Posted By Admin on April 01, 2019
When it comes to wedding accessories, none is more hotly debated than the tiara – some brides-to-be believe that the traditional princess tiara is an outdated piece that reminds them of a fancy dress, but others believe that a woman`s wedding day is a chance for her to go all out and make herself feel like royalty!
Whether you are after a spectacular antique tiara or a contemporary creation, make sure you plan well in advance. Wear a top with a similar neckline to that of your wedding dress so that you can see the effect of the tiara and your bodice combined. Bear in mind that the style of the tiara and the dress should be complementary.
There are a couple of things to consider before selecting your tiara: your theme, dress, colours, face shape and hairdo.
So should you wear a tiara on your wedding day?
The first thing you have to ask yourself is whether your day is suited to such a formal piece – if your dress, venue or theme is fairly casual, then a traditional tiara is going to look out of place. We also recommend that you give the tiara pride of place among your wedding accessories – this glamorous piece speaks for itself, so don`t overdo it with chandelier earrings or a large glitzy necklace.
Choosing a tiara is all about proportion. As the largest jewel you are ever likely to wear, getting the proportions right is key. Petite brides should avoid large tiaras but opt for smaller, tall but light ones that sit high on the head creating the effect of height.
WHAT STYLE TO CHOOSE?
This is the most formal of all the tiaras, and the style that you`re most likely to see on royalty. It has more height than other styles on the list, which means that it`s probably best avoided by brides-to-be with a long face shape.
This is a vintage style that can either be a single or double row – the curve up and rise to a small point above the crown of the head. These tiaras look beautiful in both crystals and pearls, which makes them a very versatile style.
This a popular option with modern brides as it looks more like a classic head band, which makes it easy to wear with lots of different dress types. The double band tiara can also be worn in several places on the head depending on your hairstyle.
Similar to the double band, this simple tiara is a popular low-key option. Worn flat against the head, this is the subtlest of the tiara styles – it looks particularly beautiful with loose hair to add a touch of elegance.
Worn further back on the head, the bun wrap (which is similar to a hair vine) is designed to perfectly complement a high up do. Traditional bun wrap tiaras are fairly formal, which makes them the perfect choice for a dramatic cathedral venue.
As the name suggests, this tiara is inspired by nature, and is designed to look like a floral wreath or a vine. This romantic style works particularly well with a Grecian goddess style wedding dress.
HOW TO WEAR A TIARA?
The key to wearing a tiara is placing it in the correct position – it should be on the crown of your head, not your forehead! This is often a little further back than many brides-to-be expect, but your hairstylist should be able to help you pin it correctly. If you`re wearing an updo, then make sure the tiara is placed flat against the hair – there should be no gap between your style and your headpiece, unless it`s one of the flatter styles such as a double band or headband.
Hair band / Front mounted tiara - warn to the front with an up do or a down do.
Small Crown (Bun wrap) tiara - normally worn with a bun, fitting snugly around the hair. A veil can be added behind the crown.
Larger crown / tiara - worn on top of the head. The positioning is just a case of experimenting.
Wearing a tiara doesn`t mean you have to abandon the veil, either – a headpiece can be the perfect finishing touch for the full bridal look. You can always attach the veil separately so that you can remove it after the ceremony without needing to take off your tiara too.
WHAT IS THE WEDDING THEME?
Less traditional Wedding
Instead of wearing a tiara consider draping a necklace - not cluttered with gems - around your head for an eastern look. You could also consider coloured necklaces to match your theme- Remember not to heavy - you have to wear it all day.
A pave tiara will work wonders for this theme. The gems are set closely together and shouldn`t be worn with a very beaded or gemmed bodice, but will enhance a plain bodice. Hair can be worn up or down with this one. Samples for classic are Pave tiara, Hair band tiara.
Pearls are always recommended when you want an elegant look. Peal tiaras can vary from closely set to widely spaced. Should you have a couple of pearl accessories, rather use a widely spaced tiara.
Floral and Crown tiaras will flatter a fairy princess look. With these tiaras you have to consider your hairdo - A small radius crown tiara might look better with an up do than a down do. Samples are Floral tiara, Crown tiara, crown tiara with feathers, Princess tiara, Butterfly design tiara.
Comb tiara or rather a lavishly jewelled comb that slides into the hairstyle could finish your vintage look in style. This could also double up to keep your style in place.
OTHER ELEMENTS TO CONCIDER
Tall brides should avoid dwarfing the groom with an extra five inches of headgear.
Round / Full - tiara with central focus, peaks a little to make your face a little longer.
Long / Oval - tiara with little to no height i.e. hairband or front mounted tiara.
Square - You can wear any tiara to your hearts content, provided it meets the other requirements.
The style of the tiara should complement your dress i.e. if you are wearing a fairy or butterfly themed dress your tiara should follow suit, if you are wearing a plain gown your tiara should have clean straight lines.
For a pearl detailed dress or pearl accessories, a pearl tiara can be selected. Ensure the shade of pearl matches your dress. A rhinestone tiara can be worn with any style of dress.
Gold-tone and ivory pearl-accented tiaras are a good compliment to ivory gowns, while silver-tone, rhinestone, and white pearl tiaras best compliment the tones of a white gown.
Sources: www.thejewelleryeditor.com; www.weddingideasmag.com