Now there’s a question!
What is the difference between a tiara, side tiara and headband? Is everyone’s definitions the same?
To be honest I thought it would be easy to answer. I can tell you what makes each one different to me but it’s was my friends on my Facebook page that gave me a different answer to my own. I posted a picture of a headpiece to my Facebook page and asked them to categorise it. I thought they would all call a side tiara – I was very wrong!
Let me start with what I think of as a tiara. Many would think that something like our Shelly wedding tiara shown below as a tiara, it’s a traditional peaked shape with decoration at the front and positioned at a 45 degree (ish) angle from the top of your head. But this isn’t the only type of tiara, any bridal accessory could be called a tiara if it’s placed in the correct position and has a band for a base.
Some would be surprised to know that this could also be a tiara even though it’s name is the Imogen Bridal Headband. Many headbands can be worn as tiaras, the only difference is their placement. Wear it more or less vertically and it’s a headband, wear it 45 degrees from the top of your head and it suddenly becomes a tiara. That’s one of the reasons why I personally believe that bridal headbands are one of the easiest and flexible types of bridal accessories to wear.
Now we come to the side tiara and I posted this one on my facebook page to see if they thought it was: a, tiara, b, headband or c, side tiara.
The Side Tiara
For me I would class this as a side tiara as it’s got the decoration to the side but it could also be classed as a tiara and headband depending on it’s position. Here are the results at the time of writing this blog post. People are still giving their opinion so these results will change over time.
- 37 people named it a headband
- 9 people believed it to be a side tiara
- 0 no one called it a tiara
- 5 people called it something other than the 3 options above.
One of the other names that the facebook fans came up with was a sideband which is a name I wouldn’t have thought of for myself. So thanks for teaching me something new.
The reason I asked the question is because I was talking a look at how I categorise bridal accessories on the site. I tend to include all side tiaras and headbands under the tiara category as they can be worn as tiaras. They also go into their own categories too, so there’s a separate category for headbands and another for side tiaras. I also tend include side tiaras under the headband category because even though they have side detail many people call these headbands. I hope that makes sense. I just thought I better check if that would make sense to others too.
I’d love to her your opinion so leave a comment below. If you want to read the comments about this particular side tiara then you can do so on the facebook page here – Bridal Accessories UK
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