We've reviewed the best-known wedding insurance companies in the UK to help you understand the reasons for buying wedding insurance and what it costs.
- Wedding Insurance Reviews
- Why buy wedding insurance?
- What are the options to insure a wedding?
- Is wedding insurance compulsory?
- How much does wedding insurance cost?
John Lewis offers six different levels of cancellation cover, from £10,000 to £100,000, with the dress, transport, cake and many other aspects of your big day covered as standard. Premiums start at £60 for the minimum cover and £299.50 for the maximum.
Debenhams Wedding Insurance starts from £58.88, with five levels of cancellation cover ranging from £10,000 to £50,000 (the latter starting from £205.58 to cover). Debenhams' policies include cover for rings, transport, flowers, supplier failure up to £27,500 and wedding insurance abroad at no extra cost.
If five levels of cover isn’t quite enough for you, E&L offer eight – from £3,000 to £50,000. Prices start at just £18.07 for the most basic cover and £175.44 for the top end option and there is an online saving of 35% and cover for weddings both in the UK and abroad. It is one to consider if you want to keep your costs down.
We’re up to nine level of cancellation cover now! From £2,500, starting at £19.10; to £65,000, starting at £206.59. Like the above options, cover includes rings, flowers, transport and the cake, with optional extras for marquee and ceremonial swords cover.
Why buy wedding insurance?
Weddings are expensive – with things like the dress, flowers, catering and venue all adding up to thousands of pounds. In facts, the average spend for a wedding in the the UK is £20,000, though some spend several hundred times that amount.
It is easy to get swept up in the excitement (and, let’s face it, sheer stress) of the planning and forget to think about whether such a large financial investment should be protected. And some venues and suppliers may insist you have wedding insurance before you book them.
What are the options for my wedding insurance?
right guys - wedding insurance, obvis not the most romantic of notions but in the case of fire/death/flooding - whats the best ones out— Claire Stuart (@beewaits) January 25, 2015
When it comes to protecting the money you’ve spent on your big day, you have two options:
- Insure it as part of home insurance – some home insurance providers include some aspects of the wedding as standard in their policy, or at least allow you to extend the cover. However, it is very important to review exactly what is and isn’t covered – if extra cover is required, check whether adding this to your home policy is actually cheaper than getting separate cover.
- Stand-alone insurance – many companies, including house-hold names such as John Lewis and Debenhams provide specialist Wedding Insurance. The specifications of the policy vary, depending on which provider and level of cover you choose, but should include the cancellation or postponement of the wedding due to illness, accident or a bereavement (within the main wedding party), or a supplier going out of business. Cover for particular items, such as the wedding outfits, rings and even presents is also included in most polices.
Different policies will have different limits, and it is recommended to sit down and make a realistic list of what every item of your wedding costs (including how much you estimate the gifts will amount to) and take out a policy which offers sufficient cover.
Some of the small print in wedding insurance policies might surprise you:
Wedding insurance policy: If your wedding gets cancelled or postponed due to an act of God. Wonderful.— Ravi (@RK18) January 19, 2015
Is wedding insurance compulsory?
So wedding insurance.. what is it and do we need it? #IsItReallyAThing?— becca williams (@WilliamsBecca) January 26, 2015
No - it is up to you whether you would like to take out wedding insurance. However, some wedding venues do require it in order to accept your booking.
@flissywood our venue required us to have wedding insurance, was around £60, don't think we'll need/use, but as requirement, we got it.— Dan Clarke (@OverByDan) January 8, 2015
How much does wedding insurance cost?
Wedding insurance costs between £20 for basic cover and £300 for a comprehensive policy.
For example, E&L's cheapest wedding insurance policy costs only £18, while "Level 6" comprehensive wedding insurance cover from John Lewis will cost £290.
Websites such as MoneySupermarket and Which? can help you compare wedding insurance providers, including different wedding insurance reviews, to help you choose the right option for you.
Whichever option you choose, it is vital you know exactly what is and isn’t covered both in terms of the different aspects of your day, and in terms of cancellation. For example, most will cover the venue being destroyed due to fire or natural disaster, or a supplier going out of business, but not the theft of wedding outfits from a vehicle if they were not in a locked boot. Other unfortunate circumstances may also be left uncovered, but it's best to be prepared. The terms of cancellation cover vary as well, and so make sure to read the small print.
In addition to the standard cover, you can add optional extras, such as Honeymoon cover. If you have annual travel insurance, it is worth checking whether your Honeymoon is already included in this, but, again, read the T&Cs carefully.
Once you’ve chosen a company and bought a policy, make sure you know what to do in the event of a claim and, most importantly, carry on planning your perfect wedding day.