Tantalising tiaras are the last word in big-day crowning glory. Not sure they’ll suit you? Think again with these top tiara tips…
Despite remaining convinced that placing anything on my head instantly lent me the look of a stupefied hamster, I must admit that on my wedding day, I did rock the tiara look. And I felt fabulous. Not a hint of hamster anywhere. For those of us who feel a little out of our comfort zone at the thought of something so celebratory princessy, we team up with Jacqui from Wisheart Tiara Design for her top tiara tips, and to dispel a few myths…
“I get two reactions from brides-to-be at wedding shows: 1) they swarm to my stand, drawn by the sparkle and promise of fairytale goals and Hollywood glamour, 2) they run a mile claiming they would never be seen dead wearing a tiara (despite not-so-subtle protests from their ‘supportive’ entourage who generally thrust tiaras at the mortified bride-to-be and insist she “try one on to see”). Tiaras aren’t for everyone. For some, they are too formal – relics of a bygone and out-dated past. For others, they are quite simply, just a bit too much. For those of us secretly harbouring an inner princess, we LOVE them!”
“According to Geoffrey Munn in ‘Tiaras Past and Present’ (my tiara-making bible), tiaras “mark the crowning of love on your wedding day”. But unless you happen to attend formal red carpet engagements on a regular basis, this will be your first occasion of wearing one. How do you do it justice? How do you get it right and carry off your tiara with elegance and glamour rather than wear it awkwardly like a paper crown on Christmas day? There are no hard and fast rules here, but, having worked with numerous brides to create their perfect tiara and also with hair stylists at photo shoots and catwalk shows, here are some of my top tiara wearing tips and tricks of the trade….”
Make a statement
First up: embrace it! Go for a statement piece and allow it to take pride of place by keeping your dress simple and other jewellery discreet. And, yes, if you come across a tiara you adore, why not go ahead and buy it? Haven’t got the dress yet? Does it really matter? I am absolutely in the school of thought that says tiara first, worry about the rest of your wedding-day look later!
Complement the detail in your dress
If, like most brides, you do purchase your dress first, then choose a tiara that complements the detail in your dress. If your dress is adorned with crystals, then go for a crystal tiara, or, if your dress is decorated with pearl beading, then go for pearls. Also, consider any other jewellery you will be wearing to avoid potential clashing!
Don’t just opt for silver, consider other metal finishes
Think about the metal finish for your tiara: silver, antique silver, gold, yellow gold, antique gold, rose gold, copper (the list is endless!), and try different finishes against your hair colour – this honestly makes such a difference to the overall look and impact of the tiara. It’s not so much about choosing a jaw-dropping, stunning tiara, but selecting a tiara made for you – like a dress, you will know when you have found ‘the’ tiara.
Work with your face shape
Make sure the shape of your tiara complements the shape of your face. For a heart-shaped face, choose a ‘v’ shaped tiara. If you have a long face, avoid heights or points and, if you have a round face, go for a tiara with a peak. If you’ve been blessed with an oval face, then ‘hurrah! – you can pretty much get away with any shape.
Create some height
If, like me, you are short, then wear a tiara to create some height, elegance and to lengthen the whole look.
Position your tiara on the crown of your head (not your forehead) and sit the tiara flat against your hair – there should be no gap between the hair and your headpiece. Build a hairstyle around your tiara – choose a style where tiara, hair (and veil if you choose to wear one) work in harmony together. Be prepared to experiment with different styles and looks at your hair trial.
Most importantly, have fun choosing your tiara! The best part of my job? Seeing brides and their girls trying tiaras on: glass of prosecco in one hand and taking insta shots with the other. If I were to insist on one tiara-buying rule it would be this: try lots on and take loads of pictures – basically, indulge that inner princess and look fabulous!
Thank you so much Jacqui for these excellent top tips (hamsters, be gone with you!). For more excellent advice and stunning tiaras, visit wishheartdesigns.uk