The devastation of Hurricane Sandy this past week has inspired me to write a post with some necessary steps to prevent unforeseen events from ruining your big day. Of course, it is not often that something so severe happens, but even in a minor situation, it is better to be safe than sorry!
Here is a to do list to help ensure a bullet proof wedding:
1.Wedding Insurance- covering you and your big day. Wedding insurance protects a couple’s investment from circumstances beyond their control, and reimburses expenses incurred. There are many different companies and policies to choose from so do your research to find the one that is perfect for you. Coverage can be purchased as early as 2 years before your wedding day and as late as 24 hours before your event in most states. It is recommended you purchase coverage as soon as you begin making deposits and purchases for your event. Also, be sure your venue of choice has insurance as well.
Below are some great websites where you can research and receive an instant quote on your wedding insurance:
http://www.protectmywedding.com/ – Premiums begin at $350 but can be as high as $2000 based on your needs
http://www.wedsafe.com/- Premiums can be as low as $160! (Without liability insurance)
2.Research Climate Patterns in your wedding destination- Do not make the mistake of planning your destination wedding during hurricane season! When deciding your venue location be sure to know the average temperature for the location, expected weather during that time of year, and believe it or not what kinds of bugs and insects to expect etc. You can use this information to prepare guests as well.
3. If you are hosting an outdoor wedding…Always have a rain plan…ALWAYS!!! This may include cancellation/postponement or venue relocation. In many cases, neither of the two may be possible, so it is in your best interest to place large tents on hold in case Mother Nature strikes. Of course, you face the risk of losing your down payment, but once again its better to be safe than sorry, as this is the biggest day of your life!
With that being said, if there happens to be a shower or two in the forecast, keep the comfort of your guests in mind! If you decide to run the show as planned, be sure to provide enough canopies and umbrellas to keep your guests dry!
4. Dress Storage- Storing your dress in an upstairs closet would be ideal, incase of flooding. Also, be sure to use a waterproof garment bag. You can order them online for as little as 5 dollars!
Heres to a happy, stress free wedding!