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Selecting a Tiara or Headpiece:

Pure Bliss upholds the highest quality standards with all our veils and tiaras. We Use only the finest materials, including:
  • Swarovski crystals
  • Fresh water pearls
  • Genuine Austrian crystals
  • Multi-faceted diamante
  • Glass pearl & fire polish beads
  • Sterling silver or 14 kt gold plated metal

Choosing a tiara can be a fun process! Pure Bliss is here to help you with your decision!
When selecting a tiara, bridal comb, headband, or hair pins, make sure the following is in place:
  • Your wedding dress is selected.
  • Your hairstyle is somewhat selected.

What style is best for me?

TIARAS:
Tiaras offer the most dramatic look. They are a gorgeous accent to any style of dress, from simple and contemporary to ball gown traditional. Tiaras can 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 hairstyles.

Austrian Crystals: Another name for diamante. Designates a higher quality diamante.

Diamante: 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 AB.”

Fresh Water Pearls: Oval shape and slightly off white in colour. Coordinates best with diamond white, off-white and ivory dresses.

Faux Pearls: Fake pearls, typically more stark white, completely round and coordinates with the white dresses.

View our selection of wedding tiaras

HEADBANDS:
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 up-swept hairstyles and looks fantastic with shorter hairstyles.

Double or Triple Headband: Double 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).

COMB:
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.

View our selection of bridal combs

HAIR PINS:
Hair pins are also very versatile. They are a great option for any hairstyle, whether formal or tussled, up or down. They have become very popular!
Choose 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 height.

Oval face: Avoid pieces with a peak at the top, which will make your face appear longer. Choose a headband, side hair comb or hair pins.

What colour will match my dress?

WHITE DRESSES: Choose a tiara that is silver-tone, diamante, or white pearl.

IVORY DRESSES: Choose a tiara that is gold-tone or ivory pearls.

DIAMOND WHITE DRESSES: This is a fairly new shade of dress. It is lighter than off-white but not start white. Choose either gold, silver tone, or white pearl.

CHAMPAGNE OR DARK IVORY: Choose a gold tone tiara or dark ivory pearls.

View our selection of Veil Colours

What 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 geometric pattern.

Helpful Tip:

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 accents.

A tiara with only Austrian crystals (diamante) and no pearls will match any dress.
A tiara with pearls should match either the dress (pearl accents on the dress) 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 overwhelms another.

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.

Selecting a Veil:


Choosing a veil can be a complicated task, but here at Purebliss, we want to make it a simple and enjoyable experience! Pure Bliss only stock veils that are all made with high-quality softer tulle that drapes beautifully and are easily attached. Pure Bliss offers various lovely and elegant veil lengths. You may also choose from a one-tier or two-tier veil, as well as fabulous colours.

CUSTOMISED: We offer our brides the ability to customise a veil to their requirements. You can choose length, edging, accents and colour. Customised goods cannot be exchanged or refunded.

What is best length for me?


ELBOW LENGTH: (30” long): It is generally used for dresses without a train and will enhance any detailing at or around the waist of the dress. It also compliments a dress with a full skirt (ending below a low back and above the start of the skirt). The elbow-length veil is mostly worn for formal and semi-formal weddings.

FINGERTIP LENGTH: (36” long): The fingertip veil can be worn with any full length gown. It is not recommended for a dress with a train. It falls right at the fingertips of the bride if her hands are at her side and is used for formal and semi-formal weddings.

CATHEDRAL LENGTH: (floor length): Cathedral veils are out most popular. The veil will extend onto the floor at least six inches past the train for a very dramatic look. Cathedral length veil looks best when worn with a cathedral or semi-cathedral length dress.

Helpful Tip:


Always consider the detailing of your dress. The veil should accentuate and be proportional to the dress, not take away from its details. Your veil length should be cut just above or below any focal point on your dress. For example, don't choose a veil that ends right where your bodice begins. This will visually cut you in half. If you have a sharply defined waistline, don't choose a veil that ends right at the waistline.
A cathedral length veil should only be worn with a chapel or cathedral length dress. Keep in mind that chapel and cathedral length veils can be difficult to manoeuvre and a fingertip length veil will look just as lovely with a chapel or cathedral length dress.
It is very important to consider the placement of the veil on your head. Keep in mind that if you are wearing it toward the back of your head, the veil will be longer.
If you are shorter than 5'4" you should select an elbow-length veil (30” long). If you are taller than 5'7" you should select a fingertip-length veil (36” long). If you are in between these heights, you could go with either length depending on your personal taste.

One or two tiers?


ONE-TIER VEILS: One tier veils are lovely with any dress, they do not have a blusher*. They are for the bride that wants a minimal, less formal, but chic look. The one tier provides a subtle look of elegance. It is also a nice choice for the bride who wants to wear a veil in the back of the head, say to accentuate and up-do hairstyle.

* Blusher: A shoulder-length layer of the veil that is worn over the face. Typically combined with other lengths and used for both formal and semi-formal weddings. Don't underestimate how much the blusher will soften and transform your appearance

TWO-TIER VEILS: Two-tiered veils are suited for nearly all dresses, but look especially nice with a semi-formal or formal dress—they do have a blusher. Two-tier veils are fuller and will frame your face beautifully. They work well with any hairstyle. Two-tier veils are for the bride that wants a more formal or traditional look, or just a splash of drama!

What colour should I choose?


WHITE: This bright (stark) white colour. If your gown is called "white", this is the veil colour you need to select.

ANTIQUE WHITE/DIAMOND WHITE: This colour is just barely off-white. It was made for a silk white dress which is not a stark white colour. It is usually the best choice for "candlelight" or "antique white" dress also.

IVORY: It may come as a surprise but one of the most difficult colours to match is Ivory! The reason being that, what is Ivory to you, can be anything from cream, to off white or champagne to other people.
Some of your friends will say your dress is Ivory and others cream, so to avoid disappointment get some of our samples and have peace of mind that you have ordered the correct colour match for your dress on your special day.
Our ivory colour is a very soft, light shade of ivory with subtle yellow undertones. If your dress is called ivory, this is usually the best choice for you.

CHAMPAGNE: As a special order, we offer champagne colour veils with a slight brown overtone to match champagne or dark ivory wedding dresses.

Helpful Tip:


If there is any colour variation between the dress and your veil, you always want to choose a veil that is a shade lighter (versus a shade darker) than your dress. We recommend that you get a selection of fabric colours to test, as just because your dress is called ivory it does not necessarily mean that our ivory will match, we might call that colour diamond white.
So for peace of mind why not take advantage of our sample offer below.

Sample colors are available, and we recommend that you get at least 3 to be sure of the best match.
These are free. Just e-mail Pure Bliss with your address and the colours you would like

View our selection of Veil Colours

Selecting Your Wedding Day Jewellery:



Today's bridal jewellery often includes rhinestones/diamante, faux diamonds--sometimes called CZs, Swarovski crystals, Austrian crystals, and/or a combination of two or more. It's really a matter of personal style and budget.
Most people build up a "look" or theme around one particular piece of their wedding day outfit. Whatever your inspiration, it’s a good idea to try and get each piece of the outfit to accessorize beautifully with everything else. Don’t feel that you have to match everything perfectly, but don’t buy things in isolation.

For the Bride:
Preparations often seem to focus around the dress style. However, there are many other elements of your look to consider, such as, ceremony style, veil style, and hairstyle.

Dress Style:
The most important thing is to make sure your jewellery does not overpower the dress and that the colour works with the dress.
For example, a white dress looks best with white pearls and silver. An ivory dress looks better with ivory pearls and gold or silver both work. A champagne dress looks best with dark ivory/champagne and gold accents, diamante, crystals, diamonds, or faux diamonds (CZs) can work with all gown colours. Sometimes a well selected broach can add that little something to the dress.

Helpful Tip:


For a simple dress with a deep neckline, you should be looking at chunkier more substantial jewellery set—especially the necklace.
Pearls always seem to work, but try on different lengths to make sure that they compliment the entire look.
Many of today's most popular dress are strapless or have low necklines. This is a perfect style to showcase a wonderful necklace and earrings.
Dresses with high necklines may be better off to forgo the necklace and concentrate on the perfect earrings.
Examine the detailing of your dress and match your jewellery accordingly. For example, if you have crystals and pearls on your dress, you would want to buy jewellery with the same detailing.

Ceremony Style:
The bride's jewellery should reflect the formality of the wedding. A small, informal wedding calls for simple jewellery, while large, formal wedding calls for more elaborate jewellery.

Veil Style:
Veils come in many different styles. Always consider the detailing on your veil. The more detailed it is, the softer you want the jewellery to be. If you have a traditional veil with no beading or accents, you can go for a more glamorous or flashy look with your jewellery. It is a simple case of balancing the overall effect of the details.

Hairstyle:
you have a shorter style or you have selected and up-do for the wedding day, longer or drop earrings that extend toward your neck would be a lovely choice. If you want something simpler, then rhinestone studs or simple pearls can be equally beautiful.
If your hair is down, try and choose an earring that is not too long, like a chandelier length, as it may get tangled in your locks. Short drop earring and studs/simple pearls would be the best choice. Recommended hair and makeup sites: www.susanpeggs.com http://www.prg.ie http://www.professionalmakeup.ie

Helpful tip:


Keep your earrings simple if your necklace is large or grand. Bracelets can be worn with sleeveless, short-sleeve, and three-quarter sleeve gowns.
It is possible to combine a bracelet with gloves as a dramatic accessory worn over tight-fitted gloves.

Keep this in mind when selecting earring styles:

A button earring accentuates a round face.
A dangle earring widens a narrow face.
A squared earring adds interest to a long face.

If you are not wearing a necklace you may want your earrings to be larger. It is all a matter of balance.

For the Bridesmaids:
The greatest benefit of selecting your bridesmaid’s jewellery sets is that it works as a personal gift, as well as gives you the option of what will be worn on your wedding day. Link to bridesmaids section always consider your wedding style, bridesmaid dress colour, time of year, and of course, personal taste. If you choose the jewellery with your bridal party in mind, you are sure to select a gift the bridesmaids will appreciate.
It is important to choose a set that not only looks fantastic the day of your wedding, but can be worn again.

Wedding Style:
Keep your wedding style in mind. If you have an informal wedding, you will want to choose a more subtle jewellery set. If your wedding is a larger more formal affair, you may want to go with something a bit more glamorous. Again, this is a matter of personal taste.

Bridesmaid Dress Colour:
Keep in mind that if you select a colour crystal jewellery set, you don't have to match your wedding colour exactly. Selecting a lovely ivory or champagne necklace set is a lovely accent colour that will bring a shimmer to the bridal party while allowing the wedding colour to stand out fully in the bridesmaids dresses.

Time of Year:
If you are getting married in the spring or summer, you can choose lighter colours such as sky blue, lavender, or mint green. Autumn and winter months lend a brilliant backdrop to burgundy, chocolate, or black bridesmaid jewellery sets.

Do all the bridesmaids need to wear the same set?
Absolutely not! Choosing a different necklace set for each of your bridesmaids is a fantastic and fun option—just make sure you keep it the same gem style for each lady (all crystals/diamante or all pearls). You are technically giving each one the same gift; however you are tailoring the design to their particular personality.
Everyone always has a friend that's larger than life. She loves to have fun and is brilliantly boisterous. Think lots of sparkle to match her sparkly personality, like a diamante jewellery set that's big and bold or a chunky pearl chocker that has that edge!
For the bridesmaid that's more reserved and quiet, think classic and traditional, like a single strand diamante necklace set or a traditional drop pearl set. This allows you to capture her particular personality while keeping the jewellery in the same family as the rest of the bridesmaids.

Helpful tip:


The most common pearl colours are white or ivory. Which colour you choose depends on the colour of the bridesmaid dress?
White looks fabulous with primary colours, such as red, blue, purple, green and of course, white.
Ivory is very complimentary with champagne, ivory, brown, orange, and yellow.
Either white or ivory may be worn with black.


For more help and advice contact Pure Bliss

Links of interest:
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