Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. We've all heard it, and it's very common for a bride to turn to her family or close friends to help her get a little boost of luck as she heads down the aisle. And while you did your very best to take care of it, sometimes things just happen. What can you do if the item you've borrowed for your wedding day gets damaged? Our experts have a few ideas.
The first thing to do is let the person you borrowed something from know that it's been damaged and apologize. Did you borrow a purse from your grandma that's missing a few beads, or a lace tablecloth that's been in the family for generations that now has chocolate cake or a little red wine between the strands? Find out if it's something that has been cleaned or repaired in the past and head to the same professional to help you take care of it, or seek out someone who is an expert in this type of thing to get it back into tip-top condition. Did you borrow your sister's veil and tear the lace or the tulle? This is another repair best left to the experts, but as long as it's not major damage, it should be fixable.
What if something goes missing, like one half of your mother-in-law's pair of pearl earrings? For fine jewelry, hope that the piece is insured, and offer to pay for a replacement if you can afford it. You won't be able to bring back that family heirloom, but it's a good start. Or talk to the person you borrowed the damaged jewelry from about working together to have a jeweler turn it into something new, like a pin or a pendant for a necklace (that you would cover the cost for).
Before any damage has a chance to happen, make sure you've thoroughly inspected any items you're borrowing, keeping an eye out for any stains, scratches, or pulls. Be sure to let any necessary vendors know about its significance. For example, make sure your planner knows you're borrowing your parents' toasting flutes and has the boxes to package them up at the end of the night, or that your baker is aware that the cloth over the cake table was hand-crocheted by your aunt. They won't be able to control every situation, but they can keep an eye out for the pieces that mean the most to you.