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The Top 5 Reasons to Insure Your Wedding

Monday, September 9th, 2013


dinosaur chases groomsmen wearing tuxedos

Hey, it could happen…

Health. Homes. Vehicles. We insure the most important things in our lives — the ones we truly can’t live without.  So why wouldn’t a bride and groom want to protect such an important day — their wedding day — from the unexpected? Wedding insurance may sound like a luxury you can do without, but that’s far from the truth. We teamed up with our friends at Markel Event Insurance  to share the top reasons to consider protecting your big day from the unthinkable.

Unreliable Vendors – Wedding vendors often require a hefty down payment when you book their services. This is predictable. What’s not predictable is when that vendor goes out of business or bails at the last minute. While 99% of wedding vendors are reputable and honest businesspeople, what happens when you book one who isn’t?

Illness – If you’re anything like me, you tend to get sick on holidays, birthdays and during other special events. Can you imagine falling ill on the day of your wedding? This goes for a parent or immediate family member of the bride or groom as well. A wedding insurance policy can cover the cost of rescheduling. Now that’s what I call a safety blanket!

groom broke his foot at wedding

Damage to Venue – Natural disasters are difficult to predict. Allow me to throw out a few possible disasters that could disrupt your festivities: A tornado takes out the banquet hall where your reception will be held, a tractor trailer truck plows through into your church rendering it useless or an earthquake damages a water line going into your rehearsal dinner site. As unlikely as these events may seem, they could happen.

Deployment – If you’re one of countless Americans making the ultimate sacrifice for your country, there’s always the possibility that military deployment could affect your wedding plans. Wedding insurers like Markel Event Insurance make sure that any non-refundable deposits you’ve paid are covered in the event you have to postpone your nuptials.

Wedding Insurance Liability – No one likes to think about what disasters could happen on the big day – so let Markel Event Insurance  do it for you. Consider the following:

  • - Your college roommate’s plus-one falls and breaks her tailbone on the dance floor.
  • - Your best man has one too many and causes an accident on the way home.
  • - A candle center piece damages the reception hall’s antique banquet table.
  • - For the reasons above (and more) many venues now require wedding insurance

None of these occurrences will end up being cheap to fix, unless you’ve insured your wedding.

wedding venue floods with brown water

Just as you wouldn’t sign your mortgage without having homeowner’s insurance, you should consider buying wedding insurance as a safeguard against failing vendors, illness and accidents. Wedding insurance policies start at $75 (your actual premium is based on the coverages chosen and your total wedding budget), and could save you thousands if the unexpected occurs. For a compilation of the most common FAQs on wedding insurance policies, click here.

Are you considering insuring your wedding? Tell us why or why not in the comment section below.

Peace of Mind: Avoiding the Wedding FAIL

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010


By Guest Blogger: Kyle Paterik of Dow & Associates

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a client’s wedding and reception at a posh South Pasadena mansion. The event didn’t cut any corners. It offered delicious appetizers, a top shelf open bar, hand rolled Dominican cigars, live music, even celebrities –  oh, and a drunk guest dancing on the roof precariously close to the ledge! My heart, and my client’s, skipped a beat envisioning the treacherous fall and liability claim before the security staff swiftly ushered her off the roof and into a cab. We breathed a collective sigh of relief, remembering that we signed a wedding insurance policy a week earlier. This would have covered my client for up to $4 million in liability and damages… if only there was a rider to repair the embarrassment of finding out the woman on the roof was his aunt.

I find that as many clients prepare for their weddings, they hear about the horror stories that occasionally coincide with the big day yet fail to get an insurance policy to protect against them. Some examples are rain at an outdoor wedding, photographers deleting negatives, lost/damaged/ stolen gifts, wedding rings or rental property, a runaway spouse and, of course, the occasional drunk aunt dancing on the roof (what good party doesn’t include that?!).  The great news is that wedding and private event insurance can be put in place for your wedding and tailored around your particular event. Even better, it’s relatively cheap! Ever try to find the best life insurance rates? Well, finding wedding insurance is no more difficult than that. Plans range from just $95 to $300. When many individuals’ nowadays are spending $20,000 to $50,000 and more on their weddings, doesn’t it make sense to insure that you will be made whole – at least financially speaking – if you hit a few potholes? On top of this, most venues require that you have some form of liability insurance to rent their space (especially if alcohol is served).

There was nothing more gratifying at the end of a great wedding reception than when my client made his way over to me and said, “All I was thinking about when I saw my aunt on that roof was “thank God Kyle helped me get that insurance in place. Thank you, I’ll sleep well tonight!” Find five minutes to contact us or your personal adviser to get a quote for your wedding, and cross one more worry off of your list.


Kyle Paterik is the Senior Consultant at Dow and Associates Insurance Agency, an industry-leading private insurance planning agency with more than 40 years of combined experience.  Kyle believes that it is essential to create a strong foundation and team strategy before walking down the aisle to help sustain a lasting relationship. Dow and Associates aims to inform and educate its newlywed clients as they embark on one of life’s biggest milestones.

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