Wedding Accesories - Bridal Tiara

tiaraWhen choosing your tiara the important thing is to have one that fits correctly and is comfortable for you to wear.

Like many of your wedding accessories you may have to wear your tiara for many hours and the last thing you want is the worry of it slipping off, or worse still, giving you a headache because it’s too heavy.

Your face shape is important when picking your tiara as this ‘crowning glory’ is to help draw attention to your blushing, beautiful face and not deter from it:

Round Face. Look for a pointed or peaked tiara.  This will help by giving your face a slightly longer look.

Long Face.  Go for a flat tiara because the pointed or peaked ones will only make your face appear even longer. 

Oval Face. If you are wearing your hair straight avoid peaked tiaras, otherwise this shaped face is one of the lucky ones inasmuch all other shaped tiaras will suit

Full Face.  To create the illusion of a longer face, wear a tiara that peaks into a "V" at the top

When you go shopping for your tiara, if possible try and have your hair in the style that you will have on your wedding day.  This may well help you decide when you find the perfect one, instead of thinking ‘it will look better when I have my hair done’.

Match your tiara to your jewellery. If this is not possible for some reason such as you are wearing antique jewellery or your mothers/grandmothers, then match up a colour, precious stones or pattern as best you can.

If you are wearing no jewellery you can look for something within your dress such as gold or silver embroidery, crystals or coloured patterns that can compliment the tiara.

Walk about the shop as much as possible while wearing the tiara.  Bend over, dance, walk up stairs, sit and kneel down. Do as many of the actions that you know you will do on your special day.

Types of Headdress

tiara 2Tiara: This is known as the "princess of headpieces," and can give the most impressive effect. They can be worn with or without a veil and made in an array of different metals and precious stones.  Can be worn with any hairstyle.

Headband: These types of headdresses can be used for brides with straight hair or upswept hairstyles.  This is functional as it can be used to keep hair away from the face.

Double Headband: Are one of the most versatile of them all. These can be placed flat on the head and used as a headband or tilted slightly forward giving a tiara style.  Can also be used to decorate a bun by wrapping around it.

Bun Ring:  This circle of crystals can give a bun the classy and sophisticated look that all brides want.

Back-piece: This small accessory is ideal to wear when you want to play down the look of ‘tiaras’ and crowns.  This can flatter a low bun or French twist hairstyle.

Comb:  Any hairstyle can be complimented with this simple piece.  It can have jewels, feathers, ribbons and bows added.

V-band: A retro look that is only suited for a few people. It was designed for drawing attention to the front of the face and can be used to add balance to a longer face shape.

Reasons to Wear a Tiara

  • You stand out from everybody that you are the bride.
  • It can transform your beautiful dress into a glorious bridal gown.
  • You feel like a princess.
  • It can help keep your hair and/or veil in place.
  • It can accent any hairstyle from short to long and from down to up.
  • Tiaras can compliment your jewellery

Tiaras that Compliment

tiara 2If your dress is ivory the wisest choice would be either a gold toned or ivory, pearl accented tiaras. 

Gold or Silver tiaras match best with diamond white wedding gowns.

Platinum blonde and darker shaded of hair can happily choose between white, silver or crystal accents on the tiara

Hair with shades of red and lighter browns can carry off wearing tiaras with ivory pearls and/or gold tones accessories.

Tiara Titbits

Once you have purchased your tiara, try and wear it around the home for longer periods to get you used to having it on your head. 

Flex the tiara to help loosen it slightly if it is too tight for you. This will stop the ends pushing into your head and cause headaches after wearing it for so long. (Pull the ends very gently apart and let them spring back naturally to their original spot).

Some tiaras may have sharp ends.  You can help ease it sticking in your head by cutting two tiny rectangles of light foam and wrap around the ends. This will also help in keeping the tiara steady and lessen the amount of pins you may have to use.

Tiaras are made today from crystals, beads and feathers, to gold, silver and platinum and in any size, shape or colour.  They can be made from fresh or silk flowers with or without foliage.  (If you choose fresh flowers it would help to have flowers in season, and one’s that will not wilt quickly).

Your tiara, like all your wedding accessories, should compliment your outfit not overpower it, so remember when choosing one to match it wisely with your dress, hairstyle, face shape, colours and jewellery – above all, wear it with elegance, dignity and poise and feel very special, because YOU are the bride and it is YOUR day!!

History of the Tiara

The ‘tiara’, legend tells us, was invented by a Greek God and taken from the word ‘Diadein’ which means to bind around. It was the Persians who gave us the actual word tiara meaning ‘high peaked head-dress’ and it was the Romans who added the use of precious stones.

Originally they were made by foliage and flowers being bound together in a circle and even today some brides still favour the flower garland placed around her or the bridesmaids’ heads instead of metal.

Different Uses of Tiaras in History

tiara 4Tiaras’ have been placed on heads for thousands of years for different reasons.  They can be traced back to the royal mummies of ancient Egyptians and statues of their gods and priests were honoured by having gold tiara’s created for them.

During the Roman era, winners of contests were awarded them and people of high ranking could be recognised in rank and honour by the different metals and precious stones in the tiara.

Women of the Court in Napoleonic times had tiaras made for them. They kept them simple in symmetrical shapes and made full use of the laurel and olive leaves.

It was during the 19th Century when English jewellers began to create exquisite and delicate tiaras that the headdress began to be associated with weddings.

Tiaras are still as popular today, this wedding accessory comes with many different shapes, sizes, colours and metals that are available, giving todays bride even more choose than ever before.