A tiara is a type of crown once worn by kings and emperors alike. Also known a diadem, this decorative headpiece was hugely popular with female members of the British Royal Family in the 19th century. The fashion trend eventually caught on with the commoners. In modern times, coruscating circlets are often used to “crown” beauty pageant winners. The tiara has also become a popular bridal accessory.
When worn by a non-royal woman on her wedding day, the modern tiara has a kind of understated elegance. It is eye-catching without being ostentatious. A bridal tiara can also be used to complement certain hairstyles, especially the updo. They even work well with veils.
Veil or Tiara?
Because most brides-to-be do not have a fortune to spend on accessories, they are often forced to choose between a veil and a tiara. It isn’t an easy choice. Both are completely impractical, which is why they are accessories. But the bridal tiara is far more affordable. Rhinestone tiaras start at only around thirty dollars. They are also much easier to take care of. After all, veils are made of delicate materials like tulle and tiaras are made of metal and gemstones.
Of course, practicality is seldom a concern when it comes to weddings. The main reason why tiaras have gained a loyal following in recent years is because more couples are planning informal ceremonies. This includes outdoor affairs in the grass or on the sand. Big, elaborate veils do not belong at beach or backyard weddings. Bridal tiaras are more comfortable and attractive when the wind blows and the mercury soars.
Finding the right tiara is more complicated than it might at first appear. When used in place of a veil, the bridal tiara must shine. Hairstyle and face shape are often more important than the color, cut or style of the bridal gown, which is a good thing! It means that the bride can select her dress and then move on to the accessories. A bride should never wear a tiara unless she is absolutely crazy about it. There are far more affordable accessories she can use in her hair, like headbands, combs and hair jewelry.
With that said, the tiara is known as the “princess of headpieces” for a reason. When used correctly, it is the perfect complement to the right wedding gown. The bridal tiara is also far more versatile than most people think. It can be used in combination with veils and other headpieces, with upswept hairstyles and with shorter cuts. The sheer number of options when it comes to materials makes it the perfect accessory for any kind of wedding. Bridal tiaras adorned with crystals, pearls or rhinestones can be worn at both formal and causal ceremonies.
Unlike the veil, the purpose of the tiara is to draw attention to your face. If the tiara is the wrong shape, it may make your face look too short and full or too long and thin. Let us take a moment to review a few common face shapes and the recommended tiara for each.
Round Face: A bride with a round or plump face should shop for a tiara that has some height. A bridal tiara that has a peak will make your face look longer and thinner than it actually is. The affect can be quite striking in formal photographs.
Full face: A short, thin tiara that peaks into a classic “V” on top will make a full face appear a bit longer. The illusion works well when paired with a slightly shorter dress.
Oval Face: Brides with oval-shaped faces should avoid tiaras that have high peaks, which will make their faces appear longer. A short tiara that is not overly ornate and is worn on the front of the head can make your face look less oval.
Long Face: Brides with long faces should shop for tiaras that are thin and even and have little or no height. These headpieces draw attention to the face without making it look longer than it is.
As we mentioned earlier, the best advice we can give you is to choose your gown first, then select the accessories. Hairstyle is not nearly as important as most brides-to-be assume. A talented stylist can work with almost any bridal tiara. More elaborate hairpieces are generally designed for certain looks, which should be indicated in the product description. If you have a certain look in mind, simply ask the salesperson at the bridal salon and they will help you find the perfect bridal tiara.
Last but not least, it is important to remember that the tiara is just an accessory. In spite of its history, the fact that it was worn by kings and queens, the tiara should not outshine your bridal gown. If you select a more conservative, understated dress, your tiara should also be understated. Showy accessories draw attention away from the gown, which is obviously not the purpose of an accessory.
The bridal tiara is an affordable, versatile accessory that can be worn by any blushing bride on her big day.