By Tahlia Butler
All About The Wedding Tiara
The one day that you can get away with wearing a tiara and feeling like a Princess is your Wedding Day! There is certainly a lot to consider in picking the perfect adornment for your head. This is all the information you could need if you are contemplating a Wedding Tiara.
The tiara isn't for everyone, so it is okay if you decide to opt out of it. Many brides believe that it is too traditional, outdated and childish. However, it can make you feel like royalty and pull your whole look together. It is climbing in popularity, especially with the royal weddings in the past few years.
When it comes to deciding on your tiara it is best to have already picked out your dress. It is much easier to match your tiara to your dress than your dress to your tiara. Here are the styles of tiaras you can choose from.
This is the most formal style. It is usually seen on royalty with more height. This design isn't the most flattering on brides with a longer face shape as it can pull more length and create an even longer elongated look.
More of a vintage design that wishbone can be either a single or double row that curves up to a small rise to create a point just above the crown of the head. This style can look beautiful in crystals and pearls. It is an extremely versatile style for various dresses and face shapes.
When it comes to more modern brides this is a popular option and looks like a classic headband. This is beautiful with a variety of dresses and can be worn in several places on the head depending on your hairstyle.
A gorgeous simple tiara that is a low key option. This sits flat against the head and is one of the subtlest tiara styles. Absolutely amazing with beautiful loose hair for a touch of elegance and romance.
This piece is worn further back and is similar to a hair vine. Designed perfectly to complement a high updo, a traditional bun wrap tiara is a fairly formal option that is well-suited for a dramatic cathedral setting.
This is an amazing style is inspired by nature. Designed resemble a floral wreath or vine it is incredibly romantic. You can wear this option with a variety of dress, but it is especially elegant with a Grecian goddess dress style.
How To Wear Your Tiara
Many brides are surprised by how far back the tiara is actually meant to sit. Your tiara should be on the crown of your head, not your forehead. If you are hiring a hairstylist, they should be able to pin it correctly for you. Otherwise, if you are doing your hair yourself or by a friend – take a few practice runs to ensure it looks great and won't move easily.
If you have decided on an updo for your special day, you should ensure that the tiara you have chosen is flat against the hair without a gap between the style and the headpiece. If you have a flattering style such as a headband or double band, you don't have to have it right up against the style because then it could be sitting too far back.
How To Choose
There are a few things you need to consider if you want a tiara. There are many options available for the modern woman so you don' have to feel cliched, outdated and traditional. You should keep the following points in mind, to ensure you have your wedding ensembles perfected for your big day.
You want your dress and tiara to complement not compete. Decide which one you want to be the focal point. Do you want it to be your dress or your tiara? If you want your dress to stand out keep your tiara on the minimalist side. If you want your tiara to be in the limelight, decide on a simpler dress.
Bear in mind you don't want to lose yourself in your dress and tiara either, it is your wedding day! Don't pick glitzy attention seeking tiara, with an extravagant dress.
Match your tiara to your dress, but have an idea on which one you want to stand out more.
Take style cues from your dress to match your tiara effectively. If your dress is adorned with pearls, choose a tiara with pearls. If your dress has a touch of color, decide on a tiara that incorporates the tone to create a gorgeous cohesive look.
Choose a simpler dress and a more dramatic tiara.
Choose a simpler tiara and a more dramatic dress.
Simple dress and simple tiara to complement beautifully.
One thing we can't necessarily change is our face shape. Pick a tiara that complements the structure of your face and not necessarily enhances them.
A long face should avoid tiaras that have height, instead opt for a headband or double band tiara. This prevents the face from looking even longer.
A rounder face shape can choose a tiara with a bit of height such as a wishbone tiara. This will elongate without adding roundness.
When it comes to oval/heart shapes try to avoid tiaras with peaks. The peak can make those pointier structures of your face stand out more. Decide on a design such as a wreath tiara to complement your face shape.
To Veil Or Not Too Veil
Deciding if you want a veil with your tiara or to opt out completely is up to you. A tiara and a veil can be quite a traditional and a romantic regal look. On the other hand for a more contemporary style, you may want to opt for just the tiara itself as it becomes the design feature instead of the veil. If you don't want a tiara and a veil, you don't have to have one, if you want both, go for it! It is completely up to your preferences.
When choosing a tiara that will work with your veil. Sometimes your tiara and veil can clash whether it is too dramatic or just looks a little odd. Balance out your veil and tiara so there isn't too much drama going on. If you want a more out there tiara, pick a simpler veil. If you want a simpler tiara, you can go for a little more drama in your veil. It is all dependent on what you want as your overall look.
The decision on how you want to wear your hair can influence your tiara options. A headband tiara can get lost in a thick, curly hairstyle, so you may want to consider something with a little more to it, perhaps a wishbone tiara. If you have a sleek, fine hairstyle, a big statement tiara such as a regal design can look too overpowering. Instead, you might want to look at a wreath or double band design. If you have short hair, a headband or double band looks beautiful.
You need to figure out if wearing a tiara is suited to the setting of your wedding as it is more of a formal piece. If your dress, venue or theme is on the more casual scale, a traditional tiara can look out of place.
Casual Setting: Opt for an alternative or simple tiara style such as a headband
Formal Setting: You can decide on a regal tiara to a double band tiara
Wearing a tiara becomes a focal point automatically. You need to let it do the shining and speak for itself, so that means not overdoing it with statement jewelry pieces such as chandelier earrings or a glitzy necklace.
Don't forgo your veil just because you have a tiara, you can have both! Just be sure you can take your veil off for the reception without disturbing your tiara.
If you aren't one who usually likes to wear jewelry, wearing a large, extravagant tiara can make you feel and appear uncomfortable. Pick your tiara to complement and tie your overall look together.
If you make the decision that a tiara isn't for you, but you still want to adorn your head with something there are alternatives. You could decide on a single flower, lots of little flowers scattered throughout your hair or even a wreath of flowers placed on top of your head. Use decorative pins or combs or bring that little bit of detail that you want.
Now that is everything you need to know about the wedding tiara. Will you wear one or go for an alternative? Whatever you decide, remember it is your special day and choose what you want.
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