Should I wear a Tiara on my wedding day?

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The etiquette for wearing a tiara and should you wear one?

Are you considering wearing a tiara or crown for your wedding day?  The good news is that tiaras have slowly come back in to fashion after being a little unpopular in recent years.  I think we have a couple of royal weddings to thank for that. And what beautiful weddings they were.


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If you are considering a tiara style for your wedding day, then I hope I can help you to decide what you would like, and how you would like to wear it.

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Tiaras and Crowns throughout history

I guess to understand the role of the tiara in our modern age, I probably ought to explain it’s tradition and roots.  The wearing of tiaras goes back a very long way, and were worn, in very basic form, as far back as the 1st century by the Greeks in the Olympic games.  Around the same time, the wives of Roman emperors would wear headbands that resembled more modern day headdresses.

Much as it has more recently, tiaras went out of fashion throughout the Middle Ages, and did not see a revival until the late 18th century where really, only the royalty, and aristocrats, and eventually, the upper classes would wear them. They were often designed to match the colour of their ornate and beautifully made gowns.

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The meaning behind wearing a tiara

Age old tradition follows that only brides were supposed to wear tiaras on their wedding day, as a symbol for the loss of their innocence and ‘crowning’ of love. After the wedding, married women could also wear tiaras.


Wedding tiaras and how to wear them

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Etiquette we should consider wearing tiaras

Nowadays, tiaras can be enjoyed by anyone, but there are a few basic rules (actually, I’m not keen on this word in regards to weddings; I prefer the word suggestions, after all, it’s your choice).

Firstly, consider your hair style.  This is important for all headdresses, but for tiaras in particular some hair styles may be more suitable than others. It’s fashionable to have your hair down right now, with a gorgeous centre parting and the tiara placed on the head just an inch or so from your hair line. You need to place it far enough back that it’s comfortable, but still visible and looks correctly centred.


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You can certainly wear a veil. In fact, with a tiara, wearing a veil is very simple.  Try not to attach the veil to your headdress. It’s not a must, but if it’s a really long, or heavy veil, it will pull at the tiara.  If you want to wear your tiara all day, then you’ll need to consider that you’ll be wearing your veil all day.

It’s a good idea to remember that we all have different shaped faces.  Trying to match the correct style to your face shape is a good idea.

Wedding tiaras and how to wear them

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Try to ensure that your tiara is put on once your hair has been finished and sprayed. Unless you need to secure it.  Please don’t spray it with hair products. It will dull the metal, and tarnish it. Your hair stylist will probably recommend that you don’t wash your hair on the day – it helps with grip and styling.

As a fan of the more minimalist look, I’d suggest not wearing too much other jewellery with a tiara. If you do, keep it simple.

Don’t mix your metals.  If you’re wearing silver jewellery, then wear a silver tiara.  The same goes for gold.  It’s more elegant.



Would you like help with your wedding concerns and worries?

I’ve fitted, made and designed a lot of tiaras and headdresses through the years that I’ve been a jewellery designer. If you have a question, or just don’t know where to start, then please do get in touch with me. I am here to help and guide.

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“It’s very important to have two tiaras when you’re on the road; you never know when you’ll be invited to really formal”

 – Elton John