May 2013 | Ideal Bride Magazine
Help & Advice
In today's modern world where the average UK wedding costs in excess of £20,000, should we protecting our investment?
Every other financial investment we make in life is protected by insurance; we insure our homes, our cars, our holidays - why not insure our weddings? You may think to yourselves, do we really need it?
Every couple planning their wedding will have sat down and planned a budget; Covering every aspect of their day from the venue and dress to the bridal party gifts and stationery. The grand total of this budget is in effect the amount you stand to lose should you have to cancel your wedding or account for failed suppliers. Is it better to be safe than sorry?
You've decided to take out a wedding insurance policy; what can you expect the policy to cover and what can you expect to pay?
This covers you in the case of having to cancel your wedding due to an unexpected death, illness, extreme weather or loss of employment. As with most insurance policies conditions known to you are excluded.
Covers you for loss or damage that is beyond repair
Cover for the loss of non-refundable deposits. In the event of a supplier going bankrupt or failing to appear. Always check with your wedding insurance supplier for full terms and conditions.
Cover for the loss or damage to wedding gifts, often for a pre agreed period before and after the wedding. Money, gift vouchers and cheques are usually excluded.
Cover for the additional costs incurred for alternative transport. If you're original supplier fail to meet their contractual obligations.
Most wedding insurance policies will cover expenses acquired in the retaking of the official wedding photographs, video or DVD should the booked supplier fail to appear or they use faulty materials.
You would be covered against claims made by a third party
Covering the bride or groom for the costs of counselling should one partner decide not to proceed with the wedding. Policies tend to exclude the cancellation of a wedding due to one partner jilting the other.
Both the bride and groom are covered should they have a accidental body injury during the period of insurance, that leads to death or permanent disablement.
Similar to the gifts cover, this is protection against the loss or damage of the rings for a pre agreed period before and after the wedding.
There are price comparison websites out there for wedding insurance. An estimate of what you can expect to pay is between £19 to £245 depending on the level of cover you require and the provider you choose.
When taking out a wedding insurance policy you should check with the provider what they cover, how much it costs and what are the limits of cover. Be sure to speak with a number of providers to ensure you are getting the policy that is right for you.
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