Tiaras offer the most dramatic look. They are a gorgeous accent to any style
gown, from simple and contemporary to ball gown traditional. Tiarascan be
worn with or without a veil and are usually accented with Austrian crystals,
rhinestones, Swarovski crystals, AB crystals, fresh water pearls, and faux
pearls (see below). Tiaras compliment up-does as well as all longer and shorter
Austrian Crystals: Another name for rhinestones.
Designates a higher quality rhinestone.
Rhinestones: Clear rhinestones.
Swarovski Crystals: “Brand Name” crystal. Highest
quality crystal--specific cut gives it maximum shine.
AB Crystals: Refers to Aurora Borealis Crystals. They have
a “rainbow” effect when they reflect the light. Crystals can be “clear or
Fresh Water Pearls: Oval shape and slightly off
white in color. Coordinates best with diamond white, off-white and ivory
Faux Pearls: Fake pearls, typically more stark white,
completely round and coordinates with the white dresses.
Headbands are a very functional option. For brides who want to wear their hair
down, a headband
can be used to keep her hair away from her face. It also can be worn to accent
upswept hairstyles and looks fantastic with shorter hairstyles.
Double or Triple
Headbands are the most versatile of all. They can be worn flat on the head
as a headband, tilted forward in tiara style, or wrapped around a bun
(depending on the style).
A comb is a
simple piece that can be worn with almost any hairstyle. It has a tiara look,
but smaller. Depending on the style, it can sometimes provide for a less formal
look, and can be worn on different parts of the head.
are also very versatile. They are a great option for any hairstyle, whether
formal or tussled, up or down. They have become very popular for the beach
a tiara according to your face shape
A tiara should draw
attention to your face by framing it, not draw attention away from it. The
wrong shape tiara can make your face look too long and thin or too short and
full. Here is a guide:
Round/Full face: To make your face appear longer,
choose a tiara with some height or one that has a peak.
Long face: Choose headbands or tiaras with little or no
height that extend over your head from one side to the other at an even
Oval face: Avoid pieces with a peak at the top, which
will make your face appear longer. Choose a headband, side hair comb or
color will match my gown?
WHITE GOWNS: Choose a tiara that is silver-tone,
rhinestone, or white pearl.
IVORY GOWNS: Choose a tiara that is gold-tone or ivory pearls.
DIAMOND WHITE GOWNS: This is a fairly new shade of gown. It is lighter
than off-white but not start white. Choose either gold, silver tone, or white
CHAMPAGNE OR DARK IVORY: Choose a gold tone tiara or dark ivory pearls.
pattern should I choose?
Try to match the pattern in
the detailing of your gown to the pattern in the tiara. If you have floral
pattern in your gown, look for a headpiece with similar detailing. A modern,
plain white gown usually looks best with a tiara with straight lines or a
Match the beading of your dress to the accents in your
tiara. If your dress has pearls in the detailing, select a tiara with some
or all pearls. If your dress has crystals, select a headpiece with crystal
A tiara with only Austrian crystals (rhinestones) and
no pearls will match any gown.
A tiara with pearls should match either the gown (pearl
accents on the gown) or pearl necklace and earrings. Most pearl
tiaras go well with off-white or ivory gowns, but some pearls are
brighter white, so be sure to check the description of the headpiece.
Be sure to take a step back and make sure that all the
pieces of the bridal ensemble work together and that no one piece
Brides with Short Hair--Yes, women with short hair look
absolutely beautiful wearing a tiara! You do want to choose a lighter,
more delicate tiara that won't require lots of pinning to hold it in place.
Try headband style or tiaras with a more petite shape.