WEDDING INSURANCE GUIDE

Your wedding or civil partnership will be one of the most important and memorable days of your life. However, as with anything in life, things can and do go wrong! So it’s important that you consider taking out insurance to protect your big day! Through this buying guide we will provide you with some impartial advice on the key things to consider when taking out Wedding Insurance.

Why should you take out cover?

There are many reasons to consider taking out Wedding Insurance. As with any other major financial commitment you make throughout your life such as purchasing a car or a home, you want to make sure you have financial protection in place just in case something does go wrong. Wedding insurance covers a wide range of risks such as the following:

  • Cancellation caused by illness to you, your partner or a close family member
  • Cancellation or rearrangement due to extreme weather conditions such as a floods
  • Financial protection due to failure of wedding venues and suppliers
  • Loss, damage or theft of items such as wedding rings, cake, ceremonial attire, photography and gifts
  • Public Liability for the wedding participants and for guests

So wedding insurance can provide peace of mind and financial protection for a range of unfortunate circumstances.  In some cases your chosen wedding venue may also request that you take out insurance to protect your big day.   

How much does wedding insurance cost?

Every wedding or civil partnership is different and there is no one size fits all product or pricing. Prices vary significantly from supplier to supplier and typically range from as little as around £15 to well over £300.  Once you start to plan your wedding you should start with a budget in mind to cover all the major aspects of your wedding such as venues, catering, photography, flowers, attire, cakes, entertainment, transport etc. Once you have a set budget in mind then you will be able to quickly select a level of cover that meets your budget and circumstances. For example, if you are planning to spend around £20,000 on your wedding then you will need to purchase cover that will compensate you up to the amount in the event of a cancellation. Then you can shop around and compare the various products and prices offered by the various wedding insurance suppliers to see what insurance cover and price is right for you.  

Is all wedding insurance the same?

In short, no. Each wedding insurance provider will likely offer different levels of cover with different excess levels and exclusions etc. It's important to review the cover levels offered by the various wedding insurance suppliers and the policy documentation to ensure that you fully understand what's covered and importantly what's not.  You will then be best placed to determine which wedding insurance supplier and level of cover is right for you. 

When should you buy wedding insurance?

The vast majority of couples start planning their wedding well in advance, often one to two years before the actual wedding date. Once you start planning your wedding you will most likely have a rough idea of when you would like the big day to take place.  Typically, the first step is finding and choosing the perfect venue for your wedding ceremony and reception. Once you have chosen your dates, selected your dream venue or started to pay any deposits for various wedding suppliers then you should really consider purchasing insurance to ensure you are covered. You will then be covered from the time you purchase the insurance to a period following the ceremony and reception dates.

What sort of wedding costs will need covering?

There are many things that need to be covered when planning a wedding. Pretty much most things that represent a substantial expenditure can and should be covered including the following:

  • Wedding & reception venues
  • Caterers
  • Ceremonial attire such as wedding dresses and suits etc
  • Transportation
  • Entertainment such as live bands and DJ's
  • Photographers and/or videographer
  • Marquee
  • Flowers
  • Other wedding services suppliers

What doesn't wedding insurance cover?

Unfortunately, wedding insurance will not cover you in the event that you change your mind and decide not to tie the knot! Nor are honeymoons covered. For that, you should consider travel insurance. Every wedding insurance supplier will have a number of geographical restrictions and general exclusions applicable to all sections of the policy as well.  Therefore it's very important that you read through the policy documents to ensure you are aware of what is and isn't included.  Some of the key things to consider are things like personal liability and guest personal liability, or what many refer to as public liability.    

If I pay wedding suppliers by credit card am I covered?

Under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act,  anything you purchase worth between £100 and £30,000 on a credit card could be covered through your card provider. This technically only covers breach of contract between you and the supplier, and its important to note the card providers are not obliged to chase suppliers for you.  However, this doesn't cover key circumstances that a specialist wedding insurance policy does.  For example, cancellation caused by someone falling ill, personal and public liability, loss or damage to key things such as ceremonial attire, gifts, cake, flowers, photography etc. So taking out wedding insurance is still the best way to ensure you have adequate protection in place in the event things do go wrong.