Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: Do I Need Wedding Insurance?

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events

Q: I’m in the midst of planning my destination wedding and I recently heard about wedding insurance.  Do you think this is something that I actually need?

In order to answer your question fully and make it the most helpful for you, I’m actually going to answer it in two parts.

So, to start, do you absolutely need wedding insurance?  

The answer is no, not unless your venue requires it.  Wedding insurance is not a must have like the way feeding your guests is a must have or having bathrooms is.

But, I do recommend it especially if you are traveling to an area known for it’s weather issues at a time when it is possible there will be weather issues.  Like the Caribbean with its hurricanes.

I also recommend it if you are a nervous person by nature and want to feel secure as that is what insurance does, makes you feel safe.

Bride and groom walking at their resort in St. Croix a destination wedding in the Caribbean by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: McAllister Photography)

There are two types of insurance you need to know about, liability and cancellation.  

Liability insurance is what your wedding venue might require of you.  It protects the venue (and you) if something should happen during your wedding to the property (e.g. like a drunk guest puking all over the curtains).  It also covers you if something happens on the property (e.g. like a drunk guest falling down the stairs).

This insurance is something you can get if you want to feel protected.  But, unless your venue requires it, it’s not super necessary. However, the next insurance type is the one you may want to consider.

Guests dancing with costumes at a Sonoma destination wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Arrowood Photography)

Cancellation insurance covers you if you suffer a financial loss beyond your control.  This can include situations like having to cancel or reschedule your wedding, having your wedding rings stolen, damage to your wedding gown or vendor bankruptcy.

The point of this insurance is to help protect the investment you put in if something should go wrong, like a hurricane or a vendor going out of business.

Wedding rings on a sari at a Indian Chinese wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Bethany Carlson Photography)

Depending on your destination wedding, insurance may or may not be something you need.  It all just depends on your situation.

It depends on where you are getting married.

And it depends on how nervous you feel about things like the weather.  Or the location.  Or even your vendors.

I will be honest and say that most couples don’t need wedding insurance.  But, things do happen.

And like all insurance, when something does happen and you end up in a bad situation, it’s really nice to have.

So, is that peace of mind worth it?  That is a call you’ll have to make.

Bride and groom kissing at their beach wedding in Hawaii by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Christie Pham Photography)

Do you need some guidance and help with your destination wedding?  We’d be more than happy to help take the load off of you! And we’ll get you back to feeling excited about your wedding.  Contact us today.

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