You’ve got the dress and the shoes for your big day but now you have the problem of the accessories and hairpieces to match. Many of you will opt for the traditional tiara, but with so many to choose from which one will suit you and your dress best? We spoke to Olivier Laudus of online bridal accessory boutique Olivier Laudus Design to help you find the best one for your big day.
Tiara troubleshoot tip one: Find a tiara that suits your face shape
Known as the “princess of headpieces,” tiaras offer the most impressive effect. Tiaras can be worn with or without a veil and are usually embellished with pearls, crystals, diamante, etc. They compliment upswept hairstyles as well as shorter hairstyles.
Wedding tiaras come in different shapes and forms however there are certain things to consider. You should never rush your decision and choose a tiara according to your face shape.
Round face shapes
To make your face appear longer, choose a tiara with some height. Olivier recommends a tiara with a minimum central peak of 2 inches.
Oval face shapes
Avoid tall looking tiaras which will only make your face appear longer. Wearing a headband or side hair comb will make your face appear less oval.
Long face shapes
Olivier recommends headbands or tiaras with little or no height that extend over your head from one side to the other at an even height. The other option would be to wear a brooch or a hair comb.
Tiara troubleshoot tip two: Ditch the tiara and go for a headband
Headbands have become a fashionable option and are ideal for brides that want to wear their hair down. Double Headbands are similar to the single headband but slightly more stable on the head. Double headbands have a real wow factor yet are still a more elegant alternative for some brides who don’t like tiaras.
Tiara troubleshoot tip three: Choose a haircomb
In 2009 hair combs seemed to me more popular with brides than tiaras. Hair combs can be decorated with chunky Swarovski crystals or with an array of freshwater pearls but keep the weight of the hair comb in mind as you don’t want it to be uncomfortable.
Tiara troubleshoot tip four: Match your hair accessories to your dress
Always try to match your tiara to your wedding dress. If your dress is made with a mixture of pearls and crystals I wear a tiara with a similar arrangement. A dress made purely with crystals will allow for more flixibility when choosing the wedding tiara. On the other hand, if your dress is made only with pearls Olivier recommends having no pearls in your tiara (or very little) and have matching jewellery made. Ivory pearls and gold frames are a good compliment to ivory wedding dresses, silver frames with white pearls and crystals fit better with a white dress.
Tiara troubleshoot tip five. Weight
Keep the weight of your tiara in mind as a lighter tiara won’t need as much pinning to hold it in place as a heavier tiara.