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?
First up, fest up and say sorry. Tell the person the item you borrowed got damaged, how it got damaged, and apologize. Offer to clean or repair the item. If this has happened in the past, ask for the professional that fixed the item previously and offer to pay for all the costs associated to bring the item back to it's original condition. This is really the least you can do.
If it cannot be fixed, offer to pay for a replacement. If replacing the item will put you in financial hardship, you will have to offer to pay for it in increments. Whatever the cost of the item, it is in good faith that you do what you can to make the situation right. Of course, if the item is an heirloom that cannot be replaced, the only thing you can do is to apologize from the bottom of your heart.
In which case, brings me to the next point. Do you really want or NEED to borrow something that is invaluable and irreplaceable? Personally, I am always nervous about borrowing things that have such a high sentimental value. These are things that can't be replaced.
If you HAVE to borrow this item, make sure you thoroughly inspect it before borrowing it. This isn't to place blame but to be preventative of damage. If there are loose threads holding onto the pearl beads of your grandmother's purse, maybe try to get them fixed by a professional prior to using it. Of course, check with the owner first and get permission.
Lastly, don't sweat it too much. The person that lent you the item likely lent it to you for luck and wants only the best on your big day. They have your best interests at heart.
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