Wedding headdress and tiaras
June 6, 2006. Written by Paula Jones
Crown your bridal gown with a wedding tiara. It’s the ultimate fantasy ‐ to drift down the aisle looking like a princess for a day. So it’s no wonder that one of the key ornaments for any bridal outfit is a tiara‐style headdress.
Top bridal tiara tips
- Salon sense: A good place to start is at your hair salon. Pop in for a consultation (you’ll be doing this anyway, of course, to discuss your hair style) and ask to flick through some hair magazines, or see if they keep an album of different ways to wear a tiara and flowers.
- Window shop: Trawl the high street for accessory shops to get ideas. You might find you prefer a simple tiara, or would rather buy one and decorate it yourself.
- Floral sense: Order any flowers early (this applies to all wedding flowers), to make sure you get what you want on the day, especially if the flowers you have chosen will be out of season.
- Back view: Don’t forget that detail around the back of your head is as important as the front view: most of the ceremony will be spent with your back to the congregation.
- Tall order: Wreaths look better on long hair, especially on brides who will be wearing their hair down.
- High tied: Short brides can give themselves a little extra height by choosing a tall headdress, but be careful not to detract attention from the rest of your outfit, and be careful not to choose anything that will be hard to attach.
- Fine point: If your hair is very fine it may not hold a heavy tiara. Wash it the day before the wedding to give it more chance of holding a headpiece, and give your hairdresser ample time to secure it in place.
- Braided bunch: Plaited hair can help keep a headdress secure. Irish brides once braided their hair as a matter of course, as it was thought this would help protect their feminine powers!
- Flower power: Remember that flowers are delicate, and will wilt on hot days. If you’re planning to incorporate them into a headpiece, you may prefer to use silk ones.
- Little tips: Head adornments should be kept simple for younger bridal attendants. Buy hair grips decorated with silk flowers, or ones that are brightly coloured.
- Bird brain: Feeling brave? Branch away from beads and sequins and adorn your headdress with something more daring. Try kingfisher feathers, traditionally woven into hair pieces by the ancient Chinese.
- Dress rehearsal: When visiting the hairdresser for your final fitting (usually a couple of weeks before the big day), remember to take your headpiece along with you.
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