Category : Wedding Disasters

Do you need wedding insurance?

Posted on June 9th, 2011 by Mandy Webster

It’s every bride’s nightmare: a tornado blows through your wedding venue the day before the wedding. Lightning blazes up your wedding gazebo. A quick YouTube search of “wedding disasters” is enough to leave even the most level-headed bride-to-be tossing and turning in a sweat. And, while wedding insurance may not save your wedding day, it can potentially save you thousands of dollars. But do you really need it?

Potential Wedding Disasters

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Wedding insurance may not save your big day, but it will help you recoup your costs in the event of a wedding disaster.

Wedding Disaster: Your wedding venue declares bankruptcy and closes up shop the day before your wedding. They’ve pocketed your deposit, and that’s not all. You’ve also made deposits with photographers, caterers, and other wedding vendors… and if the big day is cancelled, all of that money is lost. And, you don’t even want to think about the cost of plane tickets purchased and hotel rooms reserved. While wedding insurance can’t save the day, it can help you recoup those costs.

We Recommend: While this may be a worst-case scenario, it is a possibility. But, don’t let such worries ruin your wedding plans. Whether to purchase wedding insurance is up to you, but it is essential to have a solid backup plan in place. Consider where you may move the wedding to at the last minute if necessary, even if it’s just to someone’s back yard. Let all of your vendors know what your backup plan is and make sure you have their contact info on hand just in case. You probably won’t need it, and your wedding will likely move forward as planned. But, you’ll rest better knowing you have a plan if something does go wrong.

Wedding Disaster: Your hair and makeup team or photographer doesn’t show up for the big day. They pocket your deposit and change their phone numbers. And what happens if the photographer’s camera is stolen from the reception at the end of the night? You may still be required to pay the photographer for his services despite the fact that your wedding pictures are gone. While wedding insurance won’t ensure your wedding isn’t ruined, it will reimburse you the cost of those expensive deposits.

We Recommend: First, ask for references. Make sure you hire wedding vendors who are well known and established within your community. And even then, you should always have a back-up plan. Make a list of every single vendor you have hired and, one-by-one, ask yourself what you will do if each vendor does not show.  Read more »

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