Something Borrowed, Something New

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Bridal fashion series is mild but gets a bit emotional.

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Positive Messages

The series highlights the traditional and emotional role that a wedding gown can play in a woman's life, and in the lives of their families. Positive relationships between mothers and daughters are highlighted. The idea that a wedding is a top moment of a woman's life is reinforced.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The previous owners of the old gowns want the bride to be happy, and (usually) try not to put pressure on the bride to pick their dress over the new one.


Brides sometimes get anxious or cry when trying to make a decision.


Some dresses are low cut or form fitting, and occasionally the dresses are referred to as "sexy."


Karoza Bridal Shop is featured. Designer dresses by Maggie Sottero, Enzoani, Ysa Makino, and others are shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne is occasionally visible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Something Borrowed, Something Blue is a mild fashion bridal series that focuses on the role bridal gowns play in wedding traditions and family customs. While the show is geared toward adults, kids who watch won't see much iffy stuff. A few references to dresses being "sexy" and an occasional glimpse of champagne, plus some emotional moments might be the only areas of concern.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byMovi3lif3 February 19, 2013

Who and Why

This show is another one of those wedding drama shows. I think it would be apropriate for kids 10 and older because of its mild language ( no curse words if not... Continue reading

What's the story?

SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING NEW is a reality show that follows brides who must choose between wearing a special, formerly worn wedding gown, or a new designer wedding dress of their dreams. Each episode features a bride who has been offered a dress that is a family heirloom or that has emotional significance, but that lacks the style she is looking for. While designer Kelly Nishimoto converts the old or borrowed dress into a more contemporary, fashion-friendly dress that maintains the essence of the original gown, bridal stylist Sam Saboura finds the bride-to-be a new and fashionable wedding ensemble. After trying on both, she must choose which dress is she going to wear on her special day, and decide if she is going to continue a tradition or start a new one.

Is it any good?

Something Borrowed, Something New highlights the role that classic Victorian customs, like wearing something old, something borrowed, and even something blue, play in weddings. It also shows how important it is to families -- particularly mothers -- to pass down their customs to future generations.

There is some discussion of designers and dress styles, as well as how it is possible to take elements of a dress to create something new while maintaining the integrity of the original garment. But most of the show's focus is on the important role bridal dresses play in a wedding, and how they can represent strong emotional bonds between family and friends.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about wedding traditions. Where do they come from? Does the media perpetuate some of these traditions? Are there traditions in your family or culture that have been passed down? Would it be difficult to move away from these traditions if you wanted to?

  • Why are wedding-themed reality shows so popular? Do people get useful information from them? Are they produced primarily for entertainment purposes? Or is it to sell things?

  • Why are there no shows about grooms choosing their tuxedos?

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