The golden rules for wearing a bridal tiara
When it comes to wedding accessories, none is more hotly debated than the tiara. We believe that a woman’s wedding day is a chance for her to go all out and make herself feel like royalty! Nothing says glamour and grandeur quite like a tiara, as they are the ultimate piece in statement dressing and regularly adorned by royalty.
So, what are the golden rules and etiquette for wearing a tiara?
- Old tradition: If you want to follow the age-old tradition, then tiaras are only supposed to be worn by brides on their wedding day or by married women. This is because of the tiaras roots in classical antiquity - it was seen as the emblem of the loss of innocence to the crowning of love.
- Placement: If you choose to wear one, be conscious of proper placement. Put your thumb on the dimple of your chin and your index finger on the gap in between your eyebrows. Keeping that measurement, move your thumb up to where your finger was. Your index finger should now be touching the base of the tiara in your hair. Anymore than an inch and a half from your hairline, and people will talk.
- Put it on last: Only put on your tiara after all hair lacquering is complete. Who wants a dull, sticky tiara? Not you.
- Shapes: If you have a long face, a pointy tiara will make it look longer. If you have a round face, a rounded style will make it look more moon-like. Get a design that is the opposite to your face shape and you will get an A-star in Tiara-ology.
- Hairstyle: A tiara worn with limp, centre-parted hair looks like you couldn't be bothered to groom yourself so put on the diamonds as a sort of diversionary tactic. Very bohemian. But people will notice. If you must wear your hair down, then pull the sides back over the ends of the tiara so it looks more 'settled' in the hair.
- Don't wash your hair: Don't wash your hair just before wearing a tiara - day old hair, without conditioner, will offer more grip. And with tiaras, as with so many things, grip is key.
- Securing: If you're planning on dancing on tables, you will need extra help. Fine thread hat elastic or bobby pins can be used to sew your tiara into the back of your chignon.
- No attaching: Don't attach your tiara to your veil or headpiece. The weight of the veil will drag back your crown, and you will find yourself removing it far earlier in the proceedings than it deserves.
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