The struggle is real, Tiara or Headband, Headband or Tiara, on your wedding day??
Ok, maybe it is not a real struggle, but how to decide what is best for you on your magical and beautifully lovely wedding day, ah the eternal question asked once again, I choose to wear a headband with little crystal flower detailing, that matched my veil perfectly, they both had the same flower detail and simply because that is what worked best for me. Even though I never dreamt of my wedding day as a little girl, the only thing I thought that I wanted on my wedding day would be to wear a Tiara, but then I found my Headband and the rest was history.
Oxford English Dictionary says this about Tiaras and Headbands
A band of fabric worn around the head as a decoration or to keep the hair or perspiration off the face.
History of Headbands
The beginning of headbands started no later than the ancient Greeks, around 475 BC to 330 BC, who wore hair wreaths. The Greeks and Romans wore these pieces for very special occasions or an important event. Cultures such as the Etruscans and Romans started to decorate their wreaths with jewels made up of gold and silver. While wreaths are certainly a likely beginning of today’s headbands, some believe that current day hair bands have slowly taken shape from scarves that were worn around the head or were modified from the band of hats that tied under the chin.
A jeweled ornamental band worn on the front of a woman’s hair.
History of Tiaras
Tiaras are also known as diadems. The wearing of a diadem as a mark of nobility or royalty is an extremely ancient custom, and the forms which diadems have assumed are so diverse that it is very difficult to generalize about them or to trace a continuous line of development. The diadems of some of the Eastern Kings in ancient times were extremely ornate and heavy, while in classical times supreme power was often denoted in the simplest way – by a band of cloth worn round the head and tied in a knot behind. Yet much richer head-dresses had been worn at an earlier date, notably by the Egyptians. Some of the diadems of the Egyptian princesses are amazingly delicate. One which belonged to the Princess Khnemt is made of delicate flowers in gold wire, inlaid with stones, and has all the fragility of a wreath made of real wild flowers. The earliest diadems found in the Greek world are made of gold or silver sheet, decorated with simple patterns of dots embossed from the back. In classical times the diadem of sheet gold decorated with embossed patterns was joined by the wreath. Extremely naturalistic imitations of wreaths of real leaves were made in gold, silver, and materials plated with gold, and were worn on ceremonial occasions.
Whichever you decide, or if you choose to use another head piece altogether or no head piece at all, the special feeling you get while wearing your wedding day ensemble is what you’ll remember. Plus if you do choose to have accessories, they can also be remembered by saving it or sharing it by passing it on to the next generation. What it ultimately comes down to, is what will work for you and your Grooms vision for your beautiful day.
Or, why does it even have to be either or, use one headpiece for the wedding ceremony and one for the reception 😉