What Is Wedding Insurance (and What Does It Cover)?

7 Things That a Wedding Insurance Will Cover

wedding insurance man flying through air with wedding cake
••• Every wondered if you should get wedding insurance and what it covers? Here's what you need to know.  Aksakalko / IStock

What is Wedding Insurance

Wedding insurance is a type of event insurance that protects you from losses that may happen due to unforeseen events causing damage or injury at a wedding, or external event(s) beyond your control that may prevent your wedding from occurring as planned, such as extreme weather or problems with the venue or vendors. 

What Are the Different Kinds of Wedding Insurance?

There are two types of wedding insurance:

  • Liability Coverage
  • Cancellation Coverage 

You can also purchase the two in a bundle that will cover both. Before buying the insurance always ask the venue if they cover event liability. 

Wedding event liability coverage may cover different things, for example you may get a policy that covers bodily injury and property damage. There is also event liability insurance for "Host liquor liability insurance" which covers alcohol related incidents you may be held accountable for. 

7 Things Wedding Insurance Covers

  1. Vendor Issues (permits being revoked, bankruptcy or failures)
  2. People getting sick or injured
  3. Property damage
  4. Extreme weather
  5. Military deployment*
  6. Lost or stolen gifts
  7. Dress damage or wedding attire coverage

Ask About Special Limitations in the Policy for Coverages

Every wedding insurance policy is different and will have different policy limits or special features based on the insurance company you purchase coverage from.

The above list is only a guide to commonly covered things on wedding insurance for you to ask about.

*Military deployment, for example may or may not be covered by all wedding insurance, but USAA does specifically cite this coverage. So be sure and ask the details of the special limits in the policy from the insurance company you are buying wedding insurance from to make sure your own specific concerns are "covered".

What's Not Covered by Wedding Insurance?

Wedding insurance doesn't cover when people get cold feet or pull out of a wedding. Wedding insurance is for things that are not within the couple's control that could happen either putting their event at risk, such as when a venue goes bankrupt, or if unforeseen disasters happen like extreme weather, or people getting injured. 

Will Home Insurance Cover Your Wedding?

Wedding insurance is not personal insurance, so your home insurance is not intended to cover a wedding. However, many home insurance companies may be able to offer you riders or event liability policies and help you get the right insurance coverage for your event.

Home insurance covers your personal liability and your personal property. Find out from your home insurance what happens if gifts get stolen, or if your grandmother's necklace disappears off your neck during the wedding. 

Should You Get Wedding Insurance?

A lot of time, effort and planning goes into the wedding day, for the small cost of wedding insurance it may be worth purchasing to prevent having to deal with problems on your own. A wedding insurance company is familiar with all kinds of things that go wrong and by having a policy it could help you because they will have your back if something goes wrong and its covered.

Example of Claims Paid by Wedding Insurance

In a study by Travelers, from 2011-2015 30 percent of wedding insurance claims were due to vendor issues. Then in 2017, CNBC cites 40 percent of wedding insurance claims were to cancelations due to weather. AON, an award winning provider of Wedding Insurance under their WedSafe product, released some of their data from wedding insurance claims paid, and in 2017 they paid 40 percent wedding insurance claims for postponement or cancellation

Compared to AON's 2016 data below, the claims paid were different, but you can see that wedding insurance does actually come into play often enough even though the reasons for payout will change due to circumstance and weather year to year.

  • 29 percent: Event cancellation or postponement 
  • 28 percent: Accident or injury 
  • 24 percent: Issues with wedding vendors
  • 15 percent: Venue damage 
  • 2 percent: Lost/stolen gifts or personal items 
  • 2 percent: Dress damage 

How Much Does Wedding Insurance Cost?

Although pricing for wedding insurance varies, wedding event liability coverage could start on average at around $175 for $1 million of coverage. Depending on the various options and packages you could be looking at between $200-$550. 

When Should You Get Wedding Insurance?

You should look into wedding insurance as soon as you are planning your wedding and have an idea of the venue. Sometimes the venue you select, whether you are serving your own alcohol and other aspects of your day will dictate what kind of insurance you need. 

What to Check Before Buying Wedding Insurance

Understand what you are most interested in insuring yourself against, for example, if you have special jewels sewn into your dress and you want that insured, ask if there are limits for this kind of item. Jewelry or special items may not be covered on a wedding insurance policy or may be limited.

  • Ask the venue what they cover.
  • Ask your home insurance provider what they cover or if they can add a rider to your home policy.
  • If applicable, have your parents contact their home insurance company to ask if they have any coverage, especially if they are the ones paying for the wedding or the venue. 
  • Compare the coverages from different wedding insurance companies to understand what they cover and under what conditions. Then you can make a decision.

You may find out that you can have some coverage on your home insurance. For example you can insure your engagement rings on a rider on your home policy. Some companies even offer engagement ring insurance as a stand alone.

It all depends on the different insurance companies and their policy wordings, so asking all your important questions will help make sure that you:

  • Don't over insure yourself
  • Don't double insure yourself
  • Buy an insurance that will be appropriate for your big day to protect the things that matter