(Closed) Tiara’s are outrageous!

posted 9 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
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Honey bee

You can get the exact same ones at Claire’s for $10-12.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

ICK. I made my own out of a blank tiara comb ($15 online), some bead wire ($3) and a ton of swarovski crystals. Then I wound them around and around and around. I spent about $50-$60 total.

I didn’t like the look of the set-rhinestone ones. I thought they were too intense on my head. I really wanted the REAL swarovskis and it matched my hair flower and my bridesmaid bracelets, too. Plus, i can unstring the crystals and make whatever I want out of it now!

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Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Got my daughters at WalMart on clearance for $5. I saw some at Claire’s too-also, one of our local stores that caters to Quinciera (think I spelled that correctly) had LOTS  of choices-mostly in the $25 range.

I think it depends on the look you are going for, how close your pictures will be, how much of your tiara will be covered by your hair, if you are attaching a veil, etc.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009 - Ceremony: The Kraine Theatre, Reception: Midtown Loft & Terrace

I got sticker shock over A LOT of wedding things. Except for our few splurges, I got a lot of that kind of stuff from places like Ebay or getting them used on the boards here or making them myself (like my veils!). But if you have to have that particular tiara, go for it.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You can always sell it afterwards, Panda. I looked into buying a used one. The only one that came close was a designer one for $200 though, off like $500. Still couldn’t do it lol =]

Meh, it’s ok. Just sell it afterwards, then you’re not out that much. No big deal.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

Mine was about $200 I think? I don’t remember for sure. It was also on sale. It’s supposed to be 14k gold I think, but it’s not like I have anything that says, and the pearls are supposed to be real freshwater pearls (as opposed to like beads or something) I wasn’t even planning on getting a tiara, but when I tried it on, I was sold… My mom talked me into trying it on in the frist place *shakes fist*.  I figure any future daughter of mine probably won’t want to wear my dress, but a tiara might be more likely!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

mine was free my mom bought it for me in the philippines

 

I love ej48’s how beautiful!!! handmade is the best  yours is beautiful!!!!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

Oooh I’d be looking up some tiaras on Ebay if I were you…are you still able to return the one that you bought???

Post # 13
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Newbee

Hana is a couture company.  There is a difference in the quality of metals that are used in the tiaras that are in the over $100 price range, vs those that you buy at Claires and Micheals.  The better quality tiaras are cast, with the stones individually set in a better quality casting metal (metal varities vary from manufacturer to manufacturer), can be plated in silver plate or rhodium, and use freshwater pearls or glass pearls and Swarovski Crystals.  Lower quality tiaras are made from a lower quality metal that is stamped into shape rather than cast.  The pearls are usually plastic, and the “crystals” glass.  The metal has a more gray appearence. 

Its all a matter of choice as to how important it is to you to what you place on your head.  Consider it a finishing touch.  There are ways to get a nice look on a budget.

ejs4y8 did a wonderful job at making her own, and she will have the crystals later to use again.  Great idea!  Some companies offer that a headpiece can be restrung into a necklace after the wedding.  If a tiara is wired, this can often be done.  A quality headpiece can be a nice keepsake.  Or a simple headpiece may be able to be used again as a french twist comb.  Another option to a formal headpiece is hairpins.  Those can be fun to use again too.

Post # 14
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Newbee

I forgot to mention…not every headpiece company or designer in general a has website.  It protects them from having their designs being copied to have a low public profile.

Thank heavens though, we have a lot of resources available to get the looks we want.  There are a lot of indie designers on Etsy that have beautiful work for a much more reasonable price than the retail bridal salon.  An added plus is that you get to work directly with the artist.  Or perhaps find something vintage.

Post # 16
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Newbee

You are going to be lovely, don’t fear!  Have you taken your headpiece to your hairstylist and tried out hair styles?  I saw that you are getting married in a different location.  Can you take lots of pictures of the process of getting your hair styled so someone else could follow what had been done to create your look?

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