You don't have to be a princess to wear a tiara
anymore. But you're the bride at your wedding, so you might as well be considered royalty! And you're sure to feel like the belle of your ball when you're wearing a wedding tiara
Though the tiara originated in ancient Persia, the style migrated to Greece and survived through the fall of Grecian democracy, the rule of Alexander the Great, and all the way up to the Napoleon era. But they didn't rise as a fashion statement until the 1800s when monarchies began dissolving. Democracies were rising, and no longer were tiaras only meant for the upper class. Before, tiaras were only worn to express royalty, wealth and importance.Bridal tiaras
didn't become popular until the turn of the 20th century. For a while their usage decreased dramatically due to their high prices, but they came back into style when brides chose to wear it as an alternative to the veil. Some brides (like brides today) wore both a tiara and a veil. Luckily tiaras would later become much more affordable so every bride could feel like a million bucks.
The styles of tiaras
vary in shape, size, metals and ornamentation. They can be so extravagant that they're fit for a queen, or subtle enough to add an elegant touch to a simple dress. Though all tiaras are made of metal, you'll find the accents will vary: cubic zirconia, pearls, Swarovski crystals - you name it. There are tons of varieties, but only you will know which one will look best.
There are a lot of things to consider before purchasing the right tiara to wear at your wedding:- Facial structure
Like haircuts, certain tiaras may look funny depending on the shape of your face. For example, if your face is round, you may want to opt for a slightly taller tiara (and if your face is more oval, vice versa - try a shorter tiara, or maybe even a headband).- Hairstyle
You're going to be in a bit of a bind if you want to wear your hair down, yet found the perfect bun ring. So choose your hairstyle first, then find a tiara to match. You may find a beautiful tiara that you're dying to have, but you'll be distraught when you don't like the way your hair looks with it.- Style
There are headbands, double headbands, bun rings, backpieces, combs, and v-bands. Each are extremely different, look different on different people, and don't work with certain hairstyles. Do your research first, and follow the next rule: choose your tiara last, after you've chosen your gown and hairstyle.- Design
What do you want? What does your dress look like? Big or small, vintage or modern, pearls or crystals? The limits are endless, but you're going to want to choose your dress first and then incorporate the tiara into your ensemble. But the tiara should compliment you and the gown, not overwhelm it. If your dress has detailing, look for similar detailing in the tiara. The same applies to gems; if there are any on your gown, make sure the tiara has the same.- Location
On your head, of course! You can wear the tiara across your forehead, on the front of your head, towards your crown, in a bun, or even at the back of your head. The most popular is towards your crown: this is a little more than halfway along your head from the forehead, and looks great with both updos or down styles. Again, choosing a location will require a bit of research and a lot of playing dress-up.
Perhaps you feel a tiara is a bit too flashy for your taste, yet you'd like to add a bit of sparkle to your hairstyle. There are other options, such as a headband (which is a great choice if you're wearing your hair down), a comb or hair pins (both of which are great for practically all hair styles). There are also bun rings, backpieces and v-bands as well.
You're sure to find the perfect one for you in our fabulous selection of wedding tiaras
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