Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue – Part Three

We started off this series of blog posts on the tradition of wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on your wedding day. Today we are going to be looking at some ideas for what to Borrow as part of the tradition.

Something Borrowed… 

We all know that Kate Middleton borrowed the Queen’s Tiara (a 1930’s Cartier Halo tiara no less) for her Something Borrowed on the Royal Wedding day, but that might not be so easy for the rest of us… Choosing what to wear for your Something Borrowed will probably involve you going to your close family and friends and choosing the right item to fit with your wedding day look. Below are some Budget Bride Company suggestions to help you on your way!



Borrowing your wedding dress from a similarly sized relative or friend will not only be massively flattering to the person who has lent you the dress, but it will save you a massive chunk of your wedding budget. Make sure that you try on the dress and that any necessary alterations can be made in good time by a reputable seamstress. And as you are going to be saving so much money by borrowing your wedding dress, make sure that you splash out and treat yourself to some amazing new jewellery or shoes for your big day!

Another alternative would be to hire your wedding dress. This is a fantastic cost effective way to get the gown you want for the big day and will be a great way to encompass your Something Borrowed.

Going to a Vintage Bridal Boutique such as Abigails Vintage means that you can ‘borrow’ your dress from another decade whilst getting yourself a dream wedding gown! Prices rom £300.




Borrowing a gorgeous necklace from a loved one is a great idea. You can go vintage and interesting by borrowing from an older family member or perhaps more modern and simple from a younger sister or friend. Make sure that your necklace is flattering and that it sits well on the neckline or strap lines of your wedding dress.



Are you planning on wearing a veil for your wedding day? Veils can add a sophisticated edge to your look and a veil borrowed can be great idea. Pair it with a beautifully embellished comb or tiara to add some glamour.



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Tiaras can be the finishing touch to your wedding day look. A crowning glory, they show off your wedding day hair and genuinely make you feel more ‘Bride’ than any other accessory (apart from maybe the ring)! See if one of your recently married friends has a gorgeous tiara that you can borrow, or again have a nod to decades goneby by opting for an older piece.



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This is a tricky one – but possible! To find a beautiful pair of shoes to borrow for your wedding day that both fit comfortably and look fantastic with your wedding dress may be a challenge but if you are lucky, it is a possibility! Are you aiming for strappy, peep toe or court shoes? Do you want colourful or classic? Make sure that you give the shoes a test run by walking around in them for a day to ensure they fit well and will carry you through your full wedding day without blisters!


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Borrowing a beautiful handbag for your wedding day will be both useful and an asset to your outfit! Are you thinking of a clutch bag? Something simple and monocolour or something to contrast with your dress with lots of embellishment? The great thing with borrowing a wedding day handbag is that it doesn’t strictly have to be from a wedding – you can go for any colour or material that you like which opens up your possibilities!


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Silk Flowers

Silk flowers for wedding bouquets are very much on their way back in! First popular decades ago, silk wedding flowers are now becoming the choice for a lot of brides due to the fact that they are guaranteed to keep their shape throughout the day and you have the option to keep them to remind you of the day in years to come! Perhaps your Mum had silk flowers for her wedding? You could borrow the full bouquet, or pinch one of the blooms from it, to add to your own bouquet.

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Most importantly, using Something Borrowed on your wedding day reinforces those bonds between you and your family and friends. Enjoy this time choosing what to borrow and make sure you let the person who you have borrowed from know how much it means to you.


We would love to know what you will be borrowing on your wedding day – have you decided yet?


Laura xx