Tiaras went through a very popular stage for couples getting married during the 1990’s and early 2000’s. As more natural looks have gained preference in recent years, tiaras have taken a bit of a backseat. However, they remain classically elegant and an essential part of a true fairytale-style wedding.
The original tiara was worn by kings and emperors and was made from leather or beautiful fabrics. They were high, cylindrical crowns covered in embellishments such as gemstones. The Assyrians even included animal horns and feathers in their decoration thereof. Today, though, these items are far more feminine and ornate. They are generally small bands that are placed on top of the head, decorated with crystals, gems and pearls. Occasionally, brides will wear the tiara on their forehead as a front-let band.
Your tiara should be chosen once you have chosen your dress and have a fair idea of what your hair will look like on the day of your wedding. While they generally work for every style of wedding dress and genre of wedding, tiaras come in so many different shapes and forms that it is essential that they match your dress and the general look and feel of your big day. If you will be wearing a veil with the tiara, try to bring it along when shopping for your crown, so that you can be sure that the two will work together.
Tiaras are great for creating a dramatic look. They suit short or long hair, loose styles or up-styles. This flexibility allows you, as the bride, to feel comfortable while never negotiating on absolute style and elegance.
The shape of the tiara plays a huge part in its suiting you. Brides with round or fuller faces should choose a higher tiara with a peak in the centre, so that it can elongate the face upwards. Those with long or oval faces should have a more petit, flatter tiara that does not lengthen your face even more.
The colours in the tiara need to match your dress and the theme colours of your wedding. Although tiaras are not usually colourful, even the base colour of the metal frame can play an integral role in your overall appearance. If you are planning on having a white dress, choose a tiara that is silver with rhinestones, diamante, Swarovski crystals or white pearls. Ivory gowns are best complemented by gold-toned frames with amber stones and ivory pearls. Champagne dresses are stunning and can be made even more beautiful with dark ivory pearls in a gold tiara. Any tiara with pearls in should be paired with pearl jewellery of the same colour for a completely cohesive look.
If possible, the pattern of your tiara should match the embellishments on your dress. This does not have to be an exact match (which is almost impossible unless the tiara is custom-made). If your dress is slim-fitting and simple in style, a tiara with geometric patterns works well. On the other hand, if you have a more old-fashioned dress design with floral detail, choose a tiara with tiny diamante flowers.
If you like the idea of wedding jewellery in your hair but feel that a tiara is a little overwhelming, try a jewelled headband or even hair combs, pins or clips with embellishments. These are also flexible and elegant, without quite as much of an impact as the classic tiara. Whatever hair piece you choose, make sure that it reflects your own personal style and identity, but that it still works well within the outfit as a whole.
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