evoke emotions and memories in a way that nothing else can. A scented wedding can be as simple as a single candle. The scent of lemon or jasmine can be spread throughout the room by lighting a scented candle in each corner. When the reception is over, you’ll have an aromatic reminder of your big day for years to come. You can also allow guests to take home their own scented candle wedding favor: try putting a small scented candle in a gift bag with an explanation card saying that the candle will help them preserve their memories of your special day!
If you want to create a unique and long lasting memory for your guests, consider incorporating scented candle wedding favors into your wedding planning process – the effect goes beyond simply making people feel relaxed and comfortable!