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How To Choose The Perfect Tiara And Veil

Sunday February 15th 2009
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Known as the “princess of headpieces,” tiaras offer a fantastic accent to any wedding dress and can be worn with or without a veil. They are usually decorated with pearls or crystals, and compliment both hairups as well as shorter hairstyles.

The tiara should draw attention to the face by framing it, so the shape should be matched to the proportions of the bride’s face. Here is a simple guide:

  • Round face: To make the face appear longer, choose a tiara with some height or one that has a peak.
  • Long face: Headbands or tiaras with little or no height that extend over the head from one side to the other at an even height.
  • Oval face: Avoid pieces with a peak at the top, which will make the face appear longer. Wearing a headband, forehead piece, or a back piece will make the face appear less oval.
  • Full face: To create the illusion of a longer face, wear a tiara that peaks into a “V” at the top.

The tiara should be matched to the proportions of the face. The best advice may seem the most obvious but is worth repeating: first choose your gown, and then choose your accessories to compliment it. Having a good idea of hairstyle will also help in deciding on the tiara and veil.

Match the type of sparkle in the gown with the sparkle in your accessories. Use crystals with crystals, pearls with pearls, etc. Remember that it is the design details of the tiara and veil that transform a beautiful dress into a glorious bridal gown, and a beautiful woman into a bride. The overall balance of the outfit should be such that no one piece overwhelms another.

When the bride goes into the reception the veil is normally removed for dancing. It should not be attached to the tiara so that it is easy to remove without destroying the hairstyle. If you have short hair you will want to decide on a lighter, more delicate tiara that won’t require lots of pinning to hold it in place. Brides with shorter hair look best in headband styles or tiaras with a small shape. Blonde hair and darker shades of hair look spectacular with crystal and silver tiaras. Meanwhile, shades of red and lighter brown hair look stunning with ivory pearls and gold-tone accessories

Keep in mind that tiaras are not just for the bride; they are perfect for bridesmaids as well. To give the wedding party a coordinated look, the attendants can complement the bride’s ensemble by wearing a smaller or simpler version of the bride’s tiara.

Veils tend to come in four length categories:

  • Blusher: A short, single layer of veil worn over the face before the ceremony and then lifted back over the head.
  • Elbow Length: Generally used for shorter gowns without a train and will show off any detailing at the waist of the gown.
  • Fingertip Length: Can be worn with any long gown.
  • Cathedral Length: They are used for formal weddings and generally the veil will extend onto the floor at least six inches past the train.

Rotate the comb 180 degrees forwards & downwards and insert into the hair so that the concave side of the comb follows the shape of the back of the head. The veil should sit snugly behind the tiara without a gap, and should never fall forward so that it cuts across the bride’s cheeks. This looks awful in photographs and the bride will constantly have to keep pushing it out of the way. As a rule of thumb, the veil should never be positioned further forward in the hair than the crown of the head.

The veil should sit snugly behind the tiara without a gap, and should never fall forward so that it cuts across the bride’s cheeks. This looks awful in photographs and the bride will constantly have to keep pushing it out of the way. As a rule of thumb, the veil should never be positioned further forward in the hair than the crown of the head.

Kelly Spence: www.kellyspence.com
Kirsten Goss: www.kirstengoss.com
Yarwood White: www.yarwoodwhite.com
Princess Bride Tiaras: www.princessbridetiaras.com
Carrie Yeo: www.carrieyeo.co.uk

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